Build it UP Blitz!

Posted On Thursday November 07, 2019

The Durham District School Board (DDSB) and Habitat for Humanity have partnered to create a series of days that allow Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) and Construction Technology students to engage in learning, career-exploring and contributing to Habitat's Oshawa home building site in Oshawa. Students will experience what it is like on a real job site. They will also participate in safety and awareness training, skills development, and experience industry presentations from qualified tradespeople. They will have the opportunity to network and build an understanding of the work that Habitat for Humanity does for the community, including providing homes for those in need, and stocking/running their Habitat ReStore. 

Students will also learn how to continue to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and sustain a partnership that is rewarding, giving and uses their skills in the trades they have acquired as SHSM and Construction Technology students.

Habitat for Humanity works with Specialist High Skills
Major (SHSM) and Construction Technology students

Event:                   Build it UP Blitz!

Date:                     November 11, 12, 13, 20, and 26, 2019                  

Time:                    9:00 am – 2:00 pm                          

Location:             Habitat for Humanity Build Job Site -  65 Royal Street, Oshawa   

Audience:           DDSB Grade 11 and 12 SHSM and Construction Technology students from various secondary schools

Media Time: 
10:30 am – 1:30 pm


Arrangements can be made in advance or on-site for interviews and/or photo opportunities.

NOTE: Please contact Jennifer or Kimberly (info provided below) with notification on

which day you are interested in attending.


The Durham District School Board (DDSB) is responsible for public education in the rural settings of Uxbridge, Brock and Scugog Townships and the urban settings of Ajax, Whitby, Pickering and Oshawa. The DDSB employs 6,900 teaching and educational services staff. With 133 elementary and secondary schools and learning centres, the DDSB accommodates more than 70,000 regular day students and thousands more who take advantage of a wide variety of continuing education and adult credit courses. More information can be found on the DDSB’s website at Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @DurhamDSB, Instagram @durhamschools and YouTube at DurhamDSB.


Jennifer Parrington
SHSM, SCWI, Skills Competition and Technological Education Facilitator
Durham District School Board

Kimberly Brathwaite
Communications Officer
Durham District School Board