Giving back

IDCSupporting a number of worthwhile causes

Interior design is more than just a profession — it’s a community — and members of the industry are always looking for ways to give back while supporting a good cause.

ARIDO (Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario) has recently launched ROI: What’s on the Inside, an initiative to enhance and improve the interior space of the Archway Clinic, a CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) satellite outpatient clinic. The clinic has existed since the mid-1970s and currently employs a staff of 25 to serve 369 clients with chronic mental illness. ARIDO received an overwhelming response from both Industry and Registered members who were interested in volunteering their time, services and products to help support the project.

Another kind of housing

IDC sept oct 2013IDIBC (Interior Design Institute of British Columbia) members were happy to help out a local charity with a cause that resounds within their own profession.  The provincial association recently held its 5th annual DesignFinds – Not Your Neighbourhood Garage Sale, where IDIBC members and industry suppliers donated products and services to raise money for Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver. A total of $16,000 was raised during the sale. All proceeds will be used to help local families in need of clean, safe and affordable housing.

IDC members also love to give directly to a charity that supports a cause that is near to their hearts, and such is the case with ARIDO member Sue Bennett of Bennett Design Associates. She began the fundraiser, Beach Bash, in 2010. In just three short years, the event has grown into Beach Ball and has raised over $80,000 for the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Odette Cancer Centre in support of the fight against women’s cancers.

Park and green

In November, 2012, PIDIM (Professional Interior Designers Institute of Manitoba) exercised their skills as interior designers to shed light on an important social issue. Members participated in Park(ing) Day, a worldwide, open-source global event in which artists, designers and activists collaborated to transform metered parking spaces into temporary public green spaces.  The public was then invited into the space to sit and enjoy. The day brought to attention the need for open and attractive social gathering spots within the urban environment.

Most recently, IDC set up a fund with the Canadian Red Cross to help support the flood relief efforts in Alberta to restore vitality to affected communities and businesses.

If you are an IDC member that is interested in getting involved, please contact Candis Green, communications coordinator, at [email protected]

If you are a manufacturer or supplier that provides products or services for interior environments, an IDC Industry membership gives you the opportunity to connect with the interior designers that use and specify your product or service. IDC offers a variety of membership options at a range of prices, tailored to fit your budget and the needs of your business. For more information about IDC Industry membership, please contact Meghan Smith, director of business development, at [email protected], or 416-649-4427. Follow us at @IDCanadatweets and

Interior Designers of Canada is the association representing the interior-design profession in Canada. IDC advocates on behalf of the profession nationally and internationally, to government, industry and the public.

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