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Conrod Tucker, Construction Worker, "By volunteering you are helping others while also helping yourself."
Soft spoken and gentle, Conrod Tucker is a deeply spiritual family man, who loves to volunteer his time and share his blessings with his community. “By volunteering you are helping others while also helping yourself as you get a chance to network and meet people from various backgrounds. You build friendships,” he observes.
Conrod trained as an accountant in Jamaica, but when he arrived in Canada in July 2010 with his wife and young daughter, he found himself accepting work in construction to pay the bills and provide for his family.
Conrod has continued to work in construction while studying for his Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) certification and saving to buy a house. He believes that he will get there, but in the meantime, he does his work with dedication, humility and joy, grateful for the many opportunities that Canada provides. “A home is a basic need, providing a sense of security and stability,” says Conrod, “and I get to be a part of that through my work”.
Conrod lives by his faith, and this is evident in the way in which he gives back – whether it is through the work he does at his church, the food drives he organizes with his co-workers, or taking his daughter to volunteer at the London Food Bank as part of her birthday celebrations. “We teach generosity by example,” he says. “It is really fulfilling to be able to give back especially as we are so blessed. It may not be money, but we give our time.”
Conrod has worked throughout the pandemic. Although he was afraid initially, his prayer and faith gave him courage. “I was looking at the bigger picture”, says Conrod. “There are people who bought new houses with pre-set closing dates. Some had already sold their existing home, so we worked tirelessly to ensure we met those deadlines, while following all the health guidelines.”
Conrad believes that all the front line, essential workers in every industry should know how grateful we are for the work they do. “On behalf of all Canadians, I want to say thank you and that we appreciate the work that you are doing. Be encouraged and know that what you do matters. It’s a challenging time for us all but we will get through this together. Stay healthy, stay safe, stay strong”.
“At the end of the day”, says Conrod, “you are making a difference no matter how small and that is very satisfying.”