2020
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Dan Kershaw

Furniture Bank

What would you do with 220,000 sofas and chairs? Under Dan’s leadership, Furniture Bank has re-purposed them from bulky items of furniture heading for landfill to the homes of over 31,000 families in the GTA. Not only does this support people emerging from poverty, turning empty housing into homes, diverted materials representing nearly 14,000 tonnes of CO2e. Five circular economy corporate pilots later, Dan has continuously demonstrated that reuse and refurbishment charities like Furniture Bank are an economically preferable alternative to landfills. He is now taking the “Diversion with Purpose” model to other communities with Furniture Link, using their daily learning from Toronto to build tool-kits for a network across Canada representing over 50+ furniture banks.