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habiTaT spiriT Fall/Winter 2012 - Habitat for Humanity Canada

THE HABITAT

‘First House’

Raising walls on

Habitat’s first project

on First Nations

settlement land

Another Path

Home

Partnering with The

MasterCard

Foundation to expand

microfinance in Sub-

Saharan Africa

Students Carry

on in Memory

Davis Doan’s legacy: a

Toronto family with an

affordable home

News and Views for the Friends of Habitat for Humanity Canada

2012

Fall/WiNter

To donate, participate or advocate, visit www.habitat.ca 1


A Message from our President & CEO

Affordable

Homeownership a

Layered Investment

When making a donation of time or

money to a charitable organization, a

common question is whether to invest in

the lives of individuals, in the future

prospects of families, or in the betterment

of an entire community. What sometimes

isn’t as obvious though, is how far your

contribution can in fact go to impact

all three.

The most immediate effects of an

investment of time or money in affordable

homeownership is on the family that

receives the home: with more manageable

shelter costs, they are able to save money,

pay for nutritious food, afford to send

their kids on to higher education, live

healthier lives and escape the cycle of

poverty. But good housing also attracts

economic investment and development,

thriving schools, safer communities and

social stability. Also, with more healthy

living conditions, families often end or

reduce their dependency on social services

such as housing subsidies and healthcare

– instead contributing to their

communities as payers of property tax.

Despite this, survey results recently

released by our National Leadership

Council show that while 64 percent of

Canadians believe housing will be less

affordable in the future, few feel affordable

housing is a problem in their community.

I fear this shows that while Canadians see

the warning signs, few fully appreciate

the extent of housing need and impact

affordable housing can have in

communities across the country.

Every day, local Habitat affiliates across

Canada work with community support to

build safe, decent homes that are sold to

partner families at a price they can afford.

The 50,000 volunteers that make our work

possible are community-minded people

who come together with passion and

dedication to help families find dignity

and empowerment through affordable

homeownership.

After 27 years of building homes in

Canada, Habitat for Humanity has helped

over 2,000 low-income families achieve

affordable homeownership. Around the

world, over 500,000 families have accessed

better, safer, or more affordable homes as

a result of Habitat’s work.

Habitat’s affordable homeownership

model helps families break the cycle of

poverty. It drastically increases the

likelihood individuals will succeed. It has

a direct impact on the communities where

projects are undertaken. The model is

transformational, and long-lasting.

I strongly encourage you to consider

donating your next dollar, or volunteering

your next hour, to help a family move

closer to Habitat homeownership. Our

success to date has led to many brighter

futures, but there is still a lot of work to be

done. I invite you to browse the following

pages and visit habitat.ca to get a sense of

how, with the help of our supporters, we

intend to steadily increase the number of

families we serve every year.

Stewart Hardacre

President & CEO

Habitat for Humanity Canada

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Habitat for Humanity Canada

News & Views

‘First House’

raising walls on Habitat’s first project on

First Nations settlement land

Students Carry on in Memory

Davis Doan’s legacy: a toronto family with

an affordable home

Another Path Home

Partnering with the MasterCard Foundation to

expand microfinance in Sub-Saharan africa

We Can Because You Do

Habitat for Humanity Canada 2012 volunteer

award winners

Great Ways to Support Habitat

The Habitat Spirit, a

publication of Habitat

for Humanity Canada,

seeks to promote

communication, discussion

and networking among

Habitat for Humanity

affiliates, volunteers

and supporters.

QuesTions or commenTs

should be senT To:

habiTaT For

humaniTY canada

477 Mount Pleasant Rd.,

Suite 105, Toronto, ON

M4S 2L9 1.800.667.5137

Fax: 416.646.0574

habitat@habitat.ca

www.habitat.ca

phoTo crediTs:

The photos contained in

this newsletter were

provided courtesy of

Habitat for Humanity

Canada, its affiliates and

HFHI unless attributed

otherwise.

special ThanKs To:

Soapbox Design

Communications Inc.

Cossette Inc.

HFHI

Phillip Jordan

Erin O’Hara

Gary Bremner

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c o v e r : ‘FirSt HouSe’ builD VoluNteerS CirCle

For a MorNiNg brieFiNg oN a briSk Fall YukoN

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$2.75 Million in Cash and Product

Committed by CIPH

Over 60 plumbing and heating industry

professionals thundered across parts of

Ontario as part of the third annual CIPH and

HRAI Ride for Habitat, held July 21.

This year’s ride comes after the 2012/2013

CIPH Charity Committee announced its goal

to raise $2.75 million over the next two

years for Habitat’s work in Canada. As part

of CIPH’s annual Fundraising Week, the 60

riders alone brought in more than $17,500

in donations.

“Each year Habitat for Humanity provides

homes for over 250 families in Canada

and CIPH wants to continue to be a part of

this,” stated CIPH Chairman of the Board

John Hammill, Moen Inc.

Since 1994, CIPH and its member

organizations have donated over $8.1 million

in cash and product donations, helping

countless low-income families realize

affordable homeownership.

All Weather Windows Helping Families

Who Have Weathered the Storm

As part of All Weather Window’s ongoing commitment to help low-income families

realize safe, decent and affordable homeownership, the organization did something that

many other national, regional and local partners of Habitat have done in the past – offered

their employees the opportunity to volunteer on a Habitat build day.

The twist: All Weather Window’s “Factory Blitz Build” was held at their Edmonton and

Mississauga production facilities, not on a Habitat build site. In total, 225 All Weather

Windows employees volunteered their Saturday to assemble windows and doors for over

30 Habitat homes.

Since 2001, All Weather Windows has proudly supported the work of Habitat affiliates

across Canada as a Platinum level partner, and this only further shows how committed the

organization and its employees are to helping families realize affordable homeownership.

Today the organization is committed to donating at least $1,000,000 in windows and

doors to Habitat builds and ReStores across Canada each year. In addition, All Weather

Windows has encouraged other organizations to join in supporting Habitat, resulting in

the sponsorship of several Habitat homes in the Edmonton area.

Habitat for Humanity Canada

News & Views

“Each year Habitat for

Humanity provides

homes for over 250

families in Canada and

CIPH wants to continue

to be a part of this”

CIPH Chairman of the Board John Hammill,

Moen Inc.

pinchinG

pennies

With the Federal Government

announcement that the Canadian one

cent piece is destined for extinction,

Habitat affiliates across Canada started

scouring their communities for Canada’s

copper change.

After several months, some Habitat

affiliates are boasting impressive penny

counts:

habitat for humanity sault ste. marie

1,366,650 pennies

habitat for humanity south

Georgian bay 700,000 pennies

habitat for humanity halton

316,769 pennies

Thanks to everyone who cleared out

their cars and couches to help make

affordable housing available to more

low-income Canadian families. If you

haven’t yet, Habitat affiliates are

continuing to collect pennies, many

with several drop-off points across

their regions.

Pitching In

At age 14, Raymond Graham isn’t old enough to volunteer on a Habitat build site,

so instead he’s contributing to his family’s Habitat sweat equity requirement by working

with the local food share program and animal shelter in his home town of Nanaimo,

British Columbia.

Sweat equity is a requirement of all new Habitat families and is completed as part of the

repayment of their home. Most of the time this takes place on a Habitat build site, but like

in Raymond’s case, exceptions are made based on age or physical ability.

“Sweat equity allows families to set roots in the community,” said Teresa Pring, Habitat

for Humanity Mid-Vancouver Island CEO. “It also gives them a greater sense of pride in

their home, having worked hundreds of hours as a family to achieve it.”

Between Raymond’s efforts and those of his mom, Jo-Anne, they expect to complete all

500 hours required well in advance of their December move-in.

Raymond says he’s enjoyed helping out, but looks forward to the day he can volunteer

on a Habitat build site.

For now, he’s happy to finally be getting his own backyard. Jo-Anne’s anticipating the

greater safety and security the home will provide for her and her son.

Green BuildinG HaBi-fact

iN 2012, We exPeCt 90% oF

our 250+ Habitat HoMeS

built aCroSS CaNaDa to be

CoNStruCteD to reCogNizeD

greeN builDiNg StaNDarDS

builT

Green

Raymond and Jo-Anne’s home is part of

two energy efficient duplexes Habitat for

Humanity Mid-Vancouver Island has

planned for Nanaimo.

Teresa Pring says that in an area where

green-built homes are almost exclusively

high-cost and custom-built, that they want

to showcase that energy efficient and

affordable can and should be synonymous.

“Not only will the homes reduce

environmental impact, but their increased

efficiency means that they’ll be less

financially burdensome on homeowners,”

she added.

Jo-Anne plans to use the savings

in energy costs towards Raymond’s

college fund.

Support received through Habitat for Humanity

Canada’s 360 Built Smart Partnership enabled this

Habitat Mid-Vancouver Island build to be energy

efficient. The 360 Built Smart Partnership is made

possible by its supporters, including title sponsors

The Home Depot Canada Foundation and Holcim

(Canada) Inc.

4 The habiTaT spiriT Fall/Winter 2012 To donate, participate or advocate, visit www.habitat.ca 5


‘FirsT house’

oF manY

As the small plane’s propellers wound

down, I caught a glimpse of the landscape

that surrounded. The stories I’d heard about

short term visitors to the Yukon settling in

for a lifetime were beginning to make sense.

As we were driven to the nearby Yukon Inn, we passed the

province’s Legislature and were told about a tent city protest that

sprung up on its front lawn last summer, only a few months before

the notorious Occupy protests swept across countless other cities.

What was being protested in the Yukon, though, had nothing to

do with inequality or a lack of jobs. The tent city occupants were

there because of the city’s lack of affordable places for them to live.

For this reason, they claimed the tents were a necessity as much

as a protest.

In addition to the stunning landscape, the Yukon continues to

attract a steady flow of new temporary and permanent residents

each year with something that many other Canadian cities lack

– vast job opportunities. With construction not keeping up with the

expanding demand brought by this increase in workers, housing

costs have increased to a level that is unaffordable for many.

Like the Whitehorse tent city, this was the reason for my

presence. But the issue reaches much farther than the borders of

Whitehorse or the Yukon. When looking at Canada’s North more

broadly, we find an incidence of core housing need that is 93

percent greater than the rest of Canada. We also find that over

half of the population is of Aboriginal descent.

These stats come amidst a national Aboriginal housing crisis,

highlighted earlier this year by the deplorable living conditions in

Attawapiskat, Ontario. Nationwide, the federal government

estimates a housing shortfall on First Nations settlements and

reserves of up to 35,000 units, while National Chief of the Assembly

of First Nations and Habitat National Leadership Council member,

Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, estimates the shortfall closer to 85,000.

With this in mind, Habitat for Humanity Canada launched its

Aboriginal Housing Program in 2007 to better understand and

serve the needs of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples. While the program

continues to serve families in and near urban centres, another key

focus is expanding the availability of Habitat homeownership to

serve more low-income Aboriginal families in rural areas, and on

Aboriginal settlements and reserves.

Years of progress has led to my arrival in the Yukon. It was not

the first of the program’s successes, but the most meaningful to

date, as myself and members of Habitat for Humanity Canada’s

National Leadership Council came together to work side-by-side

with the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations to raise walls on

the first Habitat project on First Nations settlement land.

Jayshree Thakar

National Manager, Aboriginal Housing Program

Habitat for Humanity Canada

‘First house’ on

First nations land

aboriginal peoples have a deep

spiritual, physical, social and

cultural connection to their land, so

building homes within aboriginal

communities must be undertaken

with widespread support.

on april 19, Habitat for Humanity

Yukon signed a partnership

agreement with the Champagne and

aishihik First Nations to make

affordable homeownership available

to more families on their settlement

land. Since, ground has been broken

on a triplex affordable housing

development in takhini river, 50

kilometres west of Whitehorse.

a milestone project, this is Habitat

for Humanity’s first build on First

Nations settlement land in Canada.

by Spring 2013, it will make

homeownership possible for three

low-income First Nations families

identified by the Champagne and

aishihik First Nations and that meet

Habitat’s normal partner family

selection criteria.

Habitat for Humanity Canada

hopes this project will lead to many

more partnerships being formed

and houses being built with

Canada’s aboriginal peoples.

leadership

build Week

beginning September 9, members

of Habitat for Humanity Canada’s

National leadership Council,

including assembly of First Nations

National Chief Shawn a-in-chut atleo,

joined Habitat volunteers and

Champagne and aishihik First

Nations leaders and community

members to work side-by-side on the

takhini river ‘First House’. in addition

to bringing the project nearer to

completion, the event served to raise

awareness of affordable housing

need among aboriginal Canadians

and how through partnership and

collaboration, the Habitat

homeownership model can be

part of the overall solution.

check habitat.ca/ahp for news

and updates on habitat’s aboriginal

housing program, or to make a

donation to help build brighter futures

for canadian aboriginal families

The champagne and

aishihik First nations

With over 1,200 members, the selfgoverning

Champagne and aishihik First

Nations (CaFN) are one of the largest of

the Yukon’s 14 First Nations. their

traditional territory covers over 41,000

square kilometres – 29,000 in southwest

Yukon and 12,000 in northern british

Columbia. CaFN ties to their land reach

back over 8,000 years.

as of February 1995, CaFN’s right to

the Yukon portion of its traditional lands

and resources was confirmed with the

signing of the Champagne and aishihik

First Nations Final agreement. the

agreement provided ownership for 2,427

square kilometres of land, allowing the

CaFN to begin exploring progressive

homeownership models to help improve

the shelter conditions of families on their

settlement land.

lead and Founding national partner

aboriginal housing program

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Photos: Gary Bremner, 2012

Shawn Atleo, Assembly of First Nations

National Chief, overseeing the work being

completed on the Habitat home.

Three Champagne and Aishihik community members

who lent a hand while building their skill in

construction techniques.

Brett Marchand, Habitat National Leadership Council

Chair, eyes a board to be used in the construction of

the home.


University

of Toronto

Students Carry

on in Memory

of Dedicated

Classmate

Thong Doan (left), father of Davis Doan, joins the Eyes of Hope

Executive Committee and Genworth Canada’s Linda Bélanger

(second from right) at the announcement of Genworth’s support

of the Eyes of Hope home, July 2012.

Davis Doan (bottom right) and Eyes of Hope volunteers at

Habitat for Humanity Toronto’s Hainford build site, July 2009.

It was early 2009 that University

of Toronto Engineering student

Davis Doan first approached

Habitat for Humanity Toronto.

He had an idea of raising enough

money to build an entire house.

Full of enthusiasm and energy,

he set out to engage his fellow

U of T students to raise the

$80,000 needed to do so.

Sadly, in May the following year, Habitat toronto was

informed that Davis had passed away following a battle

with cancer. He was 25 years old. the news came as a

shock to staff, who had grown to know Davis as an

ambitious and determined community volunteer. During

his time working with Habitat, he had never given any

indication he was ill.

but Davis’ vision did not end there. Following his

passing, fellow u of t students and friends continued

the work he started through a group founded by Davis

called eyes of Hope. Motivated to transform the lives

of a local low-income family and honour the work Davis

had set out to complete, they continued to push forward,

towards their goal.

Friend and eyes of Hope member, anna bui, said

about Davis, “he always dreamt big and strived hard

to achieve those dreams, even if they seemed far

from possible.”

and as time passed, raising the full amount was

beginning to seem just that – far from possible. that

is, until linda bélanger, leader of Community relations

at genworth Canada, learned of Davis’ story and the

trouble the students were having in carrying out

his legacy.

“i was touched by Davis’ story, and how hard

the students were working to bring his vision to life,”

said linda.

Days later, genworth Canada announced they would

donate $40,000 to match every dollar raised through

eyes of Hope for the Habitat home, bringing the

students only $14,000 away from their goal.

“We’re honoured to be part of such an inspirational

project,” added linda. “i’m sure Davis would be very

proud of what is being done here.”

on october 10, ground was broken on the four

bedroom eyes of Hope home.

The 2012 Habitat for Humanity Canada

Gift Builder Catalogue offers a variety

of symbolic gifts that help build homes

for Canadian families in need. These

symbolic items are the building blocks

needed for Canadian families to access

the safe, decent, affordable housing

everyone deserves.

Gift s from the 2012 Gift Builder Catalogue can also

be donated on behalf of a friend or family member.

GIVE THE GIFT OF HOME

habitat.ca/homebuilder

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Another

path home

The dusty, rutted road that leads to Halima Bagaaya’s house

doesn’t bear the load of cars often. The route from northwestern

Uganda’s Katasenywa village is usually accomplished on foot.

Young boys push bicycles overloaded with green banana

bunches. Women walk the road to reach the nearest well,

balancing the ubiquitous, bright-yellow water jugs that are

mass-produced in the capital city of Kampala. Only the slow

crescendo of an approaching boda-boda – Uganda’s

motorcycle taxi – forces foot traffic to the side.

Three years ago, a passerby wouldn’t have seen much of

Halima’s house along this road. At that point, the 41-year-old

widow had completed only the foundation of her future home.

Halima had the know-how and labor help she needed to build

the rest – money and building materials, however, were

another matter.

As work remained at a standstill, Halima continued to pay

rent for temporary housing elsewhere. “It was frustrating,” she

remembers. “Having to pay rent and other costs, it was difficult

to store up all I needed to finish the house.”

Then, one of Halima’s cousins told her about Habitat for

Humanity Uganda, and something new Habitat was offering:

housing microfinance. Halima decided to apply for a housing

loan through the program. She completed an orientation on

loan policies and procedures, and Habitat staff visited her to

assess her situation.

In early 2009, Halima received her first Habitat housing loan.

She used it to build the walls of her house. She had been able to

secure some materials for the roof and used some of her savings

to complete it.

After paying off her initial loan in 2010, Halima took out a

second Habitat loan to plaster, paint and complete the flooring.

Today, her brick home is complete. She has a door that locks,

offering protection for her, her sister Zahara Kimuli, and

Halima’s 2-year-old niece, Halima Byanjeru. A white curtain

blows back and forth on the breeze that sails through the

window into the sitting room. Out back, Halima has been able to

construct a chicken coop; hundreds of chicks provide her

household with a steady source of income.

To the front and sides of the house, Halima and her sister have

planted Irish potatoes, yams, tomatoes and onions. There are

also several trees: mango, jackfruit and, of course, plantain –

which is necessary to make matoke, the ever-present national

dish in Uganda.

“It just makes you feel like you belong somewhere,” Halima says.

Halima Bagaaya was able to complete her

home after receiving a microfinance loan

through Habitat for Humanity Uganda.

Why housing microfinance?

Habitat Uganda has distributed more than 1,600 housing loans

to people like Halima Bagaaya. While the approach remains

relatively new in Uganda, it’s become a much more common tool

for Habitat worldwide over the past decade, with housing

microfinance programs now in more than 30 countries.

“Housing microfinance aims to fill the gap when families can’t

finish a house or need help making home improvements,” says

Mike Carscaddon, Habitat for Humanity International’s

Executive Vice President for International Field Operations.

Housing microfinance gives families the flexibility to build

in stages, at a speed that fits their needs and their resources.

“In the developing world, we have learned that housing is a

process,” Carscaddon says. “Housing is a verb – not a noun

or a final product.”

partnering with The mastercard Foundation to expand

microfinance possibilities in sub-saharan africa

Through a new partnership, Habitat for Humanity Canada,

Habitat for Humanity International and The MasterCard

Foundation will enable more than 17,000 additional households

like Halima’s to access the housing microfinance products and

services they need to improve their lives.

Focusing on Ghana, Kenya, and Uganda, the five-year project

launched October 2012 will work with up to nine local financial

institutions already serving the poor to build their capacity and

diversify products and services in order to meet shelter-related

needs. In total, the project will provide $6.6 million to expand

microfinance services for the maintenance and improvement of

homes like Halima Bagaaya’s in these three African countries.

(Above) 37-year-old Echum Hassim Oguta of Bweyale, Uganda is a

house-builder who has never had a decent home of his home before

now. He migrated to Uganda’s Masindi district from Gulu, in

northern Uganda, when the fighting was fiercest during the

country’s civil war. He and his family stayed in three traditional mud

huts on land provided by the government for displaced people. While

living there, Echum built other people’s houses, bringing home extra

building materials when he could. With a microfinance loan from

Habitat for Humanity Uganda’s Masindi branch, he installed

windows and doors, and was able to plaster and concrete his home.

(Below) Echum Hassim Oguta’s 10-year-old son, Mujahid Echum,

walks on the path to his family’s home.

(Left) Christine Tesot of

Bomet, Kenya washes

dishes outside her family’s

home. Christine’s husband,

Kipkorir Tesot, a retired

teacher and subsistence

farmer, was able to complete

construction on his family’s

home after receiving a series

a small loans from Habitat

Kenya’s microfinance

program. The loans allowed

him to build his home in

stages with materials he

had been saving for more

than 10 years.

To donate, participate or advocate, visit www.habitat.ca 11

Habitat for Humanity/Steffan Hacker

Habitat for Humanity international/ezra Millstein Habitat for Humanity international/ezra Millstein


oresT mYcKan

Kenneth J. Meinert Leadership Award

S

ome see retirement as the end of an era, others see it as

just the beginning. For Orest Myckan, retirement has given

him the chance to travel the world and help those less

fortunate. Since retiring in 1997, he’s participated in 22 Habitat

for Humanity Global Village builds around the world.

“When retirement came along I said no more meetings, no

more committees,” remembers Orest, who spent his career in

human resources. He had been a long-time volunteer with Habitat

for Humanity in his local community in Edmonton, even

stepping-in as Acting Executive Director at one time, but the year

he retired he joined his first Habitat build abroad – traveling to

Honduras to build a house for a family in need.

A team-builder by trade, Orest began leading trips in 2000.

“Once I started, I just couldn’t stop,” he says, “the experiences

were just so fulfilling.”

Over the course of the last decade, Orest’s builds have taken

him from Guatemala, the Philippines, Jamaica and Mexico to

Cost Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic

and even Nunavut.

Habitat For

2012

HuMaNitY CaNaDa:

aWard

Winners

“Once

I started,

I just

couldn’t

stop”

orest Myckan

Now 69, Orest plans to continue doing two international builds

a year in addition to his local volunteer work. His latest build kept

him on Canadian soil, hosting a group of volunteers from British

Columbia at the Elizabeth Métis Settlement in Cold Lake, Alberta.

Orest says the payoff from his involvement with Habitat has

been incredible. “You come together as a team and form really

meaningful relationships with each other and the local people –

and you see first-hand the results of your efforts,” he says.

Hammering nails and laying bricks across the globe has been

Orest’s fountain of youth. “It really keeps me young,” he says.

Recently, Orest has been named Habitat’s National Volunteer

of the Year and Habitat for Humanity Edmonton’s Don Neufeld

Outstanding Volunteer, and he has received his affiliate’s 150+

hours volunteered recognition every year since it was established

in 2007. Orest’s work abroad hasn’t gone unnoticed either, and

the town of Guadalupe, El Salvador even named him as an

honorary citizen.

Habitat for Humanity Canada is proud to further recognize

Orest with this year’s Kenneth J. Meinert Leadership Award.

VolunTeer oF The Year

linda armsTronG

Carl Ryan

recognized for

his key role in

building green

and growing his

Habitat affiliate

The Great-West Life, London Life and

Canada Life National Award for Leadership

in Sustainable and Affordable Home

Building was created in 2009 to encourage

and inspire more individuals to champion

the issue of affordable homeownership in

their community. It was also designed to

encourage the adoption of sustainable

building practices to address “energy

poverty” – an affordability issue many

households face in the wake of increasing

utility costs. The annual award provides

$25,000 to a Habitat for Humanity

volunteer in Canada for direction toward

a Habitat for Humanity affiliate for a

sustainable building project.

Carl Ryan, Board Chair of Habitat for

Humanity Niagara, is being recognized by

this year’s Award for his instrumental role

in instituting and advancing recognized

sustainable building practices over his

eight years as a volunteer.

Through his leadership and tireless work

with volunteers, local corporations and as

a member of the Niagara Home Builders

Association and Niagara Construction

Association, Carl has directly supported

the building of 17 sustainable houses and,

more importantly, has provided valuable

strategic leadership, positioning his local

affiliate well for continued success over

the years ahead.

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A

strong believer in Habitat’s

approach to helping low-

income families break the

cycle of poverty through affordable

homeownership, after Linda Armstrong

retired from a career in telecommunications,

she began devoting her time as a volunteer

with her local Habitat affiliate in

London, Ontario.

Shortly after becoming involved in 2007,

Linda realized her passion lie in working

one-on-one with Habitat partner families.

Knowing that the process of purchasing

a home can be a burden no matter what

your life situation, she would relentlessly

offer her support and be available to

partner families throughout the process –

from submitting their home application to

adjusting to their new responsibilities as

homeowners. Linda wanted to make the

process easier for Habitat families, many

of which held two jobs just to get by.

Since joining Habitat London, Linda

has travelled across Canada at her own

expense to attend Habitat annual general

meetings to improve her knowledge of

the organization and ability to serve

partner families.

Linda personifies the commitment and

passion of dedicated volunteers across

Canada who have made it possible for

Habitat for Humanity to come this far.

Habitat for Humanity Canada is honoured

to recognize Linda as this year’s Volunteer

of the Year.

Great-West life, london life and canada life’s longstanding commitment to habitat for humanity canada

great-West life, london life and Canada life, along with their staff and distribution associates, have a

long history of supporting Habitat for Humanity Canada, sponsoring multiple builds and contributing

hundreds of hours to the cause. in 2009, great-West life and its subsidiaries made a five-year

commitment of $250,000 through their national corporate citizen program to support this award and

sustainable homebuilding in Canada.


2012 National Partners

the key to Habitat for Humanity Canada’s success is the generous contributions we receive from

our corporate, foundation, individual and government partners. thank you to all of them. and a special

“thank you” to our committed multi-year partners; your long-term investment helps us plan into the

future and better achieve our mission to build sustainable communities across the country.

to view our complete donor list, visit habitat.ca. to learn more about partnership opportunities,

contact Matthew gustafson at (416) 644-0988 ext. 352 or mgustafson@habitat.ca.

(multi-year partners)

(multi-year partners)

leGacy Partners

(multi-year partners)

PlatinuM Partners

Gold Partners

(multi-year partners)

silver Partners

(multi-year partners)

Bronze Partners

(single Year partners)

(single Year partner)

Tachane

Foundation

Give a Gift of

Comfort and Joy

My Pretty

Playhouse

Made in Canada from 100%

recycled cardboard, this

customizable playhouse is sure

to be a favourite with the little ones!

and with $2 donated to Habitat

for each playhouse sold, there was

never a better time to shop

boutique Cascades.

boutique.cascades.com

100% of the proceeds from this everyday

essentials throw blanket will go towards

transforming more lives through Habitat

homeownership. With your help, many

more Canadians will be warm and cozy

for the holidays. buy a blanket for

yourself or as a gift at select loblaw

banner stores including real Canadian

Superstore.

The mcdonald FamilY

BUILD IT

WITH THE BRICK

Vote for your community!

until December 15, vote to decide where the brick will sponsor their

next Habitat home! the community of Stratford, ontario won last year,

making it possible for the McDonald family to realize a safe and decent

home they could afford.

Vote today at thebrick.com/vote. Not only will you bring a local lowincome

family closer to homeownership, but you’ll also be entered in

a draw to win one of six dishwashers courtesy of the brick!

FruitS & PaSSioN

giFt WraPPiNg

iS oNCe agaiN

ProViDiNg

FaMilieS WitH a

brigHter Future.

ViSit a loCatioN

Near You.

fruits-passion.ca


spirit

THE HABITAT

Habitat for Humanity canada

upholds the highest standards of

accountability and transparency.

our reputation is our most important

asset, and maintaining strong and

open relations with our supporters

is a top priority.

For this reason, Habitat for Humanity Canada

is one of imagine Canada’s ethical Code

Program participants, meaning that we commit

to the guidelines set in imagine Canada’s

ethical Fundraising and Financial accountability

Code. For more information, please visit

imaginecanada.ca.

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