Saturday, November 7, 2015

HFH Gateway North News 11.06.2015 North Simcoe Edition

HFH Gateway North News 11.06.2015

North Simcoe Edition
Community Support

Scot Lowes (left), chair of the North Simcoe Chapter, receives a cheque for $9000 from Dave Wright, President of Maacon Construction Ltd. in Penetanguishene. Maacon sponsored a golf tournament on September 11, 2015 in support of Habitat for Humanity.
Penetanguishene Build Update

Family and friends have been hard at work helping our new partnering family complete their home. Last week, volunteers and family members were working together laying sod and working on siding. The family is extremely excited about moving into their new home.

The North Simcoe Chapter is grateful to all the volunteers, community supporters and partners who share in our vision of safe, decent, affordable homes for hard working low income families. Chapter members are busy preparing for the dedication of 38 Sheridan Street being held November 21st
Midland ReStore Musings

It’s been 1 month since I took on the role of ReStore Manager… 30 days and we have moved mountains. The team here has dragged, hauled, pushed, pulled, carried and laughed. We've instituted "don’t laugh while carrying" as a rule. The store is starting to take shape and people are noticing. I am as excited as ever (maybe even a bit more!) as I can see the potential this store has.

I want to say thank you to Lori, Lisa and Mike who have put their backs into the last month. Even more, I'd like to thank them for putting up with my continuous chorus of “I’ve been thinking”, which always leads to more lifting, moving and, thankfully, laughing.

On another note, Remembrance Day is just a few days away. It is a time to reflect on things I will luckily never experience in my life time. My father served in WWII and I have spent every November 11th with him, remembering the sacrifice of so many. My father has been gone now for 10 years. However, he is not really gone, and he is not forgotten. His offspring remember his humour, kind heart and gentle ways. He never spoke of the war, never troubled anyone with the aches and pains he endured from the shrapnel still inside him. He was as large as life and twice as kind. In remembering, I would like to thank all of those who served and still serve to protect us and give us all of the privileges we have.

I am extremely proud to be part of the Habitat Team and all we work for. It is an amazing feeling to know what we are working towards each day. Helping others is such an incredible feeling.

Marg Hamelin
ReStore Manager, Midland
In This Issue:
* Swiffer Campaign This Weekend
* From the CEO's Desk
* Spotlight on Volunteers
* From the Community
* Quote of the Week
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Hello Habitat Gateway North!

As you may have noticed, this week's newsletter is the 'North Simcoe Edition' outlining recent events and updates. After a few discussions with staff and chapter members, we wanted to give everyone a detailed update of the work going on in each corner of our region. Although the newsletter not exclusively about North Simcoe, the lead stories outline the ongoing work by dedicated chapter committee members, staff and volunteers - on our build sites, in the community and in our Midland ReStore.

For the next several issues, we will include a headlining feature focussing on one of our chapters. We are one Habitat for Humanity affiliate and we cover quite a large region. By sharing specific chapter editions, my hope is to share how far we span but also to see how closely connected we are.

We want our chapters, our community partners, our volunteers and our staff to know what we do and how we do it. We want to share what we are working on across the region and we want our chapters, community partners and volunteers to be excited to share their Habitat story - with us and with their own community.

Although we may not be close geographically (our region is over 200,000 square kilometres!), I can see the efforts of a dedicated group working together. Each and every photo and story shared by our team takes us one step closer to a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. I am honoured to be a part of this team and I am thrilled to share the happenings of Habitat with our community.

Be well, do good deeds and keep in touch,

Spend $10 or more at any ReStore in Canada and receive a FREE Swiffer Package on Friday November 6th and Saturday November 7th.
From the CEO's Desk

I wrapped up last week's CEO's newsletter piece while Marian was finishing off our packing for a Habitat Global Village week-long trip to New Orleans. After flying out of Pearson at dawn on Saturday, we had Hallowe'en Saturday evening to trip about the French Quarter and all day Sunday to visit the rest of the city, ramped up as it was for a Saints home game.

On Monday, we made the hour trip out to Thibodaux to volunteer at the Bayou Area Habitat's ReStore. Monday and Tuesday were spent putting the finishing touches on a new build in New Orleans east, including forming and pouring its drive and walkways. I dash this off as we head to the second of our three days on a new two-storey build in that same section of the city.

The core of the team on this GV trip is the same one we travelled with to Haiti in 2011 and 2012. I took a pass last summer, but Marian accompanied the team to Whitehorse. It's a pretty special group to be part of, particularly for a New Orleans build.

Team member Ken Meinert headed up Habitat's post-Katrina Gulf Coast recovery effort for two years. Four other members have been on a half-dozen builds in the Big Easy. In fact, by the time we fly out on Sunday, the team will account for three person-years of volunteerism in this area. It's been wonderful to have great tour guides and to have them share their experiences and perspectives on the stunning destruction and recovery of this city.

As you might imagine, the team encompasses a wealth of experience across all facets of Habitat - from mortgage policies to construction techniques. Along with a sun tan and tired body parts that were once muscle, I'm anxious to bring at last some of that knowledge home to Habitat Gateway North.

Have a great week.

Spotlight on Volunteers

George Rector smiles while receving a letter from Bracebridge ReStore Manager Jessica Kozack. George completed 368 hours of service in 2014 and has continued to be an active volunteer in 2015. George does a wonderful job organizing, pricing and merchandising the flooring section at the Bracebridge ReStore. He's even earned the title "Flooring Master"! Thank you George for all you do to make the ReStore great!
From the Community

On Saturday October 31st staff, volunteers, and customers had a great time at the Bracebridge ReStore eating candy, admiring pumpkins, and dressing up in awesome costumes. Jessie, our ReStore Manager and her family took the time to decorate a spooky display at the front of the store which included pumpkins donated by Bracebridge Public School (top left and bottom right photos). We were all amazed at the creative pumpkins decorated by BPS students of various ages. Thanks Bracebridge Public School!

We also had many customers come in dressed up in costumes to take part in our Hallowe'en Costume Contest. One of our favourite customers, Fred, dressed up as Mrs. Doubtfire (top right photo). The ReStore staff loved his costume so we declared him one of the winners of our Costume Contest. Alan Vanclieaf and John McKee, Director of Construction stopped by to sample our goodies as well (bottom left). All in all, the Bracebridge ReStore pulled off a wonderful Hallowe'en Celebration and we can’t wait until next year’s festivities. 
From the Community

Last week, Marg Phillips and Shirley Harris from the Orillia/Lake Country Chapter had some fun at the Business Expo at Casino Rama. The event featured businesses from all across Orillia and Simcoe County and was a great opportunity for networking and building partnerships. Nice safety gear ladies!
Quote of the Week

"The smallest act of kindess is worth more than the grandest intention." - Oscar Wilde
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