Friday, November 20, 2015

HFH Gateway North NEWS: North Bay and Blue Sky Region Edition

Thank You North Bay Community

The North Bay and Blue Sky Region Chapter has ramped up its efforts to complete the Feronia Build at 6230 Highway 63 over the past several weeks so Crystal Daly and her family can move in prior to Christmas. It is heartwarming to see the dedication of our volunteers and our contractors. Often, you will see Lacourse Construction on site until10:30 at night as well as on Saturdays. Thank you Jake Lacourse, Rolly Sicard and Richard Lacourse for your hard work.

We would like to acknowledge the ongoing commitment of Jane Haddow and Steve Beck who have put in several Saturdays in the past few weeks mudding, sanding drywall, painting  and installing kitchen cabinets. This week Josh, an electrician, volunteered 14 hours to finish electrical connections.

We were also the beneficiaries of the USAF members posted in North Bay. Thank you Captain Josh Tannehill, Sgt. Michael Stodeur and Sgt. Curtis Hunter, Jr. for volunteering on site for the past couple of weeks as part of your community outreach program.

We are readying the house for the Home Dedication this Sunday November 22, at which point attendees will be able to see what the final house will look like. We are awaiting some finishing touches such as countertops, interior door and trim installation and landscaping but the majority of the work has been completed. We are so grateful for everyone who has been involved in this build. We hope to see you on Sunday to celebrate the work of each and every person who has helped!

John Humble
Chapter Committee Chair
North Bay and Blue Sky Region Chapter
North Bay Build 2015 - Humble House

As we finish our home build project in Feronia and dedicate it this weekend, we have a chance to look back on the project and see the fruits of our labour. This home, in honour of our pre-amalgamation Board Chair and post-amalgamation Chapter Chair John Humble, is being dedicated as the "Humble House".

In 2011, after a large portion of board and long-time volunteers departed from our organization, John was faced with the unenviable task of holding the affiliate together.
Finding himself elevated to the position of Board Chair, John was able to not only 'hold together' the affiliate, but also spearhead our part in the regional amalgamation, the construction of our 4th house parternering with our 5th family, reconnect with some of the departed volunteers (including a founder), begin the process of establishing a ReStore in North Bay, and contribute uncountable hours to our organization even though he is a new grandfather and dedicated husband.

We would be in a much worse position organizationally and our community would be much poorer without his efforts over the past four years. John Humble lives up to his name in all his activities; Habitat-related and otherwise. We wish for him to be forever associated with this tangible reminder of the good Habitat does, and the way in which we do it; the Humble House.

BJ Szabicot
Publicity & Volunteer Coordinator
North Bay and Blue Sky Region Chapter
In This Issue:
* From the CEO's Desk
* National Leadership Conference 2015
* Home Dedication Details
* New Faces
* Community Partnership
* From the Community
* Quote of the Week
The Newsreel: Quick Facts to Keep You Informed!
* North Bay and Blue Sky Region Chapter will be hosting a Snowmobile Poker Ride this coming February 2016, with all proceeds (of course) going to Habitat. Stay tuned for more details.
* Winter Wear Drive continues at the Bracebridge ReStore. Until Monday December 7th, we will be accepting donations of gently used or new hats, coats, scarves and mitts. All of these donations will be given to Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs in Gravenhurst. 
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Hello Habitat Gateway North!

This weekend, we welcome three new partner families into Habitat for Humanity homeownership. OnSaturday, November 21st, we are presenting keys to families in Penetanguishene and Seguin Township. OnSunday, November 22nd, we'll be presenting keys to a family in North Bay.

Home dedications are an achievement for the family, the chapter and Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North. Key ceremonies are the culmination of hard work from so many individuals. The mission of Habitat for Humanity is evident in every person who attends a home dedication.

The area Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North serves is large, with many communities, each facing different economic conditions. In the grand scheme of things, three families may not seem like a big deal. For those three families, it's a complete change.

To give some perspective here are a few statistics from the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) Fall 2014 survey.  In North Bay, the average market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $878/month. In order to afford the apartment the household must earn $35,120 per year or $16.88 per hour. Minimum wage earnings for a year, based on $11/hour, is $22,880.

The numbers show the gap between income and affordability. The sentiments from a Habitat partner family at our Gravenhurst home dedication in March tell the human side of the story: “I don’t think that anything we could say is going to be enough to express how we feel. The love and support we’ve seen from the community has been amazing and it makes us proud to be a part of it. It means the world to us to partner with Habitat and have a safe and healthy home for our children to grow in. And so for everyone that had a hand in helping make this house and this dream become reality, I just want to say thank you.”

With three more families receiving keys to their new Habitat homes this weekend, Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North will finish 2015 partnering with 42 families across our region. Forty-two families and we're gearing-up to serve more each year. Each and every one of you make it possible for us to partner with families, build homes and change lives.

Be well, do good deeds and keep in touch,

Meghan
From the CEO's Desk

I cut out of the office early Wednesday afternoon of this week to attend Habitat’s 2016 National Leadership Retreat in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The Thursday and Friday conference unofficially kicked off with a private dinner Wednesday evening – the type of get-together that can be instrumental in setting a relaxed, collegial tone for the subsequent official program. And it did.

I write this Thursday evening after a full day of exhaustive discussions around the Canadian Habitat federation’s emerging strategic direction: Who are we serving? How can we better serve them? How can we make building easier, faster? How do we bolster our leadership abilities? How do we outfit affiliates with required tools?

In between the scheduled sessions, there are, of course, the invaluable opportunities to catch up with fellow ED/CEOs and attending board members, and to exchange notes on issues and solutions. At the half-way point of the retreat, I’m so very pleased to know I’ll go back to the office with a list of resources on which we can lean for support, and, equally, that HFHOGN has the opportunity to provide support to a few of our neighbouring affiliates. Without question, we’re stronger together.

Many thanks and congratulations to our North Simcoe, Parry Sound and North Bay Chapters that will each host dedications services this weekend – North Simcoe and Parry Sound on Saturday, North Bay on Sunday. The dedication service symbolizes so much, not the least of which is the extraordinary commitment of our volunteers.

Have a great week,

David 
Habitat for Humanity CEO and President Mark Rodgers was the opening keynote speaker at the 2015 National Leadership Retreat hosted this week in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The retreat was focused on further refining HFH's strategic direction in the interest of serving more families each year.
Home Dedication Details

North Simcoe - Saturday November 21
Join our North Simcoe Chapter in welcoming Winter King, Josh Smith and their two children into the Habitat family. The dedication will take place at their new home at 38 Sheridan St. in Penetanguishene at 1 p.m. with a reception to follow.

Parry Sound – Saturday November 21
Our Parry Sound District Chapter is eager to welcome Jennifer & Ryan Bernas and their four children into their newly renovated home at 1155 Lake Joseph Rd. in Seguin Township. The ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. This home and property was generously donated to Habitat for Humanity by Walter & Maria Schneider.

North Bay – Sunday November 22
North Bay and Blue Sky Region Chapter is excited to dedicate the "Humble House" and welcome Crystal Daly and her four children into their new home. The festivities begin at2 p.m. at 6230 Hwy 63 in North Bay.
New Faces

Justin Pritchard joins the Habitat for Humanity team as ReStore Manager in Huntsville. With years of management experience with Walmart Canada in multiple roles, we're excited to have Justin's fresh perspective take the lead in Huntsville.
New Faces

Zak Keating completes our truck crew in Huntsville! Zak has volunteered with the Huntsville ReStore in recent months and we are thrilled to welcome him to Habitat as a Driver/ Warehouse Associate. If you're in Huntsville, stop in to say hello or wave as you see the truck out and about.
New Faces

Aura Devy (right) is our new face behind the counter at the Bracebridge ReStore. Whether you're registering for the silent auction or hunting for deals, say hello to Aura and we're sure you'll get a smile back!

Dave Woodcox is our new Receiver at the Bracebridge ReStore. As Bobby is now the Distribution Centre Manager, he is in charge of coordinating product to all ReStores. Dave will be the man making sure items are clean, priced and out on the sales floor in Bracebridge. 
New Faces

Nick Kimball joins Paul on our Bracebridge truck. Nick has years of experience driving, moving and hauling and is already a hard worker, jumping right into things. Welcome to the team Nick!
Community Partnership

Last week while attending the Orillia Winter Carnival meeting, the OWC Committee unanimously agreed the benefactor of the Polar Bear Dip would be the Orillia/Lake Country Chapter of Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North. The Annual Polar Bear Dip is to be held February 13th, 2016.

The OWC Committee asked that all money donated to Habitat be used to purchase specific items such as a furnace “so the occupants will never be cold”. Depending on the funds raised , more than one item could be purchased for the family’s home.

We would like to say “many thanks” to the Orillia Winter Carnival committee for their generosity and support!

Marg Phillips
Family Selection Committee Chair
Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North
Orillia/Lake Country Chapter
From the Community

Our semi-detached in Gravenhurst is truly 100% finished! Last week a local stonemason assisted in finishing the lower portion of the semi-detached homes with stonework. We might be biased, but we think it looks pretty amazing!

A big thank you to Alan VanClieaf for all of your work in coordinating the final steps over the past few months.
Quote of the Week

"The only way to do great work is to love what you do." - Steve Jobs

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