Sunday, February 28, 2016

HFH Gateway North News 26.02.2016

Serving Orillia Lake Country, North Simcoe, District of Muskoka, Parry Sound District, North Bay and Blue Sky Region and Sudbury District
Espanola Build Progress

This week, as our build continues in Espanola, our crew was working on interior stairs. With the building closed in, trades were on-hand to work on the plumbing rough-ins. Great work everyone! We can't wait to see some more interior work as we start boarding and drywall soon.
In This Issue:
* Espanola Build Progress
* From the CEO's Desk
* February Habitat Heroes
* South Almaguin Fundraiser
* Winter Carnival Cookie Decorating
* The King Visits the Sudbury ReStore
* Save the Dates
* Quote of the Week
The Newsreel: Quick Facts to Keep You Informed!
* Our Espanola Build rolls on! Stay up to date with photos and more at the Habitat for Humanity - Espanola Build Facebook Page.
* Habitat Canada has launched the Brick for Brick Campaign. 1 in 5 Canadian families are living in unstable homes. But little by little, a brick for brick, you can help bring stability to the lives of many children from low income families. Because you're not just helping us put a roof over their head, you're helping us put the ground beneath their feet. For full details on the campaign
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Hi Habitat Gateway North!

As it rained and the temperature crept up last week, my hope of an early spring seemed like it was coming true. Don't misunderstand - I enjoy winter and winter activities. However, this winter has been a rollercoaster of little to no snow followed by blizzards followed by sub-zero temperatures followed by rain. All in the same week at times! Mother Nature doesn't always seem to agree with my ideal weather patterns, so when a winter storm rolled in this week, my hope of an early spring seemed to disappear.

Anyone who has ever set a goal, drafted a project plan or made family plans for Christmas, knows expectations versus reality are not always the same thing. Very rarely is there a straight line from Point A to Point B (Mother Nature seems to thrill in creating unexpected circumstances)

Presently, there are a number plans in development and nearing completion at Habitat Gateway North. Construction timelines, fundraising schedules, ReStore operations plans, salvage crew manuals, volunteer training... it's all being created, reviewed and adapted for our 2016 build season (if winter does decide to be over...) and beyond.

Once we move to the implementation stage of planning, it becomes critical to also monitor and evaluate. The plan more often ends up looking like the "Reality" of the graphic above - hiccups, unforeseen gaps and mid-plan revisions in abundance. Working as a team, we will need to review what worked, what didn't work, what changed and what we maybe missed the first time around.

It's a wonderful adventure to be on. And the finish line will be so rewarding as we work through the process together.

Be well, do good deeds and keep in touch,

From the CEO's Desk

I was on a course a number of years ago with a wonderful young woman from Winchester, Ontario - farm country southeast of Ottawa. She shared with us that, after once expressing a mid-week wish it were Friday, she was reprimanded by her grandfather for wishing her life away. Thereafter, she said, she’d wish it were last Friday.

I think of her grandfather’s wisdom whenever I catch myself straying out of the present, most particularly when I desperately wish away the interminable months of winter. He was my waking thought this morning as I tried to reconcile the delightful news of March on our doorstep and, from a construction planning perspective, the rather horrific news of March on our doorstep. Will I possibly find myself wishing it were last January?

I took a break from planning activities on Tuesday of this week to run a truck-load of goods up to our Sudbury ReStore. Thanks to staffers Stephanie, Jonathan and Candace, the store is looking great and, like our other ReStore locations, continues to post major gains in performance.

From Sudbury, it was on up to Espanola for a catch-up with site supervisor Jeff Lapierre, his assistant Kris Kring, and volunteer Jim Bailey on our Adelaide Street build.

Jeff and Jim Bailey go back a way. When Jeff was a kid, Jim hired him on an island build project. On the boat ride over, Jim asked to inspect Jeff’s Kmart-quality hammer. No sooner had he had handed it over than Jim tossed it overboard. I kinda’ imagine a Crocodile Dundee moment as Jim handed Jeff a realknife er, framing hammer.

I hadn’t seen the Adelaide property since ground-breaking in mid-December. The semi is an attractive addition to the neighbourhood and progress on the build is impressive, even before considering the challenge of building in the face of a northern Ontario winter. I could be wrong, but my bet is Jeff’s wishing it were last July!

Have a great week.

February Habitat Heroes

Take a a look at this month's exceptional volunteers!
Huntsville ReStore

Sue Hames' strong work ethic and dedication to Habitat is exactly what you want in a volunteer. Sue may be our resident troublemaker (in the best way!), but her positive personality and attitude keep the Huntsville ReStore environment fun and exciting!!
Bracebridge ReStore

Ralph Thompson is a pleasure to work with. He is friendly, hard working and kind. Everyone at the Bracebridge ReStore appreciates his commitment to volunteering with us 3-4 days a week. Thank you for all your help Ralph! 
Orillia ReStore

Our Habitat Hero this month is Diana Hancock. Diana has been volunteering at the Orillia ReStore since we opened. Diana dedicates two mornings each week organizing and ensuring customers leave with a smile. She has been, and continues to be a true asset to Habitat for Humanity! Thank you Diana for all your hard work!
Sudbury ReStore

There are too many positive things we can say about Kelsey! Here a just a few of his great qualities: he is a hard worker, great with people and a wonderful father. All in all he is a good worker/volunteer and a great guy. We appreciate everything he does for us and enjoy his company the days he volunteers.
Winter Carnival Cookie Decorating

On Saturday, February 20, Habitat OGN employees and volunteers had a blast decorating cookies with children and connecting with families at the Gravenhurst Winter Carnival. It's amazing to hear all of the positive feedback from community members about our organization and how we help provide families with an affordable housing solution. A few of the kids who decorated cookies excitedly announced that their friends lived in a Habitat House and enjoyed looking at the big poster board which showcased all of the homes Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North has built so far. We would like to extend a HUGE thank you to Jay and all of his staff at The Bakery in Gravenhurst for their generous donation of over 200 cookies and three large buckets of icing.
Everyone left our Habitat for Humanity cookie decorating booth with icing-covered hands, satisfied stomachs and happy hearts.

The King Visits the Sudbury ReStore

Brad Rose is one of our most valuable customers and he is also a well-respected donor. When he isn't stopping by the ReStore, Brad is an Elvis impersonator and puts on all sorts of shows. When Brad stopped in last week in his full Elvis attire, I had to ask for a photo! He was nice enough to oblige and I had to share. Thank you Brad... Thank you very much!

Stephanie Long
ReStore Manager - Sudbury
Save the Dates

We have several events already scheduled for this year, run by our Chapter Committees and third party groups. So mark your calendars or contact us to get involved!

February 27th - North Bay Poker Ride 2016

June 11th - Band on the Run in support of Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North

June 16th - Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North Golf Classic presented by North Granite Ridge Golf Club

June 23rd - North Bay and Blue Sky Region Chapter Golf Tournament

June 24th/25th - Parry Sound Chapter's Annual Giant Yard Sale and Auction

June/July - Women Build Bracebridge

September 12th - Parry Sound Chapter Golf Tournament at Rocky Crest Golf Club
Quote of the Week

"If you make your business about helping others, you'll always have plenty of work." - Chris Guillebeau

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