Friday, April 8, 2016

HFH Gateway North News 08.04.2016

Serving Orillia Lake Country, North Simcoe, District of Muskoka, Parry Sound District, North Bay and Blue Sky Region and Sudbury District
In This Issue:
* Volunteer Spotlight
* From the CEO's Desk
* Sudbury & District Home Builders' Home Show
* Orillia ReStore Staff
* Huntsville ReStore Auction Corner
* Save the Dates
* Quote of the Week
The Newsreel: Quick Facts to Keep You Informed!
* Support our Bracebridge 2016 Women Build by donating online or joining our Women Build Team. Find out more by contacting usor calling (705) 646-0106 x205.
* 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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Hello Habitat Gateway North Community!

Another week has passed and has been full to the brim with reports, conference calls, brainstorming sessions, advisory group meetings and project plan check-ins. Each week gets more exciting as we step towards accomplishing our goals and finding innovative ways to achieve those goals.

Last weekend, I read an online post by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Big MagicEat Pray Love and more. Her post began with this:

"This is a line my (73 year-old) mother said to me the other day, while she was issuing a gentle warning not to fall into the trap of letting your life get smaller as you get older." 

Her piece of writing shared her mother's life philosophy (you can read Elizabeth Gilbert's post here) and succinctly described conversations I have had with others or even overheard. As we begin to age, we often allow our goals and our adventures to condense and compact.

To be truthful, the post immediately made me think of my own grandmother who, at 92, lives in her own home, volunteers weekly at her local food bank in Toronto, plays bridge with a group, quilts with another group, regularly has lunch dates with friends and continues to travel (although maybe not quite as far as she has in the past) to visit family and friends. My grandma is one of my role models, for her resilience and her optimism.

If we allow our world to shrink, we lose opportunities. Habitat for Humanity provides so many ways to connect with the community and I am so appreciative of the kindness I see across our region. While my week has been full of appointments, meetings and deadlines, it's all part of the bigger picture. Whether it's a 5-year strategic plan or a schedule for the week, objectives keep us moving forward, even if we need to change them. The excitement and adventure of working with a multi-faceted non-profit certainly keeps me on my toes.

Whether it's personal or professional, set some goals, have some adventures and get out in your community, because if you're reading this, you're not done yet.

Be well, do good deeds and keep in touch,

From the CEO's Desk

There isn’t a writer alive, or dead for that matter, who hasn’t lived the truth of the maxim usually attributed to Mark Twain: “If I had had more time, I’d have written a shorter letter.” In fact, I rediscover the truth of that just about every week as I rush to submit my contribution to our newsletter.

Not always, but every once in a while, as a Friday slips away, I reluctantly send my piece to Editor Meghan, thinking to myself: “There’s the kernel of good idea buried in all of those words that I’d really like to have the time to tease out.” But, like all the other days of the week, Friday slips away.

A month or so ago, and over the course of a couple of weeks, we invested considerable effort distilling a “shorter letter” version of the Habitat story for presentation to municipal councils – there are 48 of them in Gateway North’s territory. The story is condensed to four Powerpoint slides that, in a pinch, could be delivered in about five minutes.

Mark Twain would be proud of us.

Dang, I’m proud of us!

So, it was an interesting exercise earlier this week to elaborate on that story in an hour-long presentation on Wednesday to one of Bracebridge’s PROBUS clubs – one of 17 PROBUS clubs in Gateway North’s territory.

As I mentioned to the group, my first experience of Habitat was on the 2011 Carter Work Project in Haiti. Marian and I and our team returned for the 2012 Carter build, adding another 100 homes to the 155 built the year before.

I’ve tried so very often to write of that experience, but it has remained too big, too rich, too emotional to get my head, much less my keyboard, around. The opportunity to share a small measure of that experience with PROBUS’s engaged membership was, for me, cathartic in the preparation and deeply appreciated in the delivery.

Another Friday is slipping away, so I’ll pass this along to Meghan, with the wish, as always, that I had time to write a shorter letter.

Have a great week,

Habitat at the Sudbury & District Home Builders Home Show

Darlene Beaudoin, Sudbury Chapter Fundraising Chair (left), Claudette Strom, Sudbury Chapter Chair, and Stephanie Long, Sudbury ReStore Manager, spent last weekend at the Sudbury & District Home Builders Home Show spreading news of Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North as well as the progress of the Espanola Build. Thanks for all of your hard work putting the booth together ladies!
Orillia ReStore Staff

Our new staff at the Orillia ReStore, Brian (left) and Chris took time for a photo in a "slow" moment! Brian has joined the ranks as our Warehouse Associate while Chris joins the team as our Sales Associate. Both Brian and Chris are fitting right in and doing great work. Three weeks into the job and time for a rest! There's lots more work to do in Orillia as we get ready to relocate!
Huntsville ReStore Auction Corner

Our Huntsville Restores' expanded and improved Auction Corner is now open for your viewing & bidding pleasure!

Each month exceptional antique, vintage and collector items are on display in our silent auction.

There's something for everyone at our ReStores and special treasures in our monthly auction. Don't miss out - stop in to check the latest additions to the Auction Corner.
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!

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/July - Women Build Bracebridge

July 2nd - Parry Sound Chapter's Annual Giant Yard Sale and Auction

July 15th - North Bay and Blue Sky Region Chapter Golf Tournament

September 12th - Parry Sound Chapter Golf Tournament at Rocky Crest Golf Club

October 1st - Amazing Race, North Bay and Blue Sky Region Chapter
Quote of the Week

"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success." - Henry Ford

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