Saturday, June 4, 2016

HFH Gateway North News 03.06.2016

Serving Orillia Lake Country, North Simcoe, District of Muskoka, Parry Sound District, North Bay and Blue Sky Region and Sudbury District
$K for K Challenge

For every $1,000 raised the Huntsville Lake of Bays Firefighters will run one kilometre inFULL GEAR. Their goal is 10 kilometres this year and you can help get them there! Every dollar counts so make your pledge today. Visit for more event details.
In This Issue:
* Band on the Run $K for K Challenge
* From the CEO's Desk
* Welcome New Board Members
* May Habitat Heroes
* Parry Sound Giant Yard Sale
* Road Trip to the North
* HFHOGN Golf Classic
* In The News
* Save the Dates
* Quote of the Week
* Wonder Women
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.
* 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 Brick for Brick campaign
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Hi Habitat Gateway North Team!

I had the pleasure of attending HFHOGN's Annual General Meeting last weekend. I am new to Robert's Rules Of Order and governance models, however, I appreciate the honesty and openness of the HFHOGN Board Directors. At each Board meeting I attend, I gain valuable insight into the governance of a not-for profit. I also love to see the positive, thoughtful discussion from all of the Board members.

Whether it had something to do with being fresh from an AGM and feeling enthusiastic about the cause or simply a product of timing, this week has been organized chaos.

The relocation of our Orillia ReStore to 220 James St., West is in progress, requiring the submission of build and signage permits, securing contractors and trades and sourcing shelving, displays and product. In addition to the renovations, we will be accepting donations at the new James Street location startingJune 10th on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Drop in for our open-for-donations celebration on Saturday, June 11th with your donation for the ReStore and/or The Sharing Place food bank in Orillia. Until we hold our soft opening for the new location on July 2nd, find your treasures at our 1-3835 Campbell Rd. location at 75% off the ticketed price.

Next Saturday, June 11th, is also Band on the Run in Huntsville, which we are the partner charity for this year. Whether you're a runner or not, there looks to be something for everyone! We're gathering a volunteer contigent to support the festivities and Hilary will be running in the event. If you'd like to take part in this amazing annual event as a volunteer, get in touch today.

We are pleased to be on the verge of a building permit for our semi-detached in Huntsville, especially since we have a group of adults and youth joining us from Plymouth Church in Shaker Heights, Ohio fromJune 12th to 18th. Builds are always exciting. Having a group travel to us to support a build project is even more special and we look forward to welcoming them to Muskoka.

Our HFHOGN Golf Classic approaches on Thursday June 16th with only a few more spaces left for golfers. Our special guest for the tournament is Habitat for Humanity Canada President & CEO Mark Rodgers. We've also planned a special evening meet and greet with Mark on the evening of June 15th. Mark is incredibly passionate about serving families and if you have not had the chance to meet him, contact us to get your name on the guest list.

Our Port McNicoll home is just about ready for our family to move in. Our Espanola Build is approaching the final stages and is slated for completion this month. Both construction crews are doing an exceptional job and we have to say a huge thank you to all of those volunteers for their continued support.

And that just takes us to the end of June...

Be well, do good deeds and keep in touch,

From the CEO's Desk

I mentioned in my last note our Board of Directors had a busy day in North Simcoe last Saturday. It was, in fact, a triple-header. The day began with the final meeting of the Board of Directors with whom I’ve had the pleasure of working for almost a year now. We moved into HFHOGN’s Annual General Meeting, at which regretful good-byes were said to a few departing directors, and enthusiastic hellos to three new additions. Then the new Board met long enough for some basic house-keeping duties. The day concluded with a celebratory social time thanks to the wonderful hospitality of Board Director Gerard Lyons and his spouse Lana.

Departing Board members are Peter Daleman, Johanne Hills, John Humble, and Marjorie Witzu, following the earlier departures of Directors Haley MacDonald and Jayson Swain. Our new directors are BJ Szabicot, long active with our North Bay and Blue Sky Region Chapter, Jim McLellan, another active volunteer with our Parry Sound Chapter, and Michael Price, although somewhat new to the HFH world, no stranger to not-for-profit governance. They join President Jack Lanctot, Vice-president Linda Acton-Riddle, Treasurer Tom Phillip, and Directors Scot Lowes, Gerard Lyons, Brian Ternoway, and Claudette Strom. The Board welcomed new-comer BJ Szabicot to the Executive Committee as Secretary. Greg Cowan, our Communications Officer, will be posting updated profiles on our website Board tab in the next week.

A huge thanks to the Muskoka Community Foundation for an extraordinary outing on Wednesday to the Wasan Island Symposium, sponsored by the German-based Breuninger Stiftung (foundation). “A Smart & Caring Muskoka for Children and Youth” was the theme of this year’s event, attended by 30 representatives of local government, community-based service organizations, donors, and the Breuninger Foundation.

It was a tremendous day of often intense discussion, idea and information sharing, and invaluable connection-making. And having had some experience in other communities, it was a stellar example of the role and richness a Community Foundation uniquely brings to a community.

Have a great week,


Facilitator Randy French (left) reviews the afternoon agenda at Wednesday’s Wasan Island Symposium on creating “A Smart & Caring Muskoka for Children and Youth,” convened by the Muskoka Community Foundation with the support of the Breuninger Foundation. 
A mix of remaining, departing and new Board members gathered for some celebratory social time following last Saturday’s Board triple-header.

From left to right, Linda Acton-Riddle, Claudette Strom, BJ Szabicot, Jack Lanctot, Johanne Hills, John Humble, Scot Lowes, Gerard Lyons, and Brian Ternoway. 
Welcome New Board Members

As we say farewell to several dedicated Board Members, we welcome a few new faces to the table. Michael Price (right), BJ Szabicot (bottom left) and Jim McLellan (bottom right) were all appointed as Board Directors last weekend at the HFHOGN Annual General Meeting.
May Habitat Heroes

Midland ReStore

Larry Collins is the husband of our last Hero of the month, Sandra Collins and he has been with us since the beginning. Larry has many talents, including rewiring lamps, testing appliances, building cabinets or whatever needs putting together, or taken apart. Larry has also been involved with building Habitat homes in the area. He is what you would call "a jack of all trades". He is very much appreciated, and lots of fun too! Thank you from us all Larry!
Orillia ReStore

Steve has been joining us for nearly two years, never failing to appear every Saturdaywith a different joke. We are fortunate that he comes with a variety of talents, one being his ability to make hand-made canes/walking sticks. His hand-made items are usually put into our silent auction as they are so unique. We all appreciate Steve's talents and friendly manner.  Thank you Steve from all of us in the Orillia ReStore.
Sudbury ReStore

Ella is outgoing, friendly and very hard working. She is always ready to lend a hand and she has taken initiative on a number of important ReStore tasks. Ella is great with our ReStore customers. We are very grateful to have an EXTRAORDINARY volunteer like Ella in the Sudbury ReStore. Thank you for all of your support Ella! 
Bracebridge ReStore

Doug is an exceptional volunteer. He helps wherever and whenever someone needs a hand. Doug is a friendly and hard working person. Everyone at the ReStore loves having him around because he is such a huge help! He also always has a joke in his back pocket to help make us laugh and smile. Thanks for all of your hard work Doug; we greatly appreciate all of your support! 
Huntsville ReStore

Fred Knell is an amazing person that embodies all the great qualities of a volunteer. Fred volunteers 1 to 2 times a week at the Huntsville ReStore and when at the store, he is always helping donors, having conversations with staff & customers and sharing his expertise. His positive outlook on life always brings joy, happiness and fun to everyone he encounters during the day. He is a true believer in Habitat's mission. Thank you Fred!
Hilary Kellam (left), Greg Cowan and Andrea Brock stand outside the Adelaide St. build site in Espanola.

Road Trip to the North

Greg Cowan and I embarked on an adventure to Sudbury and Espanola this past Tuesday. We both were very excited to visit the Sudbury ReStore and Espanola Build for the first time.

When we walked into the ReStore we were happily greeted by ReStore Manager Stephanie and had the pleasure of meeting Candace, John, Lance, Andrea and Ella. We also met a few members of the fantastic Espanola Build team; Jeff, Kris and James.

It is very clear that our Northern Habitat Team is working very hard to achieve great things! We would like to extend a huge thank you and congratulations to both groups for their incredible accomplishments and we are definitely looking forward to Road Trip Adventure 2.0.

Hilary Kellam
Administrative Assistant

P.S. For all of those who are wondering, we did see the famous Sudbury Big Nickel!
Top photo: Lance St. Louis (left), Stephanie Long (centre) and Andrea Brock (centre right) welcome Greg Cowan (centre left) and Hilary Kellam (right) to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Sudbury.

Top left: Kris and James (left) review the build plans for the house in Espanola. James is attending school for architectural design and earning hours on the build site. 
Attention Golfers: Do you want to play an excellent round of golf for a great deal and support a worthwhile cause?

Swing your clubs so we can swing our hammers!

Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North is holding its 3rd Annual Golf Classic at the North Granite Ridge Golf Course on Thursday June 16th. Single players can register for $120 and foursomes can register for $400 (not including HST). Golfer packages will include 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch, dinner, a goodie bag, and the chance to bid on numerous silent auction items.

To register, please call the North Granite Ridge Golf Course (705)-385-0808 or
In The News

Habitat for Humanity Canada CEO to visit Bracebridge
Read the full story here.

Construction boom leads to demand for skilled labour in Huntsville
Huntsville Forester | ALISON BROWNLEE
Read the full story here.
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 10th – New Orillia ReStore opens for donations, Fridays through Sundays, 9 am to 3 pm

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 - Huntsville Build

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

July 9th - Grand Opening - Orillia ReStore at 220 James St. W

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

August - Women Build Bracebridge

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

"What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal." - Albert Pine

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