Friday, June 10, 2016

HFH Gateway North News 10.06.2016

Serving Orillia Lake Country, North Simcoe, District of Muskoka, Parry Sound District, North Bay and Blue Sky Region and Sudbury District
Parry Sound Dragon Boat Festival

Lakeland Power Distribution Inc. is proud to ‪sponsor the Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North Parry Sound Chapter dragon boat team participating at the 12th Annual Parry Sound Scotiabank Dragon Boat Festival tomorrow (June 11) at Waubuno Beach!

"With your help, we can raise some much needed funds for next year's project (duplex) on Addie St. in ‪Parry Sound. It is companies like yours [Lakeland Power] that can make a true difference in the health and wellbeing of our wonderful community, and our endeavours to create some affordable housing for deserving families."
- Hans de Vries, Founder and Parry Sound Chapter Chair
In This Issue:
* Parry Sound Dragon Boat Festival
* From the CEO's Desk
* Orillia Donation Drive
* Midland ReStore Hosts Chamber After Hours
* $K for K Challenge
* Parry Sound Annual Giant Yard Sale
* Third Annual Golf Classic
* Amazing Race Fundraiser
* 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.
* 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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Hello Habitat Gateway North!

Last weekend what I likely needed was a relaxing weekend of sleeping in, sunshine and maybe catching up on a few chores around the house. Instead, I spent the weekend in Orangeville at my first horse show of the summer. I can't say it was relaxing, but it was a wonderful experience and a great way to spend the weekend.

When I'm not at work, I'm most often found at the barn training an off-the-track Thoroughbred for his second career: jumping. Last weekend was our first foray to another barn for a show. While more than a little tired by the end of the weekend, I was absolutely thrilled with the results (mostly that we went to a new place and didn't completely lose our heads). While it took months of work to get us to where we are now there is still plenty of room to grow and improve; and five more shows to test ourselves with.

The exciting part of a horse show is not necessarily the competition but the determination and teamwork it takes to get you there. As a barn, 12 of us were busy Saturday morning packing trunks, bathing horses and loading them onto the trailer. When we reached Orangeville in our convoy, we then had to unload, train for an hour, and ensure the horses were fed and watered before grabbing dinner and getting to bed.

Sunday was an early start and a long day. However, there were so many lovely little moments along the way that perfectly capture the sense of comraderie. One rider holding two horses while the other rider polishes boots. Four riders standing at the edge of the show ring helping each other memorize the jumping course they need to remember. Moms, dads, and partners helping by holding equipment, horses, ribbons and whatever else might be necessary. Of course, it's a whirlwind and at the end you sit back and say "Well that's done. Now on to the next."

I've found myself saying those same words all week. As I finish submitting one permit, there's another assignment to take it's place. As the details for one event fall into place, another event takes centre stage. The long range forecast: June will be busy, July will be busy and August will be busy.

"Whatever is on your plate got there because you said yes to it – in the fullness of ambition and desire and wanting to eat life whole." - Danielle LaPorte

While this summer is full of activity on every level at Habitat (ReStores, builds, events and more), there are those same lovely little moments I get to experience with fellow staff, amazing volunteers and community partners. While the calendar is full, it's because we've said yes and committed to those activities. Much like my weekend at the horse show, it's a busy and bustling environment and I would not want it any other way.

Be well, do good deeds and keep in touch,

From the CEO's Desk

German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche is credited with the observation: “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.” John Lennon is credited, probably inaccurately, with the observation: “If you aren’t growing, you’re dying.”

Beginning today and for the duration of June, our new Orillia ReStore location at 220 James Street West (at Memorial Avenue) will be open for donations from 9 – 3, Fridays through Sundays. To celebrate this milestone, we’ve invited The Sharing Place food bank to join us in also receiving donations for its shelves tomorrow (Saturday) and for a donor lunch-time BBQ.

Moving north, Band on the Run is on for tomorrow in Huntsville, with Habitat designated as this year’s beneficiary. Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Fighters have committed to run one kilometre in full fire-fighting gear for every $1,000 raised. As I write this, over $8,000 has been pledged. If you’ve yet to get behind the effort, visit

Moving further north, the 12th Annual Parry Sound Dragon Boat Festival is also on fortomorrow. Hans de Vries and our remarkably hard-working Chapter have a boat entered as they kick-off a fundraising drive for a 2017 build on a piece of property we’ll close on in a couple of weeks. If you’ve yet to get behind this effort, please connect with Hans ASAP at 705-774-0994 or

On Sunday, Robb Forward and a group of 22 volunteers from Plymouth Church in Shaker Heights, Ohio will arrive in Huntsville to lend us a hand for the week. We’ll ask the group to do a couple of days of site prep work for our building lot in Huntsville, and to take part in a spring cleaning drive in our Huntsville and Bracebridge ReStores.

On Wednesday, Habitat Canada President and CEO Mark Rodgers will land in Bracebridge. We’ve planned an informal late-afternoon community reception in honour of his visit. On Thursday morning, we invite the entire Habitat community to join Mark in a ground-breaking ceremony at 11 Irene Street in Huntsville. Under the watchful eye of Randy Blain, our 2016 Build Lead, we expect excavation of the site and construction of a semi-detached to be underway by the end of the week.

On Thursday afternoon, we’ll move Mark along to the Muskoka Chapter’s annual golf tournament.

In the background of all of the above, our plans move forward for the July 2nd “soft” opening of the new Orillia ReStore. A contractor is lined up to do our relatively minor outfitting of the space. We’ll partition washrooms, a multi-purpose lunch and meeting room, a receiving area, a small office, and a sales area. Meanwhile, we’ll figure out what to do with patches of peeling paint on our freshly-painted floor!

It’s remarkable how my writing all of the above belies the mountain of logistical and organizational work that underpins such activity, by our chapters and within the regional affiliate office. That work includes development and execution of advertising campaigns, coordination with community partners and service provides, recruitment of summer student staff, application for a choking volume of permits, etc., etc., etc.

I’ve been commiserating heavily this past week on an ethereal plane with Friedrich and John. My less articulate mash up of their collected wisdom is: “If we survive this particular couple of weeks, we’ll be a much stronger organization.” Of course, we will survive and I’m already seeing signs of an emerging strength.


Have a great week,

Photo taken by Rick Matty of SnapD Midland/Penetang

Midland ReStore Hosts Chamber After Hours

The Midland ReStore hosted the Southern Georgian Bay Chamber of Commerce Business After 5 on Thursday evening. During the event David Morris (left) and Kris Eacott accepted awards for their respective anniversaries as members of the Chamber. 
  • Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North North Simcoe Chapter (15 Years)
  • Douglas and Eacott Chartered Accountants LLP (40 years!) 
Thank you to everyone who helped put together the event!

Photo: Habitat staff Lori, Greg, David, Hilary, Marg and Lisa were thrilled to accept their membership award on Thursday evening.
Orillia Donation Drive

Today we kicked off our donation drive for our new ReStore home at 220 James St. West in Orillia. Our crew is on hand Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. to accept your donations for the rest of the month.

Stop by tomorrow for our official kick-off featuring a barbecue, live on-location with The Dock 104.1 FM and drop-off canned goods for The Sharing Place in Orillia or items for the ReStore. Get ready to shop on July 2nd!
$K for K Challenge

For every $1,000 raised the Huntsville Lake of Bays Firefighters will run one kilometre in FULL GEAR on Saturday June 11th. 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.
Third Annual HFHOGN Golf Classic

Swing your Clubs so we can Swing our Hammers!

The Habitat for Humanity 3rd Annual Golf Classic presented by North Granite Ridge Golf Club is looking for golfers! We are offering an incredible deal with only a few spaces left! Registration includes 18 holes of golf, lunch, dinner, a goodie bag and the chance to bid on excellent silent auction items.

The tournament is Thursday June 16th, registration will begin at 11:30am as well as lunch and golf will start at 1pm. All proceeds from the day will support our build in Huntsville of a semi-detached home for two local families. Please call North Granite Ridge to register today(705)-385-0808.
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 11th - Annual Parry Sound Dragon Boat Festival at Waubuno Beach

June 15th - Meet N' Greet with Habitat for Humanity Canada President & CEO Mark Rodgers, RSVP event

June 16th - Official Groundbreaking Ceremony - Huntsville Build at Irene & Walter St.

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

"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new." - Socrates

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