Friday, June 24, 2016

HFH Gateway North News 24.06.2016

Espanola Families Announced

It was a special night on Thursday, June 23rd. In the cafeteria of the Espanola Regional Hospital & Health Centre Kathy Yusko, Chair of the Family Selection Committee, announced the two families qualified as homeowners for the semi-detached house on Adelaide St. Excitement and anticipation were felt all throughout the room. Both families will complete 500 hours of Sweat Equity in partnership with Habitat and the community. As homeowners, they will carry an interest-free mortgage with no down payment.

Above: Angie & Logan Scheel received congratulations from Espanola Mayor Ron Piche.

Below: Sasha Leonard and Sheldon Lacasse (centre) were absolutely thrilled to hear of their qualification as Habitat homeowners from Kathy Yusko (far right).

Below: Sheldon Lacasse, Sasha Leonard and Angie Scheel cut their congratulatory cake. Welcome to the Habitat family!
In This Issue:
* Espanola Families Announced
* From the CEO's Desk
* We're Making A Movie
* National Aboriginal Day Celebrations at the Sudbury ReStore
* Parry Sound Annual Giant Yard Sale
* North Bay's Amazing Race
* Save the Dates
* Quote of the Week
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* 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.
* 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 Community!

After the busyness of last week, this week has seemed like calmer waters. Of course, calmer waters are relative. In comparison to putting on 3 events in 36 hours, this week has been easy, but that doesn't mean we're not hard at work.

This week, I had the chance to celebrate my nephew's second birthday. He's an active little guy and his gift for this year was a life jacket. Not exactly a "fun" gift, but an important one. He tore the tissue paper from the bag, full of excitement, to reveal the life jacket. Then, he looked at the gift and went straight back to the paper. We spent at least 45 minutes throwing tissue paper in the air and watching it fall. Taking the time to stop and watch the paper fall (amidst very cute toddler giggles) was exactly the lesson I needed this week.

With a bit of downtime through the week, it was wonderful to look back on last week's events, sift through photos and marvel at the masterpiece of what was accomplished. Better still was to note the events of this week, like the Family Announcement in Espanola on Thursday evening.

In my opinion, you need to have both: the busyness and the rest. You can appreciate the hustle while also appreciating the little things. Watching the paper fall. The teamwork of the Ohio crew on the build site. The expression of shock and excitement on a new homeowner's face. It's what gets us from here to there, but it's also what gives us the drive to cover the space in between.

In the midst of the hustle and bustle of an average work week it's easy to be caught up in the work and forget to see the reasons. However, it's important to make the time and reflect. Stop and smell the roses. It's worth it.

Be well, do good deeds and keep in touch,

From the CEO's Desk

It’s been a short work week for me. Marian and I spent an extended long-weekend in Niagara and her late mother’s hometown of Port Dalhousie, now part of St. Catharines, before taking in our youngest son’s graduation convocation at Niagara College on Tuesday. Along the way, we dropped in to say hello at the HFH Niagara affiliate offices and to do some shopping and R&D (i.e. research and duplicate) at its beautiful and very successful main ReStore location.

We often say, “It’s a small world,” less often do we acknowledge the more profound truth that the circle is small. On Monday, while visiting Habitat Niagara, with my friend and counterpart Alistair Davis commented on his affiliate’s great relationship with Niagara College. On Tuesday, in his concluding remarks to the graduating class, college president Dan Patterson at once praised his students’ extra-curricular contributions to the community and admonished the graduates to make such contribution an ongoing part of their lives. In doing so, he specifically mentioned the college’s involvement in nine Habitat builds in the Niagara community. It was a special sort of parental moment after the ceremony to snap a picture of Ben with President Patterson and to mention to the president that Ben has built with Habitat in Haiti.

Yesterday morning, I had the opportunity to do a presentation to the Huntsville Probus organization. Doing such presentations is a major interruption in the day-to-day flow of activities…for which I’m immensely grateful. They re-centre me on why we’re doing what we’re doing.

I got more of that in spades last evening, making the dash to Espanola just in time for the community announcement of the two families selected to own our new semi-detached homes in that community. It was a wonderful and moving event, filling the regional hospital cafeteria to capacity, with a terrific percentage of the attendees still in their first decade of life.

Welcome to Angela, Sasha, Sheldon and their families. And many, many thanks to Sudbury Chapter Family Selection Committee Chair Kathy Yusko and committee members Chris Gilles, Marlo Desjardins, Mark Bond, Jocelyn Bousque, Terry Noble, and Sheri Commission for their tremendous and diligent work in the selection process. Huge thanks, as well, to Kathy, Spenser Shaw and the many other hands that made last evening such a special event. As I was leaving, a large, imposing gentleman from the community thanked me for Habitat’s work, confessed that he had had trouble keeping his eyes dry through the formal proceedings, and pledged his future support for our activities in Espanola.

It doesn’t get much better than that!

Have a great week,

National Aboriginal Day Celebrations at the Sudbury ReStore

High Eagle drummers from Wikwemikong Adam Kaboni (right), Wyatt Bell Metansinine and Harvey Bell Jr. came to the Sudbury ReStore to sing and drum on June 21st to celebrate Aboriginal Day. We were so honored to have these three men represent their culture with us. The Sudbury ReStore says miigwetch to them and their families for traveling two hours to sing and drum for us at the ReStore.  
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 - Fridays to Sundays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 220 James St. West open for Donations

June - Huntsville Build now underway

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

July 9th - Soft Opening of the Orillia ReStore at 220 James St. W

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

August - Women Build Bracebridge

August 17th - Orillia ReStore hosts the Chamber After 5

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

October 1st - Amazing Race, North Bay and Blue Sky Region Chapter
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