Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North is a non-profit, multifaith-based housing program. Habitat invites people from the broad spectrum of social, ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds to work in partnership to build homes and hope with families in need.
The Sudbury, North Bay and Timmins branches of Habitat for Humanity have pooled their resources with groups in Muskoka. A new regional organization has been created called Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
HFH Gateway North News 30.06.2016
Serving Orillia Lake Country, North Simcoe, District of Muskoka, Parry Sound District, North Bay and Blue Sky Region and Sudbury District
Orillia ReStore Relocation
This week has been a flurry at 3835 Campbell Road as well as at 220 James St. West. The doors of our new location will open this weekend, Saturday July 2, with an official grand opening to be announced in the coming weeks.
Thank you Marg, Donna, Chris, Bill, Brian, Bill, Mitchell, Travis, Derek, Kayla and all of the other amazing volunteers and staff who have helped navigate the relocation process.
In This Issue: * Orillia ReStore Relocation * From the CEO's Desk * Española Home Painting * Habitat Heroes * In The News * South Almaguin Trunk and Tailgate Sale & BBQ * Parry Sound Annual Giant Yard Sale * North Bay Amazing Race * 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. * 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 visit habitat.ca/brickforbrick
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Hello Habitat Gateway North!
Monthly, I participate in a book club with some friends. It isn't incredibly formal or strict. We choose books, give ourselves ample time to read them and gather roughly every month to chat about the book, share food and then watch the movie. It's a great way to expand your book choice and read something you may not have otherwise picked up.
The last two months we read The 100 Year Old Man Who Jumped Out The Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson and Unbroken by Laura Hillebrand. Of the almost 20 books we've chosen for book club, these two are amongst my favourites. The 100 Year Old Man is translated from Swedish, is a quick read and is full of humour and life lessons.
Unbroken is the devastatingly hopeful true story of Louie Zamperini, the Olympic runner who spent almost 4 years in a World War II POW camp in the Pacific. And I couldn't put it down. It is full of heartbreaking experiences, but also full of perseverance, dedication and hope. I highly recommend both books, for very different reasons.
It's a short week this week as we observe Canada Day this Friday. However, for our Orillia staff, it may feel like the week that will never end. The crew in Orillia is an exceptional team, and despite hiccups and changes of plan, they've rolled with the punches and dug deep to make things happen.
Moving a ReStore is not an easy task, as anyone in the Habitat world who has lived it can attest to. The Orillia staff and volunteers deserve the highest praise for their perseverance and dedication. Not only have they fully outfitted a brand new location but have also completely cleared out the old location. Thank you Marg, Donna, and the rest of your amazing team for all of your hard work!
Enjoy your long weekend everyone.
Be well, do good deeds and keep in touch,
From the CEO's Desk
This might be the week to write of the trials and tribulations – not yet passed – of moving a ReStore location. This might the week to write of the joyous relief of finally having in hand our first build permit of the 2016 season. But on this Thursday, when the move to our new Orillia ReStore could most desperately use every last hour of a full, five-day week, I’d like to instead celebrate the upcoming birthday of a dear friend.
I hitchhiked Canada in my late teens. It was a smaller country then, not yet stretching in the national zeitgeist to that third, most northerly sea. And while fading, it was still safe in that same national zeitgeist for a young person to go thumb-about.
In the decades since, I’ve remain convinced there’s a sensibility to the rugged soul of Canada reserved for those who deliberately court it.
I’ve remained convinced there’s a particular poignancy to the majestic, soul-stirring beauty of this country reserved for those who view it alone, far from anything more familiar than a lonesome-tinged thought and a well-travelled packsack.
And I’ve remained certain there’s a particular love-of-country that comes from feeling at once alone and at home in a vast, improbable land.
Happy Birthday, fellow country-people. Best wishes for a joyous Canada Day and a great week.
Española Home Painting
A full crew of volunteers took on painting this week at our Espanola build. Newly selected homeowners Sheldon Lacasse, Sasha Leonard and Angie Scheel joined the painting volunteers as part of their sweat equity.
Habitat Heroes - June
Anthony D is a dedicated volunteer who has been with the Huntsville ReStore for one month and has already put in 150 hours of service! His enthusiasm, hard work ethic and up-beat attitude have been a great addition to the Huntsville ReStore. He brings much appreciated pizzazz and positive outlook to the Huntsville ReStore. Anthony goes above and beyond every single day. Thank you so much for everything you do at the Huntsville ReStore.
Corey is our volunteer of the month and he has been volunteering for two months. We have been assisting him with different learning opportunities and he has been working hard to keep our store in tip-top shape. We thank Corey very much for his persistence and dedication to the Sudbury ReStore.
Judith Marnoch is our Monday afternoon volunteer that has been with us since January. She is a very kind and caring person who loves to interact with our customers. Judith is a hard worker, and quick learner. She likes to keep busy and learn new things. We are grateful that she travels all those kilometers from Port Severn, to come and help us with the store. Judith is one of our treasures that we value so much. Thank you Judith!
Peter McKee is an excellent ReStore Volunteer! He is friendly, kind, a hard worker and is always a pleasure to work with. Peter helps at the ReStore twice a week and recently helped us at our Golf Tournament at North Granite Ridge. We greatly appreciate all your help Peter! Congratulations on being our Hero of the Month and keep up the great work!
In The News
Meet the family moving into one of the Habitat homes THE MID NORTH MONITOR | Jessica Brousseau Read the 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!
July 2nd - Parry Sound Chapter's Annual Giant Yard Sale and Auction
July 2nd - South Almaguin Trunk and Tailgate Sale & BBQ
July 2nd - Soft Opening of the Orillia ReStore at 220 James St. W
July 15th - North Bay and Blue Sky Region Chapter Golf Tournament
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
Quote of the Week
"Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out." - Robert Collier
Ginger Barkey Lori Beecroft Tanya Blain Marian Burdsall Kelly Haywood Carol MacLellan