Sunday, February 28, 2016

HFH Gateway North News 26.02.2016



Serving Orillia Lake Country, North Simcoe, District of Muskoka, Parry Sound District, North Bay and Blue Sky Region and Sudbury District
Espanola Build Progress

This week, as our build continues in Espanola, our crew was working on interior stairs. With the building closed in, trades were on-hand to work on the plumbing rough-ins. Great work everyone! We can't wait to see some more interior work as we start boarding and drywall soon.
In This Issue:
* Espanola Build Progress
* From the CEO's Desk
* February Habitat Heroes
* South Almaguin Fundraiser
* Winter Carnival Cookie Decorating
* The King Visits the Sudbury ReStore
* Save the Dates
* Quote of the Week
The Newsreel: Quick Facts to Keep You Informed!
* 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 visithabitat.ca/brickforbrick
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Hi Habitat Gateway North!

As it rained and the temperature crept up last week, my hope of an early spring seemed like it was coming true. Don't misunderstand - I enjoy winter and winter activities. However, this winter has been a rollercoaster of little to no snow followed by blizzards followed by sub-zero temperatures followed by rain. All in the same week at times! Mother Nature doesn't always seem to agree with my ideal weather patterns, so when a winter storm rolled in this week, my hope of an early spring seemed to disappear.

Anyone who has ever set a goal, drafted a project plan or made family plans for Christmas, knows expectations versus reality are not always the same thing. Very rarely is there a straight line from Point A to Point B (Mother Nature seems to thrill in creating unexpected circumstances)

Presently, there are a number plans in development and nearing completion at Habitat Gateway North. Construction timelines, fundraising schedules, ReStore operations plans, salvage crew manuals, volunteer training... it's all being created, reviewed and adapted for our 2016 build season (if winter does decide to be over...) and beyond.

Once we move to the implementation stage of planning, it becomes critical to also monitor and evaluate. The plan more often ends up looking like the "Reality" of the graphic above - hiccups, unforeseen gaps and mid-plan revisions in abundance. Working as a team, we will need to review what worked, what didn't work, what changed and what we maybe missed the first time around.

It's a wonderful adventure to be on. And the finish line will be so rewarding as we work through the process together.

Be well, do good deeds and keep in touch,

Meghan
From the CEO's Desk

I was on a course a number of years ago with a wonderful young woman from Winchester, Ontario - farm country southeast of Ottawa. She shared with us that, after once expressing a mid-week wish it were Friday, she was reprimanded by her grandfather for wishing her life away. Thereafter, she said, she’d wish it were last Friday.

I think of her grandfather’s wisdom whenever I catch myself straying out of the present, most particularly when I desperately wish away the interminable months of winter. He was my waking thought this morning as I tried to reconcile the delightful news of March on our doorstep and, from a construction planning perspective, the rather horrific news of March on our doorstep. Will I possibly find myself wishing it were last January?

I took a break from planning activities on Tuesday of this week to run a truck-load of goods up to our Sudbury ReStore. Thanks to staffers Stephanie, Jonathan and Candace, the store is looking great and, like our other ReStore locations, continues to post major gains in performance.

From Sudbury, it was on up to Espanola for a catch-up with site supervisor Jeff Lapierre, his assistant Kris Kring, and volunteer Jim Bailey on our Adelaide Street build.
 

Jeff and Jim Bailey go back a way. When Jeff was a kid, Jim hired him on an island build project. On the boat ride over, Jim asked to inspect Jeff’s Kmart-quality hammer. No sooner had he had handed it over than Jim tossed it overboard. I kinda’ imagine a Crocodile Dundee moment as Jim handed Jeff a realknife er, framing hammer.

I hadn’t seen the Adelaide property since ground-breaking in mid-December. The semi is an attractive addition to the neighbourhood and progress on the build is impressive, even before considering the challenge of building in the face of a northern Ontario winter. I could be wrong, but my bet is Jeff’s wishing it were last July!

Have a great week.

David
February Habitat Heroes

Take a a look at this month's exceptional volunteers!
Huntsville ReStore

Sue Hames' strong work ethic and dedication to Habitat is exactly what you want in a volunteer. Sue may be our resident troublemaker (in the best way!), but her positive personality and attitude keep the Huntsville ReStore environment fun and exciting!!
Bracebridge ReStore

Ralph Thompson is a pleasure to work with. He is friendly, hard working and kind. Everyone at the Bracebridge ReStore appreciates his commitment to volunteering with us 3-4 days a week. Thank you for all your help Ralph! 
Orillia ReStore

Our Habitat Hero this month is Diana Hancock. Diana has been volunteering at the Orillia ReStore since we opened. Diana dedicates two mornings each week organizing and ensuring customers leave with a smile. She has been, and continues to be a true asset to Habitat for Humanity! Thank you Diana for all your hard work!
Sudbury ReStore

There are too many positive things we can say about Kelsey! Here a just a few of his great qualities: he is a hard worker, great with people and a wonderful father. All in all he is a good worker/volunteer and a great guy. We appreciate everything he does for us and enjoy his company the days he volunteers.
 
Winter Carnival Cookie Decorating

On Saturday, February 20, Habitat OGN employees and volunteers had a blast decorating cookies with children and connecting with families at the Gravenhurst Winter Carnival. It's amazing to hear all of the positive feedback from community members about our organization and how we help provide families with an affordable housing solution. A few of the kids who decorated cookies excitedly announced that their friends lived in a Habitat House and enjoyed looking at the big poster board which showcased all of the homes Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North has built so far. We would like to extend a HUGE thank you to Jay and all of his staff at The Bakery in Gravenhurst for their generous donation of over 200 cookies and three large buckets of icing.
Everyone left our Habitat for Humanity cookie decorating booth with icing-covered hands, satisfied stomachs and happy hearts.

The King Visits the Sudbury ReStore

Brad Rose is one of our most valuable customers and he is also a well-respected donor. When he isn't stopping by the ReStore, Brad is an Elvis impersonator and puts on all sorts of shows. When Brad stopped in last week in his full Elvis attire, I had to ask for a photo! He was nice enough to oblige and I had to share. Thank you Brad... Thank you very much!

Stephanie Long
ReStore Manager - Sudbury
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!

February 27th - North Bay Poker Ride 2016

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 23rd - North Bay and Blue Sky Region Chapter Golf Tournament

June 24th/25th - Parry Sound Chapter's Annual Giant Yard Sale and Auction

June/July - Women Build Bracebridge

September 12th - Parry Sound Chapter Golf Tournament at Rocky Crest Golf Club
Quote of the Week

"If you make your business about helping others, you'll always have plenty of work." - Chris Guillebeau

Friday, February 19, 2016

HFH Gateway North News 19.02.2016



Serving Orillia Lake Country, North Simcoe, District of Muskoka, Parry Sound District, North Bay and Blue Sky Region and Sudbury District
Orillia Winter Carnival Polar Bear Dip

There was more than a slight chill in the air on Sunday, February 14th, but the show went on. With a high of -15, and a wind chill just slightly lower at -18, Sunday was a better day for families to come out and enjoy the carnival and all it had to offer.

The Polar Bear Dip, as part of the Orillia Winter Carnival, was a go this year despite the frosty temperature. Amongst this year's participants was David Morris, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North. “It wasn't as bad as what I thought it would be,” said Morris. Habitat Gateway North is the beneficiary of all the funds raised at this year's dip.

“This is tremendous and to see the people out; it's still a cold day,” he said. “One of the young guys ahead of me was seven-years-old. (It's) wonderful to see that kind of support.”

Read more about the Orillia Winter Carinval and Polar Bear Dip.


Photos courtesy of the Orillia Winter Carnival Facebook Page and The Orillia Packet & Times
In This Issue:
* Orillia Winter Carnival Polar Bear Dip
* From the CEO's Desk
* Congratulations HFHOGN Health & Safety Committee
* Hearts for Homes Campaign a Success
* Wonderful Things Happen at ReStores
* Volunteer Spotlight
* Quote of the Week
The Newsreel: Quick Facts to Keep You Informed!
* Our Espanola Build rolls on! Stay up to date with photos and more at the Habitat for Humanity - Espanola Build Facebook Page.
* This weekend catch Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North volunteers at the Gravenhurst Winter Carnival for fun cookie decorating in front of the Opera House. For a full schedule, visit the Gravenhurst Winter Carnival website. Thank you to The Bakery in Gravenhurst for donating cookies and icing for the event!
* 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 visithabitat.ca/brickforbrick
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Hello Habitat Gateway North!

You can love your job and be passionate about what you do but somedays the office just isn't where you want to be. When you're deadline driven, sometimes it's difficult to take a step back (or a step outside the office). Sometimes, I'm not the greatest at stepping out of the office. However, on Family Day I spent a good portion of my day volunteering at the Graeme Murray Community Road Hockey Day to kick off the week-long Gravenhurst Winter Carnival. Seeing such a great group come together from the community and being part of such a fun, family event was a wonderful way to spend a day out of the office.



From left: Jeff Watson, Town of Gravenhurst Deputy Mayor, Meghan Smith, Skokie the Gravenhurst Winter Carnival Mascot, Graeme Murray and MP Tony Clement.
Photo from the Town of Gravenhurst Facebook page.


And some days, you must be in the office. Projects need to be completed, reports need to be written, emails need to be checked. There are parts of any job that require showing up and just doing it. Does that mean you can't have some fun? Of course not...


Photo: Kevin Manley

You really just never know what you'll find at a Habitat for Humanity ReStore or in the regional office! Thank you Kevin for snapping the above photo of me hard at work, with my thinking cap on (I was actually hard at work!). Work is significantly more fun and rewarding when you can have a good laugh (especially at yourself), share a story or connect with members of the community. We have an exceptionally talented team at Habitat Gateway North and I am delighted to be part of the team.

Be well, do good deeds and keep in touch,

Meghan
From the CEO's Desk

A couple of notes of respect and thanks this week….

First, to the Orillia Winter Carnival Committee for a great organizational effort and a show-must-go-on determination in the face of last weekend’s blistering cold. Second, to our great Orillia Chapter members who succeeded in having HFHOGN designated as the Carnival’s beneficiary and were then out to lend a hand despite that aforementioned cold. Third, to my fellow Polar Bear Dippers for a great spirit of comradery pre- and post-dip. The group included a number of children under the age of ten who not only raised funds on our behalf, but truly had “skin in the game.” My bet is they’ll be contributing members of their community for life.

As paradoxical as it sounds, I take it as a very good sign when there’s good “stuff” going on in the organization of which I’m only vaguely aware. A few months ago, on the periphery of my attention, Hilary Kellam, our admin assistant, uncovered some boxes of red paper hearts in a back storage room. She distributed the hearts to our five ReStores with a fundraising scheme of her own design. I was flabbergasted to learn – still in passing – that Hilary declared the “Hearts for Homes” campaign closed this week with over $4,100 raised! Thanks to all of our ReStore staff for the team effort and, of course, a very special thanks to Hilary for her initiative and leadership.

Nationwide, one of Habitat’s most important partnerships is with Correctional Service of Canada (CSC). Most of our ReStores have benefited at various times from the extraordinary support of work teams from our local Beaver Creek Institution (BCI). The institution’s woodworking shop has fabricated kitchens and other carpentry projects for our homes and stores. I often think my world would be a little poorer absent my working day interactions with our volunteers on work-term placements from BCI. Thanks to the many helping hands from the institution, and to CSC staffers like Bobbie McMullen and Chris Howey who not only make the partnership possible, but who took time to meet with our staff this week for a briefing and Q&A on our roles and responsibilities in the relationship.

Have a great week.

David
Congratulations HFHOGN Health & Safety Committee

On Friday at noon our Health & Safety Committee completed their certification and passed the test with flying colours. Congratulations Tom Dion, Stephanie Long, Brian Ingram, Emily Ratkowsky and Jessica Kozack as our fully certified Health & Safety Committee. Thank you all for your dedication and hard work throughout the certification process!
Hearts for Homes Campaign A Success

The Hearts for Homes Campaign at Habitat Gateway North ReStores ended with a bang.  Our five ReStores collectively raised $4,159.30 in 2 weeks. The Orillia ReStore decided to host an in-store draw with exciting prizes to promote the Hearts for Homes Campaign. Christina Micallef, Orillia ReStore Sales Associate, commented “our customers were excited to support their community and have the potential of winning amazing prizes from the in-store contest.  A huge thank you goes out to our prize sponsors, Sinergy Clothing, Southern Comfort Salon and Tops in Pizza.“

 All of our ReStore managers and employees agreed the Hearts for Homes Campaign was a great avenue to inform customers of how Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North serves families across our region. “We are still promoting the campaign and when we ask customers to donate they don't always know what we do and that we are a not-for-profit," said Stephanie Long, Sudbury ReStore Manager. "We are getting the word out more and more and it's going very well.”

This summer’s build project in Bracebridge will be a Women Build. Darlene Cushman, Bracebridge ReStore Sales Associate, said “not only did our female customers support our Hearts campaign; they signed up to volunteer on our build site.” The Hearts for Homes Campaign at the Bracebridge ReStore attracted 30 enthusiastic female volunteers and many other active supporters. Aura Devy, Bracebridge Sales Associate also commented “at first we set our fundraising goal at $1,000 and after surpassing that goal we set a new goal of $2,000. We ended up raising more than $2,000 thanks to the support of our amazing customers, volunteers and fellow staff members.”

A sincere thank you goes out to everyone who supported our Hearts for Homes Campaign 2016! 
Wonderful Things Happen at ReStores

One day two gentlemen came into the Midland ReStore to shop. They were very excited about the new apartment they were getting. Both had been living at the Guesthouse, which is our local shelter.

They asked questions about the furniture and beds took down notes and said they would have to talk to their caseworker about their funds. While they were shopping and measuring another customer overheard their conversation (most of the customers did as their excitement led to slightly elevated voices).

When the pair had left a customer approached me and asked if they had purchased the futon they were interested in. I told him they did not and he asked why. I simply said it wasn’t in the budget. He looked at me and stated “I would like to purchase that for them”. (I get goose bumps just writing this.) I thanked him and asked if there was a message or note he would like to pass along. He shook his head and said "no". We chatted a bit further and he said he hoped they enjoy their new place. I immediately phoned the caseworker and explained what had happened as I knew they would meet with her shortly.

Early the next morning, in came two very excited, happy and thankful guys. Grateful to have a bed to sleep in and feeling like society notices them, cares about them and wants them to be happy!

It was a great day at the ReStore…. Not only for the people receiving the gift, but for the person giving it and all of us that witnessed this random act of kindness.

Marg Hamelin
ReStore Manager - Midland
Volunteer Spotlight

Kerri Oughtred is a wonderful volunteer at the Bracebridge ReStore. Like most of our ReStore volunteers, she holds a special talent. Kerri is an artist and she creates AMAZING pieces such as the Hangin Things showcased in the picture above. Kerri creates these pieces by collecting beaver sticks in local lakes, drilling small holes evenly across the stick and hanging various antique items from the holes with fish line.

Check out some of Kerri's Hangin Things now on display at the Bracebridge ReStore and in next month's auction. Thank you Kerri for all your hard work and sharing your masterpieces.
Quote of the Week

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." - Helen Keller

Friday, February 12, 2016

HFH Gateway North News 12.02.2016

Serving Orillia Lake Country, North Simcoe, District of Muskoka, Parry Sound District, North Bay and Blue Sky Region and Sudbury District
Bracebridge ReStore employees were thrilled to achieve their Hearts for Homes Campaign goal of $2,000 to support the 2016 Women Build in Bracebridge and share their success with the 2016 Women Build Team. From left: Darlene Cushman, Jessica Kozack, Aura Devy, Julie Bissonette, Melanie Marshall, Christine Brewer, Katrina Scarlett and Donna Godfrey.

Hearts for Homes 2016

The Hearts for Homes Campaign in Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North ReStores began on February 1st and will end tomorrow (February 13th) at 4pm. We have received tremendous support from customers, volunteers and employees and have raised approximately $3,200 collectively in the last 12 days. We would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Hearts for Homes Campaign which will help us serve families in need across our region. Don't forget to give a hearttomorrow if you haven't yet. Happy Valentine's Day!
In This Issue:
* Hearts for Homes 2016
* From the CEO's Desk
* Habitat Homeowner Testimonial
* Make Home Ownership a Reality Brick for Brick
* ReStore Kitchen Donated to Syrian Refugee Group
* Parry Sound Chapter Update
* From the Community
* Save the Dates
* Quote of the Week
The Newsreel: Quick Facts to Keep You Informed!
* 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 visithabitat.ca/brickforbrick
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Hello Habitat Gateway North!

This week, as the temperature dropped and the snow started to fly, I cleaned my apartment. Now I know what you're thinking...  "that sounds thrilling. Who likes cleaning?" The act of cleaning is by no means a favourite hobby of mine. However, the organization that comes from cleaning and being able to step back and say "ah, look at that" is beyond rewarding.

As I began to go through clothes and search through the depths of closets, I created three piles of goods: trash, keepsakes and giveaways (I was being organized with my organizing). Sorting pieces of your past life into piles can feel both disheartening and exciting. There are activities that never panned out (knitting that headband) and cherished momentos from trips and events (the summer of concerts was a great one). Categorizing items as I cleaned became both a trip down memory lane and an exercise in possibility.



Items started to pile up but only really in two of the piles - keepsakes and giveaway. Maybe it's a result of working with Habitat for Humanity and the ReStore, but I found myself finding possibility in items. Possibility because the items still held value or there was life left in the them and possibility of what could be created from them (a scrapbook of the summer of concerts is underway).

Whether you love organizing or not, there are times when it's necessary to clean house. When all was said and done, I had a large box of great items to donate, a smaller box of keepsakes and a small bag with just a few items for the trash. Just because I can't use something (or possess the skills to reinvent something) doesn't mean someone else can't see the possibility.

Oh, and if you're full of possibility but are in search of a new project, our ReStores are a treasure trove just waiting to be explored.

Be well, do good deeds and keep in touch,

Meghan
From the CEO's Desk

A number of years ago, I came to one of those forks in life’s road: sign-on for the longer-term as CEO of Habitat Kamloops or run for nomination as a provincial candidate in my home riding of Kingston and the Islands. Perhaps I should have chosen the former, but I chose the latter, lost, and came away with nothing more than an amazing year-long education.

Prior to my nomination bid, I’d managed campaign communications at all three levels of our political system, but as I discovered, there’s a universe of difference in putting words in a candidate’s mouth and having those words spill forth from your own. The themes I found difficult to articulate in the early days of the eight-month campaign coalesced with each outing. By nomination day, my “stump speech” and the thinking behind it were second-nature.

My week was highlighted by two political outings: a presentation to Tay Township Council on Wednesday and a meeting with Orillia’s mayor and economic development officer on Thursday. These meetings come on the heels of a similar discussion last week with District of Muskoka community service officials.

My sense is that the world is changing. I suspect few, if any, municipal governments would, at this juncture, claim indifference to the issue of affordable housing and the economic disparity that is at very least a characteristic if not a root cause of the housing issue. I’m finding with each discussion, my sense of the nuanced nature of the partnership HFHOGN can and must form with municipal government coalesces and is more readily articulated.

We don’t need the donation of municipal land to Habitat and/or the waiver of development fees, per se. We need partnerships in which we put affordable housing on surplus municipal lands – housing that will forever more remain in the community’s affordable housing inventory; housing that generates property tax revenue for the municipality; housing that breaks the cycle of poverty, potentially lessening the demand for geared-to-income municipal housing for generations to come; housing that generates mortgage proceeds, every penny of which is invested in more housing.

I’m conscious that my thinking around this partnership hasn’t fully coalesced, so my stump speech is still rough. And yet, the last week of meetings suggests this subtle shift in partnering could present an opportunity that’s every bit as exciting to area municipal governments as it is to HFHOGN. The thinking and stumping continues.

Have a great Family Day and week.

David
Habitat Homeowner Testimonial

“I've never been so excited to pay something because it's going towards our amazing house instead of someone's pocket. Thank you and the entire Habitat community sincerely for choosing us for this opportunity”.

Winter King
North Simcoe Habitat Homeowner since November 2015

Make Home Ownership A Reality Brick for Brick

The “Brick for Brick” campaign, a national fundraising program through Habitat Canada, officially kicked off in January. It is a year-long, national fundraiser that provides an ideal opportunity for you to take part. The campaign aims to drive traffic to our website, that in turn will result in donors choosing to buy bricks to help build houses, ie. 1 brick=$25, 2 bricks= $50, etc. You may have even seen the Brick for Brick ad on TV. It is very touching and worth sharing. Take a minute to watch it athttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzArV6a412o or on our website at www.habitatgatewaynorth.com

Mega Bloks Canada, a Habitat sponsor, helped to kick off the campaign in Toronto at the Interior Design Show in January, where Habitat Canada was the partnering charity. As part of the event, the team created a 20’ x 13’ deep, life-sized mega blok house using 37,965 mega bloks in 11 colours, taking 12+ hours and 35+ volunteers. Donna Godfrey, HFHOGN's Director of Development and Communications, had the pleasure of attending the show, witnessing for herself this very intriguing spectacle and she was not disappointed!



How Can You Promote the Brick for Brick Campaign?
  • Add our website to the signature line in your emails by copying "Find out about Brick for Brick at www.habitatgatewaynorth.com"
  • Share the Brick for Brick Campaign video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQCipdWYhpM
  • Add our website to any marketing materials such as posters, signage, or letters
  • Post on your social media - Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, wherever!
  • Ensure you share our website whenever you can!
For more information, please contact: Donna Godfrey, Director of Development and Communications at 705-646-0106 x209 or donna@habitatgatewaynorth.com.
 
ReStore Kitchen Donated to Syrian Refugee Group

Soon, a family of Syrian Refugees will start a new life in Huntsville.

Thanks to the work of the Syrian Refugee Sponsorship group (SRS Huntsville), the Huntsville community, and various generous donations, a family of seven will soon call the Trinity United Church Manse their home.

"We are in great shape to welcome the family. We have accommodation all ready and our fundraising goal of $60,000 has been reached. In fact, the $60,000 was raised without any active fundraising by the group and is the result of the generous support of the Huntsville community."

Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North is proud to have donated a full-kitchen (uppers, lowers, and cabinets) to SRS Huntsville as part of the Manse renovations. The kitchen came from the Bracebridge ReStore, and will now act as a gathering place and utility to serve families for the years to come.

"This has been a great example of people coming together and offering whatever they have to help those less fortunate. It has been a true community effort. We are so appreciative of each and every offer of support."

Two travel-weary parents and their five children will enter Canada as refugees, but they will enter the United Church Manse as neighbours.

Contact SRS Huntsville by at www.srshuntsville.comby email, or call 705-789-0997.
Parry Sound Chapter Update

On Friday, January 22, 2016 Habitat for Humanity’s annual “Hockey Hat Trick Raffle” winners were drawn at the Legion. The first-prize of platinum premium tickets was won by Christine Kendalpic of Newmarket. The second prize by Gord and Mary Gair of Gravenhurst and the third by Parry Sound’s very own, Shannon Lynn, who cannot wait to see these Leafs turn around their losing streak.

We are in the process of buying another property in Parry Sound with the plan to build two Habitat houses (duplexes) in the near future. A partnership has been established with Green Terra, a modular home manufacturer in Trenton, ON. This partnership will supply HFHOGN Chapters with homes that can be built within a very short time, and come ready for different levels of completion.

Our last project involved renovating a house on old Hwy # 69. This was completed in November of last year and the Holmes-Bernas family, with their four children (pictured above at the home dedication ceremony), are now living in their own home. They are looking forward to their first spring and summer in their new house.

In order to be able to build more houses we are looking for additional volunteers.We also want to increase awareness of Habitat in our community and urge anyone to become a member of our chapter. We are looking for members for our steering committee or any one of our sub-committees. Volunteers are the key to our success, not just at the building site but also in the roles of supplying lunches, purchasing and delivery of materials, participating in fundraising activities, media and communications, selection and guidance of families and much more.

Retired, semi-retired or just willing to contribute to our community? Come out and have some fun. Please contact our volunteer coordinator, Jo Ann Poglitsh at (705) 746-5570or adoptahomeps@gmail.com or Hans de Vries at (705) 774-0994 or  devrieshans3@gmail.com.

Coming Events

Similar to the last three years, Habitat for Humanity will be part of the Dragon Boat Festival this summer by supplying volunteers, hopefully a dragon boat team, and an info-stand. Contact us if you want to join a winning dragon boat team or would like to volunteer at the event.

Looking for some great finds?  Join us for our annual Giant Yard Sale and Auction on June 24 and 25. Again, we need lots of volunteers for the days leading up to the event, during and after. The yard sale takes place at Dunn’s Storage parking lot and basement (next to the Beer Store) and will feature tools, building materials, appliances, a variety of household items, furniture and much more … something for everyone! If you would like to donate items to the yard sale, please contact our yard sale coordinator, Ab Fuller at705-346-2697. Please note that we do not accept clothing, mattresses or broken items.

SAVE THE DATE for our final and biggest event of 2016. Join us on the golf course at Rocky Crest on Monday, September 12 for dinner, silent auction and great fun with friends and colleagues.  Please contact Keith Mowling at 705-378-5215 for more information.

In closing, I would like to thank the many volunteers and businesses who have been donating time, effort, materials and money to our projects. We hope to see more of you joining us in our efforts to create more affordable housing in the Parry Sound district for deserving families who would otherwise not be able to afford owning their own home.

Hans de Vries
Chair, Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North Parry Sound Chapter.
From the Community

It's a pleasure to shop at the Bracebridge ReStore, with such a friendly and outgoing atmosphere. Making their customers feel so welcome and to see a team work so well together and provide such wonderful customer service. This is one of the most organized stores that we have visited and we have visited numerous stores. Out of all we have visited Bracebridge is our number one! It is clean, organized, decorated for the different holidays, advertises different events happening within the store and what Habitat for Humanity is doing in the community and events they are promoting for the community. Jessica keeps this place in tip top shape, always trying her best in ways to improve and make more efficient space and the place to move items. Her efforts and hard work shows and she should be proud of what she does. Bobby keeps the back hopping, the product coming and works well hand in hand with Jessica. This team works all round well together and it shows in this store. They should be proud of their accomplishments.

We are regulars in the Bracebridge ReStore and will continue to be. We are happy to be one of the valued customers of this store. See you this week, next week and the week after...

Carolyn & Angela Hockin
Satisfied Customers of the Bracebridge 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!

February 27th - North Bay Poker Ride 2016

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 23rd - North Bay and Blue Sky Region Chapter Golf Tournament

June 24th/25th - Parry Sound Chapter's Annual Giant Yard Sale and Auction

September 12th - Parry Sound Chapter Golf Tournament at Rocky Crest Golf Club
Quote of the Week

"Compassionate people are geniuses in the art of living, more necessary to the dignity, security, and joy of humanity than the discoverers of knowledge." - Albert Einstein