Friday, April 29, 2016

HFH Gateway North News 29.04.2016


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

Our 2016 build project in Espanola rolls on! With insulation in and the vapour barrier complete, the crew in Espanola is moving on to boarding and drywall. The snow seems to have finally disappeared and we are ready to 'spring' into build action!

Photos by Sheri Commission
In This Issue:
* Wonder Women
* From the CEO's Desk
* ReStore Sales
* In The News
* Habitat Heroes
* Muskoka Builders' Association Home & Cottage Show
* Volunteer Appreciation in Sudbury
* Spring Has Sprung
* 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.
* 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!

I looked at my calendar this week and panicked a little. It's the end of April! How can it possibly be the end of April? It seems like only moments ago it was the new year with fresh ideas percolating, streamlining of processes and new adventures awaiting.

However, as I took a step back, I could see the paths that have led us to the end of April. I can see well-trained staff and volunteers in our ReStores doing an amazing job keeping things clean and organized and ready to help customers with any questions. Hilary, our Administrative Assistant (including volunteer coordinating and SO much more), has been doing a wonderful job out in the community presenting to service clubs, arranging activities at libraries and assisting with planning our Golf Classic as well as fundraising for our Women Build. Our finance office is working on our annual audit, in addition to providing streamlined reports to our ReStores and Chapters.

Our Chapter Members are all available for a quick phone call or email to discuss build plans, family selection, fundraising - and they're all so helpful! We have active volunteers in each and every Chapter and each and every ReStore in our region. Our Board members are quick to respond when a matter is brought to their attention. Further, open and honest discussion occurs before a decision is made.

We're getting in the habit of communicating often with our weekly newsletter. But that also extends to wanting to communicate with community members, municipal government, donors, and volunteers. We've stepped up our intentions to communciate with the community about what we do and how we do it.  Greg, our new-ish Communications Officer, has taken up the charge with ease identifying new channels to work through, smoothing out ideas and strengthening partnerships with local media.

I look at the last four months and see a lot of work completed. Does that mean we're done yet? Absolutely not! If we stopped now, we wouldn't be achieving our mission. After four months of 2016, I see great growth in Habitat Gateway North. I also see so much more to come. Some of the exciting updates David shares today in his column pave the way for the next few months of acitivity for our affiliate and chapters.

Stay tuned for more exciting updates as they come. If you'd like to get involved, whether on our build projects, in our ReStores or on a Chapter Committee, get in touch today by emailinfo@habitatgatewaynorth.com or by phone (705) 646-0106. We are active in the community and we want you to be part of that.

Be well, do good deeds and keep in touch,

Meghan
Wonder Women

Ginger Barkey
Lori Beecroft
Tanya Blain
Marian Burdsall
Kelly Haywood
Carol MacLellan

Super Men

Brian Ternoway
From the CEO's Desk

Now that a couple of items have been formalized, there’s some great news to share this week.

Board member and Orillia Chapter chair Murray Bieman and I were at Orillia municipal council on Monday evening to hear council debate a committee recommendation that we been given two in-town, serviced building lots. Council’s debate became a bit of a nail-biter at one point, but we came away with a lot at 499 Bay Street that will accommodate a semi-detached. We’ll build on it in the fall. We were also given a lot at 75 Victoria upon which we’ll build a single-family home next spring.

Mid-week, we closed on our land purchase at 189 Muskoka Road in Bracebridge, at the intersection of Woodchester. What’s particularly exciting about this acquisition is that the lot will accommodate a four-unit row house – a first for our affiliate. We’re working with a planning consultant on required approvals and permits. The game plan is to focus our upcoming Women Build on fully completing the exterior of the building. We can then take a more leisurely approach to completing the interiors.

For those keeping an eye on our construction calendar: we’re awaiting engineering drawings through our partnership with Green Terra Homes. Green Terra, in turn, is waiting upon its engineering consultants. We expect to see the drawings imminently, at which time we can firm-up our build dates.

And while we’re gearing up for construction, our family selection committees are busy identifying and qualifying prospective partner families. Remarkably, finding families is a challenge for Habitat across North America. In a climate of non-stop information, getting the attention of the working-poor, who are likely holding down multiple jobs while raising children, is difficult. We’ve ordered 5,000 copies of a family “recruitment” postcard and will be sitting down with the family selection experts from our various chapters the week of May 9th to brainstorm methods to more effectively reach our target audience.

On another front: we’ll be running somewhat with skeleton staffing next week. Habitat Canada’s 2016 national conference and AGM is taking place in Kitchener/Waterloo, and we’re taking full advantage of it being within driving distance.

Our ReStore management team is booked in for “ReStore University,” which runs Mondaythrough Wednesday. I’ll join the Ontario Caucus of affiliates for an afternoon-long meeting on Tuesday, followed by a day-long session on Wednesday with the Canadian affiliate leadership. The HFHOGN management team will then join me for the formal conference that runs Wednesday evening through Friday. The annual assembly will wrap up with the AGM on Saturday.

I’m excited by the prospect of our wonderful team meeting the fine people I’ve come to know with Habitat Canada, and vice versa, and our team members having the opportunity to engage in shared learning and, of course, social interaction with their peers from across the country.

Have a great week,

David
ReStore Sales

This Saturday all purchases at the Bracebridge and Huntsville ReStore will be 50% off the sticker price. One day only. Come early and don't miss out.

ReThink. ReShape. ReDecorate. ReTrofit. ReStore.

Stay Tuned for More Great Savings!
May 7th - Midland
May 14th - Orillia
In The News

This week Habitat Gateway North received media coverage across the region. To check out the full stories, click on the link provided.

Habitat for Humanity struggles with high land costs
By Angela Gemmill, CBC News
Read the full story: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/habitat-humanity-land-costs-northeast-1.3555807

Habitat plans homes for six families in Muskoka for 2016
By Alison Brownlee, Huntsville Forester
Read the full story: http://www.muskokaregion.com/news-story/6516414-habitat-plans-homes-for-six-families-in-muskoka-for-2016/

Council provides grants, land
By Patrick Bales, The Orillia Packet & Times
Read the full story: http://www.orilliapacket.com/2016/04/27/council-provides-grants-land
Habitat Heroes
Sudbury ReStore

Pat is one of the hardest working volunteers we've ever had. Plus he always brings a smile and some tasty treats for everyone. Pat is definitely a part of the team and we appreciate everything he does.

Stephanie Long
ReStore Manager, Sudbury
Bracebridge ReStore

Brenda Crewson is an AMAZING volunteer. She is friendly, kind, outgoing and an overall great ReStore Team member! She is an excellent help with our monthly auctions and is always willing to help operate the cash register and answer the phone. Thank you for all your hard work Brenda!

Jessie Kozack
ReStore Manager, Bracebridge
Orillia ReStore 

Gayle Annis has recently become a part of the ReStore family. She is very helpful, hardworking, and she has become a valuable asset. Gayle goes above and beyond and we are thrilled to have her as part of our team.

Donna Godfrey
Assistant ReStore Manager, Orillia

Midland ReStore

Sandra Collins has been with us from the beginning, and makes everyone feel like they belong, with her kind and caring personality. Sandra loves to chat with the customers, especially when a dog lover comes in because it gives her the chance to brag about her puppy "Emma". Sandra volunteers on Thursday afternoons, and is happy to fill in when needed. We are so lucky to have her. A big thank you Sandra!

Marg Hamelin
ReStore Manager, Midland

Huntsville ReStore

John Tomkins has been volunteering with the Huntsville ReStore since 2012 and everyday he comes into the ReStore with a smile on his face and a great attitude. His hard work ethic and up-beat attitude have been a great addition to the Huntsville ReStore. John will face any task with perseverance, an open mind and a smile; he will do whatever he can to help the Huntsville Store succeed. Thank you so much for everything you do at the Huntsville ReStore John!

Justin Pritchard
ReStore Manager, Huntsville
Muskoka Builders' Association Home & Cottage Show

Habitat Gateway North staff and volunteers had a great time at the Muskoka Builders' Association Home & Cottage Show this past weekend in Gravenhurst. The crew welcomed over 1,000 guests and enjoyed spreading the word about Habitat for Humanity. A big thank you goes out to all of our volunteers and the Muskoka Builders' Association for allowing us to be a part of something great!

Kara and Kate (below left) had a lot of fun building bird houses at the Muskoka Builders' Association Home & Cottage Show. They both were happy to take home their bird houses and special Home Depot Aprons. Thanks for visiting us at the show Kara and Kate!
Volunteer Appreciation in Sudbury

On Friday April 22 the Sudbury ReStore held a Volunteer Appreciation Day. Staff and volunteers enjoyed a lovely lunch and delicious cupcakes made by Stephanie, the ReStore Manager. Sean was thrilled to pose with the delicious cupcakes for a photo. Thank you for all your hard work volunteers!
Spring Has Sprung

One of our amazing volunteers Doug Bohem found his look-alike this week at the Bracebridge ReStore. Although Doug didn't want to take his mini-me home, it is safe to say it is finally spring - garden gnome season.

Cheers to Spring and thanks for all your hard work Doug!
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 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/July - Women Build Bracebridge

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

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

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

"It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." - Albus Dumbledore

Monday, April 25, 2016

HFH Gateway North News 22.04.2016



Serving Orillia Lake Country, North Simcoe, District of Muskoka, Parry Sound District, North Bay and Blue Sky Region and Sudbury District
ReStore Donations Rethink Waste

Maybe it’s naïve to think a donated doorknob could change the world. Perhaps it’s naïve to think such an action will have any effect on the Earth at all. However, within the Habitat for Humanity ReStore family, we operate under a different assumption.

Earth Day in its current form started in the late ‘60s in an effort to create a general education forum on a complicated global issue: environmental sustainability. The date still acts as a lightning rod to spark discussion and promote action. The Habitat for Humanity ReStores provide a forum to practice the ideals and objectives set forth year round.

By selling donated and gently used household and construction goods that may have otherwise been destined for a landfill, the ReStores are indeed impacting local waste management and sustainability. Additionally, retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers donate end-of-line, scratch-and-dent, discontinued inventory, paint mis-tints and customer returns for resale. All proceeds from sales at Habitat for Humanity ReStores are directed to the local Habitat affiliate to support its building program. That’s the model, reduce, reuse, recycle, reproduce, repackage, retrofit, raise funds, build. And it works. Each year, the over 75 Habitat for Humanity ReStores together divert thousands of tonnes of waste from Canadian landfills.

Earth Day has never been about facts and figures. It surely will not be about self-congratulatory keynote speeches. It’s about driving conversation, ideas, and ideals. It can be about changing perception, about reconfiguring our own defaults. Maybe the next time those doorknobs will not be looked at as a nuisance, a problem, surplus junk – garbage. Hopefully, the owner will think of the ReStore as a place to unload those unwanted doorknobs. The ReStores even do pick-ups.

So while it could be naïve to believe a donated doorknob will change the world, it’s equally important to realize the thoughts, beliefs and context which prompted the donation is the very start of any real change. So today let’s continue to change.
In This Issue:
* ReStore Donations Rethink Waste
* Wonder Women
* From the CEO's Desk
* City of Orillia Renews Partnership with Habitat for Humanity
* Spring Sales at Our ReStores
* Riverside Students Build Harvest Tables for Local Charities
* ReStore at the Midland Spring Home Show
* Sudbury ReStore in Espanola
* 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.
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Happy Earth Day Habitat Gateway North!

While Earth Day may not have a direct link to Habitat for Humanity's mission to break the cycle of poverty, there's no denying Earth Day is an important day of the year.

Earth Day began as a day to celebrate the planet and encourage people to be more environmentally friendly. The first celebration was held in the US after a devastating oil spill, and is widely regarded as the beginning of the modern environmental movement.

Earth Day is a global celebration with grassroots engagement. It isn't about everyone doing the same thing at the same time. It's about each individual doing something to help their community and the environment.

So what can you do this Earth Day and beyond? You can get involved without attending an official event by trying some of the following activities:
  1. Make sure you recycle.
  2. Use a reusable coffee cup.
  3. Walk to work, cycle or take public transport.
  4. Go paperless.
  5. Take your own tote bag to the grocery store.
  6. Plant a tree.
  7. Plan a meat or dairy free meal at least once a week.
  8. Buy local produce as much as possible.
  9. Carry a reusable water bottle.
  10. Donate items to your local ReStore.
Yes, shameless promotion of the ReStores. Too often, we hear of cottages and homes being renovated with quality materials ending up in landfills. ReStore Salvage Crews help with removal of kitchens and other items so they can be resold in ReStores. Give your local ReStore a call to schedule a salvage crew or pickup. We're here to help.

Sustainability is the endurance of systems and processes. Sustainable business, or green business, is an enterprise that has minimal negative impact on the global or local environment, community, society, or economy—a business that strives to meet the triple bottom line. ReStores divert items from the landfill with profits helping to build affordable homes for families in your community.

Whether you plant a tree , pick up trash  in your neighbourhood or drop off used goods, you're making a difference and every little bit helps.

Be well, do good deeds and keep in touch,

Meghan
Wonder Women

Ginger Barkey
Lori Beecroft
Tanya Blain
Marian Burdsall
Kelly Haywood
Carol MacLellan

Special mention to our first Super ManBrian Ternoway
From the CEO's Desk

Over the next several weeks, our focus will turn to recruitment of construction volunteers. I expect this recruitment drive will be different than what’s been done in the past.

Our move to a standard model housing unit, or pod, as I’ve come to think of it, that can be constructed as a single-family home, in tandem as a semi-detached for two families, or in quadruplicate as a four-unit row house means we’ll be building the same house over and over again.

What’s exciting about this is that everything from wiring to plumbing to drywalling will be identical. This begs for the introduction of task-oriented volunteer crews rather than volunteers we hope prove to be Jacks and Jills of all trades.

Rather than ask volunteers to commit to an entire build, I anticipate we’ll instead ask a specific crew to commit a limited amount of time to wiring, for instance, yet another pod…just like the last one and just like the one before that. Not entirely as an aside: I recently had a conversation with the Our Towns Habitat in North Carolina and was told its wiring crew has now wired over 100 of its homes, at an estimated cost savings of over $300,000.

I’m banking on the possibility that a crew that’s in and out fast, can walk away knowing it’s made a vital contribution, and its members enjoy working together will also be a crew that will consider day-trips out of its home Chapter to perform that same task on another of our pods in a neighbouring Chapter…just like the last one and just like the one before that.

I’ll be working with Randy Blain, our 2016 build lead, and our informal build council over the next couple of weeks to flesh-out many facets of the build season. In the interim, I’d invite anyone interested in working on a crew (wiring, plumbing, siding, drywall, flooring, ductwork, etc.) to drop me an email (djmorris@habitatgatewaynorth.com) or give me a call 705-646-0106 ext. 6.

Have a great week,

David
City of Orillia Renews Partnership with Habitat for Humanity

PATRICK BALES | Orillia Packet & Times

Three families in need could soon have homes of their own in Orillia, if a recommendation from council committee is approved.

Council committee has recommended the city sell two properties to Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North for $1 each: 499 Bay St., which the city currently owns, and 75 Victoria St. The city began taking steps to acquire the Victoria Street property through the vesting process Monday night.

Read the full article at orilliapacket.com

Read the OPINION EDITORIAL by Dave Dawson: New Habitat homes a win-win for city
Spring Sales at our ReStores

Saturday April 16th was our 50% off sale at our Sudbury ReStore. Our customers were thrilled by their finds during the sale and we had a great crew of staff and volunteers to help with any questions. Our Sudbury ReStore had their highest sales day of the year so far! Great work team!

Stay Tuned for More Great Savings:
April 30th - Bracebridge and Huntsville
May 7th - Midland
May 14th - Orillia

 
Riverside Students Build Harvest Tables for Local Charities

Last week, a group of students from Riverside Public School approached our Huntsville ReStore Manager Justin Pritchard about building a harvest table for a family in need. We love seeing engaged youth in the community and we're excited to see the harvest tables once complete.

DAWN HUDDLESTONE | Huntsville Doppler

For their third annual math and science build project, intermediate students at Riverside Public School took a different approach: why not turn their learning into an opportunity to help families and organizations in need?

Read the full story at doppleronline.ca
ReStore at the Midland Spring Home Show

Last weekend our Midland ReStore set up a booth full of information and treasures at the 2016 Midland Spring Home Show. The Midland Spring Home Show, held at the North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre, is a fundraiser for the Midland District Shrine Club. Marg Hamelin, Midland ReStore Manager, had a great time setting up and manning our booth. Thanks Marg!
Sudbury ReStore in Espanola

Jon, our Sudbury Driver/Warehouse Associate and I had an opportunity for a road trip to deliver build supplies to the Espanola build site this past week. As Jon and I drove an hour to the build site we were filled with anticipation and excitement. Since we're both relatively new to Habitat and we work in the ReStore, neither of us had been to a build site before. The closer we got to Espanola, the more involved we felt in helping two families purchase beautiful homes.

There was no disappointment when we arrived! Site Supervisor Jeff Lapierre was on hand and gave us a nice warm welcome. Jeff gave us a tour of the house and Jon and I were just thrilled at the fact that what we do at the ReStore level is contributing to our mission. We can't wait for the finished results and the announcement of the families.

Stephanie Long
Sudbury ReStore Manager


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 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/July - Women Build Bracebridge

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

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

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

"Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth." - Gandhi

Saturday, April 16, 2016

HFH Gateway North News 15.04.2016


Serving Orillia Lake Country, North Simcoe, District of Muskoka, Parry Sound District, North Bay and Blue Sky Region and Sudbury District
“I never imagined myself doing what I’m doing now 20 years ago... it’s beyond us now, it’s about community. There is hope in our community.”

Lynn Martin volunteers with Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North as a member of the Parry Sound Chapter. Habitat volunteers come from all walks of life, and share their time for a variety of reasons. For Lynn, her inspiration came from seeing the desperation of a younger generation.

“I know a lot of young people are locked into the social housing scene,” Lynn said. “I know the effects of living in that scene. I see kids who don’t get the same opportunities. I thought there really is a need for Habitat. Everywhere.”

Lynn first heard about Habitat for Humanity in Parry Sound through friends who were involved in the local organization. She says she was encouraged by their dedication as they directed their skills, time and effort toward helping promote and create affordable homeownership.

“The people I’ve been involved with through Habitat are my friends now. We have a common goal and I think that makes a difference in friendships, and also I think there are other inspirations that come through that,” Martin said. “I’ve definitely grown as a person through my friendships.”

In helping others, we often help ourselves. Habitat for Humanity volunteers seek to develop within their community. The work does not exist inside a vacuum, and Habitat volunteers often walk away from their experiences noting personal development, growth and fulfillment.

“It’s another rung on the ladder I’ve climbed. It’s pride, there is a pride in homeownership, and there is a pride in helping a family to get there. I really feel good about it,” said Martin. “It’s about stepping outside of my comfort zone too. I’m really a shy person, but getting involved in activities like this it pushes me to be more vocal. It’s forcing me to grow as a person... I think that little push is important in development.”

For Lynn, the benefits of the Habitat model for local families really hit home during the key ceremony of the second Habitat house in Parry Sound. She watched on as a member of the first Parry Sound Habitat partner family presented a housewarming gift to the new homeowners.

“That really to me, was success. It was a touching and heartwarming moment. Talk about having a tear in your eye. I could see it was important to him, and it had made a difference in his life,” said Martin. “Their little girl, I think she’ll have a much more enriched life because they are Habitat homeowners.”
In This Issue:
* National Volunteer Week 2016
* Wonder Women
* From the CEO's Desk
* Port McNicoll Update
* 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.
* 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
Know someone who'd like to be involved with Habitat? Share the newsletter with them! Anyone who is interested in staying in touch can sign up for the weekly newsletter here!
Hello Habitat Gateway North!

Each year 13.5 million Canadians volunteer.  They volunteer not for recognition but because they believe better communities are built by sharing time, lending a hand, and actively participating in their community. That kind of commitment is worth celebrating!

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop

This week is National Volunteer Week (April 10-16th); a week set aside for all of us to recognize the amazing contribution made daily by individuals in our community. This week we say a national, collective thank you, as volunteerism is something we all benefit from.  The theme for National Volunteer Week this year is "Volunteers are the roots of strong communities".

I discovered the theme for National Volunteer Week this year and smiled. At the heart of each and every non-profit, charity, community group and service club are individuals willing to work hard because they see the value in their effort. I see every day the benefits a community realizes from volunteers. Stocking shelves so people can eat, coaching a sport so a child builds self-esteem, planting a community garden so residents can enjoy the view, building a house so a family has somewhere safe and affordable to live.  The results are tangible, impactful and deeply felt. Much like a tree develops over time volunteerism resonates across generations.

The work performed by volunteers has such profound meaning. National Volunteer Week is one opportunity to truly share our appreciation for all volunteers but we should make a habit of thanking people more often. Every time a volunteer steps up, it's a chance for us to thank them. To be genuine. To be considerate. To be generous. To be appreciative. To say 'thank you' like we mean it and be specific about what we are thanking them for.

Thank you to everyone who volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, as builders, fundraisers, event organizers, ReStore associates, office assistants, Chapter members and Board Directors. You are inspiring! A thank you goes to all volunteers - YOUmake our communities strong. We are humbled and grateful for getting to know and work with a handful of the amazing individuals across Canada.

Be well, do good deeds and keep in touch,

Meghan
Wonder Women

Ginger Barkey
Lori Beecroft
Tanya Blain
Marian Burdsall
Kelly Haywood
Carol MacLellan
From the CEO's Desk

I was very pleased earlier this week to announce our appointment of Randy Blain Construction Inc. of Huntsville as our 2016 build lead. Randy’s firm comes highly recommended and is the featured contractor on the Cottage Life TV show “Colin and Justin’s Cabin Pressure.”

While remaining at arm’s length, Randy will effectively act as our in-house project manager for this build season. Although our plans are naught but fluid, I’m anticipating Randy’s appointment is the first of what will become an annual and major appointment of a leading contractor in the regional construction industry. And while we’ll look to our appointee for project management skill, we’ll continue to directly employ a site supervisor to handle day-to-day management of our build sites, including working with our volunteers.  

I’m particularly conscious of the importance of project management in what will be a formative build season for HFHOGN. As I reported here several weeks ago, we are ratcheting up our game in terms of service to families. Eleven is our minimum target for the year. To accomplish this, and also previously reported, we’re moving to prefabricated framing panels through a partnership with Green Terra Homes of Trenton.

We have been working with Green Terra on preliminary plans for four-unit row housing. Half of the fourplex will be our “Model A” semi-detached and one-quarter will be our “Model A” single-family unit. The beauty is that, whether it’s a single, semi or fourplex, we’re building essentially the same unit over and over again. We are also planning to move to a blitz build approach that will allow us to project manage builds of shorter but more intensive durations.

I’ve had the good fortune over the last several months of being able to call upon the expertise of an informal construction council consisting of Pauline Robitaille from our North Simcoe Chapter, Hans de Vries from the Parry Sound Chapter, and Don Taylor from the former Habitat Muskoka. My aim is to bring the council together with Randy Blain and the blueprints due from Green Terra to generate our materials requirements as well as our strategy for pursuing the donation of gifts and services in kind. I’ll also be asking the group to define what exactly we mean by a “blitz” build.

As yet another Friday afternoon slips away, with the promise of spring finally and unmistakably in the air, I find myself excited and relieved in equal measure. After months of it being little more than a topic of discussion, build season is upon us!

Have a great week,

David
Port McNicoll Update

Renovations are happening at the Habitat house in Port McNicoll! Volunteers worked like a well oiled machine last Saturday getting the house ready for a new family. We will be hard at work again on April 23rd to finish up the repairs. The new family should be able to move into the home by months end.

The Port McNicoll home was built in 2006 by volunteers in our North Simcoe Chapter. When the first family moved on, Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North bought back the home. With some minor repairs and painting, the Port McNicoll home will be the first to serve a second family. The family will have a year to complete 500 hours of "sweat equity" - community service as part of their willingness to partner with Habitat.


Pictured: Jason Van Der Kooy - Midland Trim and Door, Dave Templeton + Assistant - Templeton Windows, Diane Waters - Lone Loon Finishings, Jay Waters, Robin Vornweg, Jeff Waters, Dan Quick - ReStore employee (not pictured: Chris Straw + Jack (his son) - Straw Electric)
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 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/July - Women Build Bracebridge

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

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

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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Quote of the Week

“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.” - Barack Obama