Friday, May 27, 2016

HFH Gateway North News 27.05.2016


Serving Orillia Lake Country, North Simcoe, District of Muskoka, Parry Sound District, North Bay and Blue Sky Region and Sudbury District
Attention Golfers: Do you want to play an excellent round of golf for a great deal and support a worthwhile cause?

Swing your clubs so we can swing our hammers!

Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North is holding its 3rd Annual Golf Classic at the North Granite Ridge Golf Course on Thursday June 16th. Single players can register for $120 and foursomes can register for $400 (not including HST). Golfer packages will include 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch, dinner, a goodie bag, and the chance to bid on numerous silent auction items.

To register, please call the North Granite Ridge Golf Course (705)-385-0808 or emailngrgolf@gmail.com.
In This Issue:
* HFHOGN Golf Classic
* Wonder Women
* From the CEO's Desk
* Weber Supply & Sudbury ReStore
* ReStore Items At Work
* Parry Sound Chapter Giant Yard Sale
* Happy Birthday Jon
* 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 visithabitat.ca/brickforbrick
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Hello Habitat Gateway North Community!

I hope everyone had the opportunity to enjoy the sunshine of the Victoria Day long weekend. A short week when the weather is as beautiful as it has been is a bonus everyone should be able to take advantage of.

As this short week has sped by, I've been faced with discussing and deciding on several opportunities, both big and small, work-related and personal.

The definition of opportunity is a favourable, appropriate, or advantageous combination of circumstances; a chance or prospect. Part of what I love about my job is that there are alwaysopportunities. There is always a new set of circumstances to consider because there are infinite combinations of ways to achieve goals. And beyond that, goals evolve as we accomplish them. We have some amazing discussions at the office about embracing prospects.

I've discovered key phrases in seizing opportunities and setting goals are "what if?" and "why not?". Now, that also doesn't mean that jumping on every opportunity that comes your way amounts to you being wildly successful. Quite the opposite - jumping on every opportunity is bad for business. However, if you see an opportunity at the table, it's in your best interest to entertain the idea (and "no" or "because I said so" are not good enough reasons to back off.)



This week is coming to a close and I can recall conversations that turned into much larger projects, other projects that were placed on hold for future review and discussions that evolved into partnerships. Does that mean we captured every opportunity? Of course not. We have our share of missed opportunities. We choose to learn from those missed opportunities and grow as individuals, an organization and a community. But we always make sure we've got our dancing shoes on.

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

I find it easy to forget that some of the most stellar examples of volunteerism and commitment to Habitat for Humanity can be found among our Board of Directors, and that alone speaks to the quality of our Board.

Regardless of the not-for-profit organization, board members commit themselves to serving as a proxy for the community the organization endeavours to serve. Although it’s not generally recognized or understood, in doing so, directors expose themselves to the risk of being held personally liable for the actions of the organization.

There is an ongoing dance the board does with the chief executive officer (or “executive director” in many other organizations). It’s a dance across a fine line separating the organization’s leadership and its management.

There are rules guiding the dance, and when those rules are ignored, the scene on the dance floor can quickly, and in a very public way, turn ugly, as many organizations can attest. But the real beauty of the dance can be seen when the rules have been internalized and the dancer’s steps are gracefully unconscious.

Tomorrow, our Board of Directors will meet for the last time in its current configuration. It’s the group of remarkable volunteers that took the helm of HFHOGN following regionalization of the affiliate in 2014. It’s the remarkable group of volunteers that held fast to the helm through the stormy waters the affiliate hit this time last year. It’s also the group of remarkable volunteers with which I’ve had the unbounded privilege and pleasure of dancing since last July.

Tomorrow’s Board meeting, being hosted in Midland by our North Simcoe Chapter, will conclude in time for our Annual General Meeting (AGM). The configuration of the Board will change somewhat – some departing members, some new members – all of which we’ll report in next week’s newsletter. The AGM will then conclude in time for a brief inaugural meeting of the new Board followed by some well-deserved social time.

In advance of tomorrow’s AGM, and on behalf of the entire HFHOGN team, thanks to all who have served on the Board over the last year:

President Jack Lanctot, Past-president Linda Acton-Riddle, Treasurer Tom Phillips, and Directors Murray Bieman, Johanne Hills, John Humble, Scot Lowes, Gerard Lyons, Haley MacDonald, Claudette Strom, Jayson Swain, Marjorie Witzu, Brian Ternoway, and Peter Daleman.  

Have a great week,

David
Weber Supply & Sudbury ReStore

Claude Theriault (left), District Sales Manager of Weber Supply and the rest of his Sudbury team donated tools and building supplies to the ReStore last week.
ReStore Items At Work

One couldn’t have ordered up a more perfect Victoria Day long-weekend to explore HFHOGN territory. An early Saturday morning stop at the Bracebridge Farmers' Market found Nancy MacMillan of Muskoka Rustic Mack Decor showing off hand-crafted cheese trays fashioned from slate tiles removed from the roof of the provincial legislature and sold through our ReStores. Nancy was also selling – and wearing - aprons fashioned from ReStore-purchased coffee bean sacks. 
Happy Birthday Jon!

Last week our Sudbury driver/warehouse associate Jon celebrated his birthday - and his co-workers made sure everyone knew! Banners, balloons and cupcakes were enjoyed by all. Happy Birthday Jon! Thanks for all you do!
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 - 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

"I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be." - Douglas Adams

Saturday, May 21, 2016

HFH Gateway North News 20.05.2016



Serving Orillia Lake Country, North Simcoe, District of Muskoka, Parry Sound District, North Bay and Blue Sky Region and Sudbury District
Port McNicoll Renovation

The Habitat home renovation in Port McNicoll is almost complete. A family has been selected and has been working hard at their Sweat Equity by completing some of the painting and finishing touches. Their move in date is July 1st!

All of this progress has been made possible by the generosity of a number of people.
Pictured here are Diane, Lydia, Gilliene, Mim, Cathy and our project manager Jeff (with Marg behind the camera).

The Midland Home Hardware Crew generously gave their time and materials. Two of that crew are pictured but many more showed up to help out. A big shout out to Kevin and his staff for making this project so much easier. The house was painted top to bottom in one day!

Thanks to everyone for all of your hard work. Your support makes all the difference!

In This Issue:
* ReStore Donations
* Port McNicoll Renovation
* Wonder Women
* From the CEO's Desk
* Parry Sound 4th Annual Giant Yard Sale
* Huntsville Firefighters Take on Band on the Run
* Volunteers Wanted
* Orillia ReStore Shopper
* 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 Community!

More often than not working for a non-profit requires an all-hands-on-deck approach. I don't mean this in the context of inefficiency, but rather, teamwork gets the job done. As I mentioned in my column last week, a group approach finds different, collaborative ways to a solution.

On Monday this week, that meant a group of staff from our office and ReStores as well as a handful of dedicated volunteers headed to Midland to help with a salvage. I'm certain this falls under "other duties as assigned" on our job descriptions. Through the handiwork of our procurement team, Habitat Gateway North had the opportunity to remove cabinets, fixtures and more from a mall under new ownership and headed for a renovation.

I love my work in the office, but occasionally, it is a great deal of fun to be "out in the field". Stepping outside of one's regular duties gives perspective on all of the roles within this organization. Some heavy lifting (and figuring out how to get THIS cabinet through THAT door) certainly makes you communicate openly with the other memebrs of your team. We reviewed our priorities, broke into smaller crews and off we went to remove screws from slat wall, take out cabinets, load trucks and more. We even left a few of the areas cleaner than we had found them...



Our day at the mall had all the elements of great teamwork.

  1. A Common Goal - We had to work together to move as much as we could in one day. Priority items were first on the trucks and then we kept going.
  2. Celebration of Success - There were a few shelves that were not easy lifting. Getting those onto the trucks was a win for all of us (and we may have clapped a little too).
  3. Award Performance - If a pizza lunch doesn't say reward, I don't know what does!
A big thank you to everyone who helped out on Monday and to everyone who helps out on a regular basis. I can't say thank you enough, but I'll keep trying to.

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

There are three basic rules in strategic communications: know your target audience, tailor your message to that audience, and deliver it through communications channels to which they’re already paying attention.

Next to finding affordable land, Habitat’s greatest challenge across North America is connecting with “our” families – families who are looking for a hand-up, not a hand-out.On Monday evening of this week, Greg Cowan, our Communications Officer, hosted a focus group session with Family Selection Committee members from across our Chapters. The goal of the session was to develop a profile of our partner family that would help us tailor our message and delivery mechanisms.

My wife Marian, a software design expert, helped facilitate the discussion. What does software have to do with people-ware? Interestingly, one of the things Marian does is develop and maintain user “personas.”

Each persona is a representative amalgam of specific users of the software, and for each there is a contrived name, head and shoulders photo, and detailed background history. Changes to the software, then, aren’t consider from Marian’s perspective or, heaven forbid, the perspective of a computer programmer, but from that of “Sarah,” a 42-year-old legal secretary and single mother of two kids, or “Tom,” a 25-year-old, single records clerk, etc.

On Monday, we focused on developing personas for “Mary” and “Frank,” one representative Habitat partner family couple (there are likely other representative singles and couples). One startling bit of information that emerged is that Frank doesn’t see himself as needing a hand-up, and if he does, he wouldn’t admit it anyway. More likely, Mary sees the benefits of partnering with Habitat and eventually “sells” Frank on the idea.

This is profound from a communications perspective. We’re still noodling over it, but, off-the-cuff, it suggests a campaign aimed not at Frank, but at the men he respects and listens to. Forget newspaper ads and even social media; reaching Frank might be through a five-minute presentation in the locker room of an old-timers’ hockey league or other forums where Frank gathers with “the boys.”

Not at all as an aside: when breast cancer screening first became available, hair-dressers were found to be one of the most effective channels for encouraging women to speak to their doctors about testing.

I’m intrigued by the information that came out of Monday’s discussion. This could be an exciting break-through in HFHOGN’s ability to reach “our” families and in our making a significant contribution within the broader family of Habitat affiliates.

Have a great long-weekend and a great week,

David
Huntsville Firefighters Take on Band on the Run

Huntsville Forester - ROLAND CILLIERS

The Huntsville-Lake of Bays Fire Department officially kicked off its Band on the Run fundraising efforts on May 16 with a $1,000 donation from perennial supporter Bob Bulloch. This year’s Band on the Run on June 11 marks the fifth time the ever-growing musical-themed foot race has been held, and the fire department and Bulloch have supported it since the beginning.

Fire Chief Stephen Hernen said this year the firefighters would run a set distance based on how much money is raised.

“We call it K for K, so for every $1,000 raised firefighters will run one kilometre with full gear on. We’re hoping for 10 (kilometres) and $10,000 for habitat,” said Hernen.

Read the full article here: Huntsville firefighters kick off fundraising with $1,000 donation

There's still time to register for Band on the Run or donate today!
Volunteers Wanted!

Volunteers are the heart and soul of Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North. Whether you're an individual, corporate team, community group, a small group of friends, with skilled experience or not, there are many different ways for you to volunteer.

We're on the hunt for volunteers to get involved in all aspects of Habitat for Humanity:

  • Build Volunteers
    • We're looking to develop skilled crews to help on our build sites. No experience required - we'll do the training!
  • Chapter Volunteers
    • Our Chapters in Orillia, North Simcoe, North Bay, Parry Sound, Muskoka and Sudbury are in search of committee members. Have experience on a Board? We'd love to hear from you!
  • ReStore Volunteers
    • ReStores are a constant bustle of activity and our volunteers assist with everything, from preparing store merchandise and receiving donations to customer service. Safety training and orientation included.
  • Event Volunteers
    • Consider helping out at one of our many fundraising events throughout the year. The time commitment, and type of opportunity vary by location. 
To sign up as a volunteer or for more information, contact Hilary by calling (705) 646-0106 ext. 205 or email hilary@habitatgatewaynorth.com
Orillia ReStore Shopper

Our Orillia ReStore staff were happy to help Indigo when she was into the store this week. Like all of our customers, she seemed to have found exactly what she was looking for. Thanks for coming by Indigo. Your smile made our week!

Don't forget, our 1-3835 Campbell Rd. location has great sales as we prepare to move to our new location at 220 James St. W. in July. You don't want to miss these deals!
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 - 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

"Begin to live as though your prayers have already been answered." - Tony Robbins

Saturday, May 14, 2016

HFH Gateway North News 13.05.2016


Serving Orillia Lake Country, North Simcoe, District of Muskoka, Parry Sound District, North Bay and Blue Sky Region and Sudbury District
Muskoka Builders' Association Partnership

On Monday, May 9th, David Morris, CEO of Habitat OGN, attended the Muskoka Builders' Association monthly dinner and was presented with a cheque for $1,600. The cheque was gratefully received for partnering with the MBA Spring Home Show in April. Habitat OGN provided volunteers for the admission table the weekend of the Home Show. A big thank you to the Muskoka Builders' Association, all of the Habitat volunteers who lent a hand during the show and to everyone who came out to visit at the Home Show!

Pictured: Katy McGregor, Chair of the Home & Cottage Show (left) presents a cheque to David Morris, CEO of HFHOGN with Dean Butterwick, President of the MBA (right).
In This Issue:
* Muskoka Builders' Association Partnership
* Wonder Women
* From the CEO's Desk
* Espanola Build Update
* HFHOGN Golf Classic
* Save the Dates
* Quote of the Week
The Newsreel: Quick Facts to Keep You Informed!
* Everyone in the Habitat family is thinking about all the displaced families in the Fort McMurray area. Our hearts go out to them. At this time, you can give through the emergency fire appeal link on the Red Cross website (www.redcross.ca) or by texting 30333 to donate $5.
* 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 newsletterhere!
Hello Habitat Gateway North Team!

Since last week's national conference, I've felt a renewed sense of enthusiasm for Habitat's work. It's cliche to get fired up at a conference; I know this. However, being surrounded by such talented, intelligent and engaged individuals, all working toward a common goal, is inspiring. The theme carried through the entirety of the conference was "We Are One Habitat." The concept being part of such a big picture has impact and resonance for me.

Habitat for Humanity's work spans not just the country but the globe. Individuals are engaged across the world building homes and providing affordable home ownership opportunities. While the type of home built in Haiti differs from the type of home built in Sudbury, the mission and vision are the same. Every individual having a safe, decent place to call home is very much intertwined with every individual can make a difference in their own community. Think globally, act locally.

The wealth of information and ideas across all Habitat affiliates is exceptional. A program successful in one affiliate can be shared across other affiliates, without having to recreate the wheel. What worked and what didn't work are learning experiences for every affiliate when shared.

The power of team work is yet another cliche. But in my mind, the best team work happens with intrigued, dedicated individuals. The human factor is a major one. The right people in the right role can make all the difference.

The advantages of working as an individual are easy to spot: you create the goals and therefore you decide what to do and when to do it, you can concentrate and focus on what you see as the primary objective, you maker your own decisions and you get credit for your achievements.

Having those same hard-working individuals come together as a team changes the dynamic while allowing for creativity and new ideas. Teamwork means the world isn't resting on one person's shoulders. The team can be helpful in responding to problems and questions, therefore increasing work efficiency. The ability to work as a team and celebrate team success improves relationships.

Best of all, every individual is different and has unique qualities. People with different experiences and backgrounds increase the creativity of team members and the group as a whole. When different skills and experiences are applied teams are often able to come up with a more effective solution than one person working on the same problem. This is what I see happening with Habitat Gateway North and across Habitat Canada.

As with any challenge, there is more than one way to achieve results. As Meghan Reddick, HFHC's VP of Marketing and Communications, quoted in her session: "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."

We Are One Habitat. Let's work together. Let's learn together. Let's build a world where everyone has a safe, decent place to live.

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

Last week’s Habitat Canada national conference and annual general meeting in Kitchener proved to be a wonderful event. HFHOGN took full advantage of the conference being within driving distance. At various points through the week, we had our ReStore management team, our affiliate management team, and Board Chair Jack Lanctot and Sudbury Board Director Claudette Strom participate in sessions ranging from “ReStore University” to Saturday’s AGM.

I’ve always considered myself privileged to have had the opportunity to do various projects with HFH Canada. One of the many rewards of the week was my being able to introduce our team to our national office colleagues.

The theme of the conference was “Together we are One Habitat.” That sparked a sub-theme around “What does ‘One Habitat’ mean to me?” I was asked to do the devotional address (i.e. grace) before Friday evening’s gala awards dinner, so the clock was ticking while I searched for my personal answer to that question and then attempted to put the answer into some form of coherent statement.

After considerable thought, I decided “One Habitat” is, for me, an indescribably beautiful, meditative breath of a moment, taken on a Sunday morning in November, just as sunrise becomes the heat of day in a field in Leogane, Haiti – a moment repeated in that same field a year later.

It is an act of personal commitment: I will have my two houses completed by noon Friday. I will keep my families and team safe. And on Friday, when our dedication services are done, every member of my team will go home knowing he or she has touched - and been touched by – others at the very core of our shared humanity. My “One Habitat” is making that level of personal commitment with blind but unshakeable faith it will be shared by the house-team that has yet to assemble.

In a literal sense, a wealth of words was shared at the conference, but I think “One Habitat” is a state that lies beyond words; beyond the need for words. We are One Habitat when we’re engaged in mission at the level of what Abraham Lincoln described as “the better angels of our nature.”

Have a great week,

David
Espanola Build Update

Espanola Site Supervisor Jeff Lapierre (centre right) is thrilled. Both basement floors in the semi-detached have now been poured and set.Thank you to all of our volunteers for their support and for the Fisher Wavy crew for their help!

Pictured from left to right: Steve Mccombs, Gus Macintosh, Kris Kring, Jeff Lapierre and the two drivers from Fisher Wavy Inc.
Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North Golf Classic

Swing your clubs so we can swing our hammers! #DRIVEITHOME

Sponsor spots are still available for the 3rd Annual Habitat for Humanity OGN Golf Classic presented by North Granite Ridge Golf Club on Thursday, June 16th.

Sponsorship will directly support our 2016 build in Huntsville. With these funds, we will provide two local families the opportunity of affordable home ownership.

Please contact Hilary Kellam for more information on how you or your business can help local families. Call (705)-646-0106 ext 205 or email hilary@habitatgatewaynorth.com.
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

"If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself." - Henry Ford