Habitat for Humanity NCR

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May/June 2013

Habitat NCR Nantes St Groundbreaking Version3       






Celebration Time: More than 110 people gathered for the Nantes Street Ground-breaking Ceremony of three homes in Orlans on May 9, 2013. The event officially welcomed our three partner famiies to the neighbourhood and included speeches from Lawrence Soloway of Soloway Wright, Rusty Sutherland of the Tachane Foundation and Cumberland Ward Coun. Stephen Blais, as well as an Aboriginal smudging ceremony. (Photo by Tom Alfoldi). 


Click here to view a video about the Groundbreaking Ceremony and click here to see all of the photos.

In this issue
Habitat Heroes: Third in a series
Upcoming Habitat NCR Events
Looking Back: Mountie House
Calling All Volunteers
Coldwell Banker Gives Back
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Recycle Your Electronic Waste
Help turn your old electronics into homes for Habitat NCR by donating them at both of our ReStores. Drop-off times are Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. All e-waste collected will be recycled in Ontario through the Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) program by Sims Recycling Solutions. Click here for more information.
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cycle salvation 
Recycle Your Used Bicycles
Habitat NCR is a collection point for Cycle Salvation, a Causeway Work Centre located at 473 Bronson Ave., which provides training in bike mechanics to people who are economically disadvantaged. Cycle Salvation diverts bikes destined to scrap and landfill sites by selling refurnished bikes and used parts to the public. 
Volunteers King Street Build2   
How You Can Help

For more information, contact Scott MacDonald at 613-749-9950 ext. 233 or email development@habitatncr.com.   

Donate Your Pennies to Habitat NCR
Help Habitat NCR collect 10 million pennies (or $100,000) to build a home for another deserving family this year! If you are interested in collecting pennies at your workplace, school or in your community, contact Scott at 613-749-9950 ext. 233 or e-mail development@habitatncr.com.  
Celebrating 20 Years of Building Homes and Building Hope
Thanks to the dedicated support of our donors, sponsors, tradespeople and volunteers, Habitat for Humanity NCR has been making homeownership a reality for hard-working, low-income families in our region since 1993. We're celebrating our 20th anniversary this year with special events, tributes and profiles of the people who make it possible to build safe, decent and affordable homes right here in our community! 
Habitat Heroes: Joshua Shaver
Joshua Shaver

Joshua Shaver


Joshua Shaver is not only a member of one of our 2012 Partner Families, but he is also the writer, director and star of our first-ever episode of Habitat NCR Kids TV.


The Grade 7 student filmed the video during March Break with the guidance of Terry Deriger, President of A B See Productions Inc. and a long-time Habitat NCR volunteer.


The video shows footage of Josh's new Habitat home in Carleton Place while he interviews his family about why they love their new place.  


Click here to watch the video.    

Upcoming Habitat NCR Events: Save the Date!
  • Habitat NCR's AGM, Volunteer Appreciation Event and 20th Anniversary Celebration on Monday, June 10 at 6 p.m.
  • Donate your old electronics at our Electronic Waste Event at both ReStores with coupons and treats: Saturday, June 29Steel Toes and Stilettos 2013
  • There is a Global Village trip to Whitehorse, Yukon leaving Ottawa on Saturday, July 20 for a one-week build with a First Nations community. Interested volunteers should contact Marc Caron at marccaronhome@sympatico.ca for more information.
  • Faith Build 2013: If you're interested in getting involved and participating on our Nantes Street Build with your faith group from September 9-14, please contact Jocelyn at 613-749-9950 ext. 225 or by e-mail at community@habitatncr.com.
  • 8th Annual Steel Toes & Stilettos Gala - The Emerald Gala - at the Westin Ottawa: Saturday, October 26. Click here to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.


See the World and Support Habitat NCR with a Trip to India/Nepal this November

Taj mahal


9-Day Trip to India: November 8-18, 2013
4-Day Add-On to Nepal: November 17-20, 2013

Have you ever dreamt of visiting India? Bytown Travel has organized an 9-day trip for $3,245 per person based on double occupancy with stops in Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Pushkar and Udaipur. There will also be an optional 4-day add-on tour to Nepal for $819 per person.

This Habitat for Humanity NCR fundraiser includes fantastic travel highlights, such as t
he Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Pushkar Fair, City Palace, Pashupatinath and much more.
Habitat NCR Fundraiser, Not Build Opportunity
Bytown Travel will be making a generous donation to Habitat NCR of $150 for each ticket sold. It will important to have appropriate vaccinations before the trip.

Booking Deadline: June 28
The deadline to book and send in your deposit is Friday, June 28 to secure your place on this once-in-a-lifetime trip! For more details, please contact Laurie Hansen-Trip at laurie@bytowntravel.com or 613-238-6300 ext. 232.
Looking Back: Mountie House

Mountie House Logo 

As we celebrate Habitat NCR's 20th anniversary, we're looking back at our builds over the years. In 2004, we launched Mountie House, a unique project that was the first of its kind in Canada. 


By contributing hundreds of volunteer hours and raising funds, this build was a way for RCMP employees to give back to the community and help achieve the goal of fostering "Safe Homes -- Safe Communities." 


The build, located on Pinecrest Road, made the dream of homeownership a reality for a family with five children and involved hundreds of volunteers, donors and sponsors. It also provided an excellent opportunity for Mounties from the Ottawa area to trade in their Stetsons for hard hats. 


Click here to see photos from Mountie House 2004.  

Sarah Street Build Volunteers
(Photo by Peggy Winstan)
Calling All Volunteers


Break Time: Food donations are needed for our Orlans build to help feed our hard-working volunteers. To offer your services or for more information, contact Peggy at 613-749-9950 ext. 229 or email her at volunteer@habitatncr.com.

Get Involved: Sign up today for your chance to volunteer on our new build in Orlans.


All for One: Take our Team Build Challenge with your office or company. 


Attention Shutterbugs: Please send in your photos from our builds, retrofits and events over the past 20 years to help us celebrate our emerald anniversary. Submit your photos to communications@habitatncr.com. Selected photos will be featured on our Facebook page.

Coldwell Banker First Ottawa Realty Gives Back 
Coldwell Banker Cheque Presentation Nantes Build
(Photo by Scott MacDonald)

Special thanks to the team at Coldwell Banker First Ottawa Realty in  Orlans, who are Golden Saw sponsors for our Nantes Street Build.

Sales Manager Lynne Faucon, on behalf of Coldwell Banker First Ottawa Realty, recently presented Habitat NCR CEO Donna Hicks with a cheque for $5,000.

We're looking forward to seeing the Coldwell Banker team in their hard hats and steel toe boots on our build site in Orlans this summer!

About Us
Since 1993, Habitat NCR has built 40 homes, completed eight retrofits and housed more than 50 families in the National Capital Region. A volunteer, non-profit organization, Habitat NCR builds simple, decent, affordable homes and sells them with no-interest mortgages to hard-working, low-income families seeking an affordable home in which to raise their children. People of all faiths and cultures are warmly welcomed.