Habitat for Humanity NCR

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July/August 2013

Women in Wood SFI Nantes Build 2013 Pic2         










We Can Build It!: Our first-ever "Women in Wood" Women Build Day on June 26 was a huge success with more than 20 people from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) on site. The team built two picnic tables for our volunteers to use and raised a wall on our urban Aboriginal build.

Click here to see photos from our "Women in Wood" SFI Build Day. (Photo by Cynthia Herman). 


In this issue
Build Update: Nantes Street
Habitat Heroes: Celebrating our Volunteers
Buy your Gala tickets today!
Habitat NCR Volunteers Build Deck for Abbeyfield House
Looking Back: Women Build 2007
Book a First Aid/CPR Course and Support Habitat NCR
Calling All Volunteers
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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! 
Build Update: Nantes Street on Schedule
Caceres on front porch

As they complete their "sweat equity" volunteer hours on site, Habitat NCR Family Partners Margarita and Salvador Caceres check out the front porch of the bungalow they will purchase this fall. (Photo by Kristin Harold)


Our build of three homes on Nantes Street in Orlans is going well, thanks to our volunteers, corporate teams, tradespeople, suppliers and especially Ken, our Construction Manager.

Each house is taking starting to take shape and the windows are being installed this week. The three homes will be completed this fall.

We have been pleased to have many corporate teams volunteering on site to date, including Soloway Wright, CMHC, GWL, Western Union, Giant Tiger, Toromont, Realtors Care, Genworth, Underwriters Laboratories, Old Navy and many more. We also welcomed the U.S. Ambassador to Canada David Jacobson, Mrs. Julie Jacobson and staff from the U.S. Embassy. 

Go to Habitat NCR's Facebook page for regular updates of the construction progress and see photos of our volunteers and corporate teams working hard to make homeownership a reality for low-income families in our community.    

Habitat Heroes: Celebrating our Volunteers
AGM George Hendry
George Hendry, one of Habitat NCR's Board Directors, receives a Legacy Builder Award from Donna Hicks, Habitat NCR's CEO, and Johannes Ziebarth, Habitat NCR's Board Chair.
(Photo by Cynthia Herman)


Habitat NCR saluted all of its volunteers at its 2012 Annual General Meeting/Volunteer Appreciation Event, which was held at Woodroffe United Church on June 10. The evening featured a speech from Habitat Canada's new CEO and President, Kevin Marshman, and our emcee was Derick Fage, Co-Host and Associate Producer of Daytime Ottawa on Rogers TV.


We also recognized our greatest resource - our dedicated volunteers - and paid tribute to a few people and organizations who have made special contributions to Habitat NCR over the years.


Our 2012 Legacy Builder award winners were:

  • Tom Alfoldi
  • Terry Deriger
  • George Hendry
  • Gord Lorimer
  • Phil Sheen
  • Euro Tile
  • Home Depot
  • Swift Delivery Systems


Our 2012 Golden Hammer award winners were:

  • Kyle Fazekas
  • Patrick Sarasin
  • David Stitt


Click here to see all of the photos from the AGM/Volunteer Appreciation Event and click here to watch our new "Habitat NCR Volunteer Experience" video, which debuted at the event and was produced by Terry Deriger, President of A B See Productions, one of our award winners.    

Buy your Tickets Today: 2013 Steel Toes & Stilettos Gala
The Emerald Gala - Celebrating Habitat NCR's 20th AnniversaryGala 2013 Just Shoes


When: Saturday, October 26, 2013
Where: The Westin Ottawa 
Tickets: $150 per person Early Bird Offer ($165 after September 2nd)
Corporate Tables: $1,500 with name recognition 
Fashions: by Internationally Renowned Fashion Designer Richard Robinson
Featuring: Live entertainment, gourment dinner, live and silent auctions, dancing and more

To purchase tickets for the gala, become a sponsor or donate auction items, please contact Marilyn at 613-749-9950 ext. 221 or by e-mail at gala@habitatncr.com
Volunteers Complete ReNew It Deck Project for Abbeyfield House Residents

Abbeyfield ReNew It Deck 2013 

Earlier this month, Habitat NCR's hard-working volunteers constructed a deck for Abbeyfield House, a non-profit housing option for seniors that offers a small-scale care facility with private rooms, food and the support of a house coordinator.
The 10 residents had limited access to the outdoors at their Victorian home located on Parkdale Avenue beside Parkdale United Church.
Thanks to our partnerships with Oakwood Renovation Experts, BOMA Ottawa and the RBC Foundation, Habitat NCR was able to build a 14' x 22' deck through ReNew It, our repair and renovation program. This project created a respite for the seniors and it will help them enjoy the outdoors for years to come.
To learn more about Abbeyfield House, go to www.abbeyfieldottawa.org.
Meet the Mitchells - Habitat NCR 2012 Partner Family

Mitchell Family  

Melissa Mitchell, who purchased her Habitat NCR home in Carleton Place in February 2013, is happily settled with her three children.
Click here to watch our new update video where she talks about her Habitat for Humanity experience and thanks our sponsors and volunteers.
Melissa also describes how her children are enjoying their new home and how it's fun having another Habitat NCR family - Terri and Ed Shaver and their six children - living next door. 
Looking Back: Women Build 2007

Womens Build 2013  

As we celebrate Habitat NCR's 20th anniversary, we're looking back at our builds over the years. In 2007, we held our first-ever Women Build in the National Capital Region. 


The Women Build Program pomotes the involvement of women in the construction of Habitat homes by hosting build projects with the majority of the planning and execution undertaken by female volunteers. The Women Build Program isn't about "excluding men," but it is all about "including women."


The build, located on White Cedar Street in Stittsville, made the dream of homeownership a reality for two families and involved hundreds of volunteers, donors and sponsors. Thanks to everyone who was involved! 


Click here to see photos from the 2007 Women Build.  

Book a First Aid/CPR Course and Support Habitat NCR 
First Aid Photo  

Carol Halstead, a First Aid and CPR instructor who is certified with St. John Ambulance, will be making a 10% donation to Habitat NCR with each registration fee for the following courses:

  • Standard First Aid, CPR (adult, and/or child/infant) & AED (defibrillator) - 2 days
  •  Emergency First Aid, CPR (adult, and/or child/infant) & AED (defibrillator) - 1 day
  •  CPR (adult, and/or child/infant) & AED (defibrillator) - half day

Carol, who is a dedicated Habitat NCR volunteer, will teach the courses in your home, at a community site or in your workplace. Each course, which complies with WSIB guidelines, includes videos, lectures and hands-on learning.


Book your course today using the code H4H at first-aid@opstrat.ca.

Phil and Mario Pizza LunchCalling 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 with Habitat NCR.


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.

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 interest-free, long-term 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. Go to www.habitatncr.com for more information.