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Merry Christmas to you and your family from
all of us at Habitat Grey Bruce!

Thank you for your generous support of our work over the past year. And what a year it’s been! By partnering together we have been able to help another 6 families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership in 2018!

That brings our total of families served to 51 (80 adults and 116 children) since our start in 1987. We could not achieve this without your support. On behalf of all our homeowners, thank you!

May you and your family enjoy a memorable Christmas and a peace filled New Year!

Greg Fryer
Executive Director
Habitat Happenings 2018
Year in Review

•  6 families receive the keys to their new homes
•  4 new staff join our amazing team
•  2 summer students and 1 contract employee help make 2018 the best ever!
•  6 more families  served brings the total to 80 adults and 116 children  
Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership.

John McLachlan, Resource Manager

Another wonderful year for Habitat Grey Bruce!  We have once again shown our leadership by being the first Habitat Affiliate in Canada to successfully build houses in partnership with a First Nation on their territory and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
We would not have been successful without the help of our sponsors. With the commitment from our Visionary Sponsors; Bruce Power, RAGBOS, Royal LePage and Meridian Credit Union, we were able to buy equipment and tools that were needed to complete 4 houses.
We also received great support from the wider community to assist us with product donations to build the houses. National sponsors such as CGC, Mitten Vinyl, GAF, Whirlpool, Owens Corning and EACOM Lumber were able to contribute new building materials for each house.

Many of our sponsors went beyond their monetary donation and sent Volunteer Teams to the Build site. Our initial plan was to have 17 Team Build Days but with the help of our Visionary Sponsors, 27  Teams participated. Bruce Power went beyond their group and reached out to their suppliers who answered the call to help.
It was an incredible experience.
Our Construction Manager, Al MacDonald had the challenge this year to keep everyone busy at the site. It all went well and fortunately the families are all in for Christmas.
An amazing year for the Chippewas of Nawash and Habitat for Humanity Grey Bruce all made possible by the generosity of our community.


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Jeremy McMillan, Resource Coordinator
2018 has come and gone and during that time our volunteers helped us build 5 houses and provided countless hours at our 3 ReStore Locations.
The Neyaashiinigmiing community and the community at large contributed immensely to this Build.  A total of 304 volunteers visited the site and provided 7,900 hours of volunteer service.

Throughout the Build we hosted 27 Team Builds from various businesses and groups within the community.  This allowed us to maintain a steady pace of building.  Some of our volunteers participated so often they recorded more than 400 personal hours on the Build.  This consistent level of volunteer and community involvement allowed us to match our Team Builds with tasks more suitable for larger groups, enriching the volunteer experience for everyone.

Behind the scenes, the degree of community involvement that supported the food committee was completely astonishing.  The donations were so numerous that the main concern was where to store all the items. 
The community provided lunches so frequently that it became almost a daily occurrence.  Organizing all the snacks, lunches and coffee was the responsibility of the Food Committee.  The committee was comprised of the four future homeowners and we couldn’t have asked for a more organized group to handle the task.
In the ReStore, we celebrated milestones for Larry Brault and Marian Moore.  Marian and Larry both volunteer at the Hanover Restore and you can see either one almost daily.  Larry has provided over 1,000 hours and counting.  As for Marian, she celebrated her 2,500th hour in March and just recently surpassed 3,000!  Well done guys, thank you so much for your time and efforts.  In addition to Larry’s and Marian’s efforts, we had 88 other volunteers come help out for an estimated total of 6,000 hours  served throughout the 3 locations.
Thank you everyone for volunteering and contributing to the Builds and the ReStore, we truly appreciate your kindness and generosity.  You guys are the best!!!!

Marian Moore
Hanover Volunteer


Larry Brault
Hanover Volunteer
Volunteers do not necessarily have the TIME;
they just have the HEART.

- Elizabeth Andrew

Al MacDonald, Construction Manager
I would like to thank everyone who helped to make 2018 a very successful and life changing year for 6 more families within Grey Bruce. We can only have this sort of positive impact in our communities with your continued support.
The first ever Habitat built house on First Nations Territory in Ontario was dedicated this past February in Neyaashiinigmiing. The success of this project led to extending our partnership with the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation to build 4 more houses in a new development. 
Our start in Neyaashiinigmiing was delayed until July 2nd. Once we began, there was no stopping the excitement and momentum.  There was a tremendous spirit of cooperation between volunteers, the families and the community. Despite the extremely hot summer, the enthusiasm and hard work of everyone continued at a very rapid pace.
There are far too many people involved to name everyone. Each and every one of you should be extremely proud of this year’s accomplishments. To build 4 houses in 5 months is a great endeavor in itself. To do it with volunteers, with a varied level of skill sets, in all sorts of conditions, with no safety violations or accidents, and an unparalleled quality level, is monumental!


Jerry Johnson
Site Supervisor

Tanner Prior
Summer Student

Jerry Johnson our Site Supervisor put in long hours to keep the Build site running smoothly.  He was a great addition to the Team. 
I can never say thank you enough. Your continued support is so much appreciated!
Your efforts have contributed to a life changing Christmas for so many children and adults. As you share the holiday season with family and friends, keep in mind how much you have done to change the lives of others. I am so grateful to have the privilege of working with you and look forward to working with each and every one of you in 2019.
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and thank you again!
For the third year in a row, a group of us pedaled a 90 km route to raise another $11,000 for the Hammer of Hope Ride.

Over $26,000 has been
raised in three years!

Thank you for that support
and watch for our ride for 2019.
Volunteer Spotlight
Stephen Pedoniquott - Volunteer Extraordinaire! 

Stephen began volunteering alongside his Daughter Stephanie on the 4 houses at the Neyaashiinigmiing Build this year.  Stephanie is one of four partner families for this build.  Naturally, Stephen was ready to help gain Sweat Equity hours for his daughter’s cause, however 640 personal hours later Stephen’s contribution to the Build became unmeasurable.  Stephen didn’t just work on the houses.  He went above and beyond being a daily volunteer.  He would routinely drive other volunteers to and from the Build site, brewed the morning coffee to assist the food committee and completed every task asked of him on the Build site.  Stephen was very committed to the success of our 2018 Neyaashiinigmiing Build and the families and Habitat Grey Bruce Staff are very grateful.

Jim Lawson, ReStore Manager

It’s been an exciting year in the ReStore world.  We have seen consistent growth throughout the year, with sales in all three stores exceeding our targets for the year. We are very thankful to our corporate donors with Home Depot leading the way and other donations coming from Eco-Solutions and Mars Canada.
We have also added clothing bins provided by Recycling Rewards which also adds revenue to each ReStore.

I also want to thank all the staff and volunteers for all your hard work throughout the year.  Without you we would not be as successful as we are today. I know next year will be even bigger and better than this year.  I look forward to working with each and every one of you.
A big shout out and thank you goes to Mars Canada who has donated pet food to help us support the many animal shelters in our area. The shelters fill a vital need to our community and we are very proud to help support their needs.

Who benefits from our ReStores?

Customers - Save money on a variety of products for homes, businesses or cottages.

Donors - By donating new or gently used building materials, furniture, and appliances, donors can receive a tax receipt for the value of these items.

Families - Proceeds from the ReStores enable Habitat to build homes for families who are currently living in substandard accommodation.

Environment - The ReStores help reduce the amount of usable building, electronic waste and other recyclable materials from being deposited into landfill.

Community - Our ReStores work with volunteers who are given an opportunity to make a contribution to their community through “Meaningful serve experience.”

Don’t Dump it. Donate it!
Donate your old or broken electronics and household appliances to the ReStore. 
We accept over 185 different items for recycling.  There is no charge to you and no limit on the quantity that can be donated.  We also recycle batteries.

For a list of acceptable items check out our webpage.

Habitat for Humanity Grey Bruce
Welcomes New Staff to our Team!

  • Robert Karsseboom and Deborah Shantz are providing excellent customer service at the Hanover ReStore.
  • Jim Lawson is doing fantastic managing all three ReStores.
  • Jeremy McMillan is doing an amazing job coordinating volunteers and other important resources.
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Owen Sound, ON   N4K 5N7
(519) 371-6776
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