Habitat for Humanity Edmonton to welcome Karen Stone as incoming President & CEO.

EDMONTON, AB (June 11, 2018) – On July 1, 2018, Karen Stone will be joining Habitat for Humanity Edmonton, officially taking over as President and CEO when Alfred Nikolai retires after 13 years of leading the charity.

Stone comes to Habitat with a strong leadership background serving over 25 years in organizational management at provincial, national and international levels.

Stone has served in senior leadership roles in the housing sector for over half of her career at; Alberta Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness, Family Violence Prevention and Homeless Support Services, BC Non-profit Housing Association, BC/Yukon Society of Transition Housing, and realizing housing as a socio-economic right, while she practiced as a human rights lawyer in South Africa.

“Habitat for Humanity Edmonton is a wonderful organization that has been transformed under the leadership of Alfred Nikolai,” said Karen Stone. “It is with great enthusiasm that I look forward to stewarding the next phase in the work of this organization, and serving and empowering many more families. I feel honored and humbled to have this opportunity to work with the amazing staff, volunteers and partners that believe in the work of Habitat, as together we realize housing as a fundamental human right.”

Stone has an undeniable passion for housing and is keen to bring her vision and expertise to help further the mission of building homes and serving families.

With affordable housing still a critical need across Canada the charity must continue to sustain and grow the program keeping donors and volunteers engaged and aware of the great need to serve well deserving families in Edmonton and Northern Alberta. The transition into home ownership is a proven formula to break the cycle of poverty. By investing in families Habitat is building more sustainable communities and ensuring that children have brighter futures.

“As the largest Habitat affiliate in Canada based on the number of families served annually and having served over 600 families to date, the Board, management and staff of Habitat for Humanity Edmonton look forward to welcoming Karen Stone to the ‘Habitat Family’” said Ian MacDonald, Habitat board Chair.

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2018 Interfaith Works Project Wrap Up

We had a fantastic time at our Interfaith Works Project Wrap Up ceremony in conjunction with the Capital Region Interfaith Housing Initiative. A special thanks to the many faith communities who gave of their time to help families achieve strength, stability, and independence. In fact, over 300 volunteers had joined us to build homes in Edmonton! We are very grateful to be surrounded by so many generous faith communities. The Interfaith Works Project ran between February 28 – May 31.

Special thanks to the following guests for joining us for our closing ceremony:

  • Hon. Richard Feehan, Minister of Indigenous Relations & Deputy House Leader
  • David Shepherd, MLA for Edmonton-Centre
  • Denise Woollard, MLA for Edmonton-Mill Creek
  • Mike Nickel, Councillor, Ward 11, City of Edmonton
  • All of our amazing faith community leaders and participants in the 2018 Interfaith Works Project!

Here are a few photos from the ceremony:

            

 

2018 Volunteer Appreciation Event

On the evening of April 17, 2018, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton recognized the accomplishments of our volunteers in 2017. What a fantastic night! We are so grateful to all of our volunteers and their commitment to helping families achieve strength, stability, and independence through the Habitat program. Below is a list of the awards and a few photos of the evening.

Award Recipients

150+ Hours in 2017
Kristian Arnault
Bob Atlee
Ward Baskett
Joe Biggeman
Gerard (Gerry) Borle
Don Bottos
Allan Byer
Calvin Byers
Neil Calhoun
Ryan Caruso
Terry Chantler
Ron Chowne
Fred Coffey
Grant Croll
Trevor Scott Custance
Cynthia Davis
Tom De Beyer
David DeLisle
Mike DeLong
Rick Delorme
Jerry Derejko
Wayne Elsner
Hank Fast
Bernie Gerbrandt
Gary Gordey
Ellis Greenley
Ryan Gruzin
Darcy Hale
Wayne Hawker
Edwin Hernandez
Margolee Horn
Don Hutchings
Oscar Johnston
Peter Johnston
John Kendall
Norm Krahn
Jordan Krudys
Kristin Laplante
Cameron Leeworthy
Jim Lesjak
Oryssia Lennie
Manny Lila
Nazlin Lila
Jim Matheson
Ted McClung
Kathryn Morris
Ronald Muir
Orest Myckan
Don Neufeld
Lloyd Noga
Yvonne Prokop
Allan Radakovitch
Penny Radakovitch
Darcy Ratke
John Renfree
Len Rivers
Patrick Robertson
Ken Robinson
Karl Roessler
Greg Schoengut
Glenn Shanahan
Grant Sim
Bruce Sloychuk
Dave Taschuk
Shari Tymo
Max Vandersteen
David Wangler
Neil Watkins
Gerry White
Edgar Wierstra
Arthur Willis
Richard Wirges
Glenda Wyatt
Hugh Wyatt
Patrick Wylie
Janet Yoneda
Sam Yurkiw

3 Years of Service
Delia J Dixon
Grant Halliday
Norm Krahn
Allan Radakovitch
Anne Broomfield
Cory Tilitzky
Gerry Borle
Nathanael Smith
Penny Radakovitch
Wayne W. Hawker

5 Years of Volunteer Service
Lloyd Noga
Patrick Robertston

10 Years of Volunteer Service
Gerry White

15 Years of Volunteer Service
David Wangler

25 Years of Volunteer Service
Orest Myckan

Special Contribution Awards
Robin Hood Association
Sandra Rushton
St. George’s Anglican

Group Volunteer Award
Shell Canada

Chuck Ziegler ReStore Award of Excellence
Rick Delorme

Construction Award of Excellence
Oscar Johnston

Don Neufeld Outstanding Volunteer Award
Hank Fast

Global Village HopeBuilder
Joe Biggeman

 

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Alfred Nikolai, president and chief executive of Habitat for Humanity Edmonton is stepping down.

EDMONTON (Mar. 1, 2018) – Habitat Edmonton’s President & CEO Alfred Nikolai who has led the charity for the past 13 years is planning to retire from his position on June 30th.

“My time as CEO has been extremely rewarding as I have witnessed hundreds of wonderful families transform their lives as part of the Habitat Program.  Retirement is an exciting time but also one of reflection.  I believe that Habitat will continue to transform lives and I am proud to have served such a wonderful cause for so many years.  My wife Ann and I are looking forward to travelling and spending more time with our children and granddaughter.”

In 2017 the charity hosted the Carter Work Project and put Habitat Edmonton’s role in building affordable housing on the world stage. As per the words of President Carter “When we get through this build here, we’ll look back and say this was one of the best we ever had. It’s because the people in Edmonton work so hard to make Habitat a success whether we are here or not.”

The charity’s growth has been exponential over the last 13 years and today Habitat for Humanity Edmonton is the largest Habitat in Canada based on the number of families served annually.

“Alfred Nikolai’s exceptional leadership has been a major contributing factor to Habitat Edmonton’s success. His passion and commitment to the cause of providing affordable housing to those in need has resulted in the charity going from building one or two homes annually to building entire communities. He exudes the spirit of neighbour-helping-neighbour. Alfred’s remarkable achievements with Habitat Edmonton, as well as his contributions to the Habitat program across the country, have improved the lives of many families over the years. The Board of Habitat Edmonton very much appreciates all that Alfred has accomplished in his time as CEO and thanks him for his significant role in breaking down barriers and building stronger healthier communities which greatly advanced the Habitat for Humanity program,” said Oryssia Lennie, Board Chair, Habitat Edmonton.

Habitat for Humanity Edmonton will be undertaking a search for a new President & CEO.

2018 Interfaith Works Project Kick Off!

It was a great day to kick off the seventh annual Interfaith Works Project! We had a great time of inspiring messages and a shared meal that was absolutely delicious! Here are photos from the event:

Cold Lake family receives keys to a new Habitat home constructed by local volunteers.

COLD LAKE, ALBERTA (Feb. 20, 2018) – A local family of four received keys to their newly built Habitat for Humanity home in Cold Lake. The local Habitat committee has worked tirelessly to prepare the home for Jumboy, Jennifer, and their two children.

Andrea Sandmaier, Project Co-Leader, expressed the committee’s enthusiasm:

“The Cold Lake Habitat for Humanity committee is extremely excited to be handing over the keys to a well deserving family. This house was built with love, laughs and hundreds of volunteer hours, which we are so thankful for. We are all very honoured to be a part of such a meaningful initiative in Cold Lake.”

Support from the Government of Alberta has been strong for many years.

“Our government is proud to contribute to this important project that is making life better for Albertans,” said the Honourable Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Seniors and Housing. “We share Habitat for Humanity’s belief that everyone should have a safe and affordable place to call home. Thank you to all the volunteers, sponsors, and staff who contributed to this transformative initiative- and to the families who are starting a new life today, welcome home.”

The City of Cold Lake has been a tremendous support to Habitat since the charity began serving families in 2013.

“Affordable housing solutions are a big challenge in smaller, rural centers,” said Mayor Craig Copeland, City of Cold Lake. “Habitat for Humanity has been a key supporter as our city council has worked to help encourage a mix of housing options for people of all income levels. Access to affordable housing is a key component to the livability of any community and Habitat for Humanity has helped us take a big step towards our goal of meeting the housing needs in Cold Lake.”

The Cold Lake build came under the guidance of Habitat for Humanity Edmonton.

“We are so blessed to have such an incredible group of volunteers in Cold Lake,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO. “The committee has built a home where Jumboy, Jennifer and their children have a firm foundation, and they have the stability of an affordable mortgage for an affordable home.”

Habitat families purchase the home from Habitat with a down payment of 500 sweat equity hours. They pay an interest-free mortgage with payments that never exceed 25 percent of the family’s gross household income.

Sixteen parents and 38 children receive keys to Habitat homes constructed during the 2017 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

CARTER PLACE, EDMONTON (Dec. 21, 2017) – Nine families proudly received the keys to their new Habitat homes that were part of the 2017 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project. Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter and Mrs. Carter were on site in July to help families build their own homes. President and Mrs. Carter spent time building homes at the Carter Place build site, which was named in their honour.

During a press conference this past July, president Carter said, “When we get through with this build here, we’ll look back and say, ‘This was one of the best we ever had. It’s because the people in Edmonton work so hard to make Habitat a success, whether we’re here or not.’”

When Carter Place is completed there will be 58 families with nearly 200 children living there. The project has been a tremendous undertaking, but the outpouring of support by volunteers and donors alike was like nothing Habitat Edmonton had ever seen. “The support for this build has been incredible,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “It’s rewarding to know that nine families will be in their new homes to celebrate the holiday season.”

The Government of Alberta was a Platinum Supporter of the 2017 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project. Their support has helped to set 75 Alberta families on the road to affordable home ownership. The government’s ongoing support allows Habitat to make generational change happen for local families.

“Our government is grateful to invest in this important project that is making life better for Albertans,” said the Honourable Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Seniors and Housing. “We share Habitat for Humanity’s belief that everyone should have a safe and affordable place to call home. Thank you to all the volunteers, sponsors, and staff who contributed to this transformative initiative.”

The City of Edmonton has been a supporter of Habitat Edmonton for many years and was also a Platinum Supporter of the Carter Work Project. The City continues to support Habitat’s sustainable and affordable home ownership program. Mayor Iveson, many City Councillors, and City staff worked to build alongside families during the Carter Work Project and saw firsthand the impact the Habitat program has on families.

“Our vision for an uplifting and inclusive city depends on safe, affordable housing as a cornerstone,” said Mayor Don Iveson. “Today’s dedication of these nine homes helps us achieve this vision but more importantly, it helps the families living in them feel part of a community that cares.”

Habitat Edmonton thanks everyone involved in helping local families achieve strength, stability, and independence through affordable home ownership. The key presenters of these nine homes were Dow Chemical Canada, Lafarge Canada, Oilers Community Foundation, Qualico, Floform Countertops, The Kristie Charitable Foundation, Stantec, TELUS, and All Weather Windows.