Post Secondary Volunteer Challenge – First Semester Winners!

We are very excited to support the Post Secondary Volunteer Challenge initiative that was brought forward by the Students for Habitat Club at the U of A. These brave souls ventured where none had gone before, throwing down the gauntlet, daring other post-secondary institutions to beat them in volunteer hours accumulated over the first semester. Several schools picked that gauntlet up, which made for an exciting race! We have reviewed the stats, added up the hours and have an announcement to make!
…. drum roll ….
The winner of our Post-Secondary Challenge for the Fall 2020 Semester is:
The University of Alberta!
Coming in with a very CLOSE second place is:
Concordia University of Edmonton
And third place is:
Grant McEwan University
All of the schools will receive a certificate for their participation and the first place winners a small prize of appreciation along with bragging rights of course! Ultimately the biggest prize is that all participants have helped us to support the dream of affordable home ownership. We thank everyone involved and hope to have a tight race once again for the second semester!

Winner of Habitat Edmonton’s Women Build 50/50 Cash Raffle


The winning ticket for our 50/50 draw is D-845, who won a total of $9,175! The winning ticket was drawn on December 23, 2020 at 1:00 pm at 8210 Yellowhead Trail NW. Congratulations to the lucky winner.


Habitat for Humanity Edmonton announces their new CEO to lead the organization through transition.

(Edmonton) – Today, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton is excited to announce the hiring of the organization’s new President & CEO, Ann–Marie Reddy who will take over the reins from interim President & CEO, John Caputo, who has played a critical role in a new era of improved stakeholder engagement and consultation. Ann-Marie Reddy will assume her role on January 18, 2021 and brings 20 plus years of senior and executive leadership experience in strategic planning, financial management, marketing and business development. Her expertise lies in building strong foundations in organizational development, relationship building, performance and operational management.

On behalf of the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity Edmonton and all of our stakeholders, I am pleased to welcome Ann-Marie as the new leader of our organization, and to the Habitat family. Ann-Marie will join Habitat at a critical juncture as we work towards the end of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and continue to explore new methods of serving even more families in northern Alberta. Her skill set, experience, and extensive education will be great assets, especially with the upcoming formation of our Community Advisory Council.”

– Chris Bruce, Chair of the Board of Directors, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton

Winston Churchill once said, ‘we made a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give’. I want to thank the Habitat for Humanity Edmonton Board of Directors for giving me an opportunity to be part of something so amazing. Supporting Edmonton and the surrounding community as we work towards building a better future for potential homeowners.”

– Ann-Marie Reddy, incoming President and CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton

Ann-Marie brings a leadership style that will enable her to instantaneously connect with our partner families, employees, stakeholders, donors and volunteers. Her positive attitude and people-first mindset will be a great asset in delivering the Habitat program to families in need of affordable home ownership.

– John Caputo, interim CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton

ReStore to open in Sherwood Park on January 19, 2021.

We are pleased to be opening a ReStore in Sherwood Park on Tuesday, January 19th at 10:00 am. The ReStore is a 20,000 sq. ft. store located at 7 Streambank Avenue. Regular business hours will be Monday – Saturday, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm.

We’re looking forward to serving you in Sherwood Park!


Special Mortgage Offer: available to all families in the Habitat program prior to October 1, 2019.

Habitat for Humanity Edmonton has provided a hand up to over 730 families since 1991 through an affordable home ownership program. This success was accomplished through the hard work of volunteers, donors, staff and other stakeholders who have invested their time and resources into building a great Habitat affiliate. In 2019, Habitat embarked on developing a mortgage model that would benefit partner families while providing Habitat with a greater degree of financial stability. The results were a new mortgage model moving forward (after October 1, 2019) and an optional Special Mortgage Offer that we believe provides the best path forward for families.

To ensure that every partner family in the Habitat program prior to October 1, 2019 is presented with the option to voluntarily upgrade their mortgage, Habitat is sending them letters to outline a Special Mortgage Offer for their consideration. There is no obligation or pressure for families to choose the Special Mortgage Offer. All families who entered the program prior to October 1, 2019, have been grandfathered into one of Habitat Edmonton’s former mortgage models. Families in former mortgage models can explore whether this Special Mortgage Offer is the right fit for their family, or to simply continue with the mortgage model they have for as long as they remain in the program.

The Special Mortgage Offer was developed because Habitat Edmonton realized that most families would benefit by transitioning to a model that provides healthier benefits and alleviates inherent risks, such as an increase in monthly payments due to increased household income.

Benefits of the Special Mortgage Offer include:

  • No down payment.
  • Access to shared home market appreciation with no risk of depreciation. Former models offered limited or no access to shared market appreciation.
  • An affordable monthly payment that remains the same throughout the entirety of each mortgage term (capped payments for each 5-year term). In our legacy mortgage model (mortgages signed between 1991 and 2018), a family’s income is assessed each year and their monthly payments are adjusted accordingly.
  • A preferred interest-rate on a first mortgage with a bank, and an interest-free second mortgage held by Habitat for 20 years.
  • Building a credit history with a financial institution.

Moving forward, Habitat will continue to explore mortgage models that will continue to provide our partner families with a life-changing experience through an effective, beneficial, sustainable, and affordable home ownership program.

For more information:

The Rotary Club of Grande Prairie and Habitat for Humanity celebrate alongside four families who receive keys to their affordable homes

GRANDE PRAIRIE, ALBERTA.  Four local families have a reason to celebrate as they received the keys to their Habitat for Humanity homes in Grande Prairie. The generosity of the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie, the Government of Alberta, the City of Grande Prairie, and KCM Group of Companies helped to complete the four homes. The remaining four homes in the 8-home project are also nearing completion.

“It is a true joy for Habitat and our supporters to see hard-working families step into affordable home ownership,” said John Caputo, Interim President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton, the Habitat that oversees the program in Grande Prairie. “Our families volunteer 500 hours in the community, and once they are in their homes their monthly payments cover their mortgage, taxes, insurance and program/condo fees, and those payments never exceed 30 percent of their household income.”

Habitat for Humanity has many homes in the community of Grande Prairie with much thanks to the City of Grande Prairie, who has supported Habitat by helping to locate and acquire land.

“As ongoing supporters of Habitat for Humanity, the City is elated to be part of yet another Home Dedication for the most recently completed home build in Grande Prairie,” said Mayor Bill Given. “The coordination between all the groups and organizations – Habitat for Humanity, the City of Grande Prairie, Government of Alberta, CMHC, the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie, and our local contractors – truly validates how working together can help our community grow and prosper. We know this project will create long-lasting and positive impacts, and are proud of Habitat for Humanity’s continued work in our community.”

As a forward-thinking, community-minded organization, the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie has invested in local home ownership opportunities through the Habitat program. Their generous gift of $980,000 has funded the construction of eight homes.

“Grande Prairie has a strong Rotary history,” said Tyla Savard, President, Rotary Club of Grande Prairie. “Rotary is about connecting with community, being a part of community, and in turn creating opportunities to generate and support positive community impact. The Rotary Club of Grande Prairie is honoured to work with Habitat for Humanity and all the project partners to bring the dream for many families to have their own home to reality.”

In this non-traditional Habitat build, Habitat collaborated with a local build, KCM Group of Companies. This special partnership includes a local builder who will build the homes, which will allow families to be in their homes even sooner.

“Welcome Home! KCM Construction and all their trade partners who proudly worked on this project are pleased to welcome each of the four families to their new home and to their new community,” said Andrea Coleman, Accounting Manager at KCM Construction. “We want to congratulate Habitat for their mission to provide affordable homes to deserving families here in Grande Prairie.”

Habitat for Humanity is excited to see the progress on the houses and to welcome the final four families to their new homes when the project is completed. Habitat thanks all supporters, specifically, the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie, the Government of Alberta, the City of Grande Prairie, and KCM Group of Companies. There are still four homes available to qualifying families in the community. For more information about the available homes, please contact Hetti at




About Habitat for Humanity Edmonton

Habitat Edmonton works to eliminate barriers to a better, healthier, and more financially stable life. With our help, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability, and independence they need to build a better future for themselves and their families. The Habitat program in Grande Prairie joined with Habitat Edmonton in 2011. For more information about Habitat for Humanity, please visit

About the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie

Grande Prairie is known as Rotary City. The Rotary Club of Grande Prairie was established nearly 70 years ago as the first of four local Rotary clubs. Rotary is a strong force in our community. Members of our four clubs – our Rotaract club (post secondary), multiple Interact clubs (high school) and one of two EarlyAct clubs (K – Grade 8) in North America – we engage members of all ages to be community stewards, develop their leadership skills, and create positive change in our world. Rotary is for everyone! Rotary in Grande Prairie has a long, rich history of community building and collaboration to fundraise and give back through such events and projects as the Dream Home Lottery, Stop Hunger Now, scholarships, grant applications, and donations towards projects like Habitat for Humanity. To learn more about Rotary in our community, visit

Media inquires, please contact:

Kyle Keller, Communications Officer
Habitat for Humanity Edmonton

Tyla Savard, President
Rotary Club of Grande Prairie

50/50 Winner from our Annual Golf Tournament on September 9, 2020.

The lucky winner of our 50/50 draw was Andrew Gordey, who won a total of $5,955! The winning ticket was drawn on September 17, 2020 at 3:00 pm at 8210 Yellowhead Trail NW. Congratulations, Andrew!

Ticket #D-103124