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.

Six families celebrate newfound home ownership of Habitat for Humanity homes built during the 2017 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

FORT SASKATCHEWAN (Dec. 14, 2017) – Six local families were delighted to receive keys to their new Habitat homes in Fort Saskatchewan. The homes were constructed as part of the 2017 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, a weeklong summer event that saw 75 homes under construction in the Edmonton area and another 75 across Canada. The new homeowner families have built their homes alongside local and international volunteers over the summer and into the fall.

“We have been building 16 homes in the Fort and we’re very proud that six families have their new homes before the holidays,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “There has been a lot of energy at this build site and it’s evidenced in part by the completed homes, but more so by the faces of parents, children, and the volunteers and donors who have made this build happen. It’s a good day to be part of Habitat.”

The Government of Alberta continues to address the issue of access to affordable home ownership. They have partnered with Habitat to make these Fort Saskatchewan homes a reality.

“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.”

There are now 18 completed Habitat homes in the community of Fort Saskatchewan that are giving a much needed boost to local families. The City of Fort Saskatchewan has displayed leadership in affordable housing accessibility by supporting the Habitat project.

“It’s wonderful to see these families moving into their new homes after months of hard work,” said Mayor Gale Katchur, City of Fort Saskatchewan. “These Carter Project homes are a great news story not only for these families, but also for the City of Fort Saskatchewan and other local families who may soon get their own hand up. It was a joy to work on these homes, and we thank Habitat for Humanity for seeing a future in our community.”

Habitat Edmonton thanks everyone involved in helping local families achieve strength, stability, and independence through affordable home ownership. The key presenters of these six homes were Dow Chemical Canada, Schneider Electric, CGC, Hunter Douglas, Owens Corning, and The Home Depot.

ROHIT Communities presents first key of Habitat for Humanity’s Carter Work Project to a family in Edmonton.

EDMONTON (Oct. 23, 2017) – Smiles abounded as Jenna and her daughter Anabelle received keys to their Habitat home, the 75th home of the 2017 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project. In July, thousands of volunteers worked on 74 homes in Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan, the remaining home built and donated by local homebuilder ROHIT Communities – their third donated home since 2011.

“Our team is excited to partner with the Habitat team once again,” said Rohit Gupta, President of Rohit Group. “We had a great opportunity to get our hands dirty earlier this year at the Carter Work Project, a true testament to the human spirit of giving with thousands of volunteers across Canada. Working with Habitat gives us the opportunity to eliminate poverty in our community, our Edmonton. It is Habitat’s hard work every day that ensures that our peers in the community have the opportunity at a bright future.”

“We are so pleased and proud to be part of a community with such generous people,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “I want to commend the leadership at ROHIT and all the staff who made it possible to present Jenna and Anabelle with an opportunity to change their future.”

The Government of Alberta has been a strong supporter of Habitat since 2005, and has made it possible for many Albertans to access affordable home ownership through the Habitat program.

“I am honoured to participate in this important Habitat for Humanity event,” said the Honourable Lori Sigurdson, Minister for Seniors and Housing. “Our government is working every day to make life better for Albertans with our Affordable Housing Strategy and commitment to strengthening the public services families count on. To all the families who are joining a new neighbourhood today- welcome home!”

Habitat thanks to everyone involved in helping Jenna and Anabelle achieve strength, stability, and independence through affordable home ownership.

ReStore’s New Donation Pick Up Schedule (outside Edmonton)

In October 2017, ReStore is changing their donation pick up schedule for a few communities outside of Edmonton. Please note the following changes:

  • Devon/Nisku/Leduc: donations pick ups will happen on the last Saturday of the month (starting in October 2017)
  • Beaumont: donations pick ups will happen on the second Saturday of the month (starting in October 2017)
  • Morinville: donations pick ups will happen on the third Saturday of the month (starting in October 2017) 

Please note that all dates are subject to change in the event of a long weekend or other circumstances.

 

Questions can be directed to:

Shari Tymo
Donations & Distribution Manager
(780) 479-3566 x 242
stymo@hfh.org