Local family receives keys to Habitat for Humanity home – the third family to benefit from the Habitat program in the community.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE – Dave, Stephanie, and their children proudly received keys to their Habitat home in Rocky Mountain House. The home ownership opportunity was made possible by a strong local committee, volunteers, donors and a generous donation by the Cote family in memory of the late Honourable W. Helen Hunley. The local Habitat committee spearheaded the fundraising for the home on 53A Avenue that was renovated by local volunteers.

“It’s been a very rewarding experience to mobilize volunteers and donors to raise funds and complete this home renovation,” said Clark Bertagnolli, Project Leader, Friends of Habitat Edmonton – Rocky Mountain House. “What’s even more rewarding is that a local family now has a bright future ahead of them.”

The project in Rocky Mountain House was completed by local volunteers and a local committee, and is overseen by Habitat for Humanity Edmonton.

“All of us at Habitat are delighted to celebrate alongside Dave, Stephanie, and their children, as well as the local Habitat committee here in Rocky, who have done an incredible job of engaging the community to renovate this home,” said Karen Stone, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “We are so grateful to them for addressing the need for affordable home ownership in their community, and helping us to ensure that families can succeed.”

The Town of Rocky Mountain House has been a supporter of Habitat’s work in the community.

“Families are the heart of our community,” said Mayor Tammy Burke. “On behalf of the entire Rocky Mountain House town council, I am thrilled to welcome the family to their new home and thank Habitat for Humanity for its ongoing presence in our community as a partner in providing safe, affordable housing for our residents.”

Habitat for Humanity Edmonton thanks each and every member who has served on the Rocky Mountain House committee for their leadership and commitment to helping families achieve strength, stability, and independence in Rocky Mountain House.

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Sterling Homes, in partnership with Qualico, presents a family with keys to their new Habitat home in Fort Saskatchewan.

FORT SASKATCHEWAN – Janelle and her sons proudly received keys to their Habitat home, the 21st Habitat home in Fort Saskatchewan. The home ownership opportunity was made possible through a generous donation by Sterling Homes, in partnership with Qualico, their third donation since the beginning of the Habitat Day in the Capital Region campaign.

“Sterling Homes believes that home ownership creates stability, independence and pride,” said Brent Bommes, General Manager, Sterling Homes”. “Sadly, this is often not attainable for lower income families. Giving back to the community that provides us with our livelihood is not only communally responsible, it creates good will as well as a positive corporate and community culture.”

“An affordable home is so integral to a family’s well-being,” said Karen Stone, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “I want to commend and thank the leadership at Sterling Homes and Qualico and all their staff who made it possible to provide Janelle and her sons with an opportunity to change their future through the security that stable housing provides.”

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.

“Our Government is proud to support Habitat for Humanity,” 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. This home dedication is not just symbolic, it is an important and exciting new start for a family. Welcome home.”

The City of Fort Saskatchewan has been a strong supporter of Habitat’s work in the community.

“It’s a pleasure to see another Habitat for Humanity home being dedicated in Fort Saskatchewan,” said Deputy Mayor Gordon Harris. “It’s especially wonderful to see Sterling Homes donating this house and proving they too are dedicated to helping local families get a hand up.”

Habitat thanks Sterling Homes, Qualico, and everyone involved in helping Janelle and her family to achieve strength, stability, and independence through affordable home ownership.

 

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Home is now a reality for 21 parents and 47 children who received keys to Habitat homes that were started during the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

CARTER PLACE, EDMONTON  –  Eleven families (21 parents and 47 children) accepted keys to their new Habitat homes in front of Habitat supporters and volunteers. The homeowner families have worked 500 hours building their homes, and will begin paying an interest-free mortgage with payments that never exceed 25 percent of their income. The affordable mortgage structure will help them build equity and will create more disposable income to allocate toward necessities and savings.

The Carter Place development was named in honour of former US president Jimmy Carter and Mrs. Rosalynn, who worked hands-on the homes in July of 2017. When completed, the development will be home to 58 families.

“The Habitat program has been successful in Edmonton just as it is in every other community in the world,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO, Habitat Edmonton. “The model has been proven to provide families with the boost they need to cross from renting to owning. Once they own their own home families have a freedom to save and plan for the future – a life that was previously unattainable for them.”

The Government of Alberta has been a supporter of Habitat Edmonton’s work in the province and was a supporter of the 2017 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

“Everyone should have a safe place to call home,” said Denise Woollard, MLA for Edmonton – Mill Creek. “That’s why we launched our Provincial Affordable Housing Strategy to build affordable housing across the province. We are proud to support this project and applaud Habitat for Humanity and their many partners for creating new affordable homes for Albertans.”

The City of Edmonton continues to support Habitat’s work for local families and was also a supporter of the Carter Work Project and Mayor Iveson, City Councillors and staff built alongside families.

“Today’s dedication is a huge win for our city, said Councillor Michael Walters, City of Edmonton. “It’s a proud day for all Edmontonians when eleven families receive keys to their new homes. Access to affordable housing is vitally important to the health of our city and the quality of life of our citizens, which is why partnerships with groups like Habitat are so essential. I’m delighted that the City was able to work with Habitat so that homes could be built for families to grow and thrive.”

Habitat Edmonton thanks everyone involved in helping local families achieve strength, stability, and independence through affordable home ownership. The key presenters of these 11 homes were: Cabico by Gem Cabinets, Cameron Homes, Christenson Group of Companies, Enbridge, Graham Construction, Lowes, Halstead International, Schneider Electric, Stanley Black & Decker, and a key was presented on behalf of Habitat volunteers by Walley Linnemann.

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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.