On July 13th, 2017 we celebrated Campbell River’s involvement in the Carter Work Project, a national home building blitz. The community joined future Habitat homeowners, Mayor Andy Adams, North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney, and Habitat staff and volunteers for cake and entertainment on the 477 Hilchey Road build site.
Campbell River is one of almost 50 communities across Canada participating in the 34th Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project to help build 150 new homes for Canada’s 150th anniversary–Habitat Canada’s biggest ever build project. With the help of hundreds of volunteers from the Campbell River area, Habitat VIN worked on a home for the two local families who also participated in the build.
Pat McKenna, Executive Director, extended his thanks to the volunteers, board members, donors, and corporate sponsors who made the project possible. He also recognized the homeowner families, who each put in 500 hours of ‘sweat equity’ in lieu of a down payment and then pay an affordable, interest-free mortgage set at 30 per cent of their household income.
“Imagine trying to work 12-and-a-half weeks of volunteer time while also working a full-time job and caring for your family,” said McKenna. “They are devoted to making a better life for their children, and they are committed to building a stronger community through leadership.”
Blaney also extended her thanks to the homeowner families, calling the project a symbol of the heart of our community.
“We are grateful to the people who will own these houses,” said Blaney, “because they are giving us an opportunity to remember who we are and to build our community.”
As a surprise to the crowd and the recipients, former volunteer and current Build Project Manager Peter Sanderson, along with his wife Beth, were presented with the Habitat VIN Leadership Award for their dedication to Habitat’s mission and heart for the homeowner families.
While the growing problem of a lack of affordable housing on Vancouver Island was an oft-mentioned topic throughout the day, McKenna ended on a note of hope and positivity: “There’s an affordable housing crisis across this country, but in Campbell River there’s a strategy for change.”
You can view the full photo album for the event by following this link.
Habitat is still seeking volunteers to help bring the duplex to completion. To learn more, visit www.habitatnorthisland.com/volunteer.
Couldn’t make it for the celebration? We have it on video!
(Ceremony starts at 1:16)