On June 30th we celebrated with the Hamstras and McGraths as they received the keys to their homes on the corner of Westgate and Dalton. We were blessed with beautiful weather and great company. Many tears of happiness were shed as we celebrated the fruits of volunteer labour, community support, and the overall accomplishment of our two homeowner families. Follow this link to view all of the photos.
Stand out moments:
The Partner Family Children
With their similar ages, the children will not only be receiving homes, but built-in friends who they will be lucky enough to call neighbours. These kids are never short on energy, but they were especially full of smiles and excitement on the day of the dedication. One charismatic child even stole the mic to tell the audience a joke!
Recognition of Gord Perry
We have many talented photographers in the Valley, but to find a one whose passion for our cause matched his level of talent was a rare treasure. Gord was constantly on the Dalton/Westgate build, attempting to capture the perfect moments. He passed away shortly before the dedication, but left behind a legacy of his dedication towards Habitat: a photo book he put together, documenting the Dalton build.
As Peter, our Build Coordinator, says: “I see him in front of us with his camera telling us to smile and then yelling at us to do better than that. He was a good friend to Habitat and his binder of photos at this build will be our permanent memory and his contribution to the families”
From Lorraine, our Campbell River Volunteer Coordinator: “Gord liked to get a unique shot and insisted taking his time getting it right. He was with us enough to notice a new face, especially at the beginning of the project and he ensured that he got a photo of anyone he had not already shot. He enjoyed sitting around at lunch time or in the afternoon chatting with people. I am missing that the most.”
Touring the Homes
I was lucky enough to be in the backyard at the same time as partner family mom Melissa. Her face lit up as she described to us everything she plans to do to her new backyard. She moved quickly around the yard, pointing out where various plants and structures would eventually be. You could hear the pride and excitement in her voice. Even after completing 500 hours of sweat equity, she was looking forward to getting back to work shaping the home she will be raising her children in.
Thank you to our volunteers, donors, community sponsors, supporters, and everyone who made it out to celebrate with us.