On Tuesday, October 30th, 2018, members of 19 Wing Comox and representatives from Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North gathered to commemorate the start of construction of a duplex that will be built by the military, as well as a significant contribution from Boomer’s Legacy Fund.
Since early July, approximately 125 members of the 19 Wing ‘Air Force Top Cover Team’ have contributed more than 1,600 hours to work on Habitat’s Lake Trail Road construction project in Courtenay. Now, with relevant construction experience under their tool belts, 19 Wing members (under the leadership of Habitat site supervisors) will essentially take over the construction of one duplex, putting Habitat ahead of schedule in this 10-unit project.
Habitat also received a $20,000 donation towards the Lake Trail project from Boomer’s Legacy on behalf of 19 Wing’s Air Force Top Cover Team Build. The goal of Boomer’s Legacy, named after Corporal Andrew “Boomer” Eykelenboom, a Canadian Forces medic killed in 2006, is to empower all deployed Canadian Armed Forces by raising and providing charitable funds, thus helping them to help others.
As members of the Canadian Armed Forces we are fully integrated into the community in which we live. Here at 19 Wing, one of the first characteristics of the beautiful Comox Valley that strikes our members upon arrival is the lack of affordable housing. Habitat for Humanity has offered the members of 19 Wing a wonderful opportunity to assist in the housing situation within the Comox Valley. Through hard labour, teamwork and a desire to make a difference, 19 Wing members have been honoured to work with such a great organization.” — Lieutenant Colonel Paula Fraser, Deputy Wing Commander
After the recognition ceremony concluded, cement pumper trucks poured the foundations for two more duplexes in this 10-unit affordable housing development.
Habitat’s staff, volunteers, and future homeowner families are incredibly grateful for the contribution of volunteer labour and the monetary donation, both of which will enable us to better help local families build strength, stability, and self-reliance through affordable homeownership.
All photos taken by Jim Peacock.