Giving a Hand Up not a Hand Out

Habitat for Humanity VIN helps low-income families build and buy simple, decent quality affordable homes through a no-interest, no-profit mortgage.

  • Every woman could use a peaceful retreat from the stress of her everyday life. What if you could find that retreat without having to leave your own backyard? That is exactly the purpose of our latest fundraising raffle prize, the Habitat She Shed!

    This year’s theme is inspired by our beautiful West Coast. Volunteers and staff worked together to create a shabby-chic seaside sanctuary. Photos don’t fully do it justice -- you have to stop by the Courtenay ReStore (1755 13th Street) to see for yourself. While you’re there you can purchase raffle tickets from the cashiers for only $10 each. Tickets can also be purchased at Black Creek Farm and Feed or Blinds and Bubbles Boutique. All proceeds go to help build homes for families in our community.

    Can’t make it to the store? Follow this link to reserve your tickets online.

    We had so many amazing and passionate collaborators on this project. Heartfelt thanks our She Shed construction crew who gave more than 160 hours of their time to build such a beautiful shed. Project leader, Doug Goodwin, was supported by Brian Woods, Darryl Turner, Merv Farquhar, Nasir Zadeh, Jon Toogood and Pat Mason.

    The cost of shed construction was kept to a minimum with exterior cladding of Hardy Board donated by James Hardie Inc. and Slegg Lumber, as well as paint donated by Dulux Paint Courtenay.

    Our primary painting volunteers were Lynne Scavarda and Nasir Zadeh, along with Hazel Greig and Alberto Godiner. Painters logged more than 25 hours of volunteer effort.

    The interior of the She Shed is decorated with ReStore treasures to create our shabby chic seaside oasis-theme. Thanks to the creativity of Donna Clairmont, Clairmont Custom Draperies and Decor, for making the lovely window coverings, chair slipcover, reupholstered footstool, and decorative pillows. (All at no cost to Habitat!)  Other decorative pieces were donated by Audrey McEwan (The Magpie Mermaid) and Lisa Graham (Seadance Photography).


  • Swiffer is helping mark 25 years of Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore by donating $1 for every ReStore transaction from October 17 to October 31, helping more families build strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable Habitat for Humanity homeownership.

    “Since 2013, P&G and Swiffer have been strong supporters of Habitat for Humanity Canada and we couldn’t be happier to partner again to help celebrate this landmark anniversary for Habitat ReStore,” said Corinne Durieu, Communications Manager from Procter & Gamble Canada. “We encourage Canadians to visit their local ReStore and take part in this promotion, which is a step towards ensuring all Canadians have a safe and affordable place to call home.”

     With nearly 100 locations across Canada, Habitat for Humanity’s ReStores are home and building supply stores that accept and resell quality new and used building supplies, home furnishing, appliances and décor. Habitat’s ReStores accept donations of secondhand, overstocked and discontinued items, as well as salvageable building materials donated by manufacturers, stores, contractors and individuals. Proceeds fund Habitat for Humanity operations and homebuilding projects in communities across the country.

    “Supporting Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore means more families are able to partner with Habitat for Humanity, building strength, stability and self-reliance,” said Mark Rodgers, President & CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada. “We’re so grateful that Swiffer has come on board to help us celebrate the 25th anniversary of Habitat’s ReStore and that this promotion will encourage more Canadians to get out to their local store.”

    To provide additional incentive, Swiffer is also giving out a free Swiffer Duster with all purchases while supplies last.

    The funds generated through this campaign will be used towards Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North’s upcoming builds in Courtenay and Campbell River.

    Habitat for Humanity’s first ReStore was opened in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1991. Today, there are almost 100 locations across Canada and almost 1,000 worldwide generating funds to support the work of Habitat for Humanity. It’s estimated that Habitat’s ReStores in Canada have been directly responsible for the construction of 1,200 Habitat for Humanity homes and in excess of 250,000 tonnes of material being diverted from landfills.

  • Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 5th and plan to have some fun as Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North hosts a West Coast Cèilidh Fundraising Dance and Silent Auction at the Eagles Hall.  The event is being held to help raise funds for the organization’s next build in Campbell River.

    Historically, a ‘Cèilidh’ -- pronounced ‘Kay-lee’ -- hails from Scottish and Irish traditions. It is a community social event where stories, poems and ballads, are rehearsed and recited, songs are sung, conundrums are put, proverbs are quoted, and many other literary matters are related and discussed.

    Habitat for Humanity is putting a West Coast spin on the traditional event with less story-telling and more dancing. And you won’t have to wear a kilt, tap shoes or a tartan unless you want to! Dress is casual.

    Enjoy the music of Luke Blu Guthrie as the opening act, followed by the popular Celtic band Black Angus. And, yes, there will be a fiddler! Black Angus' show has a high energy level and great stage presence that is instantly communicated to their audience. They are devoted to great songs, and it  is near-impossible to pigeonhole them in any one music genre: Traditional and contemporary Irish, acoustic roots, Americana, West Coast Celtic, blues and old-time are all part of the Black Angus sound.

    A highlight of the evening will be a silent auction, featuring an amazing array of items and experiences up for bid, donated by the community. Donations for the silent auction are still being accepted and all profits will go to help Habitat build 2 more homes in Campbell River in 2017.

    Tickets for this 19+ event are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased online by following this link, or at the Campbell River Restore, 1725 B-Willow Street. Doors open at 7:00 and the fun continues until 1:00 a.m. The licensed bar will be run by staff from the Eagles Hall. The event is sponsored by WestJet and Quality Designs, with 2Day FM as our media sponsor.

    For information about the West Coast Cèilidh Dance and Silent Auction, call 250-830-1493. If you would like to make a donation to the silent auction, please call Tom at 1-250-792-4810.


  • On Saturday October 1st we attended the 2016 Campbell River Chamber of Commerce Business Awards of Distinction. We were honoured to be chosen as the recipient in both categories that we were nominated in:

    Non-Profit of the Year - Sponsored by Marine Harvest

    Our non-profit was recognized for our dedication to Campbell River families, engaged volunteer base, community partnerships, homeowner education program, the wonderful support we have received from the City of Campbell River, and engagement with many local businesses.

    Social Enterprise Award, sponsored by Coastal Community Credit Union

    We received this award for our ReStore operations. The ReStore sells new and gently used housewares, furniture, appliances and building supplies store, all of which is donated by individuals and businesses in our community. The ReStore is supported by a large team of volunteers. Because our ReStore pays all Habitat for Humanity’s operating costs, 100% of cash donations to Habitat and profits from the ReStores go directly to building programs.

    Thank you to the Campbell River Chamber of Commerce for recognizing businesses in our community. Our heartfelt congratulations to all the other nominees and award recipients!


  • Genworth Canada is supporting Habitat for Humanity Canada and Habitat Affiliates across the country, including Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North, in giving families a safe and decent place to live, with the help of students in our local community through the annual Meaning of Home contest.

    The 10th annual Genworth Canada Meaning of Home contest invites grade 4, 5 and 6 students from coast to coast to submit a written essay, poem or video that reveals what home means to them for a chance to direct $50,000 to a Habitat Affiliate of their choice, as well as receive an iPad, a pizza party for their class and a $1,000 donation to their school!

    To celebrate the 10th year of the contest, an additional ten runners-up will each receive a $5,000 grant to direct to a Habitat Affiliate of their choice, along with an iPod touch and a pizza party for their class. Genworth Canada will also donate an additional $10 to local Habitat Affiliates for each entry submitted, giving each student the opportunity to make a difference in their own community.

    By encouraging students and teachers from all across Canada to participate in the Genworth Canada Meaning of Home contest, young people learn how to be engaged, compassionate citizens while directly supporting the home-building initiatives of Habitat Affiliates – a one-of-a-kind opportunity for young people to make a real impact in their communities.

    “The Genworth Canada Meaning of Home contest becomes more rewarding each year,” says Anita Booth, Director, Marketing and Community Relations with Genworth Canada.  “By encouraging students to become more engaged, we are teaching them to become more compassionate community members, all while educating on the need for more affordable housing in Canada. We are proud to have provided over $900,000 in funding for Habitat for Humanity across Canada since the contest started in 2007.”

    “The continuing generosity of Genworth Canada ensures that more families will experience the stability and independence they need through affordable homeownership,” says Mark Rodgers, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada. “Communities across the country benefit from the inspiring creativity we see every year in stories written by Canadian students about what home means to them.”

    Students can submit their entries between October 3 and November 30th. For more information on contest rules, or to submit an entry, visit The contest winner and runners-up will be announced in February, 2017.

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