Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North’s (VIN) groundbreaking and site dedication ceremony will kick off the construction of the first two duplexes in this multi-phased 10-unit affordable housing complex.

The .83 (.36 hectare) parcel of land on at 1330 Lake Trail Road will be a three-year phased development with four homes being built in 2018. This is also the first time in the nonprofit organization’s 14-year history that they are building simultaneously in two communities. An 11-unit development is underway on Hilchey Road in Campbell River. Habitat volunteers and staff, officials from The City of Courtenay, MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard, other dignitaries, and some of our future homeowner families will be in attendance.

Habitat is are also thrilled to have representatives of the McQuillan family at this event. The McQuillans were the original homesteaders on this property. They will say a few words to acknowledge the history of the property and celebrate its new future as a Habitat for Humanity development.

Habitat VIN is also hosting a ‘Women Build’ campaign at the Lake Trail property for this construction season, where women can fundraise, volunteer to build, or both! Women Build is challenging 100 women to raise $100,000 in 100 days. And, in an industry that has been historically dominated by men, Women Build encourages women to put on a hard hat, pick up a hammer, and help build a brighter future for local families.

The public is invited to come out and learn about the project and Women Build.

  • WHERE: 1330 Lake Trail Road, Courtenay, BC
  • WHEN: Friday, May 18th, 10:00 a.m.


  • Opening Comments: Pat McKenna, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity VIN
  • Blessing of the Land: Florence Howell – Elder, K’omoks First Nation
  • MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard
  • Mayor Larry Jangola – City of Courtenay
  • Mayor Paul Ives – Town of Comox
  • Lt. Col Paula Fraser – CFB Comox
  • North Island College (tentative)
  • The McQuillan Family
  • Site Dedication – Reverend Ryan Slifka – St. George’s United Church

About Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North

Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to help families build strength, stability, and independence through affordable homeownership. Founded in 2004, Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North (VIN) is one of 56 Habitat
affiliates across Canada working toward a world where everyone has a decent and affordable place to call home.

Habitat VIN’s head office is located in the Comox Valley, serving Bowser to Port Hardy. They operate two ReStores, one in Campbell River and one in Courtenay. Habitat VIN has build 12 homes in the Comox Valley and eight in Campbell River. When two Habitat homeowners realized improved financial situations, they sold their homes back to to the organization. This enabled Habitat to make homeownership possible for two more families, bringing the total number of families whose lives have changed through community
spirit and generosity to 22. With the purchase of two large plots of land totalling 1.82-acres, and commitments to build 19 homes in two communities over the next three years, the organization is entering the most ambitious stage in its 14-year history. By 2020, 41 families will have been positively impacted by the collective efforts of Habitat staff, hundreds of dedicated volunteers, and a supportive community.

To learn more, please visit www.habitatnorthisland.com.

Cady Corman - cady@habitatnorthisland.com | (250) 850-9019

Marketing and Communications, Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North