Amazing. That’s the only word I can use to describe what is happening at Vancouver Island North. For the first time in the our history, we are building in two communities at the same time. Our build teams, lead by Peter Sanderson, Brian Woods and Ryan Hawkins, are truly rising to the challenge with their execution of our two projects. Four foundations have been poured, and we look forward to giving four more families a ‘hand up’ through affordable homeownership this year.
In April, we kicked off construction of phase two of our Campbell River project on 477 Hilchey Road(bottom photo), followed shortly after by our May 18th groundbreaking ceremony at 1330 Lake Trail Roadin the Comox Valley (top photo). Both events were attended by City Council, dignitaries, volunteers, and community members who wanted to show their support to our future homeowners.
Above all else, I’ve learned that partnership is what makes a successful build, and 2018 is shaping up to be a year full of collaboration. CFB Comox, North Island College, and Rotary are just a few of the organizations who continue to forge partnerships with Habitat in building community.
In May, we attended the Habitat National AGM, where we were awarded the Sustainable Funding Awardfor our partnership with the Comox Valley Homelessness Coalition.
Last week, we hosted the first of six Global Village teams who will travel to build with us this year. We were grateful to have such a skilled and dedicated team here, and particularly thankful to two selfless volunteers, Ann and Jerry, who played both tour guide and shuttle, transporting the team on outings and to the build site each day.
In the Comox Valley, our Women Build teams are hard at work holding fundraising events and volunteering on the build.
Volunteers remain at the heart of our construction projects and in our ReStores. While help is welcome and wanted everywhere, our need for volunteers is currently most urgent in Campbell River, both on Hilchey Road and in our prefabrication shop. If you can give even just one day of your time, we sure could use your help.
2018 will be a year that we will look back on with pride as we continue to bring communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership.
Pat McKenna

Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North