The final triplex on Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North’s 477
Hilchey Road construction project was completed quietly, without the large community
celebration typically held pre-pandemic, but for three local families, it will be remembered as
one of the most significant days of their lives.

Afton and her son; Lori-Dawn and Jamie and their four children; and Deanna and her daughter
are the newest residents in this 11-home Habitat community.

For Lori-Dawn, a Habitat home means finally being able to prioritize her health. Lori-Dawn has
chronic health issues. With so much of their income going towards rent, she wasn’t always able
to purchase the appropriate food she needed for pain management, or medical devices
necessary to prevent frequent ambulance calls. “I was putting my health on the back burner
because we needed to pay bills,” she said.

All three families put in 500 hours of volunteer work with Habitat, and will now pay an affordable
mortgage geared toward their income. While each family had their own unique struggles that
stemmed from a lack of safe or affordable housing, they all have something in common: the
desire to create a stronger and more stable future for their children.

“I can’t thank Habitat enough for granting my son and I the opportunity for a hand up. Between
the build site and the ReStore, I have met the most incredible people,” said Afton. “This is the
start of our new chapter, and I can’t wait to see what’s next.”

Staff at Habitat VIN credit the support of their many volunteers, donors, sponsors, and the City
of Campbell River with making it possible to complete these homes despite challenges of the
pandemic.

With the homes at 477 Hilchey Road completed and final landscaping under way, Habitat is
looking ahead at their next project in Campbell River. Campbell River City Council recently
approved the first and second reading for Habitat’s proposed rezoning of 461 Hilchey Road, and
it will go to public hearing on May 10th. Habitat VIN hopes to build twenty affordable homes on
this one-acre property.

Cady Corman

Director of Communications and Fundraising, Habitat for Humanity