Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North Wins 2 National Convention Awards – Campbell River Mirror

Cady Corman

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Habitat for Humanity Canada celebrated the accomplishments of eight local Habitats at its national conference in Ontario last May. The North Vancouver Island branch, based in Courtenay and Campbell River, brought two awards back to the island.

Peter Sanderson received the prestigious Kenneth J. Meinert Leadership Award, which recognizes individuals who, through exceptional leadership, have significantly advanced the mission of Habitat for Humanity in Canada. The winner of this award can also award a grant of $10,000 to the area of ​​Habitat work of their choice. The grant is offered by Bailey Metal Products in honor of Ken’s retirement from the company.

Peter, along with his wife Beth Sanderson, have contributed to Habitat’s mission since the early 1990s when they lived in Carman, Man. They even participated in the 1993 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project in Winnipeg.

After moving to the Comox Valley in the early 2000s, the Sandersons became involved with Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North (Habitat VIN). Over the past 18 years, Peter has held many positions within the organization, both as a staff and volunteer: Board Member, Construction Manager, Project Manager, Construction Consultant and currently, after retiring from staff in the fall of 2021, a construction volunteer.

“Peter has not only put in hours and hours planning and building, but he has also put in countless hours teaching us homeowners how to build, maintain and love our new homes,” said Lisa Tukker, local owner of Habitat.

Habitat VIN also received the Family Partnership Award which celebrates an affiliate who has achieved better family engagement and better outcomes for families over the life of their partnership by improving communications, processes, education and training opportunities. owners and setting expectations.

“A successful partnership is built on transparency, trust and respect,” said Karen McKinnon, Director of Family Services and Community Engagement for Habitat VIN. “Success means that even before a family moves into their home, Habitat has added value to their well-being by supporting community bonds and skills development, treating them with dignity and valuing their unique differences.

During 2021, Habitat VIN has improved its processes to continue to develop and maintain successful relationships and positive collaboration with Habitat owners at every stage of their journey. This included revamping the homeownership course with the help of current owners and implementing a “three months before move-in” plan to help reduce stress.

They implemented a pre-qualification questionnaire for potential candidates and improved the application documents for readability and comprehension. They also have volunteers in place who can help people with barriers to completing the application, whether the barrier is literacy, language, or technology.

Habitat VIN credits the local Habitat owners with this win for showing great partnership and collaboration. “We learn as much from them as they learn from us,” McKinnon said.

“Congratulations to all of this year’s award winners,” said Julia Deans, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada. “These awards highlight the outstanding work of Local Habitats across Canada who help fulfill our mission of providing families in need with decent and affordable housing.

Other Habitat locations that received awards were Edmonton, Fredericton, Gray Bruce, Heartland Ontario, Kingston Limestone Region, Manitoba and Windsor-Essex.

For a full description of each award and winner, please visit habitat.ca/national-awards

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