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The best birthday gift ever

Receiving 150 homes for 150 years

People together create a community. People need houses. But affordable housing in Edmonton is at a historical low. How do you make a thriving community if families cannot afford houses?

Enter the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work project. To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, the former US President and his wife have chosen Canada as the recipient of their annual focused construction project. The couple, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, will be giving the gift that keeps on giving: communities will see 150 homes built in every province and territory from coast to coast. Not only is this good news for families in need of affordable housing, but thousands of volunteers will come together to create them. In fact, 50% of houses will be built in the Edmonton area, Stantec’s hometown, providing approximately 59 families with safe and affordable homes.

Enter Stantec. Habitat for Humanity has been a long-standing community partner of offices country-wide. Employees have been involved in helping with construction projects during Stantec in the Community Day, and in partnership with Lafarge, we even won 2013 project of the year for the first net-zero energy home in Canada. So when Edmonton’s Keith Shillington heard about the project, he knew this was an opportunity for the Stantec team to help. He, with the support of Bob Gomes, decided to seize the chance to become a Silver level sponsor—a contribution of $250,000—for this high profile project.

The project details were announced officially at City Hall on October 3, World Habitat Day. And with remarks from Premier Notley, Mayor Iveson, and Fort Saskatchewan’s Mayor Katchur, it was a momentous way to launch this landmark occasion for Habitat Canada. Perhaps the most impactful words, however, were delivered by a woman and her son who, thanks to Habitat Edmonton, now have a safe and affordable place to call home—something that has truly altered the course of their lives. Their story and genuine expressions of gratitude were heartwarming and inspiring, and no doubt reminded every Habitat sponsor and supporter of the positive change that, by working together, we can make in the lives of fellow Edmontonians and Canadians. 

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