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the blueprint October 2010 HABITAT FOR HUMANITY SOCIETY OF GREATER VANCOUVER PO Box 60577 Vancouver, BC V6H 4B9 Phone: 604.681.5618 Fax: 604.326.0122



YOUR INVITATION to Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver’s Phase 5 Home Dedication. Thanks to our sponsors, volunteers and supporters, Phase Five at the Burnaby build site will see its first residents in the New Year. To mark this monumental occasion, we invite you to join us as we welcome five partner families into the Government Street community. Let’s celebrate and acknowledge the huge step these families are taking as they begin their journey into home ownership. WHEN:

Saturday, November 27 at 2:00 pm


New Life Community Church, 8765 Government Street, Burnaby




By email to or by phone to 604-681-5618 ext. 23 no later than Monday, November 15, with the number of people attending.



Phase 5

Please visit our website.

WASTE REDUCTION WEEK — October 18 to 24 VOLUNTEER: Individuals: email Michelle at volunteer@ Corporate Groups: email Gayle at resources@

FUNDRAISE: It’s as easy as sending an email to your friends, family, colleagues and clients. To get started, visit

SHOP: Vancouver ReStore 69 West 69th Avenue (south of SW Marine between Manitoba and Ontario Street) Phone: 604-326-3055

Burnaby ReStore 2475 Douglas Road (past Willingdon south of Lougheed) Phone: 604-293-1898

The Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver ReStores put nothing to waste this week, or year-round. During Waste Reduction Week, Lower Mainland residents will be reminded to take an active role in environmental protection and waste minimization by remembering to reduce, reuse and recycle. In celebration of Waste Reduction Week, the Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver ReStores will be Delivery at the Vancouver ReStore slashing prices at both locations for even bigger savings and hosting a DIY workshop at the Burnaby store. This week also marks the 8th Anniversary of the Burnaby location. The Vancouver and Burnaby ReStores help practice the principles of Waste Reduction Week year-round by accepting and reselling quality new and used building materials. They generate funds to support Habitat building programs, while reducing the amount of used materials that end up in landfills. The Habitat ReStores are environmentally friendly building supply stores that make sense.

DESIGNATE your United Way donation to HFHGV If you give to The United Way through payroll deductions or one time donations, you have the power to designate your gifts to specific charitable causes, such as Habitat. Next time you give, ask how your donation can be directed to Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver.

IFMA Cheque Presentation Ron Clifford, President of the BC Chapter of International Facility Management Association (IFMA) presented Anneke Rees, CEO with a cheque for $3,240.00 from their 1st annual charity golf event in support of Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver. Habitat and IFMA thank all of the volunteers, sponsors and players. Mark your calendar and stay tuned for next year’s tournament in July. For more information contact Jason Davies at 604-764-0855 or check out the IFMA website

Ron presents a cheque to Anneke at the Vancouver ReStore

If your organization is interested in hosting a third party fundraising event, please contact Gayle Webster at 604-681-5618 ext. 29 or

REMEMBERING Roger HFHGV lost one of its longest serving volunteers this June with the passing of Roger Boychuck. Roger started with Habitat on the build site but quickly found a home volunteering at the ReStore. Roger was there when we opened in 2002. Over the years he became a fi xture in the stores that we’d rely on countless times for help, regardless of the job. If you needed him, he was there. If you spent any time with Roger, you probably got to know a bit about him. Parts of his life had been rough, but he didn’t like to dwell on that. He’d tell you how good he was at demolition, in case you were doing any renovations around the house, and how much he loved going out to eat, in case you were thinking about inviting him. He’d talk about his job or his cat Fluff y, or the other places he volunteered, but mostly he’d talk about the ReStore.

Roger Boychuck

Roger was very proud of the ReStore and the part he played in its success. He loved the idea that all the stuff he was selling was helping build homes and the day was not complete for Roger, until he knew how much we had raised for Habitat. If he couldn’t stay until closing, he would call that evening for a report on the sales.

Someone asked Roger once why he volunteered so much. He explained that sometimes people were not so nice to him. They would make fun of him, or take advantage of him. When he volunteered, things were different. He was just one of the guys, and people didn’t care what he looked like, they were just grateful for the help and the work he did. Roger loved to help. Roger’s generosity touched so many, but he chose Habitat to leave a lasting mark and for that, we are in his debt. Thanks for the help Roger. Sales were good today. You will be missed. —Tom Riessner, ReStore Director

Going GREEN Everyone should do their part to minimize their impact on the environment, with companies being no exception. ReStores are recognized for their green approach, diverting hundreds of tons of product and building supplies away from landfills, but did you know that we are also making efforts in other areas to increase our sustainability? The society office and ReStore operations participate in paper, cardboard, metal and paint recycling. Habitat homes at the Burnaby site are constructed with energy efficient windows and appliances to reduce energy consumption. Looking ahead we plan to extend our green philosophy even further by improving recycling programs, running our ReStore truck on bio-diesel and encouraging build site volunteers to bring their own reusable mug to the site for coffee breaks. Our goal is to be known as one of the greenest non-profit organizations in all of Vancouver.

Genworth Meaning of Home Contest Genworth Financial’s hugely successful Meaning of Home writing contest returns for the 4th straight year in 2010. Students in grades 4, 5 and 6 have the opportunity to help build affordable homes by writing an essay, poem or composition which tells us what “home” means to them. Not only will the contest winner receive a high performance Dell laptop and a pizza party for their entire school, they will also be able to take part in the ultimate gift — a new Habitat home for a deserving family. Genworth will donate $60,000 towards the building of a new Habitat home in the community of the winner’s choice. Five runner-up entries will receive an 8GB iPod Touch and Genworth will donate $5,000 to the Habitat for Humanity affiliate of the runner up’s choice.

The contest runs from October 4 to November 12. For more information on the contest, submission details, tools and resources around the contest, please visit

DONATE to Habitat and Save with GUESS Receive a discount on the latest GUESS fashions by donating to Habitat for Humanity! From October 19th to October 24th, any new or current GUESS List members who make a minimum in-store donation of five dollars ($5.00) to the Habitat for Humanity Canada Foundation will receive 25% off the pre-tax amount of their entire purchase of GUESS products. If you’d like to take advantage of these savings and support Habitat, go to to register for the GUESS List.

DONATE $10 to Habitat By Writing a Review on HomeStars We have recently partnered with HomeStars and are pleased to announce an exciting new program. Each time a homeowner visits our HomeStars landing page and writes a review for any listed business, HomeStars will donate $10 to Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver.

HomeStars is a growing online community which allows homeowners to find reputable renovators, repairmen and retailers amongst a database of hundreds of local companies, which includes our two ReStore locations. Homeowners write reviews based on their home improvement experiences — both good and bad. This builds a collective knowledge base that is invaluable in helping homeowners make better decisions on whom to hire. For those of you who struggle to give of your time and resources, this is an excellent way to give back to our organization. We encourage homeowners who have purchased materials for their homes or who have hired trades people for improvements to take a few moments to complete a HomeStars review. Just a few moments of your time is worth a lot to us!

SPONSOR-A-BUILD Day Corporations and businesses have the opportunity to participate in our Sponsor-A-Build Day program. Have fun working together with your peers to develop team skills as you build company and community relationships. Align your business with the global Habitat brand, valued at $3.1 billion and become a part of Habitat’s inspiring story. 100% of your sponsorship goes towards building Habitat homes. A $5,000 Sponsorship Includes: • • • •

A dedicated build day for 12-16 employees (Thursday or Friday) Catered lunch, coffee and snacks Volunteer t-shirt for each participant and team photo in front of the build Promotional and publicity recognition on our website, in our quarterly newsletter and annual report • Invitation to the Dedication Ceremony, where we celebrate our excited Partner Families

Book your organization’s 2011 SPONSOR-A-BUILD DAY today. For more information, please contact Gayle Webster at (604) 681-5618 ext. 29, or Ask about additional benefits available at the $10,000+ Sponsorship Levels.

THANK YOU! To our current Phase 5 Sponsors: $100,000+




BC Housing

Commonwealth Insurance

ACM Advisors

American Justice Association

Mainland Sand & Gravel


Fluor Canada Ltd.

Barrick Gold

Pacific Church

Delta Hotels & Resorts

Great West Life

Best Buy Geek Squad

The Home Depot

GUESS Canada Corp.

CSA International

BC Chapter of International Facility Management Association


JP Morgan Chase

Global Collective Design

Colliers International

Nissan Canada


Easy Care Restoration

NYK Line

Herman Miller

Roofing Contractors Association of BC

Rio Tinto Alcan

Omni Corporation


Homelife Benchmark Realty Cloverdale

RR Donnelley


Robert L. Conconi Foundation

Jazz Air LP

HSBC Canada

BC Hydro

Mackenzie Financial

TD Canada Trust

Best Buy Canada


Citi Financial

Westminster Savings Credit Union

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 258

Real Estate Foundation of BC

eBay Foundation

Ames Tile & Stone Ltd.

SAP Business Objects

International Facility Management Association BC Chapter

Genworth Financial Investors Group

Maple Leaf Disposal Ltd. Proquip On-Site Diesel Refueling RBC Foundation

Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 280 + Training Board St George’s & Crofton House Schools Team Vancouver Volunteers

Lafarge Construction Materials

Teekay Corporation













MEMBERSHIP REGISTRATION/RENEWAL CAN ALSO BE COMPLETED ONLINE BY GOING TO WWW.VANCOUVERHABITAT.BC.CA/DONATE AND CLICKING ON DONATE ONLINE NOW. MAKE A GENERAL DONATION OF $20 OR MORE AND BE SURE TO CHECK OFF THE BOX NEXT TO BECOME A MEMBER. Yes! I want to become a member of the Habitat for Humanity Society of Greater Vancouver for one year for $20. I would like to make an additional donation of $: to support Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver’s mission to provide simple, affordable housing to families in need.





Cheques can be made payable to Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver. Donations of $20 or more will receive an official tax receipt. Registered Charitable number 88198 3183 RR001 Fax to: 604-326-0122 or mail with your payment to PO Box 60577 Granville Park, Vancouver, BC, V6H 4B9

WHAT BEING A MEMBER MEANS As a member of Habitat for Humanity Society of Greater Vancouver you will be entitled to: a yearly tax receipt for your membership fee, The Blueprint newsletter, an invitation to our Annual General Meeting and opportunities to participate in Habitat for Humanity’s activities in the Vancouver area. The privacy of members is important and Habitat ensures that personal information is collected only for purposes of newsletter mailings, occasional correspondence and notices of events. Habitat Greater Vancouver has never sold or lent addresses to any third party and respects all requests to be removed from mailing lists.