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The fall before the rise . . .

July 08, 2015

Members of the Vernon Habitat for Humanity action committee were busy last winter as they always are, raising funds, going through the hoops of land purchasing, consulting with contractors and architects, peeling back the red tape of regulations and permitting. And all the while the old home on the corner of 37th street and 25th avenue in Vernon’s east hill neighborhood stood dark and resolute.

In early summer that all changed. A crowd of volunteers armed with chain saws and axes descended on the lot and, when they left eight or ten hours later, the property had been stripped of the underbrush and weeds that had sprung up everywhere.

Then this fall the heavy machinery owned by Postill Nixon Earthworks of Vernon was brought in. In one morning the old house and a couple of out buildings were flattened and removed. The property now awaits the availability of men and materials, with ground breaking for the new three-plex that will rise out of the ground there planned for early spring. In the meantime selection committee members are assessing applications and conducting interviews with families to determine who will qualify for Habitat’s no down payment, no interest mortgage. Habit for Humanity, Building Homes, Building Hope.

Habitat For Humanity New Construction

On a sweltering July day this group, thirteen in all and all Kal Tire employees, descended on the Habitat for Humanity site on the east hill to lend a hand in cleaning up the property where Habitant will soon construct a new three-plex. The committee would like to thank these folks and Kal Tire for their wonderful support.

Habitat For Humanity New Construction

One of the out buildings on Habitat building site on East Hill is going down as Habitat volunteers rally to help it on its’ way last summer.

Habitat For Humanity New Construction

Postill Nixon Earthworks’ huge material moving machine makes short work of the ancient homestead on the Habitat build site on Vernon’s East Hill.

Garage sale 2015

June 20, 2015

Each summer Habitat for Humanity, Vernon Chapter, holds its annual garage sale fund-raiser. This year’s event, featuring thousands of community donated items and a throng of willing and able Habitat volunteers, was held in the parking lot of the former Kal Tire headquarters at 24th Street and 48th Avenue starting in the early hours of June 20th and closing up shop around noon that day. By that time the bulk of the merchandise available had changed hands and the remainder was being trucked to the Habitat Restore store in Kelowna, another successful Habitat endeavor in the books. Our Garage Sales offer a chance for the public to observe first hand the participation by Vernon Chapter’s excellent volunteer corps. Upwards of 50 enthusiastic sets of hands are available at any time to aid the cause, “Building Homes and Hope in Vernon.” Habitat for Humanity receives no government funding, our only source of income being community based. We thank our volunteers for all their hard and willing work on Habitat’s account.

Habitat For Humanity 2015 Garage Sale/Fund-Raiser

Sharon Woods, one of a multitude of volunteers on Habitat for Humanity’s Help List arranges some of the many books offered up during the garage sale. New volunteers register info@vernonhabitat.com.

Habitat For Humanity 2015 Garage Sale/Fund-Raiser

Predator Ridge resident Dave Marcoux, always ready to support a good cause, loads up for the drive home.

Habitat For Humanity 2015 Garage Sale/Fund-Raiser

Habitat action committee volunteers Debbie Schiller (l) and Diane Novakoski were on hand to answer questions and meet prospective applicants for Habitat ownership.

Habitat For Humanity 2015 Garage/Sale Fund-Raiser

One of the sale’s patrons survey the kids’ mobility department which featured bikes and other transportation devices for the younger set.

Fun Run at Predator Ridge . . .

July 15, 2015

This year’s fun run held on July 25 at Predator Ridge Golf Course proved to be a popular event. Despite a steady rain prior to the start of the run there was a solid entry, mostly families, many accompanied by man’s best friend, the family dog, This annual event is promoted and managed by the staff of Predator Ridge with all proceeds being handed to Habitat for Humanity and used to help us in our quest, “Building Homes and Hope” in Vernon.

Predator Ridge 2015 Fun Run

Registering for the 2015 Fun Run at Predator (LtoR) Fred Takagi, Marke Goode and Habitat for Humanity board chair Glory Westwell. Although there is no photographic evidence available it is assumed that these three were neck and neck coming down the stretch and at the finish.

Predator Ridge 2015 Fun Run

Jeff Comazzeto and daughter April warm up at the start line. Two year old April walked the entire 5K in just over two hours smiling all the way.

Predator Ridge 2015 Fun Run

Jason Podollan battles the hill as his boys, Hudson and Gunnar close the gap and family dog Lucky patiently waits for an opening.Jason Podollan battles the hill as his boys, Hudson and Gunnar close the gap and family dog Lucky patiently waits for an opening.

Predator Ridge 2015 Fun Run

The field awaits the starter’s send off outside the Predator Recreation Center on July 25, 2015

2015 Oktoberfest rocks

October 19, 2015

  • Time: October 19th, 2015
  • Address: Predator Ridge Club House
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The dining room at Predator Ridge Golf Course was the scene of a rollicking celebration in the evening of Monday, October 19 as seventy-five locals converged on the popular golf resort to celebrate the 2015 renewal of the annual Oktoberfest there.

The evening started with a mixer followed by a delicious Germanic style meal, courtesy of Jeremy, head chef of the Ridge restaurant at Predator. The fare included traditional German Ham Hocks and an array of savory sausages, roasted vegetable medley, apple strudel and other delicacies associated with the annual celebration.

Before and after dinner music was provided by Andrew Johns, the versatile local musician and entertainer who claims to be a “one man show” as opposed to the “one man band” moniker more commonly hung on solo acts, featuring, unlike his, strapped on banjos and cymbals pinned to the ears of the performer. After being treated to his Victor Borga, Elton John and Billy Joel portrayals it is difficult indeed to down play the talent of Mr. Johns.

Silent and decidedly not silent auctions followed the evening meal with all proceeds from the evening’s activities going to the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity who will use the dollars generated to help fulfill their mandate of” Building Homes and Hope” here in Vernon. Chairman of the Habitat committee, Glory Westwell, took the mike to close the evening thanking Predator Ridge, Auction participants, Andrew Johns, “one man show,’” auctioneer Wayne Penner and Jeff Harder of ExNihilo Wineries who provided the excellent wine for the evening.

Predator Ridge 2015 Oktoberfest

Glory Westwell, Habitat for Humanity chairman, successfully plays the role of “Rose among the thorns” as she visits with (LtoR) Trevor Jones, Predator Ridge, Jeff Harder of ExNihilo Winery and auctioneer for the night, Wayne Penner./p> Predator Ridge 2015 Oktoberfest

Andrew Johns works the keyboard and mike at the Oktoberfest celebration held at Predator Ridge Golf Course on October 19. Andrew kindly provided the music at no coat to Habitat for Humanity, who garnered all proceeds from the event.

Predator Ridge 2015 Oktoberfest

Another case of “rose among the thorns,” Cheryl Jackson easily outshone her dinner companions (LtoR) Barry Jackson, Jim Popovich and Jim Lumsden.

Predator Ridge 2015 Oktoberfest

Brad and Stacy Donison, resplendent in traditional Bavarian dress were caught tripping the light fantastic with A.J. Eathorne as the three revelers left the 2015 Oktoberfest at Predator Ridge on October 19.

Oktoberfest 2014

September 28, 2014

  • Time: October 22nd, 2014, 5:30 – 10:30pm
  • Address: Predator Ridge Club House
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Predator Ridge 6th Annual 5k Fun Run/Walk

Join us at the Predator Ridge Club House for Habitat for Humanity Vernon Chapter’s Oktoberfest 2014: Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014—5:30pm to 10:30pm.

Dinner by Jeremy, Beer by Tree Brewing, Live Entertainment by Steel Wound, Awesome Grand Prize sponsored by Sparkling Hill and Predator Ridge and a safe ride home if needed.

Click here to purcahse your tickets.

2014 Genworth Canada Meaning of Home Contest 

July 08, 2014

For the ninth consecutive year, long-time Habitat partner Genworth Canada will again undertake the national The Meaning of Home contest to illustrate, for children and their families, the importance of having a safe, decent and affordable place to live.

Running from October 1 – November 10, 2014, the Meaning of Home contest challenges youth in Grades 4 – 6 to write a short composition or poem that expresses what they “love” most about their home, with the winner receiving a $60,000 grant to be directed to the Habitat affiliate of their choice.

Please consider promoting the contest in your area as all Habitat affiliates have the opportunity to receive:

  • A $60,000 grant for the affiliate chosen by the grand-prize winner
  • One of five $5,000 secondary prize grants
  • $5 for each essay submitted by students within your affiliate’s region

Follow this link for the full announcement along with the materials listed below: http://tinyurl.com/kbce54g

  • The Meaning of Home poster (English and French)
  • Customizable outreach letters for local schools (English and French)
  • Case studies from Fredericton and Victoria with engagement tips to help promote a successful contest in your area

If you have any questions about Genworth Canada or the Meaning of Home contest, please contact Carla Cappuccitti, National Director, Corporate Partnerships, at ccappuccitti@habitat.ca or 1-800-667-5137 x351, or Derek Mletzko, Manager, Marketing & Communications, at dmletzko@habitat.ca or 1-800-667-5137 x326.

If you would like details on the entries in your area for the 2013 contest, please let me know and I can provide further info.

—Glory Westwell
Chair of Habitat for Humanity Vernon Chapter

Predator Ridge

July 07, 2014

Habitat for Humanity Vernon Chapter will be holding their bottle drives in the Predator Ridge Community again this year.

Pickup of refundable bottles and cans will be on the following Saturdays starting at 9am

  • July 5
  • August 9
  • September 6
  • October 18
  • January 3, 2015

Cash Donations will also be accepted with tax receipts issued for all donations over $20.00

Predator Ridge 6th Annual 5k Fun Run/Walk

July 06, 2014

Predator Ridge 6th Annual 5k Fun Run/Walk

Predator Ridge will be holding their 6th Annual 5k Fun Run/Walk in Support of Habitat for Humanity Vernon Chapter.

Registraion at 8:30am on Saturday, July 26th 2014 at the Fitness Centre. The race starts at 9:00am.

Bring your family, friends and dogs out and join us for a run or walk around the Predator Ridge neighborhood. A fun way to socialize, exercise and enjoy the great outdoors!

10$ Entry Fee Benefiting Habitat For Humanity. Prizes, Coffee and Muffins to follow on the Fitness Centre patio at 11am

‘Lend a Hand to Buy the Land!’ Update

July 05, 2014

$125,000 of $300,000

‘Lend a Hand to Buy the Land!’ fundraising efforts have reached the half way mark. Please donate today to help us reach our goal of $300,000

You can either…

  • Donate on line using our secure site
  • Drop a cheque at Charlene Silvester’s Notary Public office on 30th Ave in Vernon
  • Mail to:
    Habitat for Humanity Vernon Chapter
    Box 1703 Stn Main Vernon, BC V1T 8C3

Predator Ridge Supports Habitat For Humanity Vernon Chapter

May 15, 2013

Join The Birdie Lake Place Street Party This Weekend!

Enjoy a gourmet BBQ hotdog by Gum Tree Catering with donations going to the Vernon Chapter of Habitat for Humanity at The Birdie Lake Place Grand Opening Street Party.

Click here for more details.

Predator Ridge

March 18, 2013

Habitat for Humanity Vernon Chapter will be holding their bottle drives in the Predator Ridge Community again this year.

Pickup of refundable bottles and cans will be on the following Saturdays starting at 9am

  • April 6th
  • May 25th
  • July 6th
  • August 10th
  • September 7th
  • October 19th
  • January 4th 2014

Cash Donations will also be accepted with tax receipts issued for all donations over $20.00

‘Lend a Hand to Buy the Land!’ Fundraising launch

March 17, 2013

We are all acutely aware of the need for safe, decent, affordable housing for working families and Habitat has proven all over the world that they have the right formula for home ownership. Without affordable homes our young, working families have to relocate. We need our young families to be able to live and flourish in the North Okanagan!

Sareena Sharma Nickoli, Karin O’Brian, Charlene Silvester, Kathy Szoboticsanec, Cheryl Kaminsky and Beth Marks have made a fundraising commitment and will work closely with Glory Westwell and the local and great Habitat for Humanity Committee.

Our goal: $300,000!

Habitat wisely does not go into debt so once we have the land all other facets will come into force and the build will begin. Here is the beauty… once a build happens it becomes the seed of the next land purchase and the next build.

Please lend a hand to buy the land!! All our efforts are completely on a volunteer basis and any donations above $20.00 will receive a tax receipt.

You can either…

  • Donate on line using our secure site
  • Drop a cheque at Charlene Silvester’s Notary Public office on 30th Ave in Vernon
  • Mail to:
    Habitat for Humanity Vernon Chapter
    Box 1703 Stn Main Vernon, BC V1T 8C3

Sutton-Lakefront Realty event aids Habitat for Humanity

October 15, 2012

Sutton-Lakefront Realty Welcomes You!

The team at Sutton Group-Lakefront Realty in Vernon, B.C. recently held its Third Annual Show n’ Shine, an event that draws vintage sports car and motorcycle enthusiasts from near and far. For every vehicle brought to the event, the brokerage donates to the Vernon Chapter of Habitat for Humanity in the name of the vehicle owner. This year’s event also featured a bicycle tuning tent, bouncy castles, face painting and ice cream.

Sales rep Beth Marks says:

As Realtors, we see the need for affordable housing and are particularly supportive of Habitat for Humanity’s methods to help those who are willing to invest sweat equity and money into a home. We admire our hardworking citizens aiming to house their families in a property they can call their own.


October 17, 2011

  • Author: Glory Westwell
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Vote and enter draw for big screen television

We now have word of another online voting contest, sponsored by The Brick, that will also help Vernon. This is a “one person, one vote” contest at the Brick’s Facebook page to vote for Kelowna to be the community where the Brick sponsors a Habitat house. You can enter into the draw to win a big screen TV. You will not be automatically entered into a mailing list from The Brick, but there is an opt-in for that.

Meanwhile, it’s not too late to register for the Aviva Community Fund contest and we ask everyone who has registered to take a few seconds every day until October 19th to vote for us and drive the vote total as high as possible.

Real Canadian Super Store with Habitat for Humanity Canada

August 21, 2011

Four ceramic mugs housed in a hat box

We are proud to announce that The Everyday Essentials™ brand has partnered for 3 years with Habitat for Humanity Canada’s 360 Built Smart Partnership

Each year for three consecutive years, they will introduce a limited edition set of household items to raise funds for HFHC. The first product developed to benefit the cause is a set of four ceramic mugs housed in a hat box (as pictured above). The set of four striped mugs will retail for $10 and the net proceeds ($80,000 year for each of 3 years) will be donated to Habitat for Humanity Canada.

Launch in Stores on August 5th! The Everyday Essentials™ Habitat for Humanity Canada mug set will be sold at your Real Canadian Superstore.

Template letter to teachers

August 20, 2011

I am writing to tell you about a great way teachers can challenge their students to make a difference in their community, while meeting core curriculum requirements.

From October 3 to November 11, 2011, students in grades 4, 5 and 6 can enter the annual Meaning of Home writing contest in support of Habitat for Humanity Canada (HFHC). The contest is a fantastic opportunity for students to put their creative writing skills to work for a good cause. This year is the fifth anniversary of the contest, which has received more than 7,000 entries, donated nearly $360,000 to Habitat for Humanity and inspired hundreds of children across the country to make writing a priority early in life.

The winner of the contest will be part of the ultimate gift: A $60,000 contribution towards the building of a Habitat home in or near the winner’s community. The winner also receives a laptop, while each runner-up will be given an iPod Touch! The winner will also get to enjoy a pizza party for their entire school.

We’ve also built in some new incentives including the “Dollars for Essays” program. With this program, five dollars is donated to a local Habitat for Humanity affiliate each time an entry is submitted. This means that each of the students participating will have a chance to make a difference and experience first-hand what it means to give back to their communities.

The best part is: teachers can incorporate the writing contest into their classroom activities and assignments. As you know, one of the key elements of language learning is to interact and connect with individuals. Here’s how the writing contest helps teachers meet some core requirements:

  • The writing contest provides students with the opportunity to produce an original piece of creative work that reflects their capacity for independent critical thought.
  • The contest is an activity that students will see as meaningful; one that challenges them to think creatively about a topic that directly impacts their lives—the meaning of home—and will ultimately improve their writing skills.

You can download a complete, ready-to-go Education Module including a lesson plan, activity ideas, writing tips and a Habitat for Humanity Canada fact sheet, as well as full contest details, at meaningofhome.ca. The site will be live by September 1, 2011. Also, by referring a colleague to participate in the contest you are in turn helping Habitat through our new “Dollars for Essays” program mentioned above. You can make referrals easily by clicking here, starting today.

To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Meaning of Home contest, a commemorative book is being created that will highlight the last five years of winning entries and finalists. This means that several student participants will be able to call themselves published authors. The book will be available for purchase in February 2012. However, you can place an advance order for your classroom (or school) in time for the launch of this year’s contest October 3, 2011. All net proceeds will be donated to Habitat for Humanity Canada.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Many thanks for your support!

Glory Westwell
Chair of Habitat for Humanity Vernon Chapter

The Meaning of Home writing contest

August 19, 2011

What home means to me

Shelter. Comfort. Family. “Home” can mean many things to many people.

Habitat for Humanity Canada and Genworth Financial Canada are asking students in grade 4, 5 and 6 across Canada to tell us what “home” means to them by entering the Meaning of Home Contest.

By entering, students have the chance to make a difference in their community. In addition to some great prizes, the top entry will be part of the ultimate gift—the building of a Habitat home sponsored by Genworth.

If you are new to the contest, we encourage you to explore the different areas of the Meaning of Home website. There’s something for everyone—Teachers, see the Teacher’s Page to download a lesson plan on incorporating the writing contest into your classroom. Students, check out the Student’s Page for some fun, interactive games. Parents, visit the Parent’s Page for tips on how to get your family involved.

If you are an ESL or FSL teacher or if you are new to Canada, click here for helpful resources.