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Photo courtesy of Sarah B. Hood Habitat BILD Day Lisa Barnes and Shalini Kapur from Marketplace Events. FOR MANY YEARS, BILD has been a strong supporter of Habitat for Humanity in its efforts to assist families who might otherwise not have had the opportunity to become new homeowners. Often, the support is financial, but last August 13, BILD staff, members, colleagues, partners, friends and families came together to offer support of a different kind, picking up tools to help in the construction of eight duplexes at 20 Hainford Street, just south of Lawrence at Manse. Through the Hainford Build, part of a commercial 60-home development, Habitat for Humanity Toronto will help to provide 16 families with new homes. “We always say that the mission for Habitat is to be a hand up, not a handout. Even though we make it easier for the family to get a home, we don’t give them a house,” says Habitat Volunteer Co-ordinator Tara Cameron. “We partner with the families, and they obtain 500 hours of sweat equity,” she explains. According to their abilities, families can work on the construction site or in the Habitat ReStore, which resells salvages building supplies. Even children can contribute, with a range of activities from maintaining a certain Grade Point Average at school to collecting pop cans. “We’re hoping to be finished by Christmas,” says Cameron. This will only happen with the participation of hundreds of volunteers, about 45 per day, who may arrive with little or no previous building experience. “Onsite each day we have about 30 volunteers from church groups or businesses and 15 individuals, including our partner families,” she says. “Sometimes we get people with certain trades and certifications; we also get donations, which go to hiring licensed electricians, plumbers and so on. When people in trades are able to donate their time, that’s amazing, because we can put that money into building materials and really stretch the dollar.” On this particular day, BILD has supplied the labour. Hard at work in the basement of one home are Collin Young and Joseph Feldman. Young is a Marketing Representative at JBS Graphic Communications, and although he is familiar with tools, this is his first time on a full-scale construction site. He was attracted, he says, when he heard BILD President and CEO Stephen Dupuis speak at a BILD barbeque. “He introduced one of the homeowners from Photo courtesy of Rodney Daw 34 • Toronto Builder • Fall 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Toronto Builder - Fall 2009

Toronto Builder - Fall 2009
Chair’s Message
President’s Message
Double Victory for Fact-based Lobbying BILD Efforts Results in Better Tax Deal for Homebuyers and Builders
BILD Housing Study Tour
Moving the Future
LEED for Neighbourhood Development
Habitat BBQ
Habitat BILD Day
National Home Show
RealNet GTA Market Update
Sponsor Profile
Calendar of Events
Marketing Partners and Corporate Sponsors
Welcome New Members
Index to Advertisers

Toronto Builder - Fall 2009