Habitat for Humanity Canada Builds Capacity in Response to Growing Need



    TORONTO, July 9 /CNW/ - In response to the great need for affordable
housing and amid a very exciting and successful year, Habitat for Humanity
Canada (HFHC) has elected its new Board of Directors, restructured its
management team, won a prestigious award from the Canadian Urban Institute and
dedicated its resources to building more homes in 2008 than in any prior years
of HFHC's history.
    On May 3, 2008, at Habitat for Humanity Canada's Annual General Meeting,
Craig Hill was elected as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors for
2008-2009. Hill, team leader of the Commercial Real Estate Practice Group at
the Calgary law firm of Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP, has been a tireless
volunteer in the cause of affordable housing for Calgarians for many years
and, more recently, for all Canadians in his role as a Board member of Habitat
for Humanity Canada. Hill has been legal advisor and past Board Chair for
Calgary's Habitat for Humanity, as well as legal advisor to the Calgary
Homeless Foundation and the Calgary Community Land Trust Society.
    "Habitat for Humanity holds a very special place in my heart," said Hill.
"I am thrilled to hold the position of Chairman of the Board during such an
important time for the organization. I have no doubt that we will continue to
grow the number of families we serve and have an even greater impact on the
issue of affordable housing here in Canada."
    On May 15, 2008, Stewart Hardacre began his new role as Habitat for
Humanity Canada's first Chief Operating Officer. Hardacre has over 20 years
experience in senior executive positions, predominantly within the
professional services industry. His most recent role was as the Executive
Director of McMillan Binch Mendelsohn LLP, a prestigious business law firm
with offices in Toronto and Montreal. Accredited as a Certified Management
Accountant (C.M.A.), he has also pursued professional development and
leadership programs at the Harvard School of Business and Queens University
Executive Leadership program.
    "Not only is Stewart a successful businessman, he is also an active and
devoted volunteer with Habitat for Humanity," said David Hughes, President and
CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada. "The growing need for affordable housing
is increasing the demand for our services. Habitat's ability to respond will
be significantly enhanced with Stewart's business acumen, his passion for the
cause and his focus on executing with excellence."
    Handing the operations reigns to Hardacre will enable Hughes to place an
even greater focus on strategic external issues and opportunities such as
engaging corporate and government leaders in Habitat's efforts to raise
awareness and find a solution to the housing crisis.
    Both Hill and Hardacre have commenced their new roles with the
organization during a very exciting time. On May 28th, Habitat for Humanity
Canada was presented with the Canadian Urban Institute's City Renewal Award.
This award, typically awarded to an individual, was presented to the entire
Habitat for Humanity association in Canada as a result of the large number of
Habitat volunteers nominated this year. The Award recognizes activities that
renew, revitalize and restore Canadian cities through advocacy that shapes
policy on major urban issues, thereby promoting attitudinal change,
encouraging public participation and transforming our urban landscape for
future generation.
    Hill, Hughes and Hardacre will set the strategic agenda for the
organization which in 2008 includes building 580 houses. Of the 580 houses,
200 will be within Canada, while the remaining 380 will be international build
projects. Within Canada, 16 builds will be dedicated as Women Builds and more
than 50 will be Sustainable Builds. This is the most houses Habitat for
Humanity Canada has ever built in one year.

    About Habitat for Humanity Canada:

    Habitat for Humanity Canada is a national charitable organization whose
mission is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building
affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to breaking the
cycle of poverty. Habitat for Humanity Canada was founded in 1985, consists of
over 35,000 volunteers and 72 affiliate organizations from coast to coast, and
is a member of Habitat for Humanity International which spans 93 countries,
has built over 225,000 homes, and is now building a new home every 21 minutes.





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