Habitat for Humanity Canada Honoured that Governor General consented to be Patron of Organization



    OTTAWA, June 14 /CNW/ - Habitat for Humanity Canada is honoured that Her
Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada
graciously consented to be the vice-regal patron of the organization.
    "We very much appreciate the Governor General's support for Habitat for
Humanity Canada as expressed through her generous decision to act as Habitat's
patron. The Governor General is well known for her deep commitment to social
justice. We are confident that her public expression of support will help us
achieve our goals of raising awareness of the critical issue of affordable
housing in Canada and of building a nation and a world where everyone has a
safe and decent place to live," said David Hughes, President and Chief
Executive Officer of Habitat for Humanity Canada.
    Habitat for Humanity Canada was advised of the Governor General's
decision during a June 13th reception at Rideau Hall at which Her Excellency
met with members of the Board of Directors and senior management of Habitat
for Humanity Canada and Habitat for Humanity International who are meeting in
Ottawa on June 13th and 14th. As a consequence of Her Excellency's decision
Habitat for Humanity Canada will not only benefit from the patronage of
Canada's current vice-regal representative but will continue to enjoy the
support of a former Governor General, the Right Honourable Edward R. Schreyer,
who is currently on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity
International.
    "On behalf of our 71 affiliates from coast to coast and our thousands of
volunteers and donors all across Canada, I want to thank the Governor General
for her endorsement of our work and encouragement of our efforts and to
welcome her to the Habitat family," Hughes said.

    About Habitat for Humanity Canada
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    Habitat for Humanity Canada is a national, non-profit, faith-based
organization working for a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to
live. The mission of the organization 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 71 affiliates 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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