Brampton family realizes the dream of homeownership
BRAMPTON, ON, June 16, 2012 /CNW/ - Habitat for Humanity Brampton today
handed over the keys to a new home on Hoskins Square in Brampton to
Jose and Mary Ruth Piccio and their four children at a ceremony that
included Dream Come True home sponsors BDO in Mississauga and Gordon
Food Service, along with local politicians.
"Today, we've been able to give a hand-up to the Piccio family to help
them attain the dream of homeownership," says Thomas Fischer, Executive
Director, Habitat for Humanity Brampton. "This is the culmination of
all of the hard work that 200+ companies and more than 600 volunteers
that have dedicated their efforts towards the construction of this
The Piccio family are looking forward to moving into the new three
storey, four bedroom, 1,200 square foot energy efficient home, which is
quite different from the two-bedroom apartment they're currently in.
The house, designed by Ottawa-based architectural firm 25:8 Research +
Design, incorporates a variety of energy efficient features to make
homeownership even more affordable.
"We had dreamed about owning a home but didn't know how to achieve it,"
says Jose Piccio. "Habitat Brampton gave us a solution and it's a very
special time for our family. My wife jokes that, with the extra space
in this new home, it will be nice to not have any of my tools or the
kids toys in the living room."
Dream Come True Sponsors Gordon Food Service and BDO's Mississauga
office each contributed in excess of $80,000 towards the building of
the home and staff assisted with the construction.
"Our firm is proud to be a part of this celebration," says Peter
Campbell, Managing Partner of BDO's Mississauga office. "Employees and
clients of our firm worked very hard last summer to help make a
family's dream come true. The aptly-named 'dedication' of this home is
a symbol of BDO's commitment to making a difference in the communities
we serve. We wish the Piccio family many happy years in their new
"We've really enjoyed the experience of working with Habitat in Brampton
and are very pleased to see the results," says Frank Geier, President
of Gordon Food Service in Canada. "The experience in Brampton has been
so positive that we've now engaged with Habitat for Humanity in Calgary
and Nanaimo, BC, to help other families in those communities, where our
Key officials and members of the community were on hand for the key
dedication ceremony, including Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell, Brampton
West MP Kyle Seeback and Regional Councillor Elaine Moore.
Habitat for Humanity Brampton is actively looking to find families for
the homes it is building over the next 10 years as it has launched a
campaign to build 36 homes over the next 10 years. Habitat Brampton
built their very first home in Brampton back in 2004.
Habitat for Humanity Brampton helps qualified families to improve the
quality of their life by offering a 0% mortgage with no down payment,
in return for 500 hours of sweat equity (contributing time and effort
to the building of the home or supporting Habitat).
About Gordon Food Service
Gordon Food Service started out as a butter-and-egg delivery business in
Michigan more than a century ago. Today, they are the largest
family-owned broadline foodservice distributor in North America. In
1994, Gordon Food Service entered the Canadian market with the purchase
of Maple Leaf Foodservice in Ontario and Quebec. Since then, Gordon
Food Service has acquired many of the finest regional distributors
across the country and has developed into one of the largest
foodservice providers in Canada.
About BDO Canada LLP
BDO is one of the leading accounting and advisory firms in Canada with
90 years of experience providing value-added assurance, accounting,
taxation and advisory services to a broad range of clients. With a
national team of more than 3,000 partners and professionals, we build
strong relationships with businesses and communities from Vancouver to
About Habitat for Humanity Brampton
Habitat for Humanity's vision is a world where everyone has a safe and
decent place to live, and its mission is to mobilize volunteers and
community partners in building affordable housing and promoting
homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty.
SOURCE Habitat for Humanity Brampton
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