Habitat for Humanity Build in Parry Sound Supported by Local Business

Shaw Almex Cheque Presentation

Larry Woolner, General Manager, Parry Sound/Vice-President Global Engineering for Shaw Almex Industries (centre) presents a cheque for $5,000 to Doug MacDonald, Parry Sound Build Site Supervisor (left), Donna Godfrey, Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North Regional Manager of Donor Development (second from right) and Hans de Vries, Parry Sound Chapter Steering Committee Chair (right). Volunteers from the build site, Chapter and partner family members also attended the cheque presentation.


Parry Sound, ON - The current Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North (HFHOGN) build at 24 Addie St. in Parry Sound will be the third and fourth homes completed in Parry Sound. Local community support for the project has been incredible with donations of cash, construction materials, food and volunteered time all helping to construct the semi-detached homes.

Local manufacturer Shaw Almex recently donated $5,000 to the Parry Sound build project, announcing the donation at the ninth annual Habitat for Humanity Golf Classic hosted at Rocky Crest Golf Club. Tim Shaw, CEO of Shaw Almex spearheaded the gift efforts. Larry Woolner, General Manager for Shaw Almex in Parry Sound, attended the Addie St. build site on October 11th to present to Hans de Vries, HFHOGN Parry Sound Steering Committee Chair and Donna Godfrey, HFHOGN Regional Manager of Donor Development.

“We thank Tim Shaw and the entire team at Shaw Almex for their support in helping to build homes for local partner families in Parry Sound,” said Kimberley Woodcock, HFHOGN CEO. “Our homeownership program and build projects rely on community support like this donation. Donations such as this help us create strength, stability and self-reliance for our families.”

Two local families have been selected for the Habitat for Humanity homeownership program and will move into their new homes this fall. The Anderson family and the Norrie family are eagerly working on their sweat equity and are excited to take their first steps toward homeownership.

People living in Habitat Homes not only help build their own houses, they also pay affordable mortgages. Habitat for Humanity’s innovative approach helps working families on a new path to better, affordable living conditions that lead to improved health and stronger childhood development. Access to affordable home ownership can help decrease a family’s reliance on food banks and allow them to move out of social housing which frees up space for those on waiting lists. 

Donations of cash and materials, along with mortgage payments from other Habitat for Humanity partner families, are critical in funding local build projects. Support from corporate partnerships and individual donations have been integral to the pending completion of the Addie St. homes.

About Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North

Amalgamated in 2014, Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North is a non-profit organization working toward a world where everyone has a decent place to call home. Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership. With the help of volunteers and Habitat homeowners we provide a solid foundation for better, healthier lives in our service area, in Canada and around the world. Our region serves communities across central and northern Ontario, including Orillia, Midland, Muskoka, Parry Sound, North Bay and Sudbury. Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity Canada, which was established in 1985 and has grown to become a leading global non-profit working in more than 70 countries. For more information, please visit www.habitatgatewaynorth.com.


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For more information:

Meghan Smith

Chief Operating Officer

Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North

(705) 646-0106 x204