Habitat for Humanity Dedicates Wellington St. Home

Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North welcomes new partner family

Tkaczyk Family Ribbon Cutting

Zarah (front left) and Matthew Tkaczyk (front centre), along with their children, MP Tony Clement (back right), Town of Bracebridge Deputy Mayor Rick Maloney (back left), Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North Board of directors and staff, cut the ribbon on their new home at 63 Wellington St. in Bracebridge.


BRACEBRIDGE, ON – “Living room dance parties.”  When Zarah pictures life with her family in their new home, that’s what she sees.  Zarah and her husband Matt are the devoted parents of Ariana, 4, and Ezekiel, 3, and are the newest home owners in the Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North region.  On Saturday, October 13, 2018 the Tkaczyk family was officially welcomed to the Habitat family and will purchase their new home in November.

Fueled by the desire to “make it perfect”, Zarah and Matt, who is a carpenter, have worked hard on the finishes that transformed the Wellington Street house into a home.  In addition to finishes, accessibility features will be added to the home to accommodate Ariana’s special needs.  Matt and Zarah are already imagining family meals and games nights around their first-ever dining room table.

The Tkaczyks currently rent outside of Bracebridge and eagerly await relocating into the town and taking on homeownership. Zarah and Matt will have access to more community activities and will be closer to school and a larger circle of friends for Ariana and Ezekiel.

“We’re excited to welcome the Tkaczyks to their new home,” said Kimberley Woodcock, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North. “It’s an investment to build a home. We are proud of the work we’ve done on improving our family selection, education, and support processes.  We are pleased to introduce our newest and highly deserving Habitat for Humanity Partner Family to the Bracebridge community.”

Habitat for Humanity knows that safe, decent and affordable homeownership plays an absolutely critical role in helping families to create a new cycle, one filled with possibilities and progress. Affordable homeownership frees families and fosters the skills and confidence they need to invest in themselves and their communities. The outcomes can be long-lasting and life-changing.

With a little help, Habitat homeowners are able to achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves and their families. They are empowered to overcome the barriers that so often stand between their families and better, healthier, more financially stable lives.

Zarah and Matt are excited and grateful for the chance to finally own a home of their own, for the opportunity to provide stability and an improved quality of life for their children… and for living room dance parties.


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