Habitat for Humanity WK holds AGM

Habitat for Humanity held its annual general meeting on Wednesday at St. Rita's Church in Castlegar.

Board members from Habitat for Humanity discuss business during their AGM on Wednesday at St. Rita's Church.

Board members from Habitat for Humanity discuss business during their AGM on Wednesday at St. Rita's Church.

Habitat for Humanity West Kootenay held its annual general meeting on Wednesday at St. Rita’s Church in Castlegar.

Attendees heard reports from various committees as well as the chair’s report.

“We have had a great year and I am very proud of what we have accomplished in the last 12 months,” said board chair Chuck Henderson.

“We are 80 per cent complete on a new home being built on a lot donated by the city of Castlegar. To build this home we have organized a number of fundraisers and have received approximately $80,000 of which we have only used half of, so the balance can be held over for a future project.”

A local family has been chosen and is ready to move in very soon, says Henderson. In addition to the nearly completed house in Castlegar, Habitat for Humanity W.K. has three houses in Nelson completed with families living in them.

“The credit for our success goes to many,” he said. “Firstly, we would like to thank the volunteer directors. They had a challenging year as we lost many of the experienced Nelson directors so they were learning as they went. Even with the challenges faced, they managed to raise enough money and find sponsors and volunteers to build a house in a very short period of time.

Secondly, we need to thank our sponsors for their money, time, and materials. We have three platinum sponsors at $15,000 or more, 10 gold at $5,000 or more, and 24 silver at $1,000 or more and 43 bronze all of which are located on our web page. Lastly, we would like to thank the community. Not only did we receive strong support from the volunteers and trades, but the citizens of Castlegar were very supportive every time we arranged a fundraiser.”