Canada Builds Testimonials and Photos
"Habitat for Humanity Yukon was incredibly well organized and hospitable. We were welcomed into people’s homes and treated as part of the community. The partner families were present and very involved and I am grateful for that. Working "at home” was a rewarding experience. I felt privileged to be visiting a new part of the country and to be giving a wonderful Canadian family a hand up. I look forward to joining a Canada Builds trip again in the future and highly recommend the experience. This great country and organization has so much to offer us.” - Erin Boucher, Chelsea Quebec
"It is very difficult to express in words how much joy the trip to PEI gave me. The lessons learned were valuable and the relationships formulated are priceless. My heart is much fuller today than it was before the trip and for that reason I will make a Habitat build an annual event while I am still working and perhaps more often when I retire.”
- Anne Marie Cummings, Etobicoke Ontario
"I have been a Global Village member for the last 10 years and with the trip to the Yukon I completed my 8th build. I love everything that Habitat stands for and find myself refreshed and renewed with every trip I take. My experience in the Yukon was incredible and even more than I imagined - the people were open and friendly, the work was good and non-stop, our team worked well together and had a lot of fun at the same time.
To be able to experience a Habitat build, global village style, in Canada was life changing. The chance to listen to First Nations people speak of their culture, their ancestry, their place in Canada touched my heart and helped to open my eyes. The warmness and welcoming nature of people made the trip just that much better. With a well organized work site there was always work to do and always different kinds of work depending on your ability. I flew away at the end of the build with a yearning to return and many memories that will stay with me for a long time. Once again I was blessed with taking away far more than I was able to give.” - Laura Ringer, Cambridge Ontario
"In summer 2014, I travelled with Canada Builds to Whitehorse, Yukon. This trip allowed me to learn more about myself and the importance of working with others to make a difference. Canada Builds provides the amazing chance to work directly with individuals across Canada who are interested in learning about a new environment and giving back to society.”
- Danielle Fearon, Waterloo Ontario
"Following a very successful international build, we decided to participate on a Canada Builds project in Whitehorse. What an experience! Our team consisted of both first time and experienced GV volunteers from across the country and internationally, and gelled as a group almost immediately. To say we had fun would be an understatement!
Habitat Yukon was a fabulous host that provided excellent social opportunities, authentic cultural experiences, and a build site that should be an example for the rest of the country. The triplex we worked on will become privately owned homes on First Nation land, with a visionary focus on energy conservation that will help ensure the long term sustainability of the owners by minimizing utility costs.
This trip involved shorter travel time than an international build, fewer time zones to adjust to, no exchange rates to navigate, no vaccinations to endure, an amazing local culture to experience, and one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world to enjoy! What's not to like?
Living in a country as diverse as Canada, it is easy to forget how exotic and unique our landscapes and cultures are. And many of our neighbors need housing, too. Building 'at home' in Whitehorse was an experience we won't soon forget.”
- Gail and Allen Lefebvre, Regina Saskatchewan
"Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity was an enriching and joyful experience, and I’m grateful that my first build was on Canadian soil. The people of Whitehorse are kind and welcoming; the land and history are stunning; and the team was a magical mix of generous individuals that started as strangers but left as friends. I learned a great deal about home construction and energy-efficiency, First Nations communities and their traditions, and most importantly, that it’s not just a home I helped to build, but a community. I really believe the spirit of that will stay with me always."
- Debika Burman, Toronto Ontario