Jan. 18, 2024

Habitat Key Ceremony Welcomes Five Families into New Homes in Courtenay

Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North is pleased to announce another significant milestone in our ongoing mission to provide affordable housing for families in need. Five families have just moved into five newly constructed homes in Courtenay, BC, continuing the positive momentum established when seven families were welcomed to the same complex last August. For our Media Release, click here.

Habitat Homeowners accepting symbolic gifts | Photo credit: McKinnon Photography

This Key Ceremony is an extraordinary moment for these families. It symbolizes the dedication to affordable housing and community development that Habitat for Humanity has once again diligently worked to make happen. “We are thrilled to welcome these wonderful families to their new homes in Courtenay,” said Jeff West, Executive Director at Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North.

Jeff West speaking at the Key Ceremony. Photo credit: McKinnon Photography
“This achievement is a testament to the collaborative efforts of our employees, volunteers, donors, and community partners who all played a major role in making affordable housing a reality for these families.” - Jeff West
Habitat Homeowners Sarah and her three sons (left) and Alvin and Andrea and their daughter (right)
(Left to right) Habitat Homeowners Michelle, Eric and their children, Emily and her children, Janine, her partner, her son and their puppy

“By working with organizations like Habitat for Humanity, we are committed to ensuring that every Canadian has a safe place to call their own,” said the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities. “Today’s announcement is an example of what strong partnerships in the housing sector can do to help build more affordable homes across the country. I am pleased to welcome these five families into their new homes today, and I wish them all the best as they start their next chapters.”

In March 2023, the Government of Canada and Habitat for Humanity Canada announced an additional $25 million investment to build 500 new affordable homes across Canada over the next three years. This brings the total federal investment in Habitat for Humanity to $80.8 million through the Affordable Housing Fund.

(Left to Right) Jeff West,Habitat Executive Director, Ronna-Rae Leonnard, MLA for Courtenay-Comox, Courtenay Mayor Bob Wells, Tudor Davies, Habitat Volunteer | Photo Credit: McKinnon Photography

Thank you to Reverend Ingrid Brown, from the Weird Church Cumberland, Gord Johns, Member of Parliament for Courtenay-Alberni, Ronna-Rae Leonard, MLA for Courtenay and Comox and Courtenay Mayor Bob Wells, who each shared kind words to welcome our families home.

Volunteer Alison handing out chilly and buns to key ceremony guests.

Thank you to Ricky's All Day Grill in Courtenay and Ryan and Son Catering for donating chilly and buns for the event. It was delicious, we could not have had a more perfect snack to keep our guests warm while they mingled and met the families.

Thank you to Karen McKinnon Photography, who also generously donated her time to capture beautiful candid shots of our families and guests at the ceremony. View all the images here.

We would like to thank the many volunteers who donated their time and skills to help make the dream of homeownership a reality for these five families. We’d also like to thank our wonderful sponsors and donors who continue to support us and ensure we can continue our mission of building more affordable homes. They include the Government of Canada, the City of Courtenay, and many others listed below. With this project now complete, Habitat Vancouver Island North will focus on fundraising efforts to construct another multi-unit project in the Comox Valley area.

Thank you to all the sponsors and supporters who made this possible:

ABC Recycling
Acadia Drywall
Acme Concrete Pumping
Alison Mewett Landscaping
Amvik – ICF Supply (Insulated concrete formwork)
“Big Steel Box Blanchard Security
Bc Housing
Brando Construction
Brian Mclean Chevrolet
Bruce Lewis Land Surveyors
Campbell River Auto Center
Central Builders Courtenay
Chances Casino Courtenay & Campbell River
Christoph Real Estate Group
Cloutier Mathews
City of Courtenay
Coastal Community Credit Union
Coastal Gutters
Comox Valley Appraisers
Comox Valley Newcomers ClubCR Lawyers
Crown Isle Homes
Cumberland Ready Mix
Ed Rosse Plumbing
Edgett Excavating Ltd.
Footprints Security Home Solutions
Horsfall Real Estate Group
Hyland Precast
Island Owl Mazda
Island Truss
Jackson and Associates Valuation and Consulting JKL Building Contractors
John Kalhous Real Estate
Mannpower Framing
Midland Tools Mindful Inspections
Muir Engineering
Nelson Roofing
Peninsula Co-op
Pete & Vita Laird
Primal Exteriors
Progressive Systems LTD
Quality DeSigns
RE/MAX Check Realty
RE/MAX Ocean Pacific Realty
Reach CPA
Ricky’s All Day Grill
Robbins & Company Ryan Williams Real Estate Ryan and Son Catering Seymour Pacific Developments Sherwin Williams Painting Courtenay
Simba Investments Ltd.
SPR York Holdings
St. George’s United Church
Starline Windows
Strategic Natural Resource Consultants Inc Streamline Quality Paintworks Ltd
Temprite Climate Solutions
Thrifty Foods
Tyee Chevrolet-Buick-GMC Ltd
Tom Dishlevoy (Architect)
United Floors Courtenay
Upland Contracting
Urban Systems
Waypoint Insurance
Wedler Engineering
Windsor Mill Sales
Windsor Plywood Courtenay
Your Island Mortgage Team