Dec. 15, 2022

Mayor's Choice Award in Comox Valley Christmas Parade

On December 4th, we participated in the Downtown Courtenay Christmas Parade. We are pleased to announce that we won the Mayor’s Choice Award! We will receive $500 in gift cards from Thrifty Foods! Thank you to the Downtown Courtenay Business Improvement Association for holding this fun community-building event.
Christmas Parade
Tudor, dressed as a Habitat Ginger Bread Man, dancing with the crowd. Photo: Karen McKinnon
Future Homeowners at Parade
Future Habitat homeowner Courtenay and her daughter Paisley. Photo: Karen McKinnon
We also want to thank all the volunteers who worked countless hours to set us up for success across both communities.
In Campbell River, Brian Gadsby, Tudor Davies, Bob Weier, and Gardiner MacDermot built the shed that will be raffled off later in the year. They also helped decorate the float along with Stefan Odowichuk, Kayla and Ryan Tinga.

Handing out Candy
Cory giving out candy. Photo: Karen McKinnon

In Courtenay, our volunteers included both future Habitat homeowners and community volunteers! A special thank you to Michelle Wells, who spearheaded much of the design. Her creativity helped us stand out in the parade. Thank you to Buffy, Alexis, Angie, Kailey and Aiden, Courtenay, Paisley, Kevin, Cory and Yuri, Jeremiah, Tudor, Tom, Shelley, Graham, Aria, Karen, Brittany and Yana for your participation and support!
Christmas Parade Float
Christmas Parade Float
Thank you to Angela Zumbo from The Mortgage Centre - Your Island Mortgage Team for sponsoring our parade entry and our other donors, J.Zsiros Contracting (with discounts from Slegg Building Materials), Starline Windows and thank you to Windsor Plywood Courtenay for providing us with wheels and a driver! It truly took a village to make this happen. We had so much fun!
See more photos from the parade and our winning float here.

GardenShed Auction

UPDATE April 2023:

The Garden Shed auction helped raise $3,150 towards our affordable housing projects in Courtenay and Campbell River. Congratulations to Mike Peterson from Campbell River, who won the bid!

The holiday cheer doesn’t end here. We’re auctioning off the shed that was meant to go on our prize-winning float to raise money towards our upcoming housing projects! Stay tuned for more information soon! In the mean time read this interview with our volunteer shed builders and watch a time-lapse of the shed being built!