BILD members are strong community partners who are committed to giving back to the communities they create. A great example is our association’s community partnership with Habitat for Humanity GTA.
Since 2003 our members have collectively raised money to build a Habitat home for one partner family each year. Through a series of fundraisers like baseball tournaments, bike rides and networking events, BILD members have raised more than $765,000 for Habitat.
This year we are raising money for our 12th Habitat partner family – The Cernanecs.
To Shelly Cernanec, homeownership means a sense of relief. Presently, the single mother of two children resides in a mould-infested housing unit with little to no insulation. This means that her family is exposed to below-zero temperatures during the winter months. As a result, Shelley and her children are constantly sick, missing many days from school and work.
“It is difficult trying to keep everyone healthy and happy,” Shelley says. She believes that having a safe, decent and affordable home will allow her children to flourish and transition successfully into adulthood.
BILD president and CEO Bryan Tuckey had the opportunity to meet the Cernanek during a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony. The event unveiled the site of their new home in East Gwillinbury – the first BILD-sponsored Habitat home in York Region.
“With generous support from the title home sponsor, the building industry and land development association (BILD), this single-family, fully accessible home will be the third in the municipality and, eventually, home to the Cernanec family,” said Richard Solomon, regional vice-president, Habitat GTA York Region.
In addition to a series of fundraising events, many BILD members donate building materials and services to help build homes for Habitat families. Each year a group of members even volunteers on the construction sites to help cut wood, hammer nails and paint walls.
“I’m proud of our partnership with Habitat for Humanity GTA and excited to help build our first home in East Gwillinbury,” Tuckey said, thanking BILD members and Humanitarian Champions Bell and Caesarstone for their support. “Congratulations to Shelley and I look forward to welcoming you into your new home later this year.”