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Volunteer Spotlight: George

Posted on Nov 22, 2018 7:39:26 AM

Volunteers are a vital part of Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta, and without these dedicated individuals it would not be possible for Habitat to help families in our community. Over the years, we have been fortunate enough to have met many amazing volunteers.

One volunteer in particular, George Proctor has been actively volunteering with Habitat for 26 years.

George began his journey with Habitat in 1992 when a member of his church signed him up for his first volunteer shift. That same year, Habitat was given the opportunity to repurpose wooden shelving from a local distillery as a way to raise funds.

George, who is passionate about repurposing, remembers dismantling and salvaging the wooden shelving units during his first shift with Habitat. 

When asked what motivates him to continue showing up to the construction site every week, he says it’s because of the stability young families find when they own a Habitat home. 

During a home dedication, George recalls watching a child excitedly run out of his new home with a massive grin and announce, “I have my own room!” This moment, and others like it, has stuck with him over the years. 

“The children get to have friends now that they aren’t moving” 

- George Proctor

Two years ago, George was hospitalized for 10 days because of a flu that progressed into pneumonia. He was given a 30% chance of walking out of the hospital by the doctors. George contributes his survival and longevity to his continued work with Habitat for keeping him active and fit over the years.

At his habitat volunteering retirement party that we had just last month, he told me he would see me the next day to volunteer, and he did.” – Dustin Burgess, construction site supervisor 

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Volunteer Spotlight: Loretta

Posted on Oct 5, 2018 4:04:07 PM

New to Medicine Hat, Loretta faithfully began volunteering at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore twice a week in January of 2018.

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Habitat for Humanity Build Days honour and remember volunteer crew leader Nigel Teucher

Posted on Jul 19, 2017 1:21:48 PM

Sue said she was touched by Chinook Financial's initiative to organize Build Days in Nigel's memory

“I don't think there are many bosses who were so well loved that their organization would do something like this years after their retirement."

Nigel Teucher , a volunteer Crew Leader, passed away earlier this spring. To honour and remember his commitment to Habitat for Humanity, his former employer, Chinook Financial alongside his wife Sue Teucher , organized build days on June 8th, 20th, and 29th dedicated as “Nigel Builds.” Nigel was the General Manager/CEO of this local credit union from the mid-1990s to 2010 when he retired. 

Sue began volunteering with Habitat in 2007 and Nigel in 2012. Together they have amassed nearly 2,000 combined volunteer hours assisting at the Calgary ReStore, working with local Habitat chapters, and helping on the construction of 13 Habitat homes in southern Alberta. We posted a volunteer spotlight on the pair last year.

We spoke with Sue about her and Nigel’s time volunteering with Habitat and why “Nigel Builds” was significant to her.

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Meet Brenda Fischer and her story of building change

Posted on Mar 30, 2017 10:21:49 AM

#IBuildBecause I want to give back to my community and have a chance to work alongside crew leaders, volunteers and homeowners to make a difference for families.

- Brenda Fischer

“It is important to me that I’m able to give back to my community because I have lots of blessings in my life and housing is a basic need that I don’t think we pay enough attention to.”

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Volunteer Spotlight: Peggy Bell

Posted on Feb 6, 2017 4:46:00 PM

“#IBuildBecause its a way for me to stay involved with my community. It’s a way for me to help others that need a hand. It’s a way for me to see the significant impact that safe housing has on the children and the parents.”

— Peggy Bell


Meet Peggy Bell – one of the longest-standing volunteers at the Habitat for Humanity. She has started volunteering with us more than ten years ago, and since then she has contributed to many build projects in Calgary and around the world.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Jeffrey

Posted on Jan 19, 2017 4:21:00 PM

Jeffrey has been volunteering with ReStore since February of 2015!

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Volunteer Spotlight: Nigel and Sue

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 10:21:38 AM

Sue and Nigel Teucher are regular weekly volunteers with Habitat for Humanity. Sue has been volunteering with Habitat in Calgary since May 2008. It was a life long dream of hers to give back to the community through Habitat, and her retirement allowed her the time to fulfill this dream. In 2013, after three years of semi-retirement, Nigel retired completely which also allowed him to donate some of his time to Habitat.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Terry

Posted on Jun 2, 2016 3:26:46 PM

Habitat for Humanity Foothills salutes another amazing High River volunteer, Terry, who signed up after attending the Ground-Breaking Ceremony and answered the call for local volunteers.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Joann

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 9:29:08 AM

Habitat for Humanity Foothills salutes our hard-working volunteers. Local High River volunteer Joann brings so much life and fun to our monthly Chapter meetings.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Bill

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 8:37:43 AM

A big shout-out to Bill, one of our new, very dedicated Habitat for Humanity Crew Leaders from High River. A Crew Leader is a volunteer who works on the build site leading teams of other volunteers.

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