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Volunteer Spotlight: Marilyn

Posted by Joy Harrington on Mar 5, 2024 8:22:57 AM

Marilyn Boake smiles proudly while accepting a handwritten thank you card from Habitat for Humanity homeowner's child

Twelve years ago, Marilyn Boake's journey with Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta began with a single presentation that sparked her passion for making a difference. Since then, she's been a driving force behind Habitat's expansion into the Foothills region, most currently serving as Chair of the Habitat for Humanity Foothills Chapter.

Marilyn is so much more than a volunteer; she's a leader, a mentor, and a tireless advocate for change.

Marilyn accepting a large cheque for a $4600 donation from 100 Women Who Care Foothills

Marilyn, middle, welcoming two families into their very own affordable homes in High River, 2016. 

Marilyn's role is multifaceted and diverse, but rooted in her commitment to community. As a liaison, she ensures that the voices of Foothills volunteers and community members are heard, shaping initiatives to address local needs and aspirations. Marilyn's leadership is as inspiring as it is empowering, from leading fundraising efforts to fostering community engagement.


Marilyn, left, accepting a donation from 100 Women Who Care Foothills, 2017. 

Under her guidance, Habitat for Humanity's impact in the Foothills region has been profound. Four homes stand as tangible reminders of Marilyn's advocacy for affordable housing. Her influence extends far beyond construction sites; Marilyn and her team have raised just under $1 million in funds through casinos, silent auctions, donations, and raffles. This impressive achievement speaks volumes about Marilyn's ability to rally support and mobilize resources for a cause she deeply believes in!

"I am passionate about ensuring that children are set up for their best life. When a family has a safe, affordable home, everything else starts to fall into place."

Marilyn feels great joy in seeing the positive impact of Habitat's work firsthand. "Nothing makes me happier than bumping into our Habitat Foothills families out in our communities and having them sharing stories about how their lives have changed for the better," she says. From children graduating with top marks to parents pursuing new career opportunities, Marilyn's commitment to empowering families shines through every success story.

Volunteer Marilyn accepts a handwritten thank you card from child of Habitat for Humanity homeowner

Marilyn, left, with Lorenzo, son of Habitat homeowners, Avon and Romano, 2019. 

In recent months, Marilyn has spearheaded efforts to secure land in High River for Habitat's next project. Her team has been hard at work organizing events like volunteer information nights, picnics in the park, fundraisers at the local farmers' market, and the annual online auction.

Habitat for Humanity Southern AB CEO stands alongside volunteers and donors at the unveiling of a large land sign announcing the future site of Habitat homes in High River

Marilyn, left of sign, standing proudly alongside Habitat volunteers and staff at the future High River build site, 2023. 

Amidst the hustle and bustle of her volunteer work, Marilyn finds joy in life's simple pleasures. Whether it's traveling the world with her husband, pursuing her passion for outdoor photography, or learning to play the banjo, she embraces each day with boundless enthusiasm (seriously, it's contagious!).

Thank you, Marilyn! Together, we are building strength, stability, and independence through affordable homeownership. 

Find out how you can be part of building brighter futures for families right here in Southern Alberta: volunteer with Habitat for Humanity

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