2015 Annual Report




Message from the Chair and CEO


David Sauve

Ene Underwood

Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area’s (GTA) vision is a world where everyone has a safe, decent and affordable place to call home. The past year at Habitat for Humanity GTA was an exciting time of growth toward this vision, as we continued to build on the momentum created by our 2014 amalgamation of Habitat for Humanity Toronto, Brampton-Caledon and York Region.

It was a year in which we further harnessed the collective power of everything that is Habitat for Humanity…. Every new Habitat partner family who receives the key to a new home with a mortgage they can afford. Every child who now goes to bed at night knowing her home and community are safe and without worry that she will have to move again because her parents can’t afford the rent. Every hour of time given by more than 8,000 volunteers. Every donor dollar. Every kitchen stove donated to our ReStores. Every corporate team, faith group, school and community group who makes Habitat for Humanity a priority. Every politician and municipal staff who asks the question, “How can we help Habitat do more?”.

This report tells the story of all the “every’s” that together made 2015 a great year at Habitat for Humanity GTA. Over the course of the year, we had work underway on 40 homes, put in place a land pipeline for more than 90 more homes in the future, and celebrated home ownership with 23 new Habitat partner families. You will read about these families in this report and about the profound difference home ownership has on their family well-being, economic stability and self-reliance, enabling them to lift themselves out of poverty.

At a time when affordable housing options for families continue to dwindle and the number of families on waitlists for affordable housing increases each year, our achievements of 2015 have deepened our resolve to continue to grow to become an organization that can empower 100 families a year to build and purchase an affordable home with our help.

This report provides an account to the members of the communities we serve of what we have accomplished in 2015 toward this goal. It is also a testament to every Habitat and ReStore donor, every family, every volunteer, and every staff member who made 2015 great and who will enable this vibrant, growing organization to become even better in 2016.







A world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live.



We mobilize volunteers and community partners to help hardworking, low-income families break the cycle of poverty through affordable homeownership.


Core Values

Housing for all

We believe that access to safe, decent and affordable housing is a basic human right that should be available to all.

Human dignity

We believe in the worth and dignity of every human being. We respect the people we serve and those that help us in this effort and recognize them as our greatest resource.

Faith in action

We believe that faith is lived through action. Building on our Christian foundation, we serve and work with people of all faiths and beliefs in a spirit of justice and compassion.


We believe we can best achieve our mission through meaningful and mutually beneficial partnerships with others.

Diversity & Inclusiveness

We believe there is a role for everyone committed to our vision, mission and values and we seek to enrich our organization through diversity.


About Us

Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is one of more than 1,400 Habitat for Humanity affiliates worldwide sharing a common vision and purpose. We are a non-profit housing organization working with families and communities to build safe, decent and affordable homes. By offering zero down payment, no-interest mortgages capped at 30 per cent of a family’s income, Habitat for Humanity GTA empowers families to achieve stability and self-reliance, so that they can build a better life for themselves and their children. With the support of donors and volunteers, we build homes along with our partner families, in Brampton, Caledon, Toronto, and York Region, serving two-thirds of the GTA. Since 1988, Habitat GTA has built more than 300 homes in partnership with families in need of decent, affordable housing.

Habitat for Humanity GTA also operates 10 ReStore retail home improvement stores across the GTA, which sell donated, new and gently-used home furnishing and renovation materials at a fraction of the original price. ReStore net proceeds go directly toward building homes, while also helping the environment by diverting thousands of tons of household materials from landfill.


2015 Highlights



40 homes

under construction in Toronto, Brampton, Caledon,

and York Region

23 families

moved into safe, decent, affordable homes

11,500 hours

contributed by partner families

8,000+ volunteers

gave the gift of time in support of Habitat GTA

$5.8M+ raised

through donations, sponsorship and our signature events

$2.0M Net revenue

from Habitat GTA’s ReStores directly supported building homes for families, continuing its year over year growth


Thousands of GTA families juggle multiple jobs and still struggle to make ends meet. When families struggle, children struggle. Some parents have to make the tough choice to either pay their bills or feed their family. Others fear for their children’s lives growing up in neighbourhoods that regularly witness shootings and other gang related violence. While they may have a roof over their heads, it’s not a safe or affordable place to live.

As a result of the daily uncertainty and poor conditions they experience living in often overcrowded, sub-standard and expensive rental housing in this city, many children develop mental and physical health conditions and their educational outcomes suffer.

GTA’s Affordable Housing Shortage

Despite being home to the largest concentration of wealth in Canada, in 2015, the Greater Toronto Area continued to face a critical shortage of affordable housing. In the areas served by Habitat for Humanity GTA – Toronto, Brampton, Caledon and York Region: Housing is deemed unaffordable if a household spends more than 30% of its pre-tax income on rent, plus utilities.

renter households are living in unaffordable conditions**
of renter households spend more than 30% of pre-tax income on rent***
renter households are living in overcrowded conditions**
0 Years
Average wait time for affordable housing in Toronto, York Region, Brampton and Caledon.*

Households in GTA waiting for affordable housing*:

York Region: 11,455

Peel Region: 11,998

City of Toronto: 78,392

Sources: *ONPHA: 2015 Waiting List Survey; **Canadian Rental Housing Index; ***Toronto Foundation: Vital Signs Report, Housing Chapter



“Becoming a homeowner with Habitat for Humanity changed our life…. Our children are attending university and college now. We came here many years ago as refugees; we now feel that we are fully Canadian.”

– Mohamud Jama, Habitat GTA homeowner since 2005

Affordable homeownership helps families break the cycle of poverty by enabling working, low-income families to build equity and assets and reduce their dependence on other forms of social assistance. Owning a decent, safe, affordable home can allow a family to live a more financially stable, healthier life, and create possibilities where they can save for their future, invest in education and create opportunities for their children and for generations to come.

We have heard from Habitat GTA families time and again that having a place they can truly call home offers stability for their children and changes their lives. Simply knowing that they are safe, that they have a quiet space to do homework and a yard or nearby playground where they can play without worry leads to huge improvements in their children’s overall health, their grades and their confidence about the future.

An Affordable Homeownership Model that Works

Through years of experience, Habitat for Humanity has developed an affordable homeownership and mortgage model that is sustainable and scalable and actually works. In 2015 alone, Habitat GTA helped 23 families, like the Jama’s, to lift themselves up out of instability and economic hardship and build a better life.

Families who are currently living and working for at least one year in Toronto, Brampton, Caledon or York Region can apply to become a Habitat GTA homeowner. Partner Families are chosen based on:

Need for affordable housing – Families currently living in overcrowded, unsafe or unhealthy conditions who cannot afford adequate housing through conventional methods can apply.

Ability to pay a Habitat Mortgage – Habitat for Humanity GTA does not give homes away. We help families build and buy simple, decent quality, affordable homes through a 0% interest mortgage with payments set at 30 % of gross income. Families must have an established, reliable source of income with which to pay this mortgage. Family incomes are typically in the 35th to 55th income percentile.

Willingness to partner with Habitat GTA – in lieu of a down-payment, each partner family contributes a minimum of 500 hours of volunteer “sweat equity” toward the construction of their own home and other Habitat initiatives. Families also attend homeowner education workshops and act as organizational ambassadors, helping to spread the word about the work of Habitat.

When families succeed, communities succeed and society becomes stronger.


“The work I do with the Land Development department is at the early planning stages of a project and really makes use of my particular skill set. I get great satisfaction knowing I had a role in the development of the sites and that my contribution is having a direct impact – creating more affordable housing for families.”

– John Mumme, Habitat GTA Office Volunteer

Volunteers are at the heart of Habitat and essential to the work that we do. The need is so great. We could not fulfill our mission without volunteers. It’s that simple.

For every 1 Habitat staff there are 68 volunteers*


From architectural blueprints, to bricklaying, to driving a ReStore truck and picking up donations, more than 8,000 volunteers worked over 30,600 volunteer shifts and donated 169,000 volunteer hours of skill and labour on our build sites, in our ReStores and in our offices in Brampton, Caledon, Toronto and York Region in 2015.**

Where Volunteers donated their time:


*Based on a total of 116 full time Habitat staff members: 7870/ 116=68
**Following the 2014 amalgamation we have standardized reporting across the regions as follows: Volunteer Shifts: (Total of Restore, Events, Committees, Deconstruction and Office Hours/4 Hour shift) + (Total Build Site Shift/8 Hour shift)

“Habitat has become an important part of my life. Anyone who becomes a long-term volunteer will confirm the mental and emotional connection to the people and to the work.”

– Keith Perrin, Habitat GTA Build Site Volunteer Crew Leader


“What appeals to us most about the work of Habitat for Humanity GTA is the focus on helping families on a one-on-one basis. As a result, it has tremendous impact. Families thrive and are more active in their community. The results go well beyond this generation and set a base for the future of all the members of the families involved.”

The Whitmer Trudel Charitable Foundation

There is nothing cheap about building homes in the GTA. On average, Habitat for Humanity GTA needs $300,000 to build a safe, decent affordable home, and close to half of that is spent on land, government fees and development costs before we even start building!

This is why donors are so essential to the work we do. Our volunteers cannot raise walls and build homes without contributions of land, building products and services and cash and stock donations from the thousands of corporate, individual and community donors who partner with us. Every donor, every dollar matters. And, because families repay donor dollars through their mortgages, donor dollars are continually being recycled to build more homes to transform futures for more families.

Habitat for Humanity GTA wishes to thank the following outstanding donors for their tremendous contributions in 2015:

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View complete list of 2015 donors:

2015 Donors


“The work itself is a huge reward. It’s really an enormous privilege to be able to work in a capacity where you have a direct impact on the lives of so many families.”

– Judith Levine, Habitat GTA ReStore Volunteer

Most charities rely mainly on donations and government programs to support their work. Habitat for Humanity is different. In addition to these traditional funding sources and to mortgage payments received from partner families, Habitat for Humanity GTA’s ReStore helps fuel our capacity to make the most of every donor and mortgage dollar.

ReStore, our socially and environmentally sustainable, non-profit retail enterprise, accepts donations of new and gently-used furniture, renovation materials, appliances and home accessories and sells them at a fraction of the original retail price at one of its 10 GTA store locations or online.

ReStores are crucial in helping us build more homes. All ReStore donations and purchases directly support Habitat GTA’s mission of helping low-income families break the cycle of poverty and build a better future, through affordable homeownership. Every time someone donates, shops or volunteers at a ReStore location, they benefit Habitat partner families.

0 M+
net revenue earned by 10 GTA ReStores locations in 2015, continuing year over year growth and directly supporting Habitat GTA’s work building affordable homes for families
home donation pick-ups were conducted, valued at $3.347M in product donations
0 Dump Trucks
or 3,815 metric tons of material diverted from landfills in 2015
requests to make donations were fulfilled by ReStores in 2015


At Habitat for Humanity GTA, we steward your donations judiciously, so that your donor dollars can go directly toward home building.

‘(1) Mortgages have a principal value of $57,636,565 as of December 2015 and $58,258,832 as of December 2014 and are recorded in these statements at an amortized costs as per financial instruments accounting standards.

The mortgages are all non-interest bearing, however financial instruments standards requires the recognition and recording of mortgage write-downs and interest income recognized over the life of the mortgage.

‘(2) Donations include the recognition of deferred revenues in the period the related expenditures are incurred.

Every donor is appreciated for the tremendous support they provide to Habitat GTA partner families.

Cash Gifts

Donations from individuals and organizations are the cornerstone of our fundraising efforts. Thank you to the following supporters who have made gifts of $500 or more to us in 2015.


Visionaries $150,000 +

Fran and Ed Clark
Susan and Cecil Hawkins
TD Bank Group

$80,000 – $149,999

_CIBC Mellon Global Securities Services
Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc.
Kijiji Canada
Procter & Gamble Inc.
_The Incorporated Synod of the Diocese of Toronto

$50,000 – $79,999

American Express Foundation
Constellation Brands Canada, Inc.
Credit Suisse
CSA Group
_Davie Family in memory of Alan Davie
_DUCA Financial Services Credit Union Ltd.
Genworth Financial Canada
Habitat for Humanity Canada Inc.
Susan and Louis Forbes
NUCAP Industries Inc.
Right At Home Realty Inc.
Royal Building Products
_The Great-West Life Assurance Company

$25,000 – $49,999

365 Sports Inc.
_Bank of America Merrill Lynch Canada
BMO Bank of Montreal
Celestica International Inc.
_Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Hoffman-LaRoche Limited
Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc.
_Oldcastle Building Envelope Canada Inc.
OneChurch South Lake
Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP
RBC Insurance
Salesforce Foundation
Sierra Excavating Enterprises Inc.
_The Home Depot Canada Foundation
The Ontario Trillium Foundation
And one anonymous donor

$10,000 – $24,999

Access Storage
Airlie Foundation
Angus Systems Group Ltd.

Martin Blake
BMO Employee Charitable Foundation
Bond Brand Loyalty
C.S.T. Consultants Inc.
Cisco Systems Canada Co.
Concord Hospitality Enterprises
Dave’s Duct Cleaning
Floyd Esparaz
Home Trust Company
J.P. Bickell Foundation
JBS Foundation Inc.
_Lakeside Performance Gas Services Ltd.
Lindt & Sprüngli (Canada) Inc.
Lloyd’s Canada Inc.
Anne Mackay
Ben Matin
Medi Group Inc.
Meridian Credit Union
Newmarket Alliance Church
PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
_Peter & Catherine Clark Family Foundation
Picton Mahoney Asset Management
Resource Group Canada
Rogers Communications Inc.
_The Whitmer Trudel Charitable Foundation
Samsung Electronics Canada
Schachter Family Fund
Schneider Electric Canada
Silvio Construction Co Ltd
Swiss RE
The Harold E. Ballard Foundation
Unilever Canada Rexdale
Wasserman Foundation
Wells Fargo Financial Corporation Canada
And two anonymous donors

$5,000 – $9,999

Abbvie Canada
Accuflo Plumbing Solutions Inc.
Alliance Data
William Barnett
Bell Canada
Benefit Cosmetics
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Carillion Canada Inc.
_Central York Firefighters – Local 2511
_CGI Information Systems & Mgt Consultants Inc.
_Charities Aid Foundation of America
Choice Hotels
Deltera Inc.

_Diamond and Schmitt Architects Inc.
Dillon Brothers Roofing
Disney Worldwide Services, Inc
Brigida M. Drummond
_Enterprise Services, Royal Bank of Canada
Entertainment One Limited
Judith Fenton
Franklin Templeton Investments Corp
Georgina Trades Training Inc.
GlaxoSmithKline Inc.
Hyundai Auto Canada Corp.
IAM Real Estate Group
_IBI Group – InterBase Consultants Ltd.
_Investors Group Financial Services Inc.
Jazz Air LP
_Johnson & Johnson Canada Inc.
Just Energy
K.J. Harrison & Partners Inc.
_Knights of Columbus, St. Gianna Council 14749
Art Leitch
Lowes Store #2633
Lowes Canada
McCarthy Tetrault LLP
_Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Ralph Monkman
Of Things Past
Onex Corporation
OnX Enterprise Solutions
Parker Simone LLP
Pickering College
Pinchin Environmental Ltd.
Raw Design
Siemens Canada
_SNC – Lavalin Operations & Maintenance Inc.
_SNC Lavalin Inc. – Social Committee
Solutions 2 GO Inc.
Joseph Sorbara
Alessandro Spassiani
Gian-Polo Spassiani
Lucas Spassiani
Stanley Black and Decker Canada Corp
Subak Family Foundation
Symcor Inc.
Chris Tambakis
The Bodtker Group
The Sam Sorbara Charitable Foundation
Edward G. Thompson
Toskan Casale Foundation
_Travelers Insurance Company of Canada

Tridel Corporation
Tucker Hi-Rise
Chris Wai
And one anonymous donor

$2,500 – $4,999

ACI Payment Systems
_Angus Consulting Management Limited
Archidata Inc.
ARUP Canada Inc.
_Association of Ontario Land Surveyors
Avema Corporation
_Bethel Christian Reform Church of Newmarket
Blueline Design
_Blueprint Insurance Services Inc.
BNP Paribas
Lesley Breeze
Robert Cacovic
Cake Beauty Inc
_Canadian Turner Construction Company
Cantrex Nationwide
Cathay Pacific Airways Limited
Centennial College
April Cherian and Friends
Linda Cormier
_David Schaeffer Engineering Ltd.
Dillon Consulting Limited
Empire Communities
Euler Hermes Canada
_Faith of Life Network Sayeda Khadija Centre
Flynn Group of Companies
GOJO Canada
Golder Associates Ltd.
Government of Ontario
Home Outfitters
Hone Capital Corporation
_Jey and Associates Research Analysts
Mrs. Amir S. Khan
Ray Laborie
J-Alexander Lowden
Manulife Real Estate
Market Wired
_James McIntyre and Jane Tyson
_Mitsubishi Electric Sales Canada Inc.
Geraldine Montgomery

Greg and Zoe Nevison
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada
Dora Nudelman
Oxford Properties Group
Paramount Event Venue
N. Jane Pepino
William Perratt
_Beit Rayim Synagogue and School
Research Now
_Richmond Hill Christian Community Church
Barbara Ryder
Safety First Consulting Ltd.
Sanofi Pasteur
SAS Canada
Paul Sasaki
Scalar Decisions
_Scotiabank Team Community Program
_Scotiabank – Donations Sponsorships & Executive Projects
Sorbara Group of Companies
Stantec Consulting
_State Street Trust Company Canada
Stateview Construction
Strybos Barron King Ltd.
Deborah Swail
Jordan Tang
_The Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company of Canada
The Brumara Foundation
The Consulting House
_The Guarantee Company of North America
The Mariano Elia Foundation
The Reinders Family Foundation
The Toronto Congress Centre
ThyssenKrupp Elevator
Toshiba of Canada Ltd
Town of East Gwillimbury
_Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company
Turner & Townsend Cm2r Inc
Ene Underwood
Unisource Canada Inc.
Valley View Alliance Church
Venus Concept
Grace Vidal-Ribas
Karen and David Visentin
Mr. Nick Volk
And one anonymous donor

“We are very proud of our 14-year partnership with Habitat for Humanity GTA. Building homes for partner families and helping them break free of poverty is important to our members, who strongly believe in the value of homeownership and the benefits it brings to our communities.”

– Andrei Zaretski,
Manager of Marketing & Media Relations,
Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD)

$1,000 – $2,499
654 Queen inc.
_940412 Ontario Ltd – Hannah Group
Monica Abdel-Messih
_Alex and Carolyn Drummond Foundation
_Alturas Roofing & Sheet Metal Ltd.
Altus Group Limited
Ashlar-Urban Realty Inc.
Ashley Burns and Friends
Tom Atkins
_Atkinson Family Fund at the Strategic Charitable Foundation
Jean Bacon
Ballantry Homes Inc.
_Bennington Heights Elementary School
Roland Bertin
Bill Birring
Bishop Allen Academy
_Brampton and Caledon Community Foundation
Andrew R. Brethour
_Brookfield Homes (Ontario) Limited
Brian Budd
_Building and Concrete Restoration Association of Ontario
Calsper Developments Inc.
_Canadian Health Food Association
_Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario
Cascades Tissue Group
Catalyst Foundation
_Cavalluzzo Hayes Shilton McIntyre & Cornish LLP
Cenovus Energy Inc.
Central United Church
CFMS Consulting Inc.
Michael T. Chambers
Brent Chapman
_Christian Science Society, Scarborough
Bert Clark
Ryan Clayton
Suzanna Cohen
Colliers International
Marsha Copp
Alice Court
Anne Creery
Mary Beth Currie
Cyber Security Branch

_Dalla Lana School of Public Health at University of Toronto
De La Salle College
Gail Dobby
_Dorsay Management Corporation
Shauna Dudding
_East Toronto Chinese Baptist Church
ESA Acoustics & Drywall Ltd.
Etobicoke School of the Arts
Eurodale Developments
Graham Evanoff
Fairmont Royal York
_Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
_Federated Insurance Company of Canada
Gerry Feldman
_Fieldgate Development & Construction
First Capital Realty
Stephen Fraser
Dylan Friedman
Geranium Corporation
GHD Limited
Gillanders Construction Inc
Global Kingdom Ministries Inc.
Paul A. Golini
Robert Gouinlock
Sue Graham Parker
Tom Greenwood
Mary Griffiths
Martin E. Grundy
Nora Gulesserian
Mary Hallward
Harris Computer Systems
Marianne Hasold-Schilter
HDR Architecture
Susan Hillery
Holy Blossom Temple
HOMES Publishing Group
Hydro One Brampton
IBM Canada Ltd.
_IBM Employees’ Charitable Fund
Imperial Oil Foundation
_Inflector Environmental Services
Informa Canada
Innocon Inc.
Johnson Controls Blue Sky Inc.
_Jones DesLauriers Insurance Management Inc
Deland Kamanga
Monique Kavanagh

Shirley Keating
_Kevin Burke Foundation at the Toronto Community Foundation
Roya Khaleeli
Diana C. King
Kingdom Life Ministries
_Knights of Columbus – Maple Ontario
Knox United Church
Vahan Kololian
Kuehne + Nagel Ltd.
Margaret Latta
Anne Marie Lees
Lindvest Properties Limited
LiUNA! Local 183
Adrienne & Douglas Mahaffy
Terry Maloney
Marsh & McLennan Companies
James S. Marshall
Martino Contractors Ltd.
Mattamy Homes Limited
Joshua Matthews
_McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited
Tim McGuire
McMillan LLP
Melville Presbyterian Church
Menkes Developments Ltd.
Mentor Educational Inc.
Messy Maid
Judith H. Mills
Moen Inc.
Dennis Moir
Dianne Murphy
Niall Murphy
New City Church Newmarket
Newmarket Rotary Club
_NewRoads Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC
Nordson Canada Ltd.
Michael Norgrove
North Newmarket Lions Club
North Star Homes Inc.
_Office of Residence & Student Life at New College
OHE Consultants
David Oldham
_Ontario Home Builders’ Association
_Ontario Public Works Association
_Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation

_Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation – District 16
Opus Homes
Oviinbyrd Golf Club
Christine Pacini
Barbara Palter
Philip Palter
Peel Condominium Corp #222
PepsiCo Foods Canada
Picco Engineering Limited
Julie Pigat
Ivan Pinto
Pioneering Women
Jacqueline Playter
_PMA Brethour Real Estate Corp.
_Procter and Gamble Professional
PS Production Services Ltd.
Mark Quigley
R.J Burnside Inc
Alan Redway
Rolf Reininghaus
Lisa Richardson
Lisa Ritchie
RN Design Ltd.
Gael Ross
Antonia C. Rossi
_Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Connie I. Roveto
S. Jane Rowe
Ryerson University
Royal De Versailles Jewellers
Aaron Sanderson
David M. Sauve
Ara Selyan
Seneca College
Tracy Simpson
_Kamala Sivasankaran and Friends
Alexander E. Smith
Smycorp Investments Inc.
Evan S. Sone
Christopher Southam
Michael Springford
St. Anne’s Parish
St. James Presbyterian Church
_St. Thomas of Villanova Catholic School
George H. Stowe

Betty M. Strong
Sun-Brite Drapery
Sustainable Building Canada
Joanne Sweers
TACC Developments
_Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto
Tarion Warranty Corporation
TD Bank Wholesale/ Areawide
Team Crossfit CNC & CAC
Team Ponies on Ladders
Teema Canada Headquarters
Maureen Teixeira
Temple Emanu-El
The Brick
The Gap Inc.
The Mabin School
The Raywal Limited Partnership
_The Rotary Club of North Scarboro
Naveli Thomas
_Tony and Caley Taylor Family Fund at the TCF
Tramore Group
Tribute Communities
UCIT Online Security Inc.
Universal Studios Canada Inc.
University of Alberta
_University of Toronto Advancement
Vestacon Limited
VFA – The Accruent Company
Villanova College
Estate of William Guy Walton
Gail Weiler
Pamela Westman
Kaaren Whitney-Vernon
Barbara Williams
_Winroc, division of Superior Plus LP
Ruth Woods
David Wunker
Francie Wyland
Jon Wylie
Larry Yan
Norman & Janey Young
Richard Zurawski
And three anonymous donors

$500 – $999

3M Canada
7120761 Canada Inc
A1 Label
AGF Management Limited
Gloria J. Anderson
Eric Aragon
Werner Artinger
Artists Salon & Spa
_Arts Music Festivals York Region
Robert W. Atkinson
Ken Aucoin
Gopal Bansal
Dianne Bear
Vincent Beauchamp
Bentall Kennedy
Maria A. Blackmore
Stephanie Bloomfield
Blueprint Properties Inc.
BMO Financial Group
Christine Bradley
_Bramalea Free Methodist Church
Martha J. Breithaupt
Brettler Mintz Foundation
Lois Brown
Sabina Buligan
Burton Exteriors Inc.
Marjory Buttrum
Lindsay Campbell
Canada Gives
_Canadian Institute for Health Information
_Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating
Cascades Recovery
Carole Chabot
Champion Products
Abid Chaudry
Cherishome Living
Mattie Chinks
Patrick Chiu
CIBC – Community Investment
Classic Towing
Stephanie Contardi
Coram Construction Solutions
Cushman & Wakefield Ltd

Alan Dalquen
Rodney Daw
Dearie Contracting Inc.
Rachel Di Natale
Anthony Duerksen
James Paul Dutton
Michelle Eames
Echelon Enviromental Inc.
E-Gate Communications Inc.
Engage People
Sylvia Fazzobreli
FirstService Residential Ontario
Thomas Fischer
FitnessWorks for Women
Dylan Friedmann
Douglas G. Gardner
Gary Jonas Computing
Paul Gaspar
_Gemtec Wall & Ceiling Systems Ltd
Tara George
Cindy Gilmour
Gerald Goldenberg
Bryan D. Good
Good Life Investments Ltd.
Geoffrey Grace
Great Gulf Group Limited
Sandra L. Green
Patricia Griffin
Dale Hamilton
Joan Harrison
Tom Haslett
_Heather Leckie Bryant Memorial Foundation
Alex V. Hemert
Jannie Henkelman
Dan Hill
Helen Hoffman
Steve Holder
Holman Automotive Group, Inc.
Holy Trinity Anglican Church
Michael J. Hood
HUB International HKMB Limited
Michael W. Hudon
Humber College
Humber Students’ Federation
Shaukat Hussein
_International Home Marketing Group Limited
Donald A. Ivison

_Jeff and Cathy Palmer at Gift Funds Canada Foundation
Garth Jestley
Bruce and Mary Johnson
Shirley M. Johnson
Elizabeth Johnston
Donald Johnstone
Navi Kahlon-Gopi
Mario Kapralos
Kate Dickson Design
David Keeley
Matthew Kerrigan
Ketchum Canada Inc.
Zemfira Khisaeva
Afshan Khodaei
Genny Kim
Kirkor Architects
Steve Klassen
Andrew M. Kohl
Lynda Konieczny
Katharine Lake Berz
_Lakeside Community Church of the Nazarene
James Lampard
Mary Ann Landry
Tracy Landry
Avlawn Landscaping & Snow Removal Ltd.
Kathryn E. Langley Hope
Robin Lee
Deborah Lefaive
Claus Lenk
Jeremy Lenk
Mark Lethbridge
Lischkoff Design Planning Inc.
Paul Ludzki
Silvana Lui
Mabin School
Jim Mackay
Maple Leaf Painting & Decorating
Duncan Marks
Rosemary M. Martin
Michael Mateen
Giselle Matin
Karen McClure
Sandra McNabney
William McTavish
Men At Work General Contractors Ltd
Fred Mifflin

Peter Miller
Minto Foundation Inc.
John Mitrano
Elsie Morrin
Mackenzie Muldoon
David Munro
Sandra Murphy
Rhonda Myers & Family
NAK Design Group Inc.
New Directions Aromatics Inc
Octagon Capital Corporation
Christine Oldham
Onyx Mechanical Limited
OPG Employees’ & Pensioners’ Charity Trust
Orlando Corporation
Ryszard Ossowski
John Packer
Surrinder Pannu
Maureen Parry
Nelia A. Patricio
Peter’s No Frills
Plan & Prepare
Platinum Power Group Inc.
Prasad & Co Llp Prasad
Pretium Anderson Toronto Inc.
Frances Price
Margaret Procter
Kevin Purkiss
Quadlogic Meters Canada Inc.
Quality Auto Glass
Claudia Rebmann
Donald Regier
Resume Target Inc
James Robinson
Louisa Robley-Maguire
Ken Ryfa
Rosedale United Church
Rotaract Club of Toronto
Royal St. George’s College
Robert Samek
Chovine Schofield
Schulich Real Property Student Association
Sensational Signs Company Inc.
Harry Seymour
Margaret Shorten
Sarah Shulman
Sigan Industries Group

Lakhvinder Singh Rakhraj
David Springman
St. Emily Catholic Elementary School
St. Julia Billiart Catholic Elementary School
St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church
St. Marys Cement
Star Cable Group Inc.
Starbucks Dusk Drive
Yashwant Sthankiya
Jean Stockford
Dean & Lynda Summerville
Suriano Design Consultants Inc.
Pamela Taylor
Leah Taylor Roy
The Ammado Foundation
The Study Academy
Cindy Thomson
Toronto East District Freemasons
Rob Turnbull
Emeka Ubani
Sharon Ungerman
Unifor Local 584
Unisource, a Veritiv Company
Julie Vane
Verico Financial Group Inc.
June Vey
Victoria Park Collegiate Institute
Helen Walton
Karla Wardle
James Weir
D. Ross Williams
Lorraine Williams
Rossann Williams
Wine Rack
Leslie Wood
Victor Yan
Roxana Yegani
Yorkminster Park Baptist Church
Youth Justice Services
Rayan Zachariassen
Martin Zapfe
Pat Zrihen
Zukerman Family Foundation
And eight anonymous donors

“After moving to Toronto from a small tightly knit community in Northern Ontario I wasn’t entrenched in my community in the same way and I missed that sense of deep community involvement. I was yearning for something more – I wanted to feel like I was making a difference. Habitat for Humanity became that outlet.”

– Chelsie McKnight, Women Build Volunteer

Gifts in Kind

Thank you to the many organizations and individuals who have donated materials and services to Habitat for Humanity GTA in 2015.



The Home Depot Canada

$25,000 – $99,999
Cargill Canada
CGC Inc.
CSA Group
Discount Car and Truck Rentals
Dufferin Concrete
Fairfield Inn & Suites By Marriot Brampton
Forterra Building Products
Frontier Group of Companies Inc.
Hunter Douglas Canada Inc.
Investments Hardware Limited
Lowes Store #2631
Lowes Store #2632
Lowes Canada Planogram Facility
Filippo Lucchese
Owens Corning Canada Inc.
PHST Tech Canada Ltd.
RGS (UK) Ltd
Schneider Electric Canada
Solutions 2 GO Inc.
Stone Marketing & Design Services Inc.
Town of Newmarket
Valspar Inc
Whirlpool Canada

$10,000 – $24,999
Armenian Family Support Services
Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee of Canada
Rajesh Balani
Greg Boland
Brock Doors & Windows
Canadian Tire Store #30
CBRE Limited
Joanne Cohen
Core Products Canada Ltd.
CSG International

Dow Chemical Canada Inc.
Dulux Paints
Paul Dunford
Fastening House Inc
Michael Gould
Neil Graham
HD Supply Brafasco
Hilti Canada
Holy Trinity Armenian Church
David Hudson
IKEA Canada Ltd. Partnership
Nathan Lindenberg
Lowes Store #2640
Lowes Store #3096
Lowes Store #3097
Cathy Marchese
Prima Lighting Inc.
Andrew C. Redmond
Martha Rogers
Rona Brampton North
Rona Stockyards
Tracy Rossi
S C Johnson & Son Ltd.
S. Artymko Construction
Starbucks Coffee Canada
Seymour Swartz
The Daniels Corporation
Town of East Gwillimbury
University of Toronto Residence
Urbarn Barn
Viking Recycling
Zhao Yan Wang
Wolf Steel
Wolseley Canada Inc.
Peter Zaltz
Zilli Home Interiors

$5,000 – $9,999
3M Canada
All Weather Windows Ltd
Rene Amiel
Anatolia Tile

Anixter Canada, Inc.
Tina Antonopoulos
Jeff Appleby
Sharon Appleby-Hussman
Lucas Atkins
Barrymore Furniture Co. Ltd.
Bentall Kennedy (Canada) LP
Rachna Biyani
Christopher D. Bradley
Jordanna Burstein
CARP Canada
Danya Cohen
Colgate Project Partnership
Concord Hospitality Enterprises
CRC Self Help
Peter Creaghan
David Creglia
Custom Building Products of Canada Ltd
Rochelle Declute
Beatriz Del Valle
Client of Den Bosch
Michael Detlefsen
DeWalt – Stanley Black & Decker
Dig It Apparel Inc.
Dirmar Reid Sales Ltd. Canadian Tire Store #675
Egan Visual Inc.
Aaron Ellis
Eurofase Inc.
Stephanie Farano
Female Engineered Marketing
Future Temp Glass Ltd.
Chris Gallant
Michael Garay
Peter Garber
Joseph Gataveckas

Gesco Industries Inc.
Rose Marie Harasymowycz
James Hardie
HB International
Henry Company Canada
Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport
Inline Fiberglass Ltd.
S. M. Shameem Iqbal
Farzana Jamal
Jellystone Films
Trudi Johnston
Katherine Newman Design
Rose Mary Kehren
Elaine Kenny
Carmen Kondrat
Nadira Lakdawalla
R. Michael Latimer
Donald Lewtas
John Lorriman
Beth Lowenfeld
Lowes Store #2494
Lowes Store #2633
Lowes Store #2951
Loxcreen Flooring Group
LSI Engineering Limited
Raymond Luk
John Maduri
Shannon McCaig
John Melchiorre
Julie Millington
Jeff Misner
Kevin Misner
Samantha Misner
Mitten Vinyl
Jane Mowat
MTCC 595
Of Things Past

David S. Ogden
Orchard Ridge (Heathview) Limited Partnership
Swapna Petrelli
Pomegranate Letterpress + Design
Procter & Gamble Inc.
Joel Prussky
Noni Rabinovitch
Unknown Restore Donor
Robertson Electric Wholesale
Rookie Blue Set
Rosehaven Homes Limited
David Rubenstein
S7 Media Limited
David Safran
Michael Seliga
Aviva Shiff
Jackie Shulman
Sir Oliver Mowat Collegiate Institute
Donna Smyth
Southwire Canada
Spectra Confectionery Limited
Sean Stewart
Colin Stewart
Rolf Struthers
Mark Teitelbaum
The Residences of Old Mill Inc.
Stuart Turk
Unique Flooring GTA
Upper Canada College
Jim Vallance
Joseph Vital
Janice Weiss
Christina Wertelecky
York Region Rapid Transit Corporation
Sam Zeifman
Zone Electrical & Communications Ltd.

Pillar Society

Habitat for Humanity GTA recognizes individuals and foundations who have made cumulative cash donations since 2001 of:


from Individuals and Foundations
Martin Blake
BMO Employee Charitable Foundation
Building Owners and Managers Assoc. of GTA
City of Toronto
Edmund and Frances Clark
Catherine and Peter Clark
Purdy Crawford
Alan and Melba Davie
D’Arcy R. Doherty
Floyd and Aimee Esparaz
Habitat for Humanity Canada Foundation 360

Susan and Cecil Hawkins
JBS Foundation Inc.
Lawrence Park Community Church
Anne Mackay
Michael Pinball Clemons Foundation
Harley Mintz and Judy Nyman
Lorrie and Alec Morley
Ontario REALTORS Care Foundation
RBC Foundation
Edward S. Rogers
The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation
The Comart Foundation

The Holger and Claudette Kluge Family Foundation
The Incorporated Synod of the Diocese of Toronto
The Mariano Elia Foundation
The Ontario Trillium Foundation
The Rotary Club of Scarborough
The Rotary Club of Toronto
The Sam Sorbara Charitable Foundation
The St. George’s Society of Toronto
Toronto Council of Rotary Clubs – Urban Peace Acct
Waugh Fund-Aqueduct Foundation
Donald A. Wright
Young Nak Korean Presbyterian Church of Toronto
And five anonymous donors

from Corporations

Colliers International Inc.
CSA Group
Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc.
Genworth Financial Canada
Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)
Kijiji Canada
KPMG Management Services LP
Lakeshore Village Development Corporation
MCAP Service Corporation
Procter & Gamble Inc.
Right At Home Realty Inc.

S. Artymko Construction
SNC – Lavalin Operations & Maintenance Inc.
SNC Lavalin Inc.
State Street Trust Company Canada
TD Bank Group
The Great-West Life Assurance Company
The Home Depot Canada
The Tenaquip Foundation

Legacy Society

The Legacy Society recognizes donors who have made a planned gift to Habitat for Humanity GTA.


Robyn Allin
Tara George and Chris Atkinson
Thelma Beaudry
Tom Brown

Floyd and Aimee Esparaz
Tara George
Joan Hart
Neil and Laura Hetherington

Sylvia Holland
Mrs. Amir S. Khan
Sheri Leasa
Anne Marie Lees

Professor Pedro Leon & Mrs. Anne E. Leon
Ann Moriarty
Douglas Napier
Don Parker

Deborah Trouten
Frank Wolf
And five anonymous donors

Hope Builders – Monthly Donors:Monthly donors are integral to Habitat for Humanity GTA’s annual fundraising efforts. Thank you to the following donors for their on-going loyalty and support.”


Jeff Abraham
Alan Abrams
Maya Ahmad
Peter Alberti
Grace Alden
Aly Alibhai
Anna Alonzi
Gloria J. Anderson
Patricia Andreas
Linda Arbour
Derek Arnold
Patricia Arsenault
Marion Asao
Ken Aucoin
Panagiota Bakalopoulos
Cecylia Barr
Mr. and Mrs. Craig M. Barrett
Mary Bastedo
Deborah Beauchamp
Joan Belford
Reverend John D. L. Bell V
Brian and Mary Ann Bell
Robert Boeckner
Katalin Bonis
Clare Bonnell
Diane Brailey
Carol Brandt
Nina Bregman
Kathy Brett
Sabina and Sauro Buligan
John David Burnes
Mary Ann and C. Bruce Burton
Susan Butler
Juanita Chan
Jennifer Chan
Khurram Cheema
Ran Chen
Christopher Chew
Youn Sun Choi
Ho Wang Choi
Cyrus Choy
Maria Ciccone
Margaret Crichton
Ann Cummings

Barbara Datlen-Kelly
Michelle Dawes
Bronwyn De Jong
Edem De Youngster
Lisa Dedels
Kate Dickson Design
Sally Ding
Dara Douma
Anthony Duerksen
Phil Earnshaw & Lynda Shannon
Genevieve Easton
Sze Wing Fan
Anne Fischer
Thomas Fischer
Gerry Fitzsimmons
Joanne Fleming
Maureen Fletcher
Stephen Flynn
Scott Fortnum
Lianne Friesen
Alexander Fu
Jacqueline Fuller
Lorna Gard
Laura Gay
Claire Gill
Gurdev Gill
Linda Gilmour
Gerald Graham
Mary Graydon
Sandra L. Green
Martin E. Grundy
Blair Gunhouse
Vickie Hansen-Richardson
Ifhtia Haque
Jeffrey Harada
Karen and Jeff Heisz
Robert Henderson
Samantha Hendricks
Jannie Henkelman
Sarah Hopton
Andrew Horberry
Sindy Hou
Selene Hur
Sarah Ivey

Barbara Japp
Jennilynn Javier
Shirley Johnson
Bruce and Mary Johnson
Murray Jones
Benjamin Kaasa
Jasharpal Kairon
Balwinder Kaur
Michael Kelly
Alan Kester & Marijke Bakker
Samiullah Khawaja
Julie Kinnear
Diane Kinney
Ms. Jeannette Kneider
Germaine Kovary
Jennifer Kuk
Christy Laing
Wenkie Lam
Nancy Lam
Edward Lamb
James Lampard
Nicola Lashley
Robin and Judith Lee
Jonathan Lee
Eric Lee
Walter Lehman
Anna Liu
Tan-chieh Lu
Wai San Ma
Stephen Macdonell
Carol Mackay
David and Bettie Mackenzie
Nanci Mackenzie
Robert Mackenzie
Katherine Magee
John Maillard
Joshua Matthews
Mary McKay
Tracy McRavey
Audrey and Brian Meeson
Ms. Meyer and Mr. Galea
Brooke Miller
Dennis and Barbara Moir
Geraldine Montgomery

Hyeajung Moon
Elsie Morrin
Patrick Morrison
Taylor Murdoch
Niall Murphy
Grant Murphy
Jeremy Ng
Mary Nicol
Brian Nieman
Gary Norris
John Nyholt
Simon Nyilassy
Ken O’Connor
Fergus O’Donnell
Stephanie Ordon
Erin O’Reilly
Keith O’Reilly
Carmie Panganiban
Anne Marie Papp
N. Jane Pepino
Leona Phelan
Kristin Philpot
Ivan Pinto
Irma Podres
Christina Politis
Xenia Proestos
Mark Quigley
Haytham Rabie
Anmaurie Rasquin
D. Raymond
Lucas Robb
Louisa Robley-Maguire
Michael Robson
Beverley Rodrigues
Toni Rossi
Wendy Rothwell
John Rowell
Afnan Saeed
Kari Salovaara
David Sauve
Daniela Schulze & Mark Stiefeling
David Schwartzbein
James Scott
Michael Silk

Tsz Kwan Sin
Shelly Sinukoff
Michelle Smele
Colin Smith
Charles Snyder
Cameron Spence
Victoria Spence
Gina Stefanelli
Bernie Steiger
Ming-Che Su
Marion Sullivan
James Taylor
Matthew Tierney
Toby Tenenbaum
Zandee Toovey
John Torrance
Susan and Claude Travers
Volker Triebe
Charlene Tung
Detia Tungga
Margaret Tunnell
Janet Turk
Emeka Ubani
Ene Underwood
Dolly Usme
Srinivas Vadrevu
Janet van der Wees
Irma van Wyk
Ruth and Evan Walden
Nick Walker
Barbara Weir
Stephen Wenzel
Pamela Westman
Florence Whaites
D. Ross Williams
Mary and William Wilson
Jenny Wong
Alexis Woo
Kathleen Wynne & Jane Rounthwaite
John Zonneveld
And twelve anonymous donors

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this listing. In the event of any oversight or error, please accept our apologies and contact us at 416-755-7353 ext. 256 for correction.



Board of Directors:

David Sauve (Chair)
Dennis Moir (Vice Chair)
John Packer (Treasurer)

Aly Alibhai
Martin Blake
Shauna Dudding
Scott Fortnum
Walter Lehman

Sona Mehta
Greg Nevison
John Oakley
Christine Pacini
Lisa Richardson
Aida Tammer

Board Committees:

Governance and Nominating Committee

Sona Mehta (Chair)
Scott Fortnum
Walter Lehman
David Sauve (ex officio)

Finance Audit Risk Management Committee

Dennis Moir (Chair)
Aly Alibhai
Gale Kelly
John Packer
Aida Tammer
David Sauve (ex officio)

Build Financing Committee

Martin Blake (Chair)
Dennis Moir
Aida Tammer
Matthew McIver
George Vesely
David Sauve (ex officio)

Fund Development Committee

Aly Alibhai (Chair)
Silvia Bianchi
Monique Kavanagh
Jennifer McGill
Dennis Moir
John Oakley
Lisa Richardson
Aaron Sanderson
David Sauve (ex officio)

Land & Build Committee:

Christine Pacini (Chair)
Greg Nevison
John Packer
Shauna Dudding
David Ogden
Salima Rawji
Mike Springford

Working Committees:

Brampton/Caledon Family Selection Committee

Ajay Nigam (Chair)
Greg Hampton
Helen Heydon
Maria Laing
Arlene Samuel
Kim Santos Rodrigues
Carolyn Simpson
Barbara Wallace
Lina Wattie

York Region Family Selection Committee

Karen Symons (Chair)
Helena Cheung
Sandra Cronin
Marc Dipchan
Michelle Kelly
Gay Lambert
Michael MacDougall
David Matheson
Arlene McLeod
Stephanie Miller
Dianne Mondorf
Jackie Ross
John Stoneman
Phil Washburn

Golf Tournament Committee

Sandra Chung (Chair)
Steve Deveaux
Luigi Favaro
Ryan Lukie
Adam Scher
Glenn Young
Mark Young

Land Development Committee

Paul Cope (Chair)
Ian McIsaac (Vice-Chair)
Drew Adams
Nick Brewerton
Michael Fry
John Reid
Nick Volk