May 17, 2013
On a spectacular Friday I met up with my colleagues from Delta Calgary South, Delta Calgary Airport & Delta Lodge at Kananaskis to participate in our Habitat Build Day at the Auburn Bay site, in the deep south of Calgary. We were a small group of six but mighty and raring to go.
We signed in and participated in the safety review. Then we were given our assignments and paired up into teams with the other volunteers to tackle: walls, porch and stairs. A week previously the duplex house was only a foundation. After a Women Build Week held by Habitat the house was framed, floors were laid and roof and windows were installed. These volunteers came from all walks of life and businesses in Calgary, they did a great job and only in a week! Our mission for the day was to put up walls, build a set of stairs and work on the porch roof; essentially not undue any of the great work already completed on the house. We were met by Sandi Ferchau, Fundraising Events Manager for Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta Chapter, along with other volunteers who were going to guide us in our tasks.
Habitat for Humanity is Delta Hotels’ national charitable partner and has been for the past five years. A great relationship has been formed between our employees and Habitat across the country but none stronger than right here in Calgary. This was my third build and it is truly a day one can set aside the cares of work and focus on being out of your comfort zone. Of course, no one is asked to do anything they are not comfortable doing. The volunteers who come day in and day out to work with us “once a year” volunteers have great patience and spirit; they ensure a safe and fun work space. Ultimately, we and the many volunteers are doing our part to provide homes for families which really makes for a good day.
Myself and my colleague from Kananskis, Cole Millen, Director Operations proceeded to the second floor of the house and learned how to frame walls, raise them and put them in place. Nail guns, plumb lines, squares, levels, fire stopping, pre cut studs and a few “does that look level to you, does that look straight to you” and viola! We had walls ready for gyp-rock. Our other colleagues completed their set of stairs, porch and some additional framing-in of closets on the lower level. A good days work if I do say so myself.
That was our day. I highly recommend a Habitat Build Day either as a single volunteer or round up your colleagues from work or your neighbors. Just visit Habitat for Humanity to get involved!
A special thank you to Leslie Tamagi, CEO of HFH Southern Alberta Chapter, who joined us during our lunch break. Both Leslie and Sandi will be joining us on June 21, 2013 along with their colleagues at our 5th Annual Thrill of the Grill Summer BBQ Series Kick Off and Titanium Chef competition at Delta Calgary South. This is a great event and our primary fund raiser for HFH.