we are

Habitat for Humanity Kamloops

our history

Habitat for Humanity began in 1968 because Linda and Millard Fuller of Americus, Georgia, U.S. had a passion to provide access to safe and decent housing for everyone and to have people, from all walks of life, come together to make this vision come true.  In 1984, former United States President Jimmy Carter and wife Rosalynn took part in their first ever Habitat build and continue to do so to this day.

To date, Habitat has built 800,000 houses in over 100 countries around the world, providing more than 4 million people with safe, decent, and affordable shelter.

For more information about the Global Village program and how you can get involved click here!

our mission

To mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty.

our vision

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

our values

Housing for All – Access to safe, decent and affordable housing is a basic human right that should be available to everyone.

human dignity

To mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty.

partnership

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

faith in action

We serve and work with people of all faiths and beliefs in a spirit of justice and compassion. Faith is lived through action.

diversity and inclusiveness

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

Habitat for Humanity – Kamloops

Habitat for Humanity Kamloops (HFHK) a Habitat for Humanity Canada affiliate, was established in 2000. To date, safe, decent, affordable housing has been provided for 10 families, and we’re not stopping! Our homes are funded by the generous contributions of services, supplies, and equipment from local businesses in the construction industry and by individual donations, grants, and corporate sponsorships.

Helping Families and Communities

We believe that affordable home ownership provides strength, stability and self-reliance thus helping families break the cycle of poverty. After a careful selection process, Habitat for Humanity provides partner families with a chance at home ownership. No down payment is required, our Habitat mortgage is interest free, and families are required to pay 30% of their wages towards their mortgage. Families must also commit to 500 ‘sweat equity” hours towards the building of their home.

our story

Do you remember what it was like growing up? Having a warm, welcoming home that always felt safe? A backyard to play in? Food in the fridge? At the time, you likely didn’t think about those things. No one could blame you for taking them for granted. Carefree; that’s how growing up should be. But life is not carefree for children of the 1.5 million Canadian families in need of safe, decent and affordable shelter.

Many Canadian families live month to month, making it nearly impossible to get ahead. They’re forced to decide between heat and rent – a choice no family should ever have to make. One in seven Canadian children live in poverty; one of the fastest growing segments of our population.

Habitat for Humanity Kamloops is committed to helping low-income families caught in the vicious cycle of poverty. Every Canadian family deserves a safe, decent and affordable place to call home. Habitat for Humanity Kamloops’ goal is to make that dream a reality.

our leadership

TBA

TBA

Executive Director

We are currently doing a search for this position.

Olga Collins

Olga Collins

Financial Officer & Family Services Manager

Olga is known for her bright and cheery dispostion. She has a knack for numbers and keeps the organization finances on track. Olga was a single mom bringing up her kids alone. She knows how challenging it can be to provide for your family. She works closely with our partner families to ensure that they are successful. Olga volunteers for several organizations and has a soft spot for helping those in need. She takes dancing lessons, hikes, loves to camp, enjoys sewing and knitting, and taking care of her dog and cats.

Debora DeLyzer

Debora DeLyzer

General Manager

Debora is highly revered by her staff and volunteers. They know Debora as the “ever ready bunny” who never slows down. Thanks to Deb’s depth of knowledge and years of experience in retail, the Kamloops ReStore is enjoying the best years yet! She is compassionate about the environment and loves thinking of ways to keep things out of the landfill. Debora has a kind heart and works hard to make sure all of her staff feel welcome and appreciated. Deb loves to spend time with her two beautiful grandchildren and her husband of over 40 years Warren. Deb loves to cook and makes a mean pulled pork!

Toni Talarico

Toni Talarico

Volunteer Coordinator & Administrator

Toni came to us on a temporary basis, but her warm personality and can-do attitude made her a perfect fit for our Volunteer Coordinator position.  When she’s not in the office she is out in the community attending Farmer’s Markets and Blazers games, or discovering Kamloops’ trails with her partner and handsome shepherd, Max.  She loves her Monday night RunClub Tribe, and enjoying local and B.C. wines.

Aaron Myers

Aaron Myers

ReStore Assistant Manager

Aaron joined the ReStore to fill a temporary position while he continued his education as a journeyman electrician. Aaron’s calm nature and natural leadership skills made him the perfect candidate to take on the role of Assistant Manager. Aaron leads the warehouse team and works closely with all our volunteers to get our donated items out on the floor in full working order. Aaron is a new dad and enjoys spending as much time as possible with his new baby boy. Aaron also loves the outdoors and spends time everyday with his three dogs enjoying the Kamloops trails. Aaron has a big heart, a great sense of humour and is always willing to help out.

Kelly Lockwood

Kelly Lockwood

Restore Floor Supervisor

Kelly started as a volunteer for ReStore and after 6 months she jumped on board as a staff member. Kelly loves doing renovations and the ReStore is one of her fave places to shop. Her husband jokes that she has to keep working at the ReStore to pay for all of her purchases. Kelly is a team player who exudes positivity and seems to never have a bad day. You can count on her for a smile and probably a good laugh too! When she isn’t working or renovating she enjoys kayaking, snow shoeing and loves to hike our beautiful Kamloops trails.

our board of directors

Gail Wichmann

Gail Wichmann

Board Treasurer

Gail is a CPA, CA and Senior Manager with KPMG and has been with the firm and it’s predecessor for 31 years. Gail was invited to join the board 3 years ago to replace a recently retired member and has been a valued team member ever since. She joined Habitat for Humanity Kamloops because she believes in our mission and in the value of home ownership. Gail’s current passions include kayaking and a love for spring and it’s warmer weather.

 

Joanna Mazzardis

Joanna Mazzardis

Vice Chair

Devin Buchanan

Devin Buchanan

Board Secretary

Devin Buchanan is a lawyer for Fulton & Co. and is experienced and unflappable in resolving his clients’ problems. He brings common sense, sharp analysis, and attentive service to everything he takes on, whether for local governments, individuals, or business clients. Devin is also active in the local sporting and arts communities. Out of the office, catch Devin out and about on the trails, on the pitch, or at various events, usually with his wonderful family, wife Jenn and kids.

Starr Webb

Starr Webb

Director

Starr has called Kamloops home for over 23 years and has been very active in the community for all of that time. From involvement in her son’s schools over the years to being on the CIBC Run for the Cure committee for 8 years, Starr believes that living in community means giving back to the community when one is able to.

Phil Dabner

Phil Dabner

Director

Alanna Barley

Alanna Barley

Director

Alanna joins Habitat for Humanity Kamloops as a retired account manager. She joined Habitat for Humanity Kamloops as a volunteer in December, 2016 and was asked to join the board in June, 2017. She enjoys golfing, walking, scrapbooking, sewing and photography.

Gerry Sherk

Gerry Sherk

Director

Erin Hughes

Erin Hughes

Director

Born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Erin Hughes graduated from law school at the University of Saskatchewan in 1996.  She moved to Kamloops where she worked as a trial lawyer at Gillespie and Company, joining the partnership in 2005.  Erin is married to a local firefighter and has two teenagers, a girl and a boy, who attend South Kamloops Secondary School.  When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking with her Australian Shepherd, and entertaining people in her home.

Mailing Address:

Habitat for Humanity Kamloops
28-1425 Cariboo Place
Kamloops, B.C.
V2C 5Z3

Contact Us:

Society Phone: 250-314-6783
ReStore Phone: 250-828-7867
Fax: 250-374-9370

Email:
questions@habitatkamloops.ca

Hours of Operation:

Society:
Monday – Friday
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

ReStore:
Monday – Saturday
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Copyright Notice:

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Habitat for Humanity Kamloops
All rights reserved.
An affiliate of Habitat for Humanity Canada