annual report


Gerrad Oishi

a message from our CEO

Last year, COVID-19 challenged us all to reflect on the fundamental importance of home and community.

The pandemic revealed the importance of having a safe, secure and affordable home. It highlighted the gaps that continue to exist for many families who are looking for stability through home ownership.

For many families, the idea of owning a home  starts off as a distant dream. Because of your support, we’re able to transform that dream into reality.

In a year where nothing went as planned, we saw our community come together to make 29 families’ dreams of home ownership come true.

Even as a number of Habitat homeowners experienced layoffs or changing family circumstances, we were able to provide support and mortgage relief to help them weather the COVID-19 storm.

As I reflect on the unprecedented year, I’m proud of the ways our team and supporters adapted, innovated and pushed forward amidst the uncertainty.

We know there will be new challenges in the year ahead. But we also know that with your support, we will continue to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable home ownership.

With thanks,

Gerrad Oishi's signature




began their journey into home ownership



under construction



gave 18,000 hours of their time






generated for Habitat



of waste diverted from landfills

Nicole and Grace leaning on each other and smiling

meet Nicole

Five years ago, she started her dream job working with immigrant women. She loves her work and providing for her daughter, Grace. “I have seen my strength and resilience grow as a full-time working single-mother.”

But when she thought about owning a home, it seemed impossible.

Nicole faced major financial constraints. Saving for a down payment was simply out of reach. Tired of living so close to the edge every month, Nicole moved into a near-market rental through Calgary Housing.

75% of households have insufficient income to purchase a home. Families are trapped in a rental cycle, without any long-term solutions.

thousands of families are facing an affordable housing crisis

Housing crisis statsHousing crisis stats
A house under construction by Habitat for humanity

but there
is a solution

Nicole knew about Habitat for Humanity as an international organization, but was excited to learn that it also operated locally in Southern Alberta. She realized her biggest barrier – saving for a down payment – could be removed.

In 2019, Nicole was approved to buy a Habitat home, and she officially took possession last year. This was possible because of you – our dedicated sponsors, donors, volunteers and community partners.

I am so thankful for the sponsors and donors. They are investing in families and strengthening communities. It's a beautiful organization to be part of.

volunteer engagement

Habitat for humanity had 457 volunteers in 202018k+ hours were given by volunteers for Habitat for humanity in 2020

your support has made home ownership dreams come true

The day Nicole signed her mortgage and took possession of her new home felt like a dream. Even when she walked up to the door with the keys in her hands, it still didn’t feel real. But this home was hers. She started noticing the impact on her daughter immediately. Since moving, Nicole says she has seen Grace “come alive.”

She is so happy to have so many kids around. The social aspect has increased her confidence and taught her important life skills.
Statistic: 89% of homeowners say their family life has improvedStatistic: 91% of homeowners say they have increased confidenceStatistic: 92% of homeowners have less stress related to housing
3 circle images of happy families
Nicole from Habitat for humanity talking to a young boy

planning for
the future

In the next five years, Nicole plans to settle in and create friendships with other new Habitat homeowners. They plan to be involved in the community and pursue their passions.

This is possible for Nicole's family and so many others because of your support. Thank you.

We have stability and security; we are part of a strong community. I am proud of myself for investing in our futures. And so thankful for Habitat for making it possible.
David Watson

message from board chair

The Board of Directors is happy to report that, despite significant uncertainty, 2020 was another strong year of growth and development for Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta.

While some of our operations were temporarily closed or modified, we saw the organization adapt and move forward to deliver its mission in an incredible way.

We send our sincere thanks to the Habitat team for their professional and thoughtful approach, and to you, our supporters for standing alongside us every step of the way. As always, it is true that nothing at Habitat can happen without your support.

The board sends its sincere thanks to every sponsor, donor, volunteer and community partner for choosing to live your values through us and make a life-changing difference for families in our community.

David Watson

David Watson's signature

2020 board of directors


Funding sources statsOperating expenses stats

*Habitat homeowners’ mortgage payments are pooled into the Fund for Humanity and support our build program
**Must be noted as an expense to comply with GAAP
Fundraising costs were 12.5% of total funds raised in 2020.

thank you to our 2020 supporters

Funding Partners




Foundation Sponsors

Donors $500+

About Staffing Ltd.
Abundance Canada Adrian Chudleigh
Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission
Alex and Wendy Campbell Fund at The Calgary Foundation
Allan and Jenny Hiebert
Alpha Better Landscaping
ATB Financial
Andrew Burrowes
Anubhav Chaitanya*
Aviva Canada
Barr Engineering Co.
Bayer Crop Science Inc.
Bedrock Construction Ltd.
Betty and Harold Allsop Fund at The Calgary Foundation
Brenda Fischer*
Brian and Barbara Howes
The Byler Family
Calgary Foundation
Cameron Grace
Canadian National Railway Company
Canadian Pacific Railway
Carl and Anna Tremblay
Cenovus Energy
Charles McKitrick
The City of Calgary
Clint Cawsey
Corex Resources
CREB® Charitable Foundation
David Barber
David Cattapan
Dave Forsyth
Dave Kelly
David Lardner
David Lau
David Watson*
Deepak Chaitanya
Devon Koroluk
Doralis Mackenzie
Douglas and Rosemary Bonner
Dream Asset Management Company
Ed and Shannon Donkersgoed
Elevate Auctions Inc.
Eric Lumsden
Enterprise Holdings Foundation
Emco Plumbing Calgary
Ethier Associates Donation
Fluor Canada
Freehold Royalty Trust
The Gerald A. Cooper-Key Foundation
Gerrad Oishi*

Giancarlo Talarico
Gordon Food Service
Gore Mutual Insurance Company
The Government of Alberta
Grant Bell
Gwen Klassen
Habitat for Humanity Canada
Hartwick Wiehler
Howard SangwineIan Clark
James and Patricia Burns Flow Through
Fund at The Calgary Foundation
James Sardachuk
Jan Van Bruggen
JCI Calgary
Jeannette Podador
J.K. Esler and Annemarie Schmid Esler
Family Trust at The Calgary Foundation
John Gray
Joseph and Joanne Morin
Jostein Aasland
J.P. Morgan Chase
Kathy and Kathryn Stankievech
Kenroc Building Materials
Kevin Martin
Kevin VanLaura Lee Whitlow
Leah Dickie
Leonard Beblow
Leonardo and Faigel Shapiro Family Fund at the Calgary Foundation
Linda Easthope
Lucille and Roy Beckwith
Lucinda Neufeld
Margaret and Robert Montgomery Fund at The Calgary Foundation
Maria Delauretis
Marilyn Mooibroek
Mark Klaassen
Mark Wandy
Marlene Janzen
Martin Pangracs
Mary Anne Inkster
Metrie Canada Ltd.
Medicine Hat REALTORS’® Charitable
Michael Flanagan
Michael Iallonardo
Michael Lang
Michael and Michelle Koerner
Michelle and Scott Rowe
Mike Delaney
MiTek Canada
Nickle Family Foundation

Norman and Holly Long
Nutrien Ag Solutions
Omega 2000 Cribbing Inc.
Parkland Fuel Corporation
Phil Toews
Place2give Foundation
Process Safety Engineering Ltd.
The Prosser Charitable Foundation
Qualico Winnipeg
QV Investing
R. Stewart Harris
Raymond James Canada Foundation
RBC Foundation
Renovate for Good Ltd.
Richard Leslie
Ron and Sylvia McIntoshRon Poelzer
Ross Turner
Royalcan Developments Ltd.
Samara Quinton
Scarboro Foundation Fund at The Calgary
Seisware International Inc.
Shaw Birdies for Kids Presented by AltaLink
Shell Canada
Sheri Herman
STAR Building Materials
St. Michael Catholic Community
Sturgess Architecture
Sue Lieske
Suncor Energy Services Inc.
TC Energy
Telus Corporation
Theresa Trotter
Tim Jacob and Mayfair Lumber
Todd Cook
Torrie Wheat
Trail Appliances South Calgary
Trillium Advisory Group
Twello Consulting Inc. – Heather Klein-Swormink*
Urban Systems Foundation
Veritas Development Solutions
W. Russell Wells* and Jennifer Crist
Wayne Hayman
Westside King’s Church
William Scott and Marlene Janzen
William and Constance Topley Fund at The Calgary Foundation
Wood Group UK
Yvette Aurore Claveau

*indicates Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta Board Member


Patricia Auger
(in memory of Jack Shore)

Peter Edwards and Maxine Leverett
(in memory of Hunter Harrison)

Jack Beaton
(in memory of Virginia Beaton)


Hockey Helps the Homeless

Shaw Birdies for Kids Presented by AltaLink

Ride through the Rockies


Appraisal Institute of Canada – Calgary Chapter


BASF Canada Inc.

Enerplus Corporation

Health Sciences Association of Alberta

Power Properties

Rife Resources


ABI Molding Ltd.
Alberta Blood Services  Office Furniture
Ashley Furniture Distribution Center
Big Dog Lumber
Bigfoot Building Products Inc.
CanWest Flooring Inc.
Charlton Resorts
Cloverdale Paint
Federated Cooperatives Ltd.
Gesco Limited Partnership
Haines Jones & Cadbury Corporation
Home Depot - Lethbridge
Home Depot Airdrie #7254

Home Depot Balzac #7347
Home Depot Beacon Hill #7076
Home Depot Chinook #7063
Home Depot Country Hills #7111
The Home Depot Distribution Centre
Home Depot Mckenzie #7082
Home Depot Medicine Hat
Home Depot North Hill #7037
Home Depot Okotoks #7223
Home Depot Shawnessy #7067
Home Depot Tuscany #7250
Jayman BUILT
KBM Commercial Floor Coverings Inc.
Lion Industries, Div. of Richelieu Hardware
Lo Gullo Industries Ltd.

Lowe's 3714 - Macleod
Lux Windows & Glass Ltd.
NLI International
Premiere Office Furniture
Pysh Household
Quality Craft Ltd.
Reunion Range Productions Inc.
Robinson Lighting and Bath Centre
Ron Ton Rubbish and Collectibles Ltd.
Stile Interiors Inc.
Taiga Building Products
Trail Appliances South Calgary
Wolseley Canada Western Region


Alberta Construction Rentals Inc.

ArborCare Calgary

Carrington Lighting

DL Nagel Excavating Ltd.

Eagle Lake Landscape Supply

Kiwi Irrigation Ltd.

Normandeau Window Coverings

Terralta Inc.


Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating

Gordon Food Services


Travelers Canada


Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating

CGC Inc.

Hunter Douglas Canada Inc.

Owens Corning Canada

Whirlpool Canada Inc.

Wolseley Inc.

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