annual report


The CEO of Habitat for Humanity: Gerrard Oishi

a message from our president & CEO

As I reflect on 2021, I am incredibly proud of the way our community and teams adapted to make it one of our best years to date, especially as we continued to face a tremendous amount of uncertainty as we all continued to be impacted by COVID-19.

Last year, 25 homeowners took possession of their Habitat homes, changing the lives of 66 children forever. One of those children was 16-year-old Yunus, whose family you will meet in this report. In his words, “The day I moved in, it felt like a new beginning.”

I believe that’s the feeling we’re carrying into the year ahead – the feeling of a new beginning; a fresh start.

Whether you’re a sponsor, donor, volunteer or community partner, you had a vital role in achieving impact. Through your gifts of time, talent and finances, you are building stronger futures for families in Southern Alberta – families like Yunus’.

2022 will be another exciting year for us. With your support, we will help more than 20 families and 60 children, and we will hit an incredible milestone: we will help our 1,000th child benefit from safe, affordable home ownership. We will also complete our development of 32 homes in Silver Springs – three years in the making – and we will break ground on 13 new homes in Calgary and Brooks.

We will also have the opportunity to add back many of the gatherings that add joy, connection, and a feeling of community, whether it’s a Build Day, a Home Dedication, a volunteer opportunity, or a fundraising event. I look forward to seeing you, and seeing the difference we will make together for more families in Southern Alberta.

With thanks,

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Habitat for humanity volunteers building a house




took possession of their Habitat homes



under construction



gave 20,500 hours of their time



generated for Habitat



of waste diverted from landfills

Picture of Hassina and Hassen

meet Hassina & Hassen

Hassina and Hassen’s story together starts in South Africa. They met over 20 years ago, and quickly became close friends. Over time, they decided they wanted to get married, and even though they didn’t have the support of their families, they found a way. This was the first of many life events that would demonstrate their incredible resilience.

Hassen moved to Canada and after three years apart, Hassina and their first child, Yunus, joined him and started building a new life.

As parents, they’ve worked hard to provide as their family has grown. Hassen is currently a taxi driver, and Hassina works as a healthcare aid. They are proud parents to three boys – Yunus, Nabil and Salahadin.

Some houses built by Habitat for Humanity

building a better life

Just like all of us, a major priority in building their new life has been finding a stable place to call home. They’ve moved several times over the years in search of something safe, secure and affordable.

Most recently, they found a three-bedroom townhome that fit their budget, but it was near a main highway and there was regular police presence. Hassen described it as “very dangerous,” particularly for their two youngest boys who love to play soccer outside.

But, their resilience as parents continued and they never stopped searching. They found out from a close friend that they could buy a safe, stable, affordable home through Habitat for Humanity and their journey to home ownership began.

thousands of families are facing an affordable housing crisis

*Statistics Canada. Census Program Data Viewer: 2016 Census.
A family taking possession of their home built by Habitat for Humanity

your support has made home ownership dreams come true

After they were approved to buy a home through Habitat, they spent the next several months completing their 500 hours at the Habitat ReStores and construction sites. And on July 28, 2021 the family offcially took possession of their new home in Radisson Heights. “The day we moved in was the very happiest moment of my life,” Hassina says.

And the timing couldn’t have been better, particularly with the rise in the housing market and the cost of living. “Being with Habitat brings a peace of mind, knowing I won’t have to pay more than I can aord on my mortgage.”

Hassina smiling while holding the keys to her new house Hassina smiling while holding the keys to her new house
A family walking in their new community

a fresh start

The family is now part of a close-knit community of 7 other Habitat homeowners and their kids. The very first day they moved in, the boys already connected with the other kids, and they never have any trouble finding friends to play soccer with outside

Having a stable home has already had a huge impact on the boys. “For them, to know that we don’t have to move anymore, it’s a joy to their hearts,” Hassina says.

The three boys are unanimous in naming their favourite place of their new home – the basemen­­t. “It gives me freedom to play,” 16-year-old Yunus says.

Since moving in, Yunus has also reflected on what his home means to him. “The day I moved in felt amazing because I realized that it’s a new beginning and a new start.”

87% of homeowners surveyed say that owning their home makes them feel more optimistic about the future 79% say that they spend more time together as a family.
83% indicate that they have made more connections in their community. *Based on an evaluation by the Constellation Consulting Group in 2019 of more than 100 homeowners in Southern Alberta who have been living in their Habitat home for at least one year.
A mother and her two sons sitting on their front porch
The Habitat for Humanity board chair: David Barber

message from our board chair

Last year, the importance of home continued to be universally top-of-mind. Despite another year of uncertainty and the resulting challenges, we are proud to report that Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta is in a strong position moving into the year ahead. The organization is operationally and financially healthy, and is continuing to meet its goals.

Our teams have refined projects, processes and ways of working together, and as a result, the organization had its most successful year ever in two ways.

25 families took possession of their homes, and the ReStores generated $1.6 M to support the organization’s operations – these were both new records.

The credit for these results goes to the team for their dedication and resilience, and to you, our generous supporters, for standing beside us every step of the way.

All of this is for one purpose: to help more families benefit from the stability of home ownership. The Board of Directors extends its thanks to you for making our mission your own. We look forward to the impact we will continue to have together in 2022.

David Barber
Board Chair

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thank you to our 2021 supporters

funding partners
visionary sponsors
keystone sponsor
cornerstone sponsor
champion sponsors
foundation sponsors
Groundbreaker sponsors

RBC Foundation

STAR Building Materials

TransCanada Pipelines Ltd.

United Church Of Canada

Willowglen Calgary Limited Partnership

Donors $500+
  • About Staffing Industrial Ltd.
  • Abundance Canada
  • Adrian Chudleigh
  • AFA Forest Products Inc.
  • Alberta Central
  • Alberta New Home Warranty Program
  • Alexandria Moulding
  • AltaWest Capital
  • Andrew Burrowes
  • Andrew Linehan
  • ATCO Electricity EPIC
  • Barbara J Maddocks
  • Barrie Cassidy
  • Benjamin Hudon
  • Big Rig Power
  • Bill and Debra Glaister
  • Boise Cascade
  • Brenda Fischer
  • Brian Arcand
  • Brian G. Hallamore
  • Brian Heninger
  • Brian Lamotte
  • Bruce MacDonald
  • Build Studio Inc.
  • Byron Frederick
  • Cameron Grace
  • Canadian Pacific Railway
  • Cenovus Energy Inc.
  • Christina Dao - BNI Elite
  • Companions of Quaich, Calgary Chapter
  • Conoco Phillips Canada Resources Corp
  • Corex Resources Ltd
  • Dale Rossetti
  • Dave Forsyth
  • Dave Kelly
  • David Barber*
  • David Lardner
  • Don Long
  • Donna Wood
  • Douglas Newton
  • Drew Barnes
  • Ed and Shannon Donkersgoed
  • Edward J Lambert
  • Emile and Claire Cretin
  • Entuitive
  • Exteriors By Designs Ltd
  • Fluor Canada
  • Gary and Margot Brennan
  • Gerrad Oishi*
  • Heather Weir
  • Howard Sangwuine
  • Hubert Lynch-Staunton
  • Husky Energy Inc.
  • Imperial Oil Ltd.
  • Jack Beaton
  • Jack Rapkowski
  • Jacklyn Thorn
  • Jake's Drywall Ltd.
  • James Grant
  • James Sardachuk
  • Jarek Bekesza
  • Jay Denney
  • Jessie Paynter
  • Jewel Swanson
  • Joe Chwachka
  • John Easthope
  • John Gray
  • John R Evens
  • Jonathan Slater
  • Judith Sen
  • Julie Kozak
  • Kaitlin Sharpe
  • Kathy Sandner
  • Kenroc Building Materials Co. Ltd. MH
  • Lakeview United Church
  • Laura Lee Whitlow
  • Leland Corbett*
  • Leonard Beblow
  • Lorraine May McKendry
  • Lucille Beckwith
  • Lynn Hollingsworth
  • Manulife
  • Mark Klaassen
  • Mark Thom
  • Mark Wandy
  • Martha Parker
  • Martin Pangracs
  • Mary Anne Inkster
  • Mary Barr
  • Masonite Canada
  • Mayfair Lumber
  • Merrett Racing Team
  • Methanex Corporation
  • Metrie Canada Inc.
  • Michael and Patricia Flanagan
  • Michele Mayer
  • Michelle-Leah Koerner
  • Mike Delaney
  • Mike Mikkelsen
  • MiTek Canada Inc.
  • Molly Maid
  • Mountain View Building Materials
  • Nestor Soroka
  • Nutrien Ag Solutions
  • Omega 2000 Cribbing Inc.
  • Ovintiv Canada
  • Peter Rudolf
  • Private Giving Foundation
  • Qualico Communities
  • Qualico Winnipeg
  • QV Investors Inc.
  • Rene Bjornson
  • Robert & Deborah Bercha
  • Ronald Poelzer
  • Roy S Harris
  • SeisWare International Inc
  • Shane Homes
  • Shaw Communications Inc.
  • Shoemaker Drywall Supplies
  • Sitzler Household
  • St.Paul's Anglican Church
  • Stan Zimantas
  • Sterling Homes Ltd.
  • Suncor Energy Inc.
  • Susan Lieske
  • Sylvia Delauretis
  • Sylvia McIntosh
  • Taiga Building Products Ltd.
  • Team Simpson
  • Telus Corporation
  • Teneo Results
  • The ScotiaMcLeod Charitable Foundation
  • Todd Cook
  • Tony Distefano
  • Tracy Gawley
  • TransCanada Pipelines Ltd.
  • Twello Consulting Inc. – Heather Klein-Swormink *
  • United Way Of Greater Toronto
  • Veritas Development Solutions
  • Vince Dods
  • Vincent Baraniecz
  • Vincenzo Fabiano
  • Voytek Jarmula
  • Westside King's Church
  • William Russel Wells*
  • Yang Xiao
  • Yolande Lussier
  • Yvette Claveau

*indicates Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta Board Member

Restore gift-in-kind donors
  • ABI Molding Ltd
  • AccessSMT
  • Apollo Windows
  • Canadian Resort Hotels Limited Partnership
  • Consolidated Fast Frate Inc.
  • Costco #1217 East Calgary
  • Crystal Clear Homes Ltd.
  • CSM Interiors
  • Ecostone Products
  • Gray Bar Canada
  • HD Supply Facilities Maintenance
  • The Home Depot
  • Home Depot Airdrie #7254
  • Home Depot Balzac #7347
  • Home Depot Beacon Hill #7076
  • Home Depot Chinook #7063
  • Home Depot Country Hills #7111
  • Home Depot Marlborough #7061
  • 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
  • Jayman BUILT Multi-Family Ltd.
  • KBM Commercial Floor Coverings Inc.
  • Lowe's - Crossiron 3007
  • Lowe's - Crowfoot 3706
  • Lowe's - Signal Hill 3318
  • Lowe's - Sunridge 3059
  • Lowe’s - Macleod 3714
  • Lux Windows & Glass Ltd.
  • MAXgreen Group Ltd.
  • Morrison Homes
  • NLI International
  • Pottery Barn
  • Pottery Barn Kids
  • Premiere Office Furniture
  • Regal Building Materials Ltd
  • Ron Ton Rubbish and Collectibles Ltd.
  • Rona Distribution Centre
  • Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
  • Tile and Stone Source Intl
  • TimberTown Building Centre Ltd
  • Trail Appliances South Calgary
  • Construction gift-in-kind donors and partners
  • ArborCare Calgary
  • ATB Financial
  • Carrington Lighting
  • Eagle Lake Professional Landscape Supply
  • Easytrim Reveals
  • Frankensolar Americas Inc.
  • Fronius International
  • hb Solar International Inc.
  • Kiwi Irrigation
  • Lyle Eckes Concrete Finishers Ltd
  • Medicine Hat Realtors Charitable Foundation
  • Normandeau Window Coverings
  • RoofTech
  • Terralta Inc.
  • Habitat for Humanity Canada National gift-in-kind donors
  • Bradford White
  • CGC Inc.
  • Reliance Heating, Air-conditioning & Plumbing
  • Whirlpool
  • Wolseley Inc.
  • Build day sponsors and funraisers
  • Carey Management Inc.
  • Chase J.P. Morgan
  • Enerplus Corporation
  • Freehold Royalties Ltd.
  • Power Properties

We value accuracy in our donor report listing. In the event there was an oversight or error, please accept our apologies and contact for correction.

Yunus and his little brother posing in front of their new Habitat for Humanity home Yunus and his little brother posing in front of their new Habitat for Humanity home

2021 board of directors

David Barber

Board Chair Vice President, Canada Broadline Distribution, Gordon Food Services

Leland Corbett

Vice Chair Partner, Stikeman Elliott LLP

Lisa Smandych

Treasurer Chief Financial Officer, Boardwalk REIT

David Watson

Past Chair Former President & CEO, Attainable Homes Calgary Corporation, Retired

Anubhav Chaitanya

Past Chair In Memoriam Lawyer

Gerrad Oishi

President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta

Deanna Romney

Senior Sales Agent, The City of Calgary

Hansine Ullberg

Chief Financial Officer, Fluid Energy Group Ltd.

Kathy Bolton

Chief Financial Officer, Green Impact Partners

Mei Huang

Senior Business Officer, Prairies Economic Development Canada

Paul Salmon

Field Services Representative, Aviva Home Warranty

Russ Wells

Senior Executive, Retired

Vincent Fera

HBSc, MBA, Businessman

financial summary

  • *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 23% of total funds raised in 2021.