Canadian veterans will be strapping on their tool belts and hard hats on Thursday, November 1st to lend a hand for the day building homes on Habitat GO's build site.
development in Orleans. Sponsored by Lockheed Martin Canada, the second annual Veteran Build Day is a part of Habitat GO’s Military Build program, which takes place throughout the month of November.
Habitat GO’s Military Build program encourages Canadian veterans, active duty military members and reserve members volunteer and share in a unique experience while helping a local family find strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable home ownership.
“It is inspiring to see the incredible work being done by Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa, particularly with their Military Build program. Canada’s Veterans served their country proudly in uniform, and I’m not surprised to see them out of uniform now, serving their communities and helping these families. Every Canadian deserves a home that is safe and affordable, and this program does just that,” states the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs.
Lieutenant-General (ret'd) Honourable Andrew Leslie, the MP for Ottawa-Orléans, Mayor Jim Watson, and retired City Councillor for Orleans Bob Monette, will also join the Veteran Build Day.
“Safe and affordable housing is a basic support of a growing community, which is why Orléans is enormously grateful for programs like Habitat GO’s Military Build program. Not only do these Veteran and Military Build days help ensure that everyone has a safe and affordable place to call home, it’s also a great occasion that recognizes those who served our country and sacrificed for it. I am proud to be a part of a community who come together to support veterans and those who serve,” states Lieutenant-General (ret'd) Honourable Andrew Leslie, MP, Orléans
This year’s team will assist with the construction of the Phase II homes at Habitat GO’s Leacross Landing site. The Orleans development is Habitat GO’s largest undertaking to date, and will consist of 16 townhomes upon its completion in 2019.