Yorkton Chapter Hosts Sod Turning Event

Celebrating New Beginnings: Yorkton Chapter’s 10th build Begins

Yorkton was buzzing with excitement as Habitat for Humanity Saskatchewan’s Yorkton Chapter launched their 10th build with a Sod Turning event on May 23rd, 2024.

A Dream Becoming Reality

The highlight of the event was future Habitat homeowner Alexis and her children, who caught their first glimpse of what will soon be their new home. Selected by the Yorkton Chapter in February 2024, Alexis has been diligently working towards her goal, completing the required 500 volunteer hours before their anticipated move-in date in December 2024.

A Community Effort

The construction officially began on May 16th. Leading the project was contracted Project Manager Paul Weinmaster. In a remarkable partnership with the Ministry of Justice, labour for the project was provided by Whitespruce Provincial Training Centre. This collaboration not only aided in the construction of the home, but also offered valuable employment experience for offenders transitioning back into the community. This was the fourth build in Yorkton in collaboration with Whitespruce Provincial Training Centre.

Yorkton Chapter: A Legacy of Support

The Yorkton Chapter has been a vital part of Habitat for Humanity Saskatchewan for 14 years. Co-chairs Tom Seeley and Sylvia Henheffer had been at the helm since the beginning. Sylvia proudly stated, “We are so proud to be starting our 10th build right here in Yorkton. Our dedicated team of volunteers truly loves what we do, and we work hard to help families in our community. This exciting 10th build is such a milestone for our Chapter, and we can’t wait to continue the work we do for years to come.”

Building a Brighter Future

Once completed, the house will be a 1008 square foot bungalow with four bedrooms and a developed basement. This build was made possible through significant contributions from the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation, Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and local business Lakeview Insurance. Additionally, volunteers from the Knights of Columbus and the local RCMP lent their time and skills to various aspects of the project.

The Event

We were thrilled to be joined by MLA Greg Ottenbreit, speaking on behalf of the Honourable Gene Makowsky, Minister of Social Services and Minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation; and His Worship Mitch Hippsley, Mayor of Yorkton.

This Sod Turning event was not just a groundbreaking for a new home, but a testament to the power of community and collaboration. It was a celebration of new beginnings and the incredible journey of Alexis and her family towards homeownership.