The Open Door
As we move into the summer, we are getting closer to realising our vision to open our first Homes for Heroes village in Calgary; 908 ATCO Village. Originally scheduled to open this summer; delays with rezoning and permitting have moved the opening to October of this year. Our team has been working very hard with our partners at ATCO, PCL Construction, Aplin Martin, NAK Design, Hunter Tristan Design, and David Watkins Architecture to get the first village open. We are very fortunate to have this support and know it takes a community to build a village.
Outside of Calgary, Homes for Heroes is in the initial planning stages with the City of Edmonton on our second village. The City of Edmonton has come onside to offer us a 0.8-acre parcel of land, on a 25-year, nominal lease. This land is in the community of Evansdale and we have just completed our first community open house and have received some great feedback from the residents. We are thrilled to have the support of the PPCLI Foundation in Edmonton with Malcolm Bruce leading the charge in helping us secure these lands.
Across Canada, we have had some very positive results in meeting with municipal and provincial governments to secure lands. The province of Ontario wants to work with us to build three villages in different municipalities. Halifax city council has approved the concept and is currently looking for land options. Meetings have taken place with other municipalities across Canada and it is great to see the support for our veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces.
We have expanded our Homes for Heroes team with the addition of our Director of Fund Development, Cameron Diggon, whose goal is to foster support for our projects across Canada. Cameron is a veteran, entrepreneur and has a tremendous track record in fundraising for charitable initiatives.
We are also restructuring and adding to our board of directors for the Homes for Heroes Foundation. Our team’s vison is to build Homes for Heroes Villages across Canada, and to support this we are adding board members who have a national reach in supporting our military veterans. These individuals will assist our charity with the proposed builds and help develop sub-committees in these cities. These local sub-committees will focus on land acquisitions, fundraising and lobbying local and provincial governments to expedite our builds.
With these internal moves, we are thrilled to have offered Murray McCann the role of Honorary Chair with the Homes for Heroes Foundation. It was Murray who came up with the idea of using tiny homes to support our veterans experiencing homelessness and our group has built upon that vision to put together a program like no other being offered in Canada. Murray has been instrumental in garnering support for the Calgary village while continuing his passion for the Field of Crosses project (www.fieldofcrosses.com).
Lastly, our goal is to name each veteran tiny home after a fallen Canadian Armed Forces member. We strongly encourage fallen soldiers’ next of kin to participate in the naming process by completing and submitting our online form: