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GAL Was The Top Contributor For Habitat For Humanity Women Build

The GAL ladies rolled up their sleeves once again to take part in the Habitat For Humanity Women Build on October 13, 2016.

Each year GAL chooses a charity to sponsor through our annual golf tournament as well as on-going fund raising efforts during the golf season.

For the second year in a row, GAL has chosen Habitat For Humanity Women Build. The GALs have a great opportunity to not only fund raise for this worthy cause but can actually take part in building homes in our community.

It’s being called the house that love built.

Since late last summer, the Michaelis family – Shane and Laura, and five young children Tamara, Zachary, Holly-Rose, Kylie and Sydney – have been anxiously awaiting their new Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa (Habitat GO) home and that day officially came March 23. Surrounded by family, Habitat GO representatives, volunteers, sponsors and local dignitaries, the family received the keys to their Crampton Drive house in Carleton Place.

As visitors gathered in the home’s living space, Michaelis children were busy exploring the space for the first time and choosing their new rooms.


The new energy efficient four-bedroom home, designed by Erskine Dredge & Associates Architects Inc., features an open concept kitchen-dining area, large living space, two bathrooms, as well as an attached garage. Some of the favourite features for Shane and Laura is the new kitchen, having no carpet throughout the house and an unfinished basement to use. The natural light made possible by the ample windows is another bonus.

Under the Habitat GO guidelines, the Michaelis family had to contribute 500 hours of work on their home, which Shane noted “really puts you up close and personal to all the different aspects that come into play when planning and organizing an actual home build. You can really see the caring part is a helpful energy that helps everyone put a lot of effort into the finished product.

In thanking everyone who has helped them on their “great adventure,” Shane said receiving the keys to their new home puts an end to a year long search for an affordable home.

I joined GAL 6 years ago – someone from work suggested the organization – so after a little research and a little push from my hubby I joined. GAL…