Letter: Hanson created a lasting legacy

It was with a sense of deep loss that Habitat for Humanity Southeast BC accepted the resignation of Ray Hanson.

It was with a sense of deep loss that Habitat for Humanity Southeast BC accepted the resignation of Ray Hanson at their board meeting on Oct, 28.

Ray is recognized and honoured for his dedication and valuable contributions to Habitat for Humanity: a founding father of HFH Boundary in 1996/1997, hands-on involvement in the construction of all 14 homes in the Boundary area, serving as a director initially and in March 2011 assuming the role of board chair.

Ray’s leadership qualities were especially evident during the Multiplex Project in 2012, when HFH Boundary undertook the enormous task of constructing a seven-unit facility for developmentally disabled single men. This was a historic project, being the first time in Canada that developmentally disabled individuals became sole owners of their own homes. The project was also a landmark as the first “Built Green” project for HFH Boundary.

Ray was instrumental in the conception and implementation of the MAAP (Multi-Agency Accommodation Project), a collaboration of three existing not-for-profit charities in Grand Forks, who now work together to meet the needs of individuals and families in the Boundary area who are homeless, hungry and/or unable to obtain decent, safe and affordable housing.

Ray initiated the interest in creating a ReStore in Grand Forks, and patiently persisted for years until seeing the opening in September of 2014.

Since August 2013, Ray has diligently provided the leadership drive to create a Regional Affiliate (HFHSEBC, May 21, 2014), which now provides the opportunity for all communities in southeast B.C. to build Habitat homes.

Habitat for Humanity Boundary and Habitat for Humanity West Kootenay have merged to become this new affiliate, and have Habitat homes in Greenwood, Grand Forks, Castlegar, Nelson and Cranbrook.  Expressions of interest have already been received from Creston and Golden.

Under Ray’s watch, Habitat for Humanity has grown dramatically, and his dedication and leadership have created a lasting legacy for affordable home ownership in our area.

Thank you, Ray!

Rick Friesen, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity Southeast BC

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