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Westland Insurance, Habitat for Humanity launch new partnership with Saskatchewan home build

Aug 16, 2021

 

Tania Fleury knows exactly what will happen when she begins moving into her new home at 158 Darlington St. E in Yorkton, Sask.

“I will open that front door, and my children will run wild,” she said, smiling, talking about her young sons Cristian and Lane.

Habitat for Humanity Yorkton, propelled by a $50,000 donation from Westland Insurance, is building the house for single mother Tania and her family.

Habitat for Humanity is a national, volunteer-based, non-profit organization dedicated to building affordable housing in Canadian communities. Families like Tania’s get to participate in the construction of their new home, which makes the process even more special.

At the construction launch event in July, Tania talked about just that — how great it was to be involved in a hands-on way as the stages in the home build progress. Her dream was to own a home by the age of 40 and now that dream has been realized.

“This is making such a huge difference in our future,” she told the audience that day. “I am looking forward to cutting my own grass, hanging out in my backyard, playing with my boys.”

Local politicians and executives from both Westland Insurance and Habitat for Humanity joined her at the event. There was a lot of talk about new journeys.

For Cari Watson, senior vice president of marketing and customer experience at Westland Insurance, the company’s decision to partner with Habitat for Humanity perfectly aligns with the company’s core values – caring about the communities they serve, the places where their clients and employees live.

The national insurance brokerage recently launched its Westland Amplifying Communities Initiative. Being front and centre in the construction of Tania’s new home is something the company and its employees are very excited about, Cari added. Providing safe housing is such an important cog in the health of these communities.

“This is something that is near and dear to our hearts,” Cari said.

The Amplifying Communities Initiative is designed to support community projects and initiatives across the country. Those projects will focus on wellness and mental health, equality and inclusion, homelessness, food insecurity and environmentalism. Westland has made $1 million available in 2021, so expect other community support announcements soon, in places where the brokerage has a presence.

This is the ninth Habitat for Humanity-built home in Yorkton. That speaks to the power of community and volunteerism, people working together to break the cycle of poverty, and the importance of “home,” said Habitat for Humanity Saskatchewan CEO Denis Perrault.

Tania’s new home, for which Westland Insurance employees will be raising their hammers by taking part in five on-site build days,

is also the first in the company’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Soon there will be more homes built for deserving Canadians in other parts of the country.

“I can’t imagine partnering in a cause that has a greater or more direct impact on a family than the construction of a new home,” Cari said. “It’s so much more than just bricks and mortar. It’s about supporting the development of strong and resilient communities.”

Westland Insurance is now actively inviting submissions from across Canada for community projects like the one in Yorkton.

For more information or to submit an application, click here or send an email to communities@westlandinsurance.ca.

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