HGTV star Scott McGillivray builds homes with Habitat for Humanity
Welland, ON. – Long-time Habitat supporter and celebrity TV personality Scott McGillivray helped build homes in Welland, Ontario today, alongside Women Build volunteers, Indigenous students and future Habitat homeowners. The Habitat for Humanity Canada ambassador was in Welland as part of Habitat for Humanity Niagara’s 25th Anniversary Build, which is building five homes that will provide local families in need of decent housing with an affordable homeownership opportunity.
Scott McGillivray spent some of his day building alongside Indigenous students from the Building Futures program, a collaborative effort between Habitat for Humanity Niagara, the Niagara Peninsula Aboriginal Area Management Board, YMCA Niagara and Mohawk College, designed to increase the employability of urban Aboriginal youth through a socially innovative approach to training and employment.
“It’s good to be part of something where I can give back. The way Habitat for Humanity gives that hand up instead of a hand out, helping people help themselves – is something that has really resonated with me over the years,” said Scott McGillivray. “I’m always thrilled to build with Habitat and see so many volunteers and future Habitat homeowners out dedicating their time and energy to building homes and helping others.”
Six lucky Habitat Niagara volunteers also won a contest to build alongside Scott McGillivray, including Christine Sauder from Niagara Falls, who said that she has been watching Scott on TV ‘for years now’ and was thrilled to have an opportunity to learn from him in person on the build site. Ibrahim Abdalla, from St. Catharines, also travelled to Welland today to work alongside Scott McGillivray.
“I love to volunteer and don’t have experience in construction and I think this is a good start to learn and help others,” said Ibrahim.
“I am thrilled to be able to welcome Scott McGillivray here today to build alongside dedicated volunteers, and to help us continue to raise awareness about the housing issues people in our community experience too often,” said Mark Carl, Habitat Niagara’s Chief Executive Officer. “Affordable homeownership is transformative – it empowers people with opportunities for better employment, improved health and improved educational outcomes for their children.”
Scott McGillivray is well-known for the award-winning hit show Income Property, his new series Buyers Bootcamp or Moving the McGillivrays, and his online series Scott’s House Call. His passion lies in helping homeowners make smart renovation and investment decisions that deliver financial rewards.
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