Creating a Habitat for Humanity

Jul 17, 2017

In July, West Fraser and other members of the Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA) partnered with Habitat for Humanity to help build 91 homes in Edmonton, Alberta.

During Canada's 150th Confederation anniversary, long-term supporters of Habitat, former president of the United States, Jimmy Carter, and his wife, Rosalynn, brought their ‘Carter Work Project’ to Canada. The Project aims to mobilize a global network of volunteers and community partners to build 150 affordable houses across Canada. West Fraser donated a truckload of lumber from our High Prairie, Alberta mill to the effort. Peter Andrews, Operations Manager, Alberta Woodlands volunteered his time on the build. “The level of organization was impressive,” says Peter, “safety was a real focus and the scale of the support from the community? Amazing.”

Peter helped with a house a few doors along from the one Jimmy and Rosalynn worked on, getting expert advice on how to lay flooring properly in the process. He was filled with pride to see West Fraser products used for such a purpose: “this project really underscored the importance of housing to me. Many of the products we make eventually go into making homes for people; seeing that in action was inspiring.”