Shane Homes is proud to be involved with RESOLVEyyc to help end homelessness in Calgary. The Ground Breaking Event to celebrate the beginning of construction on Prelude in Radisson Heights, being constructed through our multi-family division, Nuovo by Shane Homes, was held May 18th, 2016.
Linda Olson from Global was the master of ceremonies. Elder Casey Eagle Speaker kicked off the ground breaking by blessing the residence.
Kathryne Casement, Constituency Assistant representing MLA Robyn Luff, provided provincial remarks.
Kevin Taylor, General Manager at Nuovo by Shane Homes, spoke on behalf of Shane Homes. “I started with Shane Homes in January, 2014 and the very first piece of paper that came across my desk was a letter from Cal Wenzel to The Calgary Homeless Foundation, with Cal’s hand written note on the top right hand corner saying “let’s get this done ASAP, it’s cold outside in the winter time“. Today I am proud to stand before you, with the start of our project called Prelude in Radisson Heights,” said Taylor.
Alan Norris, CEO and President of Brookfield Residential and Chair of the Resolve Campaign spoke, sharing how the group of homebuilders came together to help end homelessness. The major impact they’re making on our city was honoured with the Philanthropic Group award at the 2015 Generosity of Spirit Awards on Nov. 13, 2015. Read more on this here.
Kevin McNichol, VP, Strategy at Calgary Homeless Foundation spoke on behalf of CHF.
Aaron Pollock performed a song he wrote: “Blue Sky Won’t Break” http://ow.ly/kUNy300lrl3
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ALL PROCEEDS will be donated to the Calgary Homeless Foundation
Taylor says that “Building a series of affordable housing is the start to addressing the needs of the homeless in our community. It is also the start to helping vulnerable and at risk Calgarians work towards creating a better future for themselves.
“When Shane Homes was established 37 years ago, Cal Wenzel had the philosophy that the company would not only build quality homes within the community, but also help those communities grow.
“It’s a simple philosophy – We are strong supporters of causes that promote health, wellness, and education and that can help change peoples lives for the better.”
“As we celebrate this fourth building being built as part of the 11 Calgary homebuilders contribution to the Resolve Campaign with their “Housing First Philosophy”, the premise is simple: The more quickly a homeless person or family moves into long term affordable housing, the sooner they can stabilize their life while driving down social system costs, and helping in the ten year plan to end homelessness in Calgary. Together we will create safe and affordable housing for homeless and vulnerable Calgarians.”
Here are some additional photos from the event:
From Left: Shane Wenzel, President of Shane Homes; Alan Norris, chair of Resolve Campaign and President and CEO of Brookfield Residential Calgary; Cal Wenzel, Founder, CEO/CVO of Shane Homes; Kevin McNichol, VP, Strategy at Calgary Homeless Foundation.
Lance Adair, Nuovo by Shane Homes
Photo from left, all from the Shane Homes Group of Companies:
Back Row: Brenda Kasianiuk, Brenden Montgomery, Brenda Welygan, Dave Rickett, Lance Adair, David Thurston, Cal Wenzel.Front Row: Shane Wenzel, Kevin Taylor
Read the press release here.
Stay tuned for more updates on the construction progress of the building.