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Habitat for Humanity Prince Albert‚Äôs new president Duane Hayunga, left, is seen with outgoing president Morris Sawchuk during their last meeting together last week, during which Hayunga claimed the top position.
Expanding drastically under the leadership of president Morris Sawchuk, Habitat for Humanity Prince Albert is poised well for further expansion.
During a recent annual general meeting, Duane Hayunga became the organization‚Äôs new president, vowing to usher in further growth.
‚ÄúThere‚Äôs no reason why we can‚Äôt build more homes and cultivate those partnerships with donors,‚ÄĚ he said after claiming presidency.
‚ÄúThe need, out there, never goes away in Prince Albert, as with other communities throughout the country.‚ÄĚ
After passing the presidency on to Hayunga, who‚Äôd been groomed from his vice-presidency position to take on the top job, Sawchuk said that he‚Äôd done what he could for the organization.
‚ÄúYou can‚Äôt be the one that does everything forever,‚ÄĚ Sawchuk said. ‚ÄúLife has to go on and new ideas and new people should come on.
‚ÄúI knew that it was time to move on because I‚Äôve found that there were things that were upsetting me that should probably not upset me.‚ÄĚ
With the organization‚Äôs monumental growth over the past 10 years in which Sawchuk has been involved -- the last seven of which as president -- he began taking on more roles.
Serving as executive director and chair/president of the organization has proven too much, he said, noting that he‚Äôs reached a comfortable end to his tenure as president.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôve brought this thing to a certain level, and now this new group -- through restructuring and new personnel -- will take it to the next level.‚ÄĚ
Habitat for Humanity Prince Albert is currently on the search for an executive director, Hayunga said, agreeing with Sawchuk‚Äôs vision of firming up the staffing situation.
Finding a good executive director will be key to further expansion, Hayunga said, noting that with every Habitat for Humanity home they build they receive more year-long work.
The need, out there, never goes away in Prince Albert, as with other communities throughout the country. Duane Hayunga
By the end of the year, they anticipate having 27 homes under their Habitat for Humanity model, in Prince Albert, Nipawin, Duck Lake and Melfort.
‚ÄúThere‚Äôs 27 families and you‚Äôve got to administer all of the mortgages with the partnership agreements,‚ÄĚ Hayunga explained.
It‚Äôs phenomenal what leadership has been able to do so far without an executive director, he said, noting that there are Habitat for Humanity organizations in cities much larger than Prince Albert that only manage one or two builds per year.
This year, the local organization is building seven -- four in Prince Albert and one each in Melfort, Nipawin and Duck Lake.
Looking at things as they currently stand, Sawchuk said that he‚Äôs satisfied with the organization he‚Äôs passing on to Hayunga and a new board of directors.
‚ÄúThere‚Äôs tremendous potential for Habitat P.A. -- there‚Äôs not doubt in my mind,‚ÄĚ Sawchuk said.
‚ÄúThey can double their build capacity if they structure themselves properly, but we need to have the facilities in place and the building plan in place and the proper staffing in place to accomplish that.‚ÄĚ
Sawchuk said that his own future with the organization is in the air.
‚ÄúThat‚Äôs one thing about me -- I always have other plans,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúRegardless of where I‚Äôm at, Habitat will be in my life.‚ÄĚ