Habitat for Humanity brings Rob Dalziel on board

Jodi Schellenberg
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With the growth the Prince Albert Habitat for Humanity has been seeing, it was time to make some changes.

Rob Dalziel will be joining the Prince Albert Habitat for Humanity as executive director this September.

The organization recently hired Rob Dalziel as the executive director, to help the forward momentum going.

Earlier this year, Dalziel retired from his position at the Victoria Hospital Foundation and is now ready to start a new chapter with Habitat.

“It should be a change -- pulling the same old plow but with a different horse,” he said.

As an active person, Dalziel decided he wasn’t ready to relax just yet and wanted to continue serving the community.

“I guess my lifestyle and my upbringing in the family I grew up in in Prince Albert, we always, as a family, were involved in our community and giving back to our community,” he said. “I was involved in a number of things besides my day job when I was with the Victoria Hospital Foundation.

This was something I thought, on my bucket list, that I’d get involved one way or another as a volunteer or board member,” he added. “When it became apparent that I was going to retire from the Victoria Hospital Foundation, their discussions with me shifted to we need an executive director.”

He will be starting the first week in September and the board of directors is excited to bring Dalziel on as executive director.

“With the growth and activity with our affiliates and the number of homes we now have in the city and the surrounding area, it was becoming difficult to do with strictly volunteers,” board chair Duane Hayunga said. “We also think with the right person in place, we can continue to grow our organization and serve more families in the community and surrounding area.”

Dalziel has always had a strong feeling for Habitat for Humanity.

“When they had their major fundraising a few years ago, they asked me to do the training of the volunteers when they were making calls and getting meetings to raise money for it,” he said. “It was immensely successful and I was pleased and proud to be able to do that.”

Unfortunately he was unable to get more involved before now because he didn’t have the time but is proud to be part of it now.

Dalziel will be the first executive director for the Prince Albert Habitat for Humanity.

“Rob’s past experience with the Victoria Hospital Foundation is definitely an asset to help us in the initial executive director position for the organization and he will actually be instrumental in developing the specific responsibilities for the position here in Prince Albert,” Hayunga said.

“Most affiliates across the country have an executive director so there is also an opportunity to learn from Habitat Canada and what is done in other parts of the province and the country.”

The organization helps families get a home that may not be able to get a mortgage otherwise.

“It is just such a phenomenal thing,” Dalziel said. “If you want to give people stability in their lives, and there is nothing like a home in terms of stability and family development. “We certainly have needs in Prince Albert for that and Habitat is one of many organizations that help address that.”

The families have to put in 500 hours of work on a Habitat project in order to get the home.

“The designated family that qualifies for a home and a mortgage under Habitat for Humanity’s program have to contribute sweat equity and help construct the home, “Dalziel said. “It really is a hand up not a hand out and it is a phenomenal thing and they have tremendous potential to grow and move forward, both with the homes and the restore.”

To date, the Prince Albert Habitat for Humanity have built 17 homes and have five under construction in the city, with a couple more in the region.

“It is just a tremendous thing -- they have phenomenal support from volunteers and labour and donations of cash and materials,” Dalziel said. “It is just one a tremendous growth curve and that is why they have asked me to be their executive director. They need that extra resource.”

In addition to the homes they build, Habitat also has the Restore on Marquis Road on the south side of the city.

“That, they tell me, has had a record last month in sales,” Dalziel said. “They are currently expanding he restore on Marquis and there will be some exciting things in the years ahead.”

Organizations: Habitat for Humanity, Victoria Hospital Foundation

Geographic location: Marquis Road

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