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Vernon Nissan revs up support for Habitat for Humanity

Ken Knott (bottom left), Fred Takagi and Glory Westwell (inside left), of the Vernon chapter of Habitat for Humanity, join forces with MQN Architects’ Darrin Collie (left), Vernon Nissan’s Chad Bachelder (from left), Goldie Brisson, Brian Westwell, Harjeet Jassal and JR Muncaster, and Heartwood Homes’ Wade Molitwenik (right) to support Nissan Canada’s nationwide fundraising campaign for the non-profit organization. - Graeme Corbett/Morning Star
Ken Knott (bottom left), Fred Takagi and Glory Westwell (inside left), of the Vernon chapter of Habitat for Humanity, join forces with MQN Architects’ Darrin Collie (left), Vernon Nissan’s Chad Bachelder (from left), Goldie Brisson, Brian Westwell, Harjeet Jassal and JR Muncaster, and Heartwood Homes’ Wade Molitwenik (right) to support Nissan Canada’s nationwide fundraising campaign for the non-profit organization.
— image credit: Graeme Corbett/Morning Star

Take a ride in a brand new car and support a local family.

Until Christmas Eve, Nissan Canada will donate $20 for every test drive to Habitat for Humanity. As well, for every Facebook ‘like’ Nissan Canada receives, they will donate $5 to the campaign.

Habitat For Humanity is a non-profit whose mandate is to provide affordable housing. They achieve this by working with volunteers and community partners to promote home ownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty.

“This is a great opportunity for people in Vernon to come down to the store and have a donation made to a very worthy cause,” said Brian Westwell, general manager at Vernon Nissan.

“It is so easy – take a test drive, click a button, help change a family’s life.”

Glory Westwell – coincidentally Brian’s mother – has been with the Vernon chapter of Habitat for Humanity since 2007. She is thrilled with the exposure afforded by Nissan’s partnership in the nationwide campaign.

“It’s wonderful because it really gives us good visibility in the community,” said Glory. “It’s just overwhelming; the exposure is great.”

One example of Habitat’s local efforts is a project called Under One Roof, an affordable housing six-plex at 25th Avenue and 41st Street. It was designed by MQN Architects and contracted by Heartwood Homes, both Vernon enterprises.

Other project sponsors include Kindale Development Association and the Vernon Land Trust.

“We have a lot of volunteers that love to hammer and nail, and other volunteers that like to give back by helping us raise money,” said Glory, noting Habitat is always on the lookout for potential partners to help acquire land, raise money and work on projects.

Predator Ridge is also getting on board with Habitat’s fundraising goals. They will be hosting a family skate (by donation) with the Vernon Vipers hockey club next Sunday at Wesbild Centre.

There is also a community garage sale planned for Predator in May.

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