Habitat builds hope for Cornwall family with new home

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By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario - Habitat for Humanity volunteers were being recognized for building a family's dream, as another's was finally coming true.

The community volunteers and businesses who donated time, labour, and resources to build a Cornwall family a new home in 2013 were the guests of honour on Saturday. The Durocher family opened their doors to give a sincere and heartfelt thank you to over 25 people.

Leigh Taggart, executive director of Habitat Seaway Valley, announced that the non-profit organization is already prepping to build a new home in May.

The Mondoux family, from Cornwall, are are expected to move into the 11th Habitat home built in the Seaway Valley by the end of summer. Jennifer Mondoux and her daughters Aleksandra (11), Gracianne (9), and Rhiannon (5) have known they were next in line since 2012.

"I can't wait," said Jennifer Mondoux. "I've lived in a place where I had three girls in one bedroom, so each having their own room - they're going to love it."

Having their own backyard is something the three girls are looking forward to. The family of four are constantly dealing with vandalism and trespassing at their current residence.

Mary-Lee Smith, Habitat Seaway Valley project manager, worked on the Durocher's home 30 hours a week during the hectic 90-day construction schedule. Even after tools were stolen from the work area, the project kept moving.

North Stormont Deputy Mayor Bill McGimpsey intervened and donated the use of his generator to ensure the Durochers would be celebrating Christmas in their new home. Mission accomplished.

Smith thanked all the contractors and business owners who generously gave to the project and are continuing their support with the next build.

"I do it for the kids," she said.

The Durocher children handed out small paintings to everyone in attendance as a sign of appreciation.

"It's nice and quiet and we have a big backyard to play in," said nine-year-old Tyhanna Durocher. "Thank you."

Geographic location: Seaway Valley

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