Monday, 27 October 2014

20th Anniversary World Habitat Day Celebration!

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On October 6, 2014 Options for Homes and HOA celebrated 20 years of creating cost-effective home ownership opportunities to individuals in the GTA, across Ontario and as far away as Limbe, Cameroon. 
To mark this milestone Options and HOA hosted a World Habitat Day Celebration at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse in Toronto.
The event was an amazing opportunity for Options for Homes and Home Ownership Alternatives staff and homeowners to celebrate with Options and HOA affiliates and representatives from financial partners, builders and development consultants.
Guests heard from Jens Lohmueller of HOA, Ange Valentini who spoke on behalf of Member of Parliament Adam Vaughan, former mayor of Toronto and current Senator Art Eggleton, Brian Iler, a lawyer who has been working with Options since the beginning and Options COO Pat Munroe.  Each speaker touched on their experience with Options and HOA and the current state of cost effective housing in the GTA. 
Guests also heard Gloria Ramirez’s very personal and touching story about her journey to becoming a homeowner with Options and HOA.
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                                                                                *Our amazing speakers
The purpose of World Habitat Day is to reflect on the state of our cities and towns and the basic human right to adequate shelter.  It aims to remind the world that we are responsible for the habitat of future generations.  In light of this Mike LabbĂ©, Options Founder and CEO spoke about Options International, more specifically the work being done in Africa. 
He said: 
“Housing is the single most effective economic development opportunity that any developing country has; but it’s not the housing that matters, it’s the jobs that it can create.  The need, the oppourtunity and the chance to make a difference on that continent [Africa] are incredible and Options will be there for as long as it takes.”
Check out some photos from the celebration:
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        *The cake that has become an Options tradition during our 20th year
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                                             *Options International team Tana and Pauline
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                                                                                          *Jens Lohmueller
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                                                                                 *The party in full swing
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                                                                                                 *Mike LabbĂ©
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                                                                *Mike explaining Options for Cars
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                                            *Ene Underwood, Celia Chandler, Pat Munroe
Options for Homes Cameroon also sent a great video that outlines what they have been able to accomplish in Limbe, Cameroon with Options’ and HOA’s assistance.  Check back tomorrow to see the full video.