VIDEO: Habitat for Humanity Empowers Local Women


It’s not every day you can say you helped build your own home. For one local woman, that’s no longer the case

Casey Mair is one of approximately 45 women who are taking part in Habitat for Humanity’s first-ever Women’s Build here in Sault Ste. Marie.

“It’s wonderful; it’s great to get my hands in there and help,” she said, talking about how it feels to be involved in her own home build.

“(Before this) I didn’t know how to do flooring, and I’ve painted a couple of pictures, but I’ve never painted a wall,” she said. ” (And) doing siding – it’s all a new experience for me.”

Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build imitative started in the United States in the 1990s, then moved to Canada, and now, Sault Ste. Marie.

“As the Resource Coordinator, I’m always trying to get new fundraising ideas and get new initiatives to get the house going,” HFH Resource Coordinator Pauline Pennett told SaultOnline. “When someone mentioned Women Build, we just ran with it.”

Mair said this experience helps her feel empowered as a woman.

She said she’s grateful for the women who don’t even know her but have decided to come and help out.

“(It feels) amazing,” she said. “I was almost in tears this morning.”

Mair said, although they don’t have a completion date in mind, she can’t wait to move in to her new home.

“I’m counting down the days,” she said.

As for this women-empowering event, Pennett told SaultOnline she plans to make it an annual occurrence.

For more information on Habitat for Humanity in the Sault, click here.