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Post date: Oct 22, 2002

There are over 40,000 people on Toronto's housing waiting list, says Marco Guzman, executive director for Frontiers Foundation. The foundation's latest project, Project Amik, will help alleviate the housing crisis. "We won't solve the problem but it will help," says Guzman. Up to now, the foundation's Operation Beaver worked in Aboriginal communities in northern parts of Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and other provinces. "Operation Beaver helps keep out the weather, keep in the heat and sustain clean running water and sanitary sewage systems," says Steve MacPhail, project coordinator for the Aboriginal renovation project.
Project Amik will be the first urban-based housing project for Operation Beaver. The project will renovate the historic 1917 Eaton's delivery building at 419 Coxwell Avenue.

Completion date is set for summer 2002.
"We're the Canadian version of Habitat for Humanity," says Guzman. He notes how Habitat for Humanity did try to set up a similar program in Canada but the mortgage costs were prohibitive for Aboriginal peoples. Aboriginal people don't have to pay back costs for Operation Beaver but they do pay in sweat equit by helping build their houses.
Families, singles, and disabled person can apply for one, two and three bedroom units. Project Amik accepts applications from Aboriginal people and non-Aboriginal people. Amik is the Ojibwe word for beaver. Years ago, the beaver was chosen as the foundation's mascot to indicate the cooperative nature of more then 3,000 volunteers in the foundation's 36-year history. The volunteers have assisted in numerous building a educational projects in Canada and abroad.

Post date: Oct 22, 2002

This year we have volunteers working in the communities of Aklavik, Inuvik, Fort McPherson, Rae, Edzo, and Arviat. Once again, our education projects involve our volunteers working as tutors and teaching assistants in these communities. Much of the work done by the volunteers involves working with special needs students, primarily students with learning and behavioral problems. This can be extremely challenging and difficult work and I am very proud of the way that the volunteers have responded to the challenge.

 In Aklavik and Fort McPherson the volunteers are working in a variety of grades, giving special needs students the one on one attention that they so badly need. In Inuvik the volunteers are working in the elementary school, high school, and at Aurora College and are tutoring, giving computer instruction, assisting with the library, and helping in adult education. In Rae-Edzo we have a large group of eight volunteers working in the High School in Edzo and in the elementary school in Rae. As with the other projects, the volunteers in Rae-Edzo are spending much of their time working with students who need extra, and personal, attention. In Arviat, Matt Lyon is taking the physical education classes in the elementary school giving the teachers some spare time to prepare for other classes.

All of these projects have proven to be very successful thanks to the dedication and effort shown by our volunteers. It is a continual source of amazement that we are able to continue to receive excellent volunteers year after year that succeed in carrying on a tradition of excellence.

Post date: Oct 22, 2002

On December 18, 2001 Frontiers' employee Andrea Wallington wed Ismail Patel (who some may remember as 'Happy Goose,' the shaman from Chief Great Eagle's village at Kanata Kapers III) at the Balmy Beach Club in Toronto. The delighted couple would like to express their warmest gratitude to Charles for performing a beautiful ceremony, and to friends and family for all the love and support received.

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