Brand new 4 bedroom frame house was delivered officially at midday last Saturday March 26, 2011 in Lanark Highlands, Ontario, a good 1 hrs. drive West of Ottawa. The construction of this house began in earnest last mid November 2010 supervised by Steve Bulloch.
Master of Ceremonies was Honorary Mohawk Chief Larry Niford, longtime Board member and volunteer with Frontiers Foundation/Operation Beaver. In attendance were: His Worship Peter McLaren, Mayor of Lanark Highlands Township; Sonia Holiad and Bill Sammon of The Advocates’ Society; Steve Coleman of Rideau Lumber and Mrs. Coleman; Rev. Don Wilmer of St. Andrew’s United Church of Lanark and friends, neighbours and relatives. FF Board member Ron Cook and Operation Beaver Vice-President Roland Niganobe drove all the way from Toronto to attend as well as author James Bacque, his wife Elizabeth and daughter Susan (from Peterborough, Ontario).
On February 15, 2011 before attending Canada Council for Aboriginal Business meetings, Chief Alexis met with Rev. Dr. Charles Catto and Marco Guzman of Frontiers Foundation Operation Beaver (Frontiers Foundation). Frontiers Foundation is the oldest registered Indigenous charitable organization serving First Nations in Canada.
Chief Alexis toured Frontiers Foundation’s Project Amik – a housing development with 75 apartments created by Frontiers for First Nations people. Frontiers purchased old factories near downtown Toronto and converted them in beautiful affordable homes for First Nations people. The apartment complex also features a French/English Day Care Immersion School and features Aboriginal Art as well as a meeting room for First Nations people.
Solar Panels in Nahanni Butte: thanks to volunteer David Overall. Photo: David Orvall
David Overall found funding for a solar power project in the Nahanni Butte community where he is volunteering for Frontiers Foundation.
It really is amazing and shows the added benefits that can come from our volunteers.
From David's blog:
After more than a year of research, planning, and hair-pulling, my renewable energy project is finally finished. Working with the Government of the Northwest Territories, the Arctic Energy Alliance, and the Naha Dehe Dene Band, I have been able to acquire a 5kW photovoltaic array for Nahanni Butte. We are officially the first community in the Dehcho to incorporate solar power into the community grid - but hopefully not the last.
The array and work crew arrived over the weekend, and they have spent the past 4 days installing it on the roof of our community gym.