#Changemakers

The success of Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario relies on the contributions of its many wonderful volunteers. Building homes requires work and commitment throughout the year. Whether it’s picking up a hammer, joining a committee, or helping out at the ReStore. Together we can help families build strength, stability, and self-reliance in the community.

Gary is one of our new volunteers at the London ReStore. He helps with customer service, and in the warehouse. Although he has been with for a few months, he has already inspired many staff members and volunteers in the organization. We are grateful to have Gary as part of our team!

Gary Clegg

By profession, Gary is a corporate pilot, but by passion, he is a self-sponsored Volunteer Air Ambulance Pilot, Medic and overall aid worker. He has volunteered in natural disaster areas, conflict zones, refugee camps and internally displaced camps globally. As the owner of a few small businesses over the years he did not always see success. However, he has never been driven by monetary gain, only in doing his very best to make a positive impact on those he encounters.

About his volunteer work, he says ‘I discovered that I cannot change the world, but if I can make a difference in one person’s life while on my mission, than I will return content. I try every day to live by this rather touching Margaret Mead quote. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”’

When asked why he chose Habitat, he responded “I have worked globally and seen first-hand mass destruction and loss. When one loses their home, four walls and a roof, it is truly not the only thing they lose. The greatest loss is the loss of hope, dignity, and safety. A house is four walls and a roof, but a home is a sanctuary, a place of hope, a foundation where dreams can be attained. I believe Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario builds homes not houses.”