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!
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.”