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Halifax-area women team up for Habitat for Humanity’s ‘Women Build’ campaign

Women raise money for Habitat for Humanity and spend a day working on a job site

Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia’s Women Build members (from left) Marjorie Davidson, Lovessa Johnson and Carol MacCulloch test the fit of some drywall at a build site on Thursday.

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Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia’s Women Build members (from left) Marjorie Davidson, Lovessa Johnson and Carol MacCulloch test the fit of some drywall at a build site on Thursday.

Marjorie Davison wants to show that “women can do anything.”

Davison is CEO of the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA) and one of the participants in Habitat for Humanity’s “Women Build” campaign. On Thursday, the group helped with the construction of a townhouse in Spryfield.

“One of our priorities…is to attract more women to the trades,” Davison said of the NSAA.

Women Build involves various teams of 10 women who raise money for Habitat for Humanity. They then get to spend a day working on the job site during “Women Build Week.”

Marie-France LeBlanc, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia, said the women were spending Thursday building a firewall as well doing electrical work.

“It’s a painstaking process,” she said. “Every part of the house is being built by volunteers, and these are just really important parts of it.”

LeBlanc feels it’s valuable for people to know they don’t need special skills in order to volunteer.

“Women tend to be a big part of the families that we partner with. They’re women led,” said LeBlanc.

“So this is a great opportunity for us to show our families, for us to show everybody that everybody can be a part of this.”

Yvette Williams is the mother in one of those families. She and her two children – ages four and nine – recently moved into a Habitat for Humanity home in East Preston.

“Everything’s been so nice and easy and affordable since I moved in,” said Williams, who was also volunteering on Thursday.

“We’re getting ready for Christmas now. It’s the first Christmas in the house, so the big gathering’s at my house this year.”

For Williams, it’s great to have the chance to help someone else have a home.

“It’s nice to see the other families get the same thing, and the excitement of it all,” she said.

“I’m just happy for them.”