Brenda Whiteside Gets Flocked


Members of Habitat for Humanity Wellington County enjoy their handiwork with flocking target Brenda Whiteside, right, associate vice-president (student affairs). From left: Prof. Janet MacInnes, Department of Pathobiology; Lynda Slater, Centre for Students with Disabilities; and Elizabeth Bonkink, Habitat For Humanity fund development manager. Photo by Susan Bubak

If you see a flock of pink flamingoes in your office, don’t panic. You’ve been flocked by Women Build, part of Habitat for Humanity. U of G’s first flocking target was Brenda Whiteside, associate vice-president (student affairs). Her office was decorated with all things pink, including a pink feather boa. For a $25 donation to Women Build, you can flock a member of the campus or Guelph community.

“We want to use this as a tool to get more awareness for Women Build,” says Lynda Slater, chair of Women Build’s steering committee and an educational specialist in U of G’s Centre for Students with Disabilities. Women Build volunteers have been working on a house on York Road that will be move-in ready by mid-November. Volunteers are also needed for another build on Huron Road.

“This is a multi-dimensional cause,” says Slater. “It’s about a family getting a home and it’s about making friends and learning new skills. I guarantee that when you volunteer, you’ll want to continue. It’s such a rewarding experience.”

Habitat for Humanity is selling $15 Guelph Storm hockey tickets for the Jan. 13 game against the Windsor Spitfires and the Feb. 24 game against the Owen Sound Attack. To purchase tickets, contact Slater at

For more information, visit the local Habitat for Humanity website.