Brenda Whiteside Gets Flocked

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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 lslater@uoguelph.ca.

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