|Top Row (left to right): Sara Ripko and Laurie Block
Bottom Row (left to right): Nicole Kukurudza, Erin Barrett, Natalie Minckler, Amanda Penner, Jill Metz and Heidi Pisani (photo by Andy Devlin/Edmonton Oilers)
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On Wednesday, the Edmonton Oilers ladies along with Oilers employees lent some assistance to the Fort Saskatchewan Habitat for Humanity project.
Lending a hand on this day was Heidi Pisani, wife of Oilers forward Fernando Pisani and Nicole Kukurudza, fiancé of Kyle Brodziak. Oilers staff was also well represented, including Oilers Family Liaison Jill Metz, Erin Barrett and Amanda Penner of the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation and Community Development employees Sara Ripko and Laurie Block. Also participating was Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation Executive Director Natalie Minckler.
The Fort Saskatchewan project is a "blitz build" in which the house - a duplex which will house two single mothers and their children - is put up during a 14-day period. The build began on Saturday, May 31 and is slated to conclude this Saturday, June 14.
"Habitat for Humanity is an independent, charitable, faith-based housing program dedicated to the elimination of poverty housing by building homes in partnership with families in need," reads the organization's official website. "We sell houses to our Partner Families at no profit and finance no-interest mortgages. Families that would otherwise not be able to own a home are then able to build a better future for their children. Since 1992, we have built over 70 homes, housing over 200 people."
Beginning at 8:00 a.m. sharp, the workers painted, drilled, cut and measured throughout the entire day. The day started with morning prayer and a safety briefing. Baseboards were then carried down for painting along with 2 x 4's for framing the walls and doorway.
As part of their contribution to the project, the ladies used circular saws, hand saws, bow saws, air guns and a multitude of painting materials while helping the project come closer to its completion on such a short timeline.