Testimonials

Jason and Jackie Heistad along with their 8 year old son Judah, had lived in Regina for 12 years prior to purchasing their HeadStart home. The Heistad family is very musical which is expressed through their work and recreational time. As Judah got older they realized that they needed more living space, especially with Judah developing an interest in playing the drums....

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Tim Johnson, proud father of two, had been a resident of Lloydminster for 11 years prior to purchasing his HeadStart home. Tim and his wife were not only busy raising a family, but also keeping up with Tim’s health conditions. Tim had been on the waiting list for both a kidney and pancreas transplant for 5 years and was an active voice within the community for organ...

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Rozelle Saguico was a newcomer to Canada arriving from the Philippines in 2009, to call Lloydminster home. Rozelle became a permanent Canadian resident in 2013.  Since residing in Lloydminster, Rozelle was an active volunteer with the Lloydminster Tennis Association, Catholic Social Services, and the local Filipino-Canadian Community. After moving from house to house...

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Rio Ravas arrived in Canada from the Philippines and became a permanent Canadian resident in 2012. A father of three, Rio was involved in his community. He volunteered with Habitat for Humanity Philippines and was active in the local Filipino-Canadian Community. Rio was a pioneering member of the Couples for Christ Lloydminster Chapter. Through the HeadStart on a Home...

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Victoria Manns was in her early 20’s managing a retail store in Saskatoon when she became a HeadStart home owner. Victoria recognized that owning her own place would cost her as much as paying rent and it made financial sense to look into home ownership. However, saving up enough money for a down payment on a regular priced home was extremely daunting and diminished...

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Linda Dahl, a single of mom for over 20 years, was in her 50s when she became a HeadStart owner. Trying to raise children on one income is no easy task, let alone trying to put money aside for savings.  Linda had dreams of being a homeowner again but felt it was just not an option for her considering her financial situation. Linda’s dreams finally became a reality...

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The Ruslan family immigrated to Saskatoon from Kazakhstan with their two lovely little girls three years prior to becoming HeadStart home owners. The transition provided many challenges for the family, including financial stress, as they worked hard to build a good life for their family in Canada. Homeownership may not have been an option without the HeadStart on a...

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Lynn Laird was an Early Childhood Educator and working at Thomas’ House, an emergency receiving home for children who come into foster care without immediate placements when she became a HeadStart home owner. Originally from Saskatoon, Lynn relocated to Regina 27 years prior. While raising her son Dawson, Lynn struggled to find a home they could afford on a single...

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Vern Olson moved back to Swift Current to be closer to family after spending some time in Alberta. In 1997, Vern lost his wife, and with his adult children living across the Prairie Provinces and in Tokyo, he found himself doing a lot of travelling. For five years, he lived in a mobile home in Swift Current, but with being away from home so frequently, he found the...

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Amery and Desiree Martin moved to Saskatoon with plans of starting a family.  Their ultimate goal was to purchase their first home for their young family to enjoy.  Prior to moving to Saskatoon they lived in Ontario where the cost of living made it too difficult for them to buy a home. When they arrived in Saskatoon they were renting and sorting out a plan to purchase...

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After completing her Bachelor of Kinesiology degree at the University of Regina, Mandy received her Psychiatric Nursing diploma at SIAST Wascana Campus in December of 2011. Mandy had grown up in a small town southeast of Moose Jaw, and was happy to find work close to home after her post-secondary education. She moved into a rental in Moose Jaw and worked at Moose Jaw...

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Lesa and Ryan Bent immigrated to Ontario from Jamaica in 2008. After moving to Yorkton in December 2009, the Bents moved many times between rental units. Renting was not ideal for their active and growing family; however, during this transitional period, Lesa and Ryan never thought they would be able to own their own home. Working three jobs between the two of them was...

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