Testimonials

Jason and Jackie Heistad along with their 8 year old son Judah, have lived in Regina for the past 12 years. 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. With this realization came...

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Tim Johnson has been a resident of Lloydminster for 11 years and is a proud father of two. Tim and his wife are not only busy raising a family, but also keeping up with Tim’s health conditions. Tim has been on the waiting list for both a kidney and pancreas transplant for the past 5 years and is now an active voice within the community for organ donation. Tim and his...

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Rozelle Saguico is a newcomer to Canada arriving from the Philippines in 2009, and calls Lloydminster home. Rozelle became a permanent Canadian resident in 2013.  Since residing in Lloydminster, Rozelle has been an active volunteer with the Lloydminster Tennis Association and also with Catholic Social Services.  Rozelle is active within the local Filipino-Canadian...

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Arriving in Canada in 2008, Rio Ravas is from the Philippines and became a permanent Canadian resident in 2012. Rio Ravas is a father of three and is involved in his community. He has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity Philippines and is also currently active in the local Filipino-Canadian Community. Rio is a pioneering member of the Couples for Christ Lloydminster...

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Victoria Manns is in her early 20’s and manages a retail store in Saskatoon. 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 her dreams of owning her own place. It...

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Linda Dahl is in her 50’s and has been a single mom for the last 20 years. 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 through the HeadStart on a...

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The Ruslan family immigrated to Saskatoon from Kazakhstan three years ago with their two lovely little girls who are now five and seven years old . This transition provided many challenges for the family, including financial stress, as they worked hard to build a good life for their family here in Canada. Homeownership may not have been an option without the HeadStart...

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Lynn Laird is an Early Childhood Educator and currently works at Thomas’ House, an emergency receiving home for children who come into foster care without immediate placements. Originally from Saskatoon, Lynn relocated to Regina 27 years ago. While raising her 14-year-old son Dawson, Lynn has struggled to find a home they can afford on a single income. Being a single...

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

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Amery and Desiree Martin moved to Saskatoon 2 years ago with plans of starting a family.  Their ultimate goal was to purchase their first home for their young family to enjoy.  Before 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...

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As a young person new to the workforce, Mandy assumed that homeownership was probably out of her reach in the near future, however, she decided to check out the house market in Moose Jaw to confirm this. She found that any properties in her price range would require quite a bit work – something that Mandy is neither capable nor willing to take on. Her real estate agent...

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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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