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Fourteen volunteers worked on sites in the North Shuswap this week. The volunteers came from Winnipeg, Red Deer, Morden, Winkler, Meldrum Bay, Waldheim, Edmonton, Leamington, Chatham, Blind Bay and Port Moody. We were joined by seven community volunteers on some days.

This week, a significant event occurred at Ted’s house. Our footing permit arrived at long last, allowing for concrete placement. By the end of the week, the footing was poured and stripped, so we are ready for next steps.

As of today, we have four houses in progress. Three are at lock-up stage with roofs, electrical and plumbing roughed in. Siding and soffit installations are complete on two of them. The drywall has been hung and the taping and sanding were completed in Wayne’s house. Painting could begin as early as Monday at Wayne’s. Drywall boarding was finished in Rosie’s house, so it’s ready for taping on Monday.

Highlights of the week: Two homeowners shared their “fire escape” stories. The stories included miraculous bus driving with no brake control, and another being stalked by a bear at night amidst dense smoke while swimming in Lake Shuswap at night!

Plans for the upcoming week: We want to move forward with foundation wall construction on house four. We are good to go with painting on one house and taping on the next. Once a few inspection notes are addressed, insulation and poly can proceed on house number three.

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