A Work of Art! Family, friends & neighbours of Art Russell are leaving a lasting and generous legacy in his honour towards Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga’s Georgetown 2017 build project.
Legacy is a powerful word. To some, its meaning is a bit disconnected. But at Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga, a legacy is what local volunteers and donors are building every day. And for people like Art Russell, their legacy will live on and continue to change the lives of families for generations to come.
If you knew Art Russell, you knew that he made an indelible mark on the neighbourhood in which he lived. Known on Pennington Crescent in Georgetown as the “grand handyman” and “head carpenter”, Art regularly offered to help his neighbours with their home improvements and special projects (like rebuilding a wood canoe that he bought for a whopping $5). Now, Art’s neighbours want to return the favour.
Sadly, Art passed away on September 11, 2016. However, as a fitting tribute to his generous nature of helping out others in his community, friends and neighbours have set out to raise money for Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga’s Georgetown build project in Art’s honour.
Art loved local and Canadian history, often traveling to visit museums or historic sites across Ontario or beyond. As a history buff, the Georgetown build is yet another project where he would have loved to swing a hammer to get involved while giving back and helping others less fortunate than himself.
Situated at 37 King Street in Georgetown (next to the GO Station), the former Exchange hotel property will soon become the site of the next Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga build project – a build that will create safe, decent and affordable homes for 5 hard-working, low-income families in need. The property was acquired by Habitat in 2015 and will be Habitat’s third project in Georgetown since its founding locally in 1999.
“With the great example set by Art,” says Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga’s CEO, John Gerrard, “we hope that our combined efforts will have a ripple effect on all who visit or reside at 37 King Street. The contributions towards the build in Art’s honour show us that we can make a difference in our own backyards and change the lives of families for generations to come.”
For those who knew Art personally or who would be interested in contributing to the project’s fundraising initiative, please visit raiseathon.ca/workofart – a special web page created in honour of Art and his contributions to the community. 100% of all donations go directly to the Georgetown build project.
For more information on the Georgetown build or information about Habitat’s 5 other build projects throughout Halton and Mississauga, please visit habitatbuild.ca.