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Habitat Keelesdale
December 11, 2022

3 GTA Habitat for Humanity families welcomed home at Daniels FirstHome Keelesdale

Recently The Daniels CorporationDiamondCorpKilmer Group, and Habitat for Humanity GTA , welcomed three Habitat families to their new homes in the Daniels FirstHome™ Keelesdale community. These three families received the keys to their new homes at Habitat GTA’s Home for the Holidays celebration.

Located in Toronto’s Keelesdale neighbourhood, Daniels FirstHome™ Keelesdale is a vibrant 12-acre master-planned community nestled in a lush ravine setting, surrounded by beautiful outdoor spaces, public parks, established walking and cycling trails and family-friendly amenities. From its inception, the vision for this community was to be dynamic, exemplifying a complete, transit-oriented community that is seamlessly integrated with its surrounding neighbourhoods and places accessibility and inclusivity at the forefront. The Daniels FirstHome™ program, a highly successful brand of communities located throughout the GTA, stands for creating more attainable homeownership opportunities through various programs and incentives.

“At a time of year when we gather around with our friends and loved ones, it is truly heartening to know this season will be an unforgettable one for these working families as they look forward to brighter futures and – for the first time – celebrate the holidays in their beautiful, new homes,” said Ene Underwood, CEO of Habitat for Humanity GTA. “We are proud to stand with Daniels, DiamondCorp and Kilmer Group and value their commitment to creating affordable homeownership opportunities in our communities. We look forward to working together to build more inclusive, resilient and equitable neighbourhoods where children and parents thrive.”

In 2020, DiamondCorp and Kilmer Group were awarded the Habitat for Humanity GTA’s inaugural “Developer for Humanity Award” and in 2022, Daniels was awarded the inaugural “Developer for Humanity Lifetime Achievement Award”. These awards are a testament to Daniels, DiamondCorp and Kilmer Group’s commitment to delivering affordable homeownership opportunities while demonstrating their commitments to the economic and social wellbeing of the communities they build. Welcoming three partner families to their new homes at Daniels FirstHome™ Keelesdale ahead of the holidays is an example of the magic that can happen when industry builders and developers partner with Habitat GTA to support its mission of helping families build strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable homeownership.

Through their long-standing partnership with Habitat for Humanity GTA and local affiliates, Daniels, DiamondCorp and Kilmer Group have helped empower families in need of a place to call home. Alyssa Keel, one of the participating Habitat partner families and proud new Daniels FirstHome™ Keelesdale homeowner stated, “Every Habitat family has a unique story, whether we are leaving unsafe, unhygienic, overcrowded, or unaffordable apartments – we have all struggled with trying to do the best we can for our children. As parents, we want to see our children thrive, become members of their community, make friends, be happy, and we want to ensure that our children are not impacted by our own financial stresses as they grow up – that they get to stay children as long as possible without worrying along with us. You have given us the opportunity to watch our kids ride their bikes down the street, join clubs, play sports, and be healthier, safer, and happier. Thank you for this incredible gift.”

Daniels FirstHome™ Keelesdale marks the 96th Habitat partner family that Daniels has helped support through their 26-year partnership with Habitat for Humanity and their affiliates. “For over two decades, Daniels has been a proud partner of Habitat for Humanity and has showcased the incredible power of collaboration. As responsible builders and developers, we play a vital role in strengthening the communities where we live and work,” said Niall Haggart, Partner and Executive Vice President at The Daniels Corporation. “Our partnership with DiamondCorp, Kilmer Group and Habitat GTA allows three deserving families to realize the dream of homeownership, which will in turn help establish security, safety, and stability in their lives. We look forward to our continued collaboration for many decades to come.”

“We are honoured and proud to be partnering with Habitat GTA, The Daniels Corporation and Kilmer Group to provide affordable housing to three families ahead of the holidays,” said Bob Blazevski, President and COO of DiamondCorp. “The Daniels FirstHome Keelesdale community is a testament to the positive impact industry partnerships lead to, and we look forward to continuing to build strong communities and brighter futures for families across the GTA.”

“Our partnership with Habitat for Humanity GTA, The Daniels Corporation and DiamondCorp has enabled us to help three Habitat families realize the strength and stability of affordable homeownership,” said Ken Tanenbaum, Vice Chairman of Kilmer Group. “This is an incredible example of what happens when the non-profit and private sectors band together to build inclusive, affordable and resilient communities.”

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