‘The relief that came with a single sentence was indescribable’.


Kirstin Smigel was so ecstatic when Habitat for Humanity Mid-Vancouver Island ED Marcel Aubin told her and partner Sean Smith that they had been selected to be future homeowners, she cried.


Before applying to Habitat the families living conditions had always been temporary and substandard. They had faced rats, leaks, and their daughter’s room doubling as a laundry room.

“We always felt guilty for not being able to provide a safe and secure home for our daughters Everly and Addison” said Sean.

“We worked hard but never got ahead. Knowing we will have our own home takes some of that pressure off”.

The couple had never believed they would be able to be homeowners and give their daughters the stability of a real home that they desired. “The fact that Habitat has helped our dream come true we just don’t even have words for” said Kirstin.


The couple are excited to start their volunteer hours with Habitat to give something back to the community which they will be homeowners in.