Med students give back to Habitat homes

Kelly Snider
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LOCAL. On August 7th and 8th, medical students and residents put their shovels into the ground and volunteered to work on Habitat for Humanity homes in Orléans.

Volunteers setting the grass for the homes.

The volunteers helped with the completion of the sites on Nantes St., with tasks like sodding and landscaping. One of those volunteers was third-year University of Ottawa med student Ammar Bookwala.

The 25-year-old said it was the first time he volunteered for Habitat, but it was an amazing experience.

"It was fantastic. It gave us the opportunity to get connected with families in the community," said Bookwala. "We had the chance to speak to residents there and the best part of it all was seeing what a difference we were making."

Bookwala said his group was in charge of putting down sod and dirt for new grass.

"I think the key thing is to also make sure you're not just passively volunteering," added Bookwala. "It is key to reflect back and see how [I] can bring this experience to my line of work. I definitely want to get involved as much as possible."

This project was sponsored by MD Financial Management.

More Homes

As the construction is finishing for the homes on Nantes St., construction has begun for four more Habitat for Humanity homes in Orléans.

Two single homes and two semi-detached are being built on the lots of 1277 and 1279 Cousineau St. They will be home to four different families.

If you would like to get involved with this build, visit

Organizations: University of Ottawa, Habitat for Humanity

Geographic location: Orléans

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