My name is Cindy McCaugherty, of Raincoast Homes, Gabriola Island, BC. As a designer of alternative sustainable houses, an owner/builder/resident of an eco-friendly home, and as a partner involved in land sharing, I would like to lend my support to Harmony Habitat/Orca Design’s grant application to your foundation’s grant program in relation to their Eco Healthy homes initiative.
Having met extensively with Harmony Habitat’s founder Tatha Cornish, I am deeply impressed with the scope, depth of understanding, and vision of the proposed Eco Healthy Homes project. Harmony Habitat’s dedication to a project that would advance sustainable land use through innovative design of future-ready, healthy human habitat with shared land tenure would be of great benefit to my community on Gabriola Island, an island already showing deep commitment to stewardship of the land, air, water and healthful living. This would truly be an exciting well received community building project.
Not only as an alternative home designer/builder but also as a director of Gabriola Housing Society, I see a clear need in our community for attainable home ownership options for those seeking a healthy, high quality, small-footprint lifestyle but who do not have the skills, knowledge or time to navigate their way through the complex research required for custom eco-building, nor the desire to take on excessive debt in an attempt to acquire land and build an eco home.
I strongly believe Harmony Habitat’s unique approach to these barriers will provide many positive benefits to our community, potential home buyers, as well as transitioning renters to home ownership through long term tenure solutions.
Should there be an opportunity, my intention is to provide this exciting visionary project with my time, labour, and alternative building expertise to help showcase how beautiful, ecologically designed, ethical, healthy homes are good for people, good for my community, and good for the planet.
In conclusion, as we enter this time of transformation, our built environment and our tightly intertwined relationship to the earth need to reflect this important recognition that our well-being is directly linked to the well-being of the planet. I can’t think of a better way or a more elegant solution to demonstrate this.