March 2010

                       MHBA ANNUAL CURLING BONSPIEL:
                             A ROARING SUCCESS
On Friday, March 12, thirty-two teams took to the ice at the Heather Curling Club. This was a fun-filled day for all par-
ticipants. The final draw was exciting as the two top teams, Manitoba Hydro and Building Supplies of Canada Ltd played
one another. Building Supplies emerged as the winner but when points were all added up the winner was the team from
Kitchen Craft Cabinetry. Congratulations!

Thank you to the Winnipeg Free Press who sponsored a great roast beef lunch; to all of our ice sponsors; to all those who
donated a fabulous array of prizes, and particularly to JELD-WEN Windows & Doors who had Jennifer Jones and Jill Of-
ficer visit the club house over lunch hour. The girls were a real hit as they mingled among the guests and exchanged curl-
ing stories. They are off to the Worlds in Swift Current this week and we wish them well.

Jennifer and Jill brought an autographed jersey from the 2009 Worlds which was auctioned off with the proceeds going to
Habitat For Humanity. The winner was Ray Straker from Gentek.

Thank you to the following companies
   who sponsored this fun event!


            ICE SPONSORS
                                            The gals from The Floor Show. Hurry, Hard!   MHBA President Mike Moore with the
       Accurate Technology Group                                                          winning team from Kitchen Craft
         A. Clark Roofing & Siding
           All Weather Windows
   Building Products & Concrete Supply
               City Mix Inc.
     Construction Safety Association
            Federated Insurance
         FLO-FORM Countertops
               Hook & Smith
             Inland Aggregates
     JELD-WEN Windows & Doors
          Johns Manville Canada
                  Ply Gem
Renovations Magazine - Trader Corporation
            Stalwart Appliances
          Star Building Materials                                                                        Jennifer Jones and Jill
                                                                                                         Officer with the teams
    And a huge thank you to all                                                                            from JELD-WEN
    those who donated prizes!
            2008-2009                                      SALES AWARDS NIGHT
       Board of Directors
                                     On February 19 the Delta Hotel Ballroom
         Randy Jaquet                was the scene of our 2010 Sales Awards
         Randall Homes               Night. President Mike Moore and National
        Past Chairman                Home Warranty representative Lloyd Mah
           Kevin Van                 were on hand to congratulate the highest
      Qualico Developments           achieving sales people in the industry.
         (Winnipeg) Ltd.

       1st Vice Chair                The Rising Star Award recognizes promising
       Diego Vassallo
    KDR Design Builders Inc.         new home sales agents that have been in the             Stacy Finch, Sandra Finch and guests
                                     industry for less than two years with sales
        2nd Vice Chair               totaling less than one million dollars for 2009.
         Guy Hobman
        Greentree Homes              This award was presented to Stacy Finch.
      Secretary / Treasurer
            John Lund                Twelve Supplier Awards were presented to
      Steinbach Credit Union         outstanding sales persons who were selected
                                     by their employer to receive the award.
            Jason Arlt               New Home Sales Agents were acknowledged
         Arlt Homes Ltd.
                                     with bronze, silver gold and platinum awards.
         Jake Dethmers               The President’s Award for the highest dollar
        Red River Siding &
        Eavestroughs Ltd.
                                     volume in new home sales in 2009 went to
                                     Myles Viklund of StreetSide Development             MHBA Chairman Randy Jaquet with Laurence
         Allan Hochman                                                                     Rosenberg and Elizabeth Wilderman of
The Floor Show/Super-Lighting Ltd.
                                     Corp.                                                         Accurate Technology

      Bryan Klinkhammer              The crowd enjoyed the musings both in song and verse of Dean Jenkinson as he com-
     Furnasman New Homes
                                     pared our event to the Olympics – “going for gold”.
          Andrew Koop
          Irwin Homes

        Colleen Kuruluk
   Manitoba Hydro Power Smart

     Laurence Rosenberg
   Accurate Technology Group
   & DreamRoom Productions

        Grant Sakiyama
      Sakiyama Construction

          MHBA Staff
                                       Lloyd Mah, Mike Moore and MC Dean Jenkinson      ElsieMah, Suzanne Miriani and Debbie Sanders
          Michael Moore                       presenting the evening’s awards.

         Show Manager                                           Thank you to the sponsors of this event:
           Jan Currier
                                                            FEATURE SPONSOR             PLATINUM SPONSOR
 Membership & Special Events
      Janet Constable

      Program Coordinator
         James Murphy                                         GOLD SPONSORS               SILVER SPONSOR

     Technical Coordinator                                                                   Craig Kelman
         Jamin Braun                                                                         & Associates

         Jeannie Ozimec

        Office Assistant
        Stephanie Christie
                                  HOME EXPRESSIONS 2010
Spring arrives at the Winnipeg Convention Centre
on March 18 with the opening of the 36th annual
Home Expressions Show. The show offers all of
the newest and the best ideas in design, décor, and
outdoor living. You will find kitchens, baths, inte-
rior design, appliances, electronics, home furnish-
ings, lifestyle products, fashion, living green and

One of the celebrity guests this year is Samantha
Pynn, host and creative director of Pure Design HGTV. She is well known for her creativity in developing easy, do-it-
yourself projects that any homeowner can do. For Samantha, sustainability is about making the best choices you can,
starting with changes as simple as rethinking what you have or making over a second-hand piece, while still getting gor-
geous results.

Carson Arthur
The voice of environmentally friendly landscape design on a global scale will address outdoor challenges with a keen
sense of style and a passion for eco-consciousness. He hosts his own television show.

As the spokesperson for both the Canadian Diabetes Association and for BluePlanet Environmentals, Carson has made
the most of his television career by being active in helping to develop a better understanding of green living within a so-
cial context.

Be sure to visit the Home Expressions show, March 18 – 21. For show hours visit our website at We look forward to seeing you there.

                                    PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
                  March is an amazingly busy month for the Manitoba Home Builders Association, but also a very
                  good time. The 2010 Spring Parade of Homes has been a tremendous event to date. This unseasona-
                  bly warm weather has brought consumers out in droves to visit our 95 superb show homes. Reviews
                  have been great from all sources. The builders have been elated with not just the traffic, but also the
                  quality of traffic. The developers have been happy with the apparent need for growth and expansion.
                  Suppliers have been happy with the visibility that their products have been getting. Most of all, con-
                  sumers are happy with the superior product on display and the state of their financial position. Our
                  goal now is to keep this momentum going throughout the entire year.

The MHBA is presenting the Home Expressions Show this Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Winnipeg
Convention Centre. This consumer show annually attracts over 20,000 visitors and is a must see rite of Spring for
Manitobans. We encourage all MHBA members to bring friends and family to the show.

The Curling Bonspiel last Friday at the Heather was another spectacular event with a full house of 128 curlers. It was
great to have Jennifer Jones and Jill Officer join us at lunch.

Earlier this month, the MHBA was well represented at the Canadian Home Builders Association Annual Meetings and
participated fully in the discussion of such items as Government Imposed Charges for development costs, land use
regulations that are impacting housing costs, projected interest rates and the creation of city master plans.

Keep writing those offers from the Parade of Homes and we look forward to seeing you at the Home Expressions
Show this weekend.
The Education & Training Committee is participating in the Construction Career Symposium at the Red River Exhibi-
tion grounds on May 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This symposium is to promote careers in construction to stu-
dents and youth. With the increasing skilled trades shortage, this is the time to introduce students to the variety of skilled
trade occupations available in the construction industry!

The MHBA will enter three projects in the form of three identical garden sheds. Students in the carpentry training
course will build one shed to full frame. One shed will be ready for erection while the third shed will be only precut
components. The career seminar will be interactive with students being allowed to try hands on work.

We require TWO individuals per shed for approximately 7 hours for a total of SIX persons for full time or in
shifts. Those individuals should have the capacity to help and direct students in window/door installation, installation
of exterior finishes as well as some with the knowledge and ability to direct students in the assembly of prefab compo-
nents and complete framing. Students must also be made aware of the safety requirements to ensure no one gets injured
on the site.

We would like individuals to be willing to speak to the benefits of a career in the residential construction industry. It
would be beneficial to have both male and female instructors.

If you are able to contribute some of your time, contact Gerry Koersvelt at 960-0093 or; Jamin
Braun at 925-2564 or; or Janet Constable at 925-2578 or

At the conclusion of the event the three sheds will be donated to Habitat For Humanity.

     Our thanks to McMunn & Yates and JELD-WEN Windows and Doors for their donation of supplies.

   CONGRATULATIONS!                                                  UPCOMING EVENTS
The William M. McCance Award is presented to an
individual who has demonstrated leadership within                  March 6 – 21                         June 2
the Association, at the national level, and has a re-        Spring Parade of Homes             Annual Golf Tournament
cord of participation and achievement in matters
related to research issues, codes and standards, in-                                             September 18 - October 9
novative technology and techniques, demonstration                 March 18 – 21                   Fall Parade of Homes
projects and technology transfer. This award was            Home Expressions Show
presented to Derek Thorsteinson of the Manitoba             Winnipeg Convention Centre                October 15
Home Builders’ Association, president of Parkhill                                                        Gala
Homes.                                                               April 16                  Winnipeg Convention Centre
Congratulations Derek!                                    Spring Parade Awards Dinner
                                                                 Hotel Fort Garry                    November 2 & 3
                                                                                                     Housing Forum
                                                                     April 21                         Caboto Centre
                                                                Renovation Seminar
                                                                  Norwood Hotel

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