Shirlane Day appointed Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Quebec

The Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity Quebec is very pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Shirlane Day as Executive Director.

Shirlane Day has been the Executive Director of the Pacific Institute since 2009. This organization, recognized by the Government of Quebec as a leading partner in the fight against bullying, is dedicated to the development of programs and services in conflict prevention and resolution in order to build violence-free living environments.

Ms. Day has extensive experience in nonprofit management, having worked for over 25 years at the local, regional and national levels with nonprofits. She has worked for many years for social, human and philanthropic organizations including the United Way of the Outaouais, the United Way of Canada and the Dr. Julien Foundation. She was recently awarded the Outstanding Career in Philanthropy prize by the Association professionnelle en philanthropie (AFP) section du Québec.

Shirlane Day is very involved in her community and has also helped establish a Crime Victims’ Centre in Gatineau, Quebec. Shirlane Day holds a graduate degree in management of public organizations from the École Nationale d’Administration Publique and a master’s degree in criminology from the University of Ottawa. She has also completed training in civil and commercial mediation at the University of Sherbrooke and in coaching at the École de Coaching de Gestion.

We are very honored that she has agreed to invest with Habitat for Humanity to achieve our ambition of becoming a key player in social real estate in Quebec through sustainable volunteerism and responsible development. We want to act in a way that has a positive impact on the well-being of families and we develop projects that respond to the new imperatives of society and the environment.

About Habitat for Humanity Quebec

HHQ, which is part of Habitat for Humanity Canada (HFHC), is a non-profit organization that strives for a world where everyone lives in an acceptable home. HHQ relies on the combined efforts of volunteers and partners to build simple homes that facilitate access to home ownership for families with limited income. It actively participates in the circular economy through its ReStore home improvement store network.


Small handles inspire big projects!

I recently moved to a lovely home on the eastern tip of the island. A friend of mine had told me about ReStore, her must-visit shop for household items. I went to the Montreal North branch looking for great finds at low prices to personalize my space.

As soon as I walked in, I saw an impressive display of handles! There were so many to choose from, including round, square, metallic and colourful. These Rocheleau handles immediately inspired me to design creative projects for my apartment! I know the Rocheleau brand, and the high quality of their handles will allow me to create durable projects.  

Of course, I immediately thought of changing the handles on my kitchen cabinet doors. I found the perfect model to add a modern touch to my older cabinets.

The models on offer were so diverse that I couldn’t settle on just one. Then I thought, why should I limit myself? That’s when I came up with the idea of designing a unique coat rack to revamp my entrance hall! A few colourful handles in various styles, screwed onto a board fixed to the wall – how’s that for a useful, practical and very affordable decoration project!

And finally, before I left, I couldn’t resist adding six handles to my basket for my dresser. It’s amazing how a simple handle can update a piece of furniture and give it a second lease on life. Thank you, Rocheleau and ReStore!

-Adriana, tenant of a charming flat in need of a personal touch


An owner with flair

ReStore is a true ally in my role as an income property owner. Even though I only have six units, believe me, there are always things that need to be done! Whether it’s a leaky toilet, a wall that needs to be replastered or a faulty light fixture that needs to be replaced, ReStore is there to help me keep my units in perfect condition in return for a minimal investment.

Recently, a long-time tenant moved out of one of my large apartments, and I took the opportunity to renovate and update it 100%. I purchased everything from tiles to paint to new kitchen cupboard doors from ReStore. I saved a lot of money without ever skimping on the aesthetics of my renovations. My daughter helped me choose the best materials to enhance the character of the apartment. Thanks to her advice, and above all, thanks to ReStore’s impressive selection, I was able to renovate this apartment with panache, which boosted its rental value!

My tenants are happy, and I know that I always get my money’s worth when I visit any ReStore. It’s wonderful knowing that I’m supporting a good cause while saving so much money!

-Paolo, happy apartment building owner