Son: Gab (2007)
Jackie, a single mother, and her son Luis, known as Gab, embarked on a life-changing journey when they arrived in Canada from the Philippines in 2017. With only a few months to prepare for their move, they were sponsored as Manitoba Provincial nominees by Jackie’s mother’s second cousin, ensuring a support network awaited them.
As they settled into their new life, Jackie and Gab resided in a one-bedroom apartment in the West End area of Winnipeg, which initially met their needs. The location was ideal, with easy access to Gab’s school, a before and after-school program, and Jackie’s employment. However, as Gab grew older, the space became too small for the family. Jackie made the decision to move into a two-bedroom rental, closer to their Habitat home.
Jackie, determined to provide a better future for herself and Gab, pursued personal and professional growth. While working as a customer service representative, she dedicated her evenings to completing the Legal Assistant Program at Herzing College. Her hard work and perseverance paid off, and she now works as a Provincial Court Clerk, making significant strides in her career.
Dreaming of homeownership, Jackie faced the challenge of saving enough for a down payment, making her dream seem distant and unattainable. However, with the support of Habitat Manitoba, Jackie is on the path to purchasing her very first home in the Fort Rouge neighborhood – an achievement that will transform her and Gab’s life.
The location of this Fort Rouge home is ideal for the family. Jackie does not own a vehicle so the convenient access to bus routes and nearby shopping is ideal.
Jackie’s determined to create a better future for her and Gab, and she is committed to completing the required 500 sweat equity hours by dedicating her time and effort to Habitat Manitoba projects.
Jackie’s willpower, hard work and resilience are an inspiration to her son and to the community around them. Through their partnership with Habitat Manitoba, Jackie and Gab are not only purchasing a physical house, but also a home that will be filled with love, laughter and cherished memories.
Congratulations Jackie and Gab!