Chantel (2001), KC (2003), Jaze (2005)
Maurine, a single Indigenous mother has lived in Winnipeg for most of her life, growing up in the Weston area. She has three daughters, Chantel, KC and Jaze who are 16, 14 and 12 years of age.
Maurine is currently renting a very small three-bedroom home that is in terrible condition. It has cracks down the walls, mould everywhere, wooden window sliders, radiator heat, and roof leakage to name a few of the problems. They have had mice, squirrels in the roof, and rabbit feces in the basement. These conditions are deplorable, but it is all she can afford.
They generally feel safe in the area because they have great neighbors; they look after each other, but in recent years, there have been more break-ins. They are a very active family who frequents the Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex and participate in programs and activities there.
With three young children, Maurine went back to school to complete her High School diploma in 2010 and proceeded to volunteer at Cecil Rhodes School. She loved being there so much, the educational team encouraged her to enroll in the Community Based Aboriginal Teacher Education Program, which she completed, but later decided she preferred being an Educational Assistant where she gets to work with special needs students, which she continues to do full time at Cecil Rhodes School.
Maurine heard about the Habitat program when a home was being built in her neighborhood. She applied and was excited to get the call that she had been accepted. Her and her children are anxious to get started on their 500 hours of sweat equity and look forward to building their home alongside volunteers and sponsors.