Young Professionals Building Strong Communities – Press Release

Quinte Young Professionals to participate in Habitat for Humanity build day

QUINTE WEST, ON – Quinte Young Professionals (QYP) is excited to volunteer on Thursday, April 23 at the newest build for Habitat for Humanity Prince Edward Hastings. The current project is located on Sidney St in Trenton and in its final stages. The projected move in date for the Coughlin family is the end of May.

Habitat for Humanity Canada is a national, non-profit organization working towards a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live.

“We are so excited to give back to the community,” said Kristina Lane, Director with Quinte Young Professionals and Youth Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator with Small Business Centre. “One of our goals as young professionals is to help build a stronger community through youth retention and volunteering. This is a great opportunity for us to give back!”

Quinte Young Professionals is a group of individuals (40 and younger) connecting with peers in social environments to exchange ideas, share common interests, learn more about the area’s business community and engage in the community’s future. Their goal is to engage and empower young professionals through community, professional, and social opportunities.

The Coughlin family is looking forward to enjoying their new home. The family of five currently shares a two bedroom apartment and are in desperate need of better living quarters.

“We are all looking forward to our own personal space,” said Melanie Coughlin. “My husband Dan and I have been sleeping in the apartment living room.”

Melanie and Dan begin the application process in February of 2014 which consisted of an information session and several interviews. It was last October, after the house had already started being built, that they learned they were the successful candidates.

Each family is required to complete a minimum of 500 volunteer hours while their home is being built.

“We’ve primarily done work in the basement like helping to dig trenches for pipes,” said Melanie. “We did lots of drywall work, painting and trim, framing, and helping to pick out the design of the home.”

Melanie encouraged anyone in a similar living situation to apply.

“As young professionals, we need to be engaged in the Quinte Region and aligning ourselves with organizations that have similar values is ideal,” said Kristina Lane. “We have some amazing individuals as part of the driving force for Quinte Young Professionals.”

Directors with QYP are: Adam Burr of RE/MAX Quinte Ltd., Meagan Gray of QuintEssential Credit Union, Jillian McCormick of QuintEssential Credit Union, Kristina lane of the Small Business Centre, and James Krikorian of Scotiabank.

QYP hosts several events and activities a year. They are closely aligned with the Quinte West Chamber of Commerce and made possible with generous donations from the City of Quinte West, Trenval Business Development Corporation, and Futurpreneur Canada. A special thank you to Papa John’s Pizza for supplying lunch for the QYP volunteers on build day.

Anyone interested in learning more about Quinte Young Professionals is invited to visit their website at or find them on Facebook.