Fern Paulhus, construction manager for Habitat for Humanity in Moose Jaw, receives the keys to the local branch's new truck from SaskEnergy operations manager Craig Noble on the 900 block of Ominica Street East on Wednesday afternoon. Times-Herald photo by Nathan Liewicki
Fern Paulhus is looking forward to refurbishing his 1991 Chevrolet half-ton pickup truck.
After racking up nearly 500,000 km on the truck, Paulhus is retiring it from serving Habitat for Humanity’s Moose Jaw branch.
From now on he will drive a 2006 GMC three-quarter ton, 4x4 truck – with a V8 engine – to transport materials for all habitat projects in the future, including the current home being built on the 900 block of Ominica Street East.
“The old truck has rear, two-wheel drive, whereas the new one has four-wheel drive,” said habitat Moose Jaw construction manager. “The new truck will also allow me to pull bigger trailers and bigger loads.”
Paulhus added that getting stuck in muddy, worksite conditions would no longer be a problem with a truck that has a little extra beef in it.
SaskEnergy donated the truck. Craig Noble, SaskEnergy’s operations manager in the Moose Jaw area was in attendance at Wednesday’s vehicle unveiling.
Noble noted SaskEnergy’s close partnership with Habitat for Humanity – volunteering regularly at project sites – made donating the truck to habitat Moose Jaw that much more gratifying, especially because the need for a newer truck was there.
“We looked through our Moose Jaw fleet at trucks that we were done with on the operations side,” said Noble. “Instead of auctioning off this truck, we donated it to Habitat for Humanity.”
Other than donating a van to the Saskatoon branch of Habitat for Humanity a few years ago, this is the only time SaskEnergy has donated something of this magnitude to the charitable foundation.
Jennifer Dominguez, co-chair of the city’s Habitat for Humanity chapter, was excited that SaskEnergy chose to donate a truck
“It gives us a reliable vehicle to use,” Dominguez said. “Fern has been using his own truck for the past three projects in Moose Jaw, so it will be nice to have a company car to put some wear and tear into.”
She added that the home still under construction would hopefully be finished in late January or earlier February. The completion date varies depending on the amount of volunteers they have.
“We are always looking for volunteers to help out,” noted Dominguez.
For more information on how to sign up for volunteering, visit www.habitatmoosejaw.ca.
Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks.