Ayer’s first Habitat for Humanity homeowner, Janice Cornier, is living out her dream of a wonderful life. On Saturday, Jan, 21, her new home at 22 Shirley St. was dedicated, for the second time.

Upon completion, the Habitat employees, volunteers and the new homeowner dedicate Habitat for Humanity homes.

On Nov. 19, the home was dedicated but without Janice Cornier present. Just days before the dedication, Janice had to fly to Indiana to be with relatives during the last days and death of Janice’s mother. Though the joy of moving into her new home was overshadowed by sorrow, she is now settling in and the reality of owning her own house is a delight and a comfort to her. Yesterday’s dedication, with Janice present, was a joyous occasion.

Many friends, family members and Habitat volunteers were present. Megan Foley, director of the Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts affiliate led the ceremony, Mary Mullahy, chairperson of the family partner committee and founder of the HFHNCM affiliate led the group in prayer and presented Janice with a bible (which is the tradition of HFH in all their home dedications). Mike Jeans, HFHNCM board member, also attended and commented on how the house is now a home.

Several volunteers on the project were also there: Amanda Norton, co-chairperson; Crinny Savoie, volunteer coordinator/site host; David Bodurtha; Betsey Diskin, construction committee; and Sue DeBassio, family partner. Two other Habitat homeowners were there, showing their support, Wanda Belliveau of Littleton and Omaya Ishtiwi of Gardner.

The house was dedicated in the “It’s a Wonderful Life” style with bread, salt and wine being presented to homeowner by family partner Sue DeBassio.

Without the help of so many people, the completion of the first Habitat for Humanity home in Ayer would not have come to fruition. Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts and Janice Cornier thank the following people/companies: Frank Woods, construction supervisor, and his many volunteers Amanda Norton, co-chairperson; Heather Hanley, co-chairperson; Ginny Savoie, volunteer coordinator; David Bodurtha; Ken and Betsey Diskin; James Stephen; Conrad Donnell; Father Richard Gosselin and St. Mary Parish; Cains; Joe Kochan and Cargill/Horizon Milling; Community Preservation Committee; North Middlesex Savings Bank; Pinards Landscaping; Tom Gibbons and Associates; Ross and Associates; Gervais Ford; Rotary International; Dunkin’ Donuts of Ayer; Steve Rogers and Epic Enterprises Inc. (Pepsi of Ayer); Peter Page and Mattress Giant; The Nashoba Club; McDonald’s of Ayer; O’Naturals; Harvard Lanes; Shirley Boudreau (food coordinator); Mike Secley and the Evangelical Congregational Church of Harvard; Jennifer Fallen and Closets by Design; Sue Carison; Chariene Miller; Morian Plumbing and Heating; East Coast Electrical Contractors; Scott’s Roofing Service; Daragh Keene/ A.F.K. Painting; Shaun Suhoski; Faye Morrison; Paul Bresnahan; Geotechnical Consultants Inc.; Laurie Sabol; Lora Haines; Craig Lauer; Virgil and Meg Bagdonas; Apple Valley Nursing Home; Ayer Police Department; Ayer Fire Department; Nashoba Publishing; Prudential Prime Property ofLittleton; The Ayer Public Schools; Sorrento’s of Harvard; Graphax; Custom Signs and Northeast Neon; Doug Becker Sue DeBassio (family partner); Paul and Joey DeBassio; and all the generous people/companies who donated gifts of money or raffle items.


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