In September 2000, Neil Hetherington became the youngest CEO of a Habitat for Humanity affiliate in the world. Since that time, Habitat for Humanity Toronto has accelerated its building program from an average of ½ a house per year to 84 under construction in 2009. The Habitat ReStore operations have also expanded with the addition of a third store in 2007. A graduate from the University of Western Ontario – Huron College (London) and Seneca College (Toronto), Neil has also volunteered Internationally with Habitat for Humanity building homes in Thailand, Hungary, Poland, Uganda, Ghana, Mexico, El Salvador, Louisiana, South Korea and most recently in India. Neil is the recipient of many awards and honours for his contribution to the community. He is the recipient of: – Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award (2006) – The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal – The Georgian Alumnus Award of Distinction from Royal Saint George’s College – The Distinguished Alumni Award from Seneca College – The 2007 Award of Merit from the University of Western Ontario – The 2009 Medal of Distinction from Huron University
Neil currently is a Trustee of the Toronto Grace Hospital, a member of the Advisory Board of The Salvation Army, and director of Camp Kwasind. He is also an active volunteer at Out of the Cold, the Ontario Prayer Breakfast, and a Deacon at Yorkminster Park.