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About Hope Agua Vita

Dedicated to creating safer, more sustainable communities by helping build more hurricane resistant homes, working to bring safe drinking water and durable solar energy micro grids.

What is Hope Agua Vita

HOPE Agua Vita has completed 2 humanitarian home-rebuilding missions to San Lorenzo in 2018 (January & May missions) and repaired concrete roofs and rebuilt complete wood roof systems on both missions, and did a complete home build on the May mission. One of the core pillars of the missions is to teach locals the advanced building skills needed to make their homes more hurricane-resilient. With the skills they learned, the locals have continued repairing roofs once the mission teams returned to Canada. HOPE Agua Vita is returning in November for its next all-volunteer mission to continue the rebuilding work … and the training of local community members on advanced house framing techniques. We thank all those who are supporting the missions in any way they can… incredible corporate and individual donors that have made it possible to help change lives. When asked “why", team members say “because we can, we have so much expertise in our building tradespeople and the hurricane Maria disaster created so many people in need, and we have the ability to help, with compassion, to change lives. There is so much still to do, and we are committed to continuing with a robust education component that will help many more people thrive. Innovation, advanced building techniques and education to rebuild communities. We invite you to join us with your support as we plan our next 2 missions in December 2018 & February 2019.

Meet The Team


Mission Leader

Doug is a second generation builder of Energy Star and Net Zero Homes. He is a National Award Winning Home Designer, working with a number of manufacturers on development of products for more sustainable housing.

Doug is dedicated to designing and building cost effective high performance homes that are comfortable and beautiful and take great satisfaction in hearing from customers how much they love their new home.

He is a passionate believer in building responsible homes that reduce our carbon footprint, take advantage of space and light.


Projects Manager

James is a family man.  He’s one of 12 and has 3 children of his own and has been married for over 32 years to his wife Gail.

James’ passion for excellence and unrelenting drive is evident in everything he does.  He evolved from lawn cutting on weekends to Sole Proprietor of Gregor Homes in under 19 years. As President of the Greater Barrie Home Builder’s Association from 2004 to 2006, James was the catalyst for launching a campaign to build a home in less than 60 hours, with all proceeds going to the RVH Cancer Center.  Under James’ supervision, a second house was constructed in 2008 in less than 60 hours with proceeds going to the Guilda’s club of Barrie.   Over the last 11 years, James has also launched and co-chaired annual ice fishing tournaments that combined, have contributed almost $400,000 to local charities.

As Second Vice President, and his appointment as President of the Ontario Home Builder’s Association in the term 2009-2010 he organized and chaired a provincial conference in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic where 180 members of the OHBA and family, constructed 6 houses in an extremely poor neighborhood.  Recently between February of 2014 to present, James has been instrumental in the construction of a Youth Development Centre for a charity operating in Puerto Plata.


Assessment and Remediation Supervisor


Mission Liaison, San Lorenzo Unit Film Director


Construction Training and Inspection Co-ordinator

Chief Building Official/By-law Enforcement Officer Municipality of Central Elgin.

I began my career as a Building Official in 1989 and now have 29 years of experience and knowledge. My duties include permit issuance and inspection of all construction projects, Municipal By-Law Enforcement which includes Property Standards and Lot Maintenance. I am also Risk Management Inspector for Source Water Protection and certified in Fire Prevention Technology.

My main objective for the Hope Agua Vita project is to teach/guide local authorities on the techniques of building and property inspections as well as provide technical support for the construction team.


Team Logistics Co-Ordinator, Community Outreach


Recycling Co-ordinator, Community Outreach




Renovation and Repair



David Bazely is 24 years old and although he has been working in his Father’s residential construction business since he was only 16, he has been working alongside his Dad since he learned to walk.

David possesses a wide array of skills in construction and is always looking for ways to use them to help others. David has participated in three humanitarian builds abroad, and has participated in many volunteer opportunities within his own community.

David’s hobbies are anything outdoors – fishing, hunting, sledding, and building! He is the middle child with a younger and older sister, lives with his wonderful girlfriend, and loves his Dog Lucy.





Young 19 year old General Carpentry Apprentice employed as a Carpenter Apprentice with Prycon Custom Building & Renovations Inc. in Barrie, Ontario.

Logan has been involved with charities and volunteering both locally and abroad from a very young age.

He has volunteered in the Dominican Republic on Humanitarian Builds in 2011, 2014 & 2015 where he helped build homes and a youth development centre. Logan is passionate about the construction industry and has a hobby in auto mechanics.

He is excited about the opportunity to help people and their communities that are less fortunate.