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20 year recognitions
CHF Canada's strength is in our membership. At this year's annual meeting we decided to thank those housing co‑ops who had belonged to CHF Canada for 20 years or more. We have all benefited from working together over the past 20 years. We're looking forward to many more years of co‑operation.
The following co‑ops receive their awards at the Saturday evening presentation:
Other co‑ops were not able to receive their awards at the annual meeting. We are arranging presentations for them in their region at a later date.
David Lach wins CMHC award
David Lach, a founding member of Quebec Manor Housing Co‑operative in Vancouver, was named this year's winner of the CMHC award for outstanding contribution to Co‑operative Housing.
David was part of a group of tenants who formed Quebec Manor co‑op, a 32-unit co‑op in east Vancouver, in 1980. He continues to live in the co‑op and has served terms as president and treasurer.
David was president of the Co‑operative Housing Federation of BC for the first two years following incorporation. Last year he served as the federation's interim Executive Director during their search for a new executive director.
He is a founding member and general manager of Baseline Type and Graphics Co‑operative. David handled the re-design of CHF Canada's Web site and the creation of the new Members Network.
The CMHC award has been presented at the CHF Canada annual meeting since 1988.
The award honours David's dedication to both co‑op housing and the broader co‑op sector.
Danielle Cécile honoured
Danielle Cécile, executive director of the Federal Co‑operative Housing Stabilization Award was named an honorary lifetime associate of CHF Canada at the Saturday dinner/dance.
Danielle spent 11 years at CHF Canada as director of sector development. During that time she saw and acted on the need for stronger federations, closer links with Quebec, and a more diverse leadership.
She was one of the key architects of the plan for a new, sector-based administrative agency.
Danielle joined CHF Canada after 10 years of developing and helping co‑ops in Quebec.
CHF Canada is pleased to be able to recognize Danielle's contribution to co‑op housing in this way.
Garden wins award for Asgard Green
Asgard Green Housing Co‑operative in Kitchener, Ontario is the winner of this year's Jim MacDonald Award for Social Change.
The co‑op initiated the planting of a large perennial garden by the front entrance of the Grand River Hospital in Kitchener.
A group of co‑ops in the area worked together to benefit the larger community. As well as providing volunteers to plant the garden, housing co‑ops were encouraged to sponsor a bench for the hospital gardens.
Congratulations, Asgard Green!
Mr and Ms CHF 2001 crowned at AGM
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Peoples Caucus of CHF Canada crowned the Mr. and Ms. CHF 2001 at a fundraising event held during the annual meeting in Victoria, B.C. Congratulations go to Mr Paul Reichert of Terrace Co‑op in Toronto and Ms. Octavia Thunderpussy (aka Tamara Lopez) of Briarview Co‑op in Mississauga.
In the true spirit of diversity, the LGBT Caucus pointed out that this year’s Mr CHF is a self-identified straight male and that Ms. CHF is a woman – not a drag queen.
The contest is open to anyone living or working in a housing co‑op. The duties of the newly-elected representatives include promotion of co‑operative housing and LGBT issues in co‑op housing.