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Sylvie Moreau named honorary life associate
Sylvie Moreau was named honorary life associate of CHF Canada.
Sylvie first worked for co‑operative housing in development, helping to create d’Habitation populaire de la Côte du Sud and working to educate its members.
In 1987, after studying English, Sylvie joined the Ottawa Federation of Housing Co‑operatives as director of member services. There she built new member services and reached out to francophone housing co‑ops. In 1991, she moved to CHF Canada, where she was responsible for recruitment, federations and helping co‑operatives in difficulty.
Sylvie continues her connection with our movement as a consultant and volunteer. She served as a trustee of the Federal Co‑operative Housing Stabilization Fund for six years, serving as chair from 2002 – 2004.
Building and strengthening co‑ops earns CMHC award for Kit Hickey
Kit Hickey was presented with the CMHC award for Outstanding contribution to Co‑operative Housing. Kit is now the Executive Director of Housing Alternatives in Saint John, New Brunswick. But when she joined the organization in 1981, she was the administrative assistant of a brand new housing group.
Kit has played an active leadership role in the broader housing sector, including the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association, the New Brunswick Non-Profit Housing Association, where she served six years as President, and Habitation New Brunswick, a provincial housing advocacy group.
She is also involved in helping to solve the homeless crisis. She is currently involved in developing First Steps housing, a transition house program for pregnant and parenting youth. The program targets young people who are on the streets or at risk, in a city that has the highest rate of teen pregnancies in the city and one of the highest in the country.
But it is for her support of co‑op housing that she received the honour. She has helped develop 10 co‑ops in Saint John, and she continues to deliver management services to eight of them.
Craig Hunter and Jason Moore celebrated for fundraising
Craig Hunter and Jason Moore received special recognition for their creativity and efforts to promote co‑operative housing and diversity. Five years ago the couple launched the successful Glamazon evening. This has become a regular feature of CHF Canada AGM and raises funds for charity. Those named Mr. and Ms. CHF at the annual talent contest continue fund-raising throughout the year.
Wood Tree Co‑operative wins Jim MacDonald award
Wood Tree Co‑operative Inc. received the 2004 Jim MacDonald Award for Social change. Wood Tree is a scattered rehab co‑op that demolished a duplex and, using members’ own equity and a $94,000 grant from the City of Toronto, added five units of affordable, subsidized housing. The new units include one unit of refugee transitional housing. All are wheelchair accessible and will serve co‑op members who are disabled or currently overhoused, allowing these members to comfortably age in place.
Wood Tree members attended public meetings, oversaw planning and development, raised funds and lobbied neighbours, officials and politicians to ensure the successful completion of the project. To help make the project affordable, members agreed to paint and otherwise finish the units and the landscaping.
The co‑op’s work is an inspirational model for other smaller co‑op communities. In particular, it shows how member equity and personal work can be used to help create new affordable housing so that members can age in place.
20 year members honoured
At each year’s annual meeting we thank those housing co‑ops who have 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 housing co‑ops received their awards at the annual meeting or will have the award presented in their region.