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Hugh Garner receives Jim MacDonald award
This year, CHF Canada presented the Jim MacDonald Award for Social Change to the Hugh Garner Green Roof Project. Toronto’s Hugh Garner Housing Co‑operative’s green rooftop project transformed the co‑op’s concrete high-rise rooftop into a green roof to both promote environmental sustainability and increase city green space. The project, once finished, will be the largest and most innovative in Ontario. In the long term it will improve the quality of life and reduce heating costs for the co‑op.
Joanne Mick named Honorary Life Associate
The CHF Canada Board of Directors presented Joanne Mick, Team Leader for The Agency for Co‑operative Housing in Alberta and BC, with CHF Canada’s Honorary Life Associate Award at this year’s AGM in Winnipeg. The Board presented this honour to recognize Joanne’s extensive contribution to co‑operative housing in Canada. She was Executive Director of the Southern Alberta Co‑operative Housing Association (SACHA) for 15 years, served as Chair of CHF Canada’s Federations Committee for three years and was member at large on the CHF Canada Board from 2003 until 2006. Joanne Mick continues to be a member of Sarcee Meadows Housing Co‑op in Calgary, where she has lived since 1987.
Tolpuddle receives best practices award
Tolpuddle Housing Co‑operative in London, Ontario received CHF Canada’s new award for best practices in co‑op governance and management. The co‑op developed PowerPoint presentations for members’ meetings and board training sessions. This allowed the co‑op to share information in different ways. Using this technology has reduced meeting length, increased member attendance, and kept meetings focused. Technology has been used in Board meetings to share information gained at conferences and workshops.
Jamie Ritchie receives CMHC award
Jamie Ritchie, the executive director of Columbia Housing Advisory Association, is the 2007 recipient of the CMHC award for outstanding contribution to co‑operative housing. He was introduced to co‑op housing in 1988 when he was looking for an affordable home for his family, and has been developing housing co‑ops since then.
His most recent project with Columbia is the Jackson Avenue Housing Co‑operative – 26 units in renovated heritage houses in Vancouver’s downtown eastside. Jamie has served as director and president of the Co‑operative Housing Federation of BC and recently completed three terms as a trustee of the Federal Co‑operative Housing Stabilization Fund. Jamie was unable to attend CHF Canada’s annual meeting to receive the award in person, as he was working on a project in Kenya as a technical advisor with Rooftops Canada – Abri International.
Member Recognition Awards
CHF Canada recognizes co‑ops and other members who have supported us with continuous membership throughout the years. Here are the members that received an award this year with 20 and 30-years-of-service awards:
20-year member awards
30-year member awards
20-year organization awards
30-year organization awards