Newfoundlander receives national award for supporting co-operative housing

ST. JOHN'S, May 28, 2011 /CNW/ - The Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (CHF Canada) announced today that Gerry Kennedy will receive the 2011 Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation award for outstanding contribution to co-operative housing. 

Gerry Kennedy recently retired from his post as Senior Executive Director, Newfoundland and Labrador Housing.  For more than a decade, Kennedy played an instrumental role in ensuring that Newfoundland and Labrador housing co-ops received the capital investment they needed to make badly-needed improvements to their properties.

"Gerry is a worthy and fitting recipient of this award," said CHF Canada President Wes Hosler.  "Housing conditions have improved for all co-op members in this province as a result of his personal commitment to affordable housing for the citizens of Newfoundland and Labrador."

The award will be presented Saturday, May 28 at 11:15 am during CHF Canada's annual meeting in the St. John's Conference Centre.  The General Manager of CMHC's Atlantic Business Centre, Christina Haddad, will make the presentation.

The mayors of St. John's and Mount Pearl, Denis O'Keefe and Randy Simms, will be on hand for the opening of the meeting at 9:30 am.

More than 600 people are in St. John's from housing co-ops across the country for the annual meeting of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada.  

Later in the day, delegates will vote on resolutions that call on government to help protect Canada's affordable co-ops, and to develop an accountability framework for federal spending on housing, to ensure better outcomes for nearly four million Canadians in need of decent housing they can afford.

CHF Canada is the national voice of the Canadian co-operative housing movement. Its members include over 900 non-profit housing co-operatives and other organizations across Canada.  More than a quarter of a million Canadians live in housing co-ops, in every province and territory.

SOURCE Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada

For further information:

Scott Jackson, Program Manager, National Communications 778-227-3864(cell), sjackson@chfcanada.coop


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