ONPHA Awards 2011 - Non-Profit Housing Sector Recognizes Tenant Community Leadership

TORONTO, Nov. 3, 2011 /CNW/ - Seven tenant leaders from across Ontario were recognized with a Tenant Achievement Recognition Award from the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA) on October 30th.

Made possible through the generous sponsorship of Enbridge Gas Distribution, this annual award recognizes tenants living in non-profit housing who make their communities better places to live. This year's recipients are:

  • Todd Bradley, Chris Kelly, Tim Knight, and Kevin Knight (Community Living - Essex County)
  • Sandy Land (Parry Sound Non-Profit Housing Corporation)
  • Eleanor Porter (The Wexford Residence Inc- Toronto)
  • Jaurex Lewis (Evangel Hall -Toronto)

"Tenant leadership and engagement is central to healthy, vibrant non-profit housing. All of the recipients of the 2011 Tenant Achievement Recognition Award understand the important role that tenants play in making their communities good places to live," says Sylvia Patterson, President of ONPHA. "We all have the power to make our communities stronger and we are happy to recognize the hard work of people who understand this truth and live it each and every day."


More than 400,000 people in Ontario rely on community-based affordable housing, including: seniors, low-income families with children, the working poor, victims of violence and abuse, people living with developmental disabilities, mental illness, HIV/AIDS or addictions and the formerly homeless/hard-to-house.  For over 20 years, ONPHA has been the voice of non-profit housing in Ontario.  Founded in 1988, ONPHA unites 760 non-profit organizations providing housing in 220 communities across Ontario.


The awards were announced during the 23rd annual Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA) Conference and Trade Show from October 28-30th.  Since 1997, many individuals and non-profits have been recognized for their contributions to the sector.  There are many more that deserve to be recognized and rewarded for their dedication to, and support of, non-profit housing and healthy communities.  Videos of each award recipient are posted on the ONPHA website at www.onpha.on.ca.

Other 2011 winners by category include:

Category: ONPHA Award for Excellence sponsored by Prentice Yates and Clark
Winner: Options Bytown

Category: The ONPHA Going Green Award sponsored by GLOBE
Winner: Peel Living (the Region of Peel)

Category: The Sybil Frenette Outstanding Leadership Award - Sponsored by Yardi Systems Inc.
Winner: Don McBain, Executive Director, Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services

Category: 20 Years of Service Recognition - Sponsored by Morneau Shepell and Green Shield Canada

  • Belia Brandow, Leeds & Grenville Rehabilitation & Counselling Services (Brockville)
  • John Buchan, Iroquois Falls Seniors' Apartment Corp.
  • Herb Chatson, Aldersgate Homes Inc. (Belleville)
  • Gene Chenier, Emily Murphy Non-Profit Housing Corp. (Ottawa)
  • Joan Cranmer, Victoria Park Community Homes Inc. (Hamilton)
  • Sheila Davenport, Homes Unlimited and Odell-Jalna Residences of London
  • Cecile Davidson, Rainy River District Women's Shelter of Hope (Atikokan)
  • Janet Ferguson, Carleton Place Municipal Non-Profit Housing Corp.
  • Ron Hancock, Peterborough Housing Corporation
  • Martha McBurnie, Regional Municipality of York
  • Robert Papineau, Iroquois Falls Seniors' Apartment Corp.
  • Louise Sisson, Haliburton Community Housing Corporation
  • Myra South, Region of Waterloo Community Housing Inc.
  • Rev. David Reid, Victoria Park Community Homes Inc. (Hamilton)
  • Margaret Wood, Parkview Place (Oshawa)
  • David Robertson, Prentice Yates & Clark (Toronto)

SOURCE Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA)

For further information:

Rhona Duncan, Communications Manager
Cell: 647-828-8081
Web: www.onpha.on.ca

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