ONPHA Awards 2011

Don McBain, Executive Director of Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services, Recognized for Outstanding Leadership

TORONTO, Nov. 3, 2011 /CNW/ - Don McBain, Executive Director of Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services was recognized for excellence in leadership by the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA) on October 29, 2011.

The Sybil Frenette Outstanding Leadership Award is part of ONPHA's annual awards program recognizing leadership and celebrating success in Ontario's non-profit housing sector. Made possible through the generous sponsorship of Yardi Systems Inc., this annual award honours an individual whose energy and vision contributes to the cause of non-profit housing in Ontario.

"Don McBain's work is creating positive change for thousands of individuals and families across Ontario," says Sylvia Patterson, President of ONPHA. "His dedication is helping to make Aboriginal control over Aboriginal resources a reality, with the development of housing programs delivered to the Aboriginal community, by an Aboriginal organization, utilizing the skill and talent of Aboriginal professionals."


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 & Clark
Winner: Options Bytown

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

Category: ONPHA Tenant Achievement Recognition Awards - Sponsored By Enbridge
Winners: Eleanor Porter (The Wexford Residence Inc- Toronto), Jaurex Lewis (Evangel Hall -Toronto), Todd Bradley, Chris Kelly, Tim Knight, and Kevin Knight (Community Living - Essex County), and Sandy Land (Parry Sound Non-Profit Housing Corporation)

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)

SOURCE Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA)

For further information:

Rhona Duncan
Phone: 647-828-8081
Web: www.onpha.on.ca

Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services
Phone: 1-866-391-1061
Web: www.ontarioaboriginalhousing.ca

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