Options Bytown Recognized for Housing Excellence

Ottawa Area Non-Profit Receives ONPHA Award for Excellence

TORONTO, Nov. 3, 2011 /CNW/ - Options Bytown was recognized on October 28th for their pursuit of excellence in non-profit housing by the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA).

The ONPHA Award for Excellence 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 Prentice Yates & Clark, this annual award recognizes a non-profit housing provider that responds to community and tenant need with imagination and insight.

"Options Bytown exemplifies the power of community partnership," says Sylvia Patterson, ONPHA President. "Their innovative model of housing and supports, coupled with their focus on strategic community partnerships, means that more people in Ottawa are able to maintain their housing and build better lives. Options Bytown has emerged as a leader in our sector and we are pleased to recognize their work."

More information about Options Bytown is available at www.optionsbytown.com

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

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, Communications Manager
Tel: 647-828-8081
Web: www.onpha.org

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