2008 ONPHA Awards of Excellence - Recognizing leadership, achievement and excellence in non-profit housing

    Winners announced at ONPHA's 2008 Annual Conference and Trade Show

    TORONTO, Oct. 21 /CNW/ - The Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association has
announced the winners of its Annual Awards, recognizing leadership,
achievement and excellence in non-profit housing.
    "Congratulations to the 2008 ONPHA Award winners," said Hugh Lawson,
President of ONPHA. "These award winners have demonstrated commitment and
dedication to non-profit housing, and are helping create stronger communities
and neighbourhoods."

    The 2008 winners by category include:

    Category: ONPHA Award for Excellence
    Winner: Toronto Community Housing, a municipal non-profit housing
    corporation located in Toronto that serves a diverse tenant population
    with imagination and insight.
    Sponsor: Prentice, Yates and Clark.

    Category: Sybil Frenette Outstanding Leadership Award
    Winner: Lynn Carson, Former General Manager, Nepean Housing Corporation
    Sponsor: Yardi Systems Inc.

    Category: The ONPHA Going Green Award
    Winner: Wilmar Heights United Church Non-Profit Homes Inc.
    (Wilmar Court), Toronto.
    Sponsor: Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)

    Category: ONPHA Tenant Achievement Recognition Awards
    Winners: Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (SALT), St. Paul's
    L'Amoreaux Centre (Toronto); Shirley Moise, Campbellford Memorial
    Multicare Lodge (Campbellford); Robert Poirier, ICAN-Independence Centre
    and Network (Sudbury); Rose Ryan, New Hope Non-Profit Dwellings (Durham)
    Inc. (Oshawa).
    Sponsor: Enbridge

    Videos of each award recipient will be posted on the ONPHA website
(www.onpha.on.ca) by Thursday October 23, 2008.

    The awards were announced during the 20th Annual Ontario Non-Profit
Housing Association (ONPHA) Conference and Trade Show. Over 1,300
representatives from Ontario's affordable housing sector gathered together for
this three day event, featuring over 70 conference workshop events and two
tradeshows with over 65 exhibitors.


    ONPHA's mission is to build and support a strong and diverse non-profit
housing sector. Working together with ONPHA members to promote housing
excellence, the ONPHA Awards recognize and reward individuals (staff, board
members and tenants), groups and non-profits who have made an outstanding
contribution to the quality of non-profit housing. Since 1997, many
individuals and non-profits have been recognized for their contributions to
the sector. There are many more out there that deserve to be recognized and
rewarded for their dedication to, and support of, non-profit housing.


    More than 400,000 people in Ontario rely on community-based affordable
housing, including: the elderly, low-income families with children, the
working poor, victims of violence and abuse, people living with developmental
disabilities or mental illness and the homeless/hard-to-house.
    Studies have proven that housing is an essential determinant of health
and a key contributor to the vitality of Ontario's communities. Investing in
community-based affordable housing supports the government's investment in
health care, education, social services and job training and will ensure that
the government realizes the benefits of these investments while building
strong, vibrant and healthy communities.


    ONPHA is the voice of non-profit housing in Ontario. Founded in 1988,
ONPHA unites 770 non-profit organizations providing housing in 220 communities
across Ontario. Our members include municipal and private non-profits of all
sizes, with all types of funding. Further information can be found at

For further information:

For further information: Sharad Kerur, ONPHA Executive Director, Tel:
(416) 927-9144 x. 102, Cell: (416) 723-2835

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