TheEagleLogoThe Comox Valley Housing Task Force thanks our friends at 97.3 The Eagle for their efforts in helping us promote this event.

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Schedule – Filberg Centre Stage Side [hr]

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  • 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM – Welcoming/Key Note

    1. Ronna-Rae Leonard – Chair, Comox Valley Housing Task Force and City of Courtenay Councillor
    2. Mary Everson – Elder, K’omox First Nation
    3. Don Bonner – Board President, United Way Central & North Vancouver Island
    4. Rachael Jancowski – Student, Lake Trail Junior, Courtenay[hr]
  • 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM – #1 Panel – Building Capacity Grant Recipients

    • The CVHTF dispersed $75,000 in grant funds in 2012 with the purpose of building community capacity to address homelessness. Representatives from each of the three grant projects will talk about their achievements through this fund:
      1. Comox Valley Community Capacity Initiative: Amanda Ridgeway, Ignite Consulting
      2. Rural Affordable Housing Project: Harlene Holm – Director, Denman Community Land Trust
      3. 2012 Community Resource Fair: Sarah Sullivan, RSW – Manager, Courtenay and Campbell River offices & Positive Wellness Worker, AIDS Vancouver Island [hr]
  • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – #2 Panel – Understanding the Issues 

    • How does the lack of affordable housing impact the health and well-being of individuals and our community as a whole? Looking at the housing continuum, from outreach to market options, experts will discuss current practices, such as

      Housing First, Supportive Housing, Transitional Housing and Emergency Shelters.

      1. Dr. Charmaine Enns – Medical Health Officer, VIHA
      2. Brad Crewson – Streets to Homes Coordinator, Pacifica Housing Advisory Association
      3. Roger Butcher – Regional Director, Vancouver Island, BC Housing
      4. Major Kathie Chiu – Executive Director, Addictions & Rehabilitation Centre, Victoria, BC[hr]
  • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM – #4 Panel – Project Development/Gaining Acceptance

    • Moving forward on housing projects can be complex. Experts will talk about project development and how communities can work together to support affordable housing development.
      1. Kevin Albers, CGA, CAFM – Chief Executive Officer, M’akola Housing
      2. Danna Locke – Director Regional Development, BC Housing
      3. John Horn – Social Planner, City of Nanaimo
      4. Pam Willis – Courtenay[hr]
  • 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM – Erik “Ice Blue” Eriksson [hr]

  • 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM – #5 Panel – Alternative Housing – The Art of the Possible

    • What are some affordable housing options? How can we increase our affordable housing stock? How can we build a community where everyone has a home?
      1. Karen Ungerson – Corporate Representative, BC Community Development Centre, Vancouver BC, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
      2. Danna Locke – Director Regional Development, BC Housing
      3. Sandra Hamilton – Marketing Specialist & BC Partner For Social Impact[hr]
  • 7:30 PM – 8:00 PM – Closing and Wrap up[divider_flat]

There will be a question and answer period in each Panel.


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