In order of appearance.

  • Amanda Ridgeway – Ignite Consulting
    • Ms Ridgway’s experience designing and delivery integrated systems of care draws on a career including dual-diagnosis clinician, managing youth alcohol & drug services and commissioning and coordinating borough wide health strategies in London, UK. As Chair of the City of Fernie’s, Official Community Plan Implementation Committee, Ms Ridgway led the multi-stakeholder team in the execution of the community’s affordable housing strategy. Her role as Director with the Fernie Family Housing Society included conceiving and laying the groundwork for the build of Veneto Place, BC Housing’s first public-private partnership. Ms Ridgway lives in the Comox Valley, consulting on strategic planning and community development.
  • Harlene Holm – Director, Denman Community Land Trust
    • Harlene /Denman Community Land Trust Association’s mandate is to provide secure, affordable housing for low income earners who are in need of long-term housing. DCLTA believes that affordable housing is a necessary component of a vibrant, diverse and sustainable community.
      • * DCLTA’s Rural Affordable Housing Project was designed to 1) support the creation of long-term affordable housing, 2) enhance farm viability and local food security and 3) explore housing agreement possibilities with the Agricultural Land Commission.
      • *The Project Final Report and DCLTA’s follow-up recommendations were forwarded to over 25 agencies and organizations.
  • Sarah Sullivan, RSW – Manager, Courtenay and Campbell River offices & Positive Wellness Worker, AIDS Vancouver Island
    • Sarah Sullivan is the current Chair of AHERO – the Ad Hoc Emergency Resources Organizations, which was founded in 1994, as a collaborative group, represented by more than 30 community agencies, church groups and individuals concerned with the less fortunate members of our society. AHERO’s aim is to identify the need for emergency services encouraging their development and helping to coordinate their delivery. Sarah is a Registered Social Worker and the Manager of the Courtenay and Campbell River offices of AIDS Vancouver Island, where she provides positive wellness counselling and harm reduction services.
  • Brad Crewson – Streets to Homes Coordinator, Pacifica Housing Advisory Association
    • Brad has over 15 years of experience in the social services and counselling fields and has spent the last 7 years managing supported housing and coordinating support programs for homeless individuals in Victoria. Previously he has worked on a variety of projects for people managing mental heath and substance use concerns including skills development, employment counselling, and youth work. More recently Brad has pursued his passion for alternate dispute resolution and has completed mediation certification and restorative justice facilitator training. Along with his duties coordinating the Streets to Homes program for Pacifica Housing, Brad coaches mediation courses for the Justice Institute of BC, the University of Victoria and Royal Roads University. He is also an active board member and volunteer coordinator for Restorative Justice Oak Bay.
  • Roger Butcher – Regional Director for Vancouver Island with BC Housing
    • Roger has been with BC Housing for over 26 years and has held a number of positions with BC Housing. Starting out in Vancouver, Roger worked in the maintenance field for a number of years, then becoming the Manager in 1994. In 2002 Roger became the Regional Director in the Lower Mainland overseeing a staff of 100 and was responsible for the management of over 2,800 units of directly managed housing units and worked with the Non-Profit Housing sector from Richmond BC in the south to Pemberton BC in the north. In April 2005 Roger transferred to Vancouver Island. Roger works with the Non-Profit Housing Societies on the Island to help support them in providing housing in their communities on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Roger and his team in Victoria work closely with BC Housings Development Services Group responsible for Vancouver Island to assist the non–profit sector to develop new housing opportunities on the Island.
  • Marika Albert – Program Manager, Poverty Prevention and Reduction Initiatives, Community Social Planning Council, Victoria BC
    • Marika is a Program Manager for the Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria where she conducts research on housing affordability, poverty reduction and prevention strategies, and monitors and reports on socio-economic trends for BC’s Capital Region. In 2012 she led a study on local policies to address issues of housing affordability in the Capital Region and currently sits on the CRD Housing Task Group.
  • Henry Kamphof – Senior Manager, Housing Secretariat, CRD, Victoria BC
  • Georgette Whitehead, MSW, RSW, RCC – Executive Director, Vancouver Island North Women’s Resource Society
    • Georgette is vice-chair of the Campbell River Homelessness Coalition. She is the Executive Director of the Vancouver Island North Women’s Resource Society, operating the Campbell River Women’s Centre, the Advocacy Services Centre, the Homelessness Outreach Program, and the Senior Peer Counselling program. Georgette is a social worker and clinical counsellor and has been a resident of the Comox Valley for 21 years.
  • Paul Geoghegan – Homeless Outreach Worker, Campbell River
  • Danna Locke – Director Regional Development, BC Housing
    • Danna has worked with BC Housing for more than 25 years and has extensive experience working with non-profit societies, local communities, health authorities and municipal governments to deliver affordable housing. She has worked in numerous communities around the Province.
  • Pam Willis – Courtenay
    • Pam initiated and led 4 innovative housing projects during her time as Executive Director of the Women’s Resource Society of the Fraser Valley. Three were classified as second stage housing projects and one was a ‘Housing First’ project. All were successful. Pam joins the panel to share strategies that turn community concerns about social housing initiatives into community engagement and support.
  • John Horn – Social Planner, City of Nanaimo
    • John is the Social Planner for the City of Nanaimo and has held that post since 2006. He works with government, social service agencies and local citizens to address social issues in the City. From 2004 to 2008 he also held the role of Chairperson of Nanaimo’s Working Group on Homelessness, a multi – sectoral effort to end homelessness in Nanaimo. John is currently leading the implementation of the City of Nanaimo’s “Response to Homelessness Action Plan” with approximately 160 units of supported housing completed, under construction or in the pre-development phase. From 2001 to 2004 John worked in the Republic of Ireland as a social planner for the City of Dublin. His work there focused on the revitalization of urban neighborhoods. He is Registered Professional Planner and a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners.
  • Karen Ungerson – Corporate Representative, BC Community Development Centre, Vancouver BC, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
    • As a marketing professional with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), Karen has worked in the BC housing industry for 25 years promoting the federal government’s role in housing to a wide range of corporate clients. Her current focus is building partnerships with municipal governments, the non-profit sector and private industry to develop affordable housing opportunities across BC. Karen’s previous public relations roles include working with the BC Provincial Government and with British Columbia Television during EXPO ‘86. Her experience in corporate communications is complemented by a journalism degree from Concordia University, Montreal and a professional background in training, project and diversity management.
  • Sandra HamiltonMarketing Specialist & BC Partner For Social Impact 
    • Sandra Hamilton is no stranger to guiding and inspiring organisations through periods of intense transition. As a Business Manager she has managed the transitions, reputations and new businesses of clients such as VANOC CEO John Furlongand Olympic rower Silken Laumann. She is very comfortable developing big visions and new ideas.Sandra is a thought provocateur, well known for her innovative, strategic thinking and ability to connect people to opportunity. She is passionate about developing business strategies to drive social change and rural economic development . Inspired by nature, for the past 18 years, Sandra has lived and worked from Pender Island and more recently the Comox Valley.

      In Vancouver she held a number of management positions: Senior Partner, Twentyten Group Strategic Sponsorship & Marketing, Director of Marketing at The Vancouver Sun, Sales Manager for Vancouver Magazineand Publisher/owner of BC Woman Magazine.

      Sandra currently helps charities develop business capacity and non-traditional revenue streams, particularly in the area of Google marketing, corporate partnerships and commercial rights management. She is now working to bring 30 years of business experience to teaching and developing capacity in the Non Profit sector. This focus led to a recent decision to enroll in an MBA program, where she is working hard to integrate more discussion about Co-operatives and Community Contribution Corporations into the MBA curriculum.