2022 Spring Education Conference Facilitators

In putting together this conference, we wanted to provide our members a choice to improve the greatest asset they have offer, themselves, in a format that works best for them. We are going back to the basics of co-op governance and management while also looking towards the future of co-op housing.

Here are some of the talented facilitators who will be leading the sessions (more to come!).

Thom Armstrong | Yuri Artibise | John Bathurst | Aslam Bulbulia | Cheryl Carters-Rolfe | Michelle Cooper-Iverson | Geoffrey Dabbs | Tiffany Duzita | Paul Gauthier | Barb Goode | Isabelle Groc | Grant Haddock | Michelle Hoar | Chris Hofley | Cassia Kantrow | Jackie Kloosterboer | Ken Kuhn | Sue Moorhead | Shelley Nessman | Shawn Price | Merrilee Robson | Michael Rodgers | Kathryn Sheps | Andrew Sitko | Olga Stachova | Tina Stevens | Sangeeta Subramanian | Anne Thomas | Karen Williams | Garfield Hunter
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Thom Armstrong

Thom Armstrong is the chief executive officer of the Co-operative Housing Federation of BC, COHO Management Services Society, and the Community Land Trust Foundation of BC, all headquartered in Vancouver.

He has held leadership positions in Saskatchewan, Ontario, and British Columbia during more than 35 years of service in the co-operative housing movement. Thom also chairs the board of Encasa Financial Inc., a registered Investment Fund Manager for the capital reserves of Canada’s community housing sector.

Thom will be part of the 40 Years of Navigating Challenges Together – So Far, So Good… panel, and moderator of the Ask the Lawyers workshop, at the 2022 Spring Education Conference.


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Yuri Artibise

Yuri Artibise is the Communications Director for CHF BC. After his role as board member for many years, most recently serving as treasurer, Yuri is known to many long term members of CHF BC.

Yuri is an experienced co-operative leader who has served the co-operative housing sector in many capacities. In addition to his CHF BC board work, His co-operative housing involvement includes being a original resident member, and serving on the inaugural board, of First Avenue Athletes Village Housing Co-operative in Vancouver, where he currently serves as treasurer. Yuri also serves on the board of Rooftops Canada, as CHF Canada’s western representative.

With over 20 years of work experience and a Masters in Public Administration, Yuri is an experienced communications officer, public policy advisor, and community engagement professional with experience working for federal, provincial and local governments.

Yuri is also a trained health and well-being coach and is an active volunteer with the MS Society of Canada. In his spare time, you will find Yuri enjoying a craft beer at one of our province’s local breweries, discovering new neighbourhoods, or working on his latest LEGO creation.

Yuri will be part of the Looking Ahead – The Social Impact of Housing Co-operative at the 2022 Spring Education Conference.


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John Bathurst

John Bathurst is a dyed in the wool co-oper’, which may have started as he watched his mother-in-law, Shirley Schmid‘s, passion for building thousands of co-op units in the early 1980’s.

John and his family have been members of Misty Ridge Housing Co-operative  since its inception in 1987. He and his wife and  raised their family there, and played an ongoing role in the stewardship of the community.  In 2020 he became a director of CHF BC. To say he is passionate about co-op housing is an understatement!

He is a retired businessperson with a background in construction, restaurant ownership and sales.   John has also served on many other boards including, ski patrol, Burnaby Winter Club, Barnet Sailing co-op, as well as Parks and Rec Commission and City Council in Port Alberni.

John will be part of the Beyond the Balance Sheet panel at the 2022 Spring Education Conference.

 

John Bathurst


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Aslam Bulbulia

During his postgraduate studies Aslam Bulbulia explored city planning, Islamic law and spirituality, user-centred design and decoloniality. He has a background in Political Science and Philosophy.

Aslam Bulbulia (he/him) is a new settler on xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ / sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) land from South Africa, with Indian heritage.

His  wide variety of projects and experiences include a Mosque photoblog around Johannesburg, travelling and teaching English around the world, performing stand-up comedy, co-producing a Palestinian-solidarity album, working for a large multi-national corporation and various research positions within different spheres of government.

In 2015 he founded AwethuArt, a community building platform that nurtures young artists. In 2016 he was an ASRI Future Leaders Fellow and co-founded Muslim Urbanists Joburg.

During his  time in Vancouver, he has worked on engagements for the City of Vancouver’s Creative City Strategy, co-hosted the RADIUS Fellowship, led community engagement for SFU’s Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies and worked with a number of organizations in shifting team and organizational cultures.

He has a Certificate in Dialogue and Civic Engagement from SFU where he now serve as an advisor. He leads Community Engagement Initiatives at the SFU’s Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies, work on Deep Democracy and Lightwork coops and serve on the faculty of Inner Activist.

Aslam will facilitate the workshop Yikes, I’m the Treasurer at the 2020 Housing Central Conference.


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Cheryl Carters-Rolfe

Cheryl Carters-Rolfe is a community developer working with Building Resilient Neighbourhoods (a key Hey Neighbour Collective partner) and its Connect & Prepare program.

She is currently working in Victoria, BC with residents in several multi-unit residential buildings and streets helping them connect with each other and collectively prepare for small everyday emergencies as well as big ones (like a pandemic!)

Cheryl holds a Master of Community and Regional Planning degree from the University of British Columbia. She has over 20 years of experience, both personally and professionally, working on community development and sustainable transportation planning and education. She is fueled by contributing to building more connected, livable neighbourhoods and urban environments.

Cheryl nourishes her soul by getting into nature hiking, kayaking and biking, as well as practicing yoga and reading good books. She lives with her husband, three kids and adorable dog on one of Victoria’s most friendly and community-oriented streets.


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Michelle Cooper-Iverson

Michelle Cooper-Iversen is the Chief Operating Officer of the Co-operative Housing Federation of BC (CHF BC’s) Group of Social Purpose Entities.

She oversees the day-to-day operations of the team with a focus on fostering a corporate culture that promotes accountability to the international cooperative principles, keeping ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others front and center in the group’s business operations and relationship with staff and community partners.

Michelle will be moderating the 40 Years of Navigating Challenges Together – So Far, So Good… panel, and  the Beyond the Balance Sheet at the 2022 Spring Education Conference.


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Geoffrey Dabbs

Geoffrey Dabbs was licensed as a lawyer in British Columbia in 1990 and has been actively involved in the housing co-op sector the entire time.

His firm, Gehlen Dabbs – Lawyers, currently acts for a large number of housing co-operatives and related management and advisory organizations, advising on various issues, including rules and occupancy agreements and membership terminations and related litigation, as well as governance and financing.

Geoffrey will be part of the Ask the Lawyers panel an a co-facilitator of the Membership Terminations workshop at the 2022 Spring Education Conference.


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Tiffany Duzita

Tiffany Duzita is the executive director of  CHF BC’s Community Land Trust. In this role, she is responsible for operations and execution on the strategic direction and growth plans of the organization.

As an accomplished real estate professional, she brings substantial experience and leadership to the Community Land Trust to build upon its mission to create, preserve and steward permanently affordable homes in diverse and mixed-income communities.

Tiffany will be part of the Looking Ahead – The Social Impact of Housing Co-operative panel at the 2022 Spring Education Conference.

 


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Paul Gauthier

Paul Gauthier is the founder and executive director, of the Individualized Funding Resource Centre Society (IFRC). His responsibility is program development for the IFRC and in collaboration with other organizations and municipalities in the province. He oversees all financial operations, and government resources.

Prior to the IFRC, Paul’s career focused on improving the quality of life for all British Columbians with disabilities and has been a key figure in multiple municipal projects that impact people with disabilities. Paul is a founder of the Choice in Supports for Independent Living (CSIL) program which allows people with disabilities to remain in their homes and employ their own personal support workers through individualized funding.

Paul is also a Sports champion for Boccia. A multiple Gold medal winner, he successfully represented Canada as 5X Paralympian and in 2004 was the first Canadian to win a gold medal for Canada in this sport.

Paul was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, received the BC Community Achievement Award in 2009 and the Premier’s Athletic Award for 7 years between 1995 and 2003. He received the BC Paraplegic Association award for Outstanding Community Contribution in 2005 and was named Sportability’s Male Athlete of the year in 2005. In 2019 Paul was inducted into the Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association Hall of Fame.

Paul will co-facilitate the Accessibility For All: What it is and Why it Matters workshop at the 2022 Spring Education Conference.

 


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Barb Goode

Barb Goode has many accomplishments; she is a founding member of BC People First (one of the first People First groups in the world), and in 1995 Barb addressed the UN General Assembly (GA), becoming the first self-advocate to present to the GA.

Furthermore, The Eve decision in the early ’80, when the Supreme Court of Canada ruled developmentally disabled adults cannot be forcibly sterilized, is work that Barb is particularly proud of. Barb was also on the Editorial Committee for CLBC and contributed to their “Just say HI” campaign. In 2011 Barb published her memories, The Goode Life, and is currently working on the next edition.

Barb is a prolific presenter and workshop co-host for a variety of groups including; Spectrum Consulting, BC Representative of Children and Youth, ESATTA Co-op (Empowering Self Advocates to Take Action) as a voice for self-advocate leadership, and most recently on a webinar with Cornell University Citizen-Centred Leadership series. Barb has also been on the boards of BC People First, Inclusion BC, the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL), and International Inclusion.

As a board member of the Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN), it is important to Barb that PLAN members meet and get to know each other socially. For everyone to be out in the community and “to be seen having fun and seen as people first and the label second.”

Barb will co-facilitate the Accessibility For All: What it is and Why it Matters workshop at the 2022 Spring Education Conference.


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Isabelle Groc

Isabelle Groc is an experienced communications and outreach engagement professional and has led numerous storytelling-driven public campaigns to create impact and raise awareness on behalf of various non-profit organizations.

Isabelle Groc is an experienced communications and outreach engagement professional and has led numerous storytelling-driven public campaigns to create impact and raise awareness on behalf of various non-profit organizations. Isabelle is passionate about creating content that inspires community-driven, long-lasting change for vulnerable populations. Before joining The Right Fit, she has worked with women experiencing violence, vulnerable elders, and youth with learning disabilities.

Isabelle holds master’s degrees in journalism from Columbia University and urban planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she specialized in community development in disadvantaged urban neighbourhoods. She grew up in France and now lives in Vancouver. She is a fellow of the Explorers Club and the Royal Geographical Societies of Canada and the UK.

Isabelle will co-facilitate the Accessibility For All: What it is and Why it Matters workshop at the 2022 Spring Education Conference.


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Grant Haddock

Grant Haddock was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1992 and is the principle of Haddock & Company, Lawyers.

Grant’s core areas of practice are co-operative housing law, strata property law, residential and commercial tenancy, human rights, privacy and construction law. Grant has acted for numerous housing providers and construction companies, appearing for them at all levels of court and at various tribunals. Grant has been a course leader and frequent speaker at educational conferences sponsored by industry leaders.

Grant will be part of the Ask the Lawyers panel an a co-facilitator of the Cannabis in Co-ops workshop at the 2022 Spring Education Conference.


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Michelle Hoar

Michelle Hoar directs Hey Neighbour Collective, a multi-stakeholder collaborative project aimed at building community, social connectedness and resilience in multi-unit housing.

Previous to this, she was the co-founder of The Tyee and Tyee Solutions Society, leading the business operations of one of Canada’s most highly-regarded independent media companies and its sister non-profit from 2003 through 2016. From 2016 to 2017 she managed The Tyee’s Housing Fix project, a solutions-journalism and civic engagement project focused on Canada’s housing crises.

Michelle is the mother of two young daughters, a renter since age 19, and an avid community gardener and cyclist. One of her favourite hobbies is talking to strangers.

Michelle will co-facilitate the Reviving Neighbourly Social Connections as COVID Restrictions Ease workshop at the 2022 Spring Education Conference.

 


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Chris Hofley

Chris Hofley is the co-founder and director of operations for Individualized Funding Resource Centre Society (IFRC).

He brings over 20 years of combined business and personal support experience. In addition to his career in the banking industry, Chris continues to give much of his time to mentoring young people with disabilities through various community and educational programs. Chris has also spent 20 years counselling people with addiction through various programs in the Lower Mainland.

An open, strong communicator, Chris enjoys public speaking before groups at events and education sessions for people who are learning about community living. He has a unique way of working with families in addition to people living with both physical and development disabilities.

Chris will co-facilitate the Accessibility For All: What it is and Why it Matters workshop at the 2022 Spring Education Conference.


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Cassia Kantrow

Cassia is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 25 years of experience. She values community wellbeing and the betterment of society.

Professionally, Cassia has dedicated her career to working with organizations with social profit goals and values, helping them build strong foundations so they can focus on what they do best: provide services that strengthen community and contribute to the betterment of society.

In her volunteer roles, Cassia brings her leadership, knowledge, skills, and experience to the board table in support of tenants rights, and Co-op and non-market housing in Canada. Cassia acts as treasurer for the Co-op Housing Federation of Canada and TRAC (Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre) and is a past president of the Co-op Housing Federation of BC and BC Community Land Trust. She continues to work as a consultant with CHF BC, chairing Zoom general meetings for member coops.

When all the work is wrapped up for the day, Cassia enjoys knitting and the company of her orange tabby Kevin Bacon, and chocolate lab, Kaptain. An East Vancouverite from birth, she is a member of Trout Lake Housing Co-op where she chairs their Capital Planning Committee.

Cassia will be part of the 40 Years of Navigating Challenges Together – So Far, So Good… panel at the 2022 Spring Education Conference.


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Jackie Kloosterboer

Jackie Kloosterboer is a Disaster Preparedness Specialistst who firmly believes that families prepared for disasters will better survive in the aftermath.

This year Jackie celebrates 25 years of helping families impacted by disaster. She has been on the front line of disasters and seen the devastation caused when families lose their homes and belongings to floods, forest fires, or house fires. Seeing the panic and fear on the faces of these families started Jackie on her journey of helping families achieve peace of mind when it comes to being ready for a disaster.

Jackie travels across Canada as an instructor with the Justice Institute of BC, teaching response teams how to respond to disasters to help those displaced. Throughout British Columbia, she has taken on leadership roles to assist evacuees during disasters.

Jackie is a recipient of the Queens Jubilee award for her dedication to helping people during times of disaster and received the Justice Institute of BC (JIBC) Instructor Excellence Award. Various media outlets across Canada often interview her as she promotes the importance of emergency preparedness.

Jackie has taken this vital message one step further with her book My Earthquake Preparedness Guide – Simple Steps to get You, Your Family and Pets Prepared.

Barb will co-facilitate the Disaster Preparedness from Panicked to Prepared! workshop at the 2022 Spring Education Conference.


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Ken Kuhn

Ken Kuhn is a Regional Mentor for BC Association of Community Response Networks.

He comes from a background of teaching business, computers, and accounting at many levels of education. Since his retirement he has kept busy in a volunteer capacity with several different organizations that match his values and goals of life.

One focus includes trying to build Age-Friendly Community policies and initiatives in the Tri-Cities by working with Councils and seniors’ organizations in the Tri-Cities. Another focus Ken has, is trying to share information for seniors for Shingles, Pneumonia, and Influenza Vaccines to help keep them healthy and active. He has worked with pharmacists, seniors’ care providers, and healthy authorities to offer workshops and information for seniors.

Ken was also the Tri-Cities CRN Coordinator prior to moving to the regional Mentor position for Fraser valley West. As CRN Coordinator he spear-headed a very successful Elder Abuse & Wellness forum with keynote speakers, 14 different workshops, and 32 different exhibitors to about 250 attendees. Ken has been the Tri-Cities Seniors Planning Network (TCSPN) Coordinator for the last three years and has hosted events such as Transportation Forums, Housing Forums, Election Forums, and Elder Abuse & Wellness Forums. His next project will be a Seniors’ Health Care Forum. He has helped to “grow” the Network with a newsletter to members, writing Bylaws & Procedures, designing a TCSPN brochure, hosting effective seniors’ forums, and more.

Ken is on a few seniors’ advisory committees in the Tri-Cities working on an Organizing Against Racism & Hate Network, Tri-Cities Healthier Communities Partnership, as well as Raising the Profile project. Ken has also recently worked for both Elections BC and Elections Canada as a trainer and supervisor. And Ken always spends two weeks each year volunteering with Encounters with Canada (EWC) in Ottawa as a teacher/mentor with Grade 10-12 students from across Canada for programs such as Medicine & Health, Science & Technology, or Sports & Fitness.

Ken has held numerous Board offices for organizations such as Coquitlam Teachers’ Association, BC Retired Teachers’ Association, BC Business Education Association, BCTF PSA Council, Western Business Education Association, Canadian Association of Business Education Teachers, National Business Education Association, Coquitlam Minor Hockey Association, and Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association. Throughout his numerous connectors with these organizations, Ken has received several awards and recognition for his service and dedication.

Ken will co-facilitate the The Silent Treatment: Elder Abuse & Neglect workshop at the 2022 Spring Education Conference.


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Sue Moorhead

Sue Moorhead has been active in housing co-ops and federations in British Columbia and Quebec for most of her working life.

From 1997 to 2014 she was CHF BC’s Education Director. Now a CHF BC consultant, Sue chairs meetings, facilitates workshops and provides advice on co-op housing governance issues.

An active member in her own housing co-op in Vancouver, she has served in various board and committee positions. Sue also worked as a technical advisor for Rooftops Canada in South Africa for five years, and has been on several national boards.

Sue will co-facilitate the Membership Terminations  workshop at the 2022 Spring Education Conference.


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Shelley Nessman

Shelley Nessman's passion is supporting people to discover, nurture and share their gifts, skills, and abilities.  Her experience as a facilitator and planner has helped her to understand that when a person and their network combine their dreams with a plan for action – anything is possible!

Two significant experiences changed everything about the way Shelley views “the work”.  First was an opportunity early in her career to be trained by Jack Pearpoint and Marsha Forrest as a PATH facilitator (followed by life altering training from Dave and Fay Wetherow). Second has been the privilege of sharing her home with people who experience disability.  Life sharing has been a deep personal learning experience that shows up in everything she does.

In the past 3 years, Shelley created her own consulting business “In the Company of Others” and has been privileged to work in BC, Ontario, Australia and the US.

In addition, some of the agencies Shelley has contributed to are:

  • Vela Canada
  • Community Living BC
  • School District 38 (Richmond)
  • Spectrum Society for Community Living

As a former PLAN board member she is thrilled to be joining the team as Director of Family Support and Leadership. Deeply listening to someone and supporting them to identify and express their gift changes us all; and is the reason Shelley has always said: “This is a peace movement- it’s all about love.


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Shawn Price

Shawn Price is a member—and former board member—of First Avenue Athletes Village Housing Co-operative.

He assisted Lightwork in their equity review of his co-op’s policies and procedures.

Shawn will co-facilitate the Reflecting on our Ongoing Justice, Equity, Decolonization and Inclusion Journey workshop at the 2022 Spring Education Conference.


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Merrilee Robson

When Merrilee Robson was still a university student, she was lucky enough to have the chance to form a non-profit housing co-operative with her neighbours.

A few years later, frustrated by the lack of local education and services for housing co-ops, she worked with members of other co-ops to form a new federation in BC. Merrilee was a founding director of CHF BC and served two years as president.

On the national level, she was active on the CHF Canada Education Committee and was the first chair of a new Federations committee. Merrilee spent 12 years working in Communications and Government Relations for CHF Canada, including work on the successful campaign to form the Agency for Co-operative Housing.

Her first mystery novel, Murder is Uncooperativeis set in a Vancouver housing co-op and her short mystery fiction has appeared in magazines and anthologies throughout Canada, the United States and Great Britain.

Merrilee will be part of the 40 Years of Navigating Challenges Together – So Far, So Good… panel at the 2022 Spring Education Conference.


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Michael Rodgers

Michael Rodgers is CHF BC’s Co-op Services Director and a staff representative on the Climate Emergency Task Force.

With a broad-based background that includes degrees in law and experience helping a leaky co-op tackle building envelope issues, he is well positioned to assist housing co-ops as they prepare for the future.

Michael will co-facilitate the Keeping Sustainability at the Heart of your Co-op workshop at the 2022 Spring Education Conference.


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Kathryn Sheps

Kathryn Sheps is a non-profit and research management professional and marine scientist with expertise in earth and ocean sciences, renewable energy and climate change.

She is passionate about about systems-thinking, innovation and partnership building.

Kathryn is a member of Yew Street Housing Co-operative, and serves as the vice-chair of CHF BC’s Climate Emergency Task Force (CETF).

Kathryn will be part of the Looking Ahead – The Social Impact of Housing Co-operative at the 2022 Spring Education Conference.


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Andrew Sitko

Andrew Sitko has been an active member of three housing co-ops over a 15 year period, and has served on finance committees and as the treasurer of the board.

He has worked for a housing co-op management company since 1995, holding positions as Office Coordinator, Accounting Coordinator, and Training Coordinator in addition to his current position as Accounting Staff Supervisor.

Andrew’s expertise is in financial management and corporate management of housing co-ops.

Andrew will be part of the Beyond the Balance Sheet panel at the 2022 Spring Education Conference.


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Olga Stachova

Olga Stachova is the CEO of MOSAIC.

She joined MOSAIC after a long career as Chief Operating Officer at Mitacs, a national non-profit organization delivering research and training programs to graduate and postgraduate students in Canada through partnerships with the private sector and the federal and provincial governments.

Olga brings 20 years of experience managing a fast growing, distributing, non-profit organization, as well as operational expertise in program design, delivery, and evaluation, and a proven track record of building strategic partnerships among diverse stakeholder groups.

Olga has a Master’s Degree in English and Philosophy from the University of Constantine the Philosopher in Nitra, Slovakia. Prior to immigrating to Canada, she was Senior Project Manager at Management Partners, the leading HR consulting company in the Slovak market. She was highly successful in her role of recruiting personnel for international organizations opening subsidiaries in Slovakia.

Olga will co-facilitate the Board Diversity workshop at the 2022 Spring Education Conference.


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Tina Stevens

Tina Stevens is the president of CHF Canada. She has dedicated her life to Aboriginal leadership, both in and out of the co-op housing context.

Her contribution includes advocacy for an Aboriginal seat on the CHF Canada board while living at Native Inter-Tribal Housing Co-operative, tenure as first Aboriginal community director for CHF Canada and work as second director appointed to the Ontario Council. Throughout her roles, Tina has maintained a belief that housing co-ops provide a safe family environment for members to connect with their culture and community, maintain self-respect and respect for Mother Earth, find employment, access higher education and nurture the seeds for future generations.

Tina is an Algonquin-Ojibwe woman from Kitigan Zibi, Kettle and Stoney Point, who has lived in London, Ontario her whole life. She has three strong sons and attributes her energy to having been raised by a strong mother, a great elder in her own community.

Tina will co-facilitate the Building Better Relationships with CHF Canada’s Reconciliation Toolkit  workshop at the 2022 Spring Education Conference.


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Sangeeta Subramanian

Sangeeta Subramanian has over 20 years of professional experience in in the not-for-profit sector in Canada and Asia in the areas of strategic planning, equity and inclusion, facilitation, research and policy, partnership development, stakeholder engagement, mentoring, leadership development and civic engagement.

Her experiences of working in different countries and sectors, and as an immigrant racialized woman in a settler society have helped her develop the skills to operate in a variety of cultural settings and communicate effectively and engage meaningfully with different constituencies.

Sangeeta is the founder of Chetana Consulting, a boutique firm the focuses on systems approach to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the public and private sector. Prior to this, she has held senior leadership roles with the Immigrant Employment Council of BC, Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, The Maytree Foundation, South Asian Women’s Centre and Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, Sangeeta is active in the community in her professional capacity and as a volunteer serving on the Burnaby Intercultural Planning Table, Board of BC College of Nurses and Midwives, Burnaby Together – Coalition Against Racism and Hate, and Nova Vita Co-op Housing Society.

Sangeeta completed her post-graduate studies in Management from the Indian Institute of Management and a program in Non-Profit Management and Leadership from Schulich School of Business York University. She also is a certified trainer on Inter-Cultural Communication and has extensive training and experience in facilitation. As a lifelong learner and disruptor of status quo, Sangeeta derives her passion and commitment for this work from the many Indigenous, Black and racialized people that show up in white spaces everyday and continue to battle through trauma to make the world a better place for everyone that has been marginalized.
Her motto is:

“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” ― Angela Y. Davis

Sangeeta will co-facilitate the Board Diversity workshop at the 2022 Spring Education Conference.


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Anne Thomas

Anne Thomas is from the Seniors Services Society

Anne will co-facilitate the The Silent Treatment: Elder Abuse & Neglect workshop at the 2022 Spring Education Conference.


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Karen Williams

Karen Williams joined BC Housing’s Research Centre team in 2019. Her work has positively impacted the housing sector in BC through a range of technical and social housing research projects.

Karen brings a strong background in social planning, social research, project management, community development, community outreach, and non-profit management. For more than 5 years, she was the Manager of Accessibility Initiatives with the Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC BC). During her time at SPARC BC, Karen gained extensive experience working in collaboration with people with disabilities.

Karen holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Queen’s University and is a certified member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) and the Planning Institute of BC (PIBC). She is currently serving as Co-Chair of the South Coast Planning Chapter of PIBC and as BC Housing’s representative on the Right Fit Steering Committee


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Garfield Hunter

Dr. Garfield Hunter is CHF BC’s new Education Director.

He is an urban planner with over 9 years of diverse knowledge and leadership experience in urban redevelopment planning, climate change, housing, social equity, and sustainability education. Garfield has led the development and implementation of strategic research, policy, programs, and projects geared towards improving the lives of marginalized and equity-seeking communities.

Garfield will be moderating the Looking Ahead – The Social Impact of Housing Co-operative panel and the Keeping Sustainability at the Heart of your Co-op workshop at the 2022 Spring Education Conference.