CHF BC delegates arrived at the Vancouver Sheraton Wall Centre early on Sunday, November 18 to be part of the Housing Central Conference opening and breakfast plenary. Dozens of co-op members helped make this year’s Housing Central Conference the largest affordable housing event in Canada, with more than 1,400 community housing stakeholders from across BC, Canada and the world.
The conference opened with a greeting from Musqueam elder Shane Pointe, and speeches from Premier John Horgan and the Honourable Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
Members spent the rest of the morning in one of ten dynamic workshop sessions. Lunch followed, featuring a keynote address from Tracee McDaniel, a trans and social justice advocate from Atlanta and greetings from Vancouver’s new mayor, Kennedy Stewart.
Delegates then gathered for CHF BC’s 36th Annual General Meeting.
At our AGM members heard updates from CHF BC’s board including the latest news about Community Land Trust developments, a review of our audited financial statements, and a report from CHF Canada. As always, our generous group buying partners donated more than 20 prizes to the event.
The election of directors was particularly exciting with 14 candidates vying for 6 seats on the CHF BC board. Members had a chance to connect with all candidates during an engaging speed networking session before casting their votes.
Cassia Kantrow (Pace Accounting) and Larisa Gorodetsky (Granville Gardens) were re-elected to serve two-year terms. New directors elected for two years are: Jarrett Hagglund (Emma G), Jared Melvin (Pheasant Meadows) and Suzann Zimmering (The Manor). Gabe Dennis (Access) was elected to serve a one-year term.
Corinne Overbeck (Lang Cove) was acclaimed to a two-year term on the finance committee.
If you were at the AGM, watch for a survey we’re sending by email to find out what you thought of the day.
You can see more photos from our meeting on our Flickr page.