(Montréal) —As the Community Housing Transformation Centre enters its second year of operations, we are proud to announce that Lisa Ker,former executive director of Ottawa Salus, has joined the Centre in the newly created role of deputy executive director.
Lisa is joining a growing collective of enthusiastic and energetic social housing advocates from across the country. Collectively, Centre staff worked in 2020 to review and award $7.8 million in grants for 117 separate projects piloted by hundreds of existing Canadian housing providers, co-ops, non-profit organizations and social housing federations and alliances.
Lisa brings with her “an impressive body of knowledge and experience in community housing,” notes Centre executive director Stéphan Corriveau. Salus is the first community-based non-profit housing provider in North America to successfully construct and operate a multi-residential building certified by the Passive House Institute, the internationally acknowledged standard for energy-efficient architecture.
Prior to her decade working with Salus, the fluently bilingual manager held various positions in health and social services for the provincial governments of Quebec and Ontario. She also worked in business planning and policy analysis with Canada’s largest social housing provider, the Toronto Community Housing Corporation.
“This combination of experience and commitment —as well as a degree in public administration —makes her an ideal candidate for this strategic position within the Centre,” Corriveau adds.Lisa says she is excited to be helping the Centre “fulfil its goals of growing and strengthening the social housing sector. We have so much acquired knowledge and potential to share with each other. It’s a privilege to work with all these wonderful partners and community-builders toward our common goal of affordable housing for all.”
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