Getting to know your Local Advisory Member: Casey Craig
Name: Casey Craig
Job title: Rental Officer
Organization: Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation
Number of years in the sector: 4
What was your first job in the non-profit housing sector?
This is my first job in non-profit housing. CCOC has been the perfect introduction to non-profit housing. I have learned so much from my colleagues over the last few years, and I am proud to be part of a progressive and innovative organization, with such a great reputation in the community.
What is the most rewarding thing about the work you do?
I get to give (a small group of ) people the good news that they have finally received an offer of affordable housing. The wait lists are long, and that can be very discouraging to people. The gratitude and relief from the families and individuals that affordable housing helps is the most rewarding part of my job.
If you could change one thing about the non-profit housing sector, what would it be?
I would like to see more support partnerships for all non-profit housing providers and their tenants. Housing supports for new tenants who are experiencing difficulty transitioning to independent living for any number of reasons canbe mutually beneficial. Housing workers dedicated to helping ensure successful tenancies can mean the landlord has help and is able to assist should complications or issues arise, and our tenants remain happily and successfully housed.
What is the best part about living in Ottawa?
I live in the Centretown neighborhood in Ottawa. We have a young, but vibrant, arts and culture scene with incredible local talent. The community is very close and everyone supports each other’s business and creative ventures. You can always find something to do, and you can almost always walk or bike to it. I also love how close Ottawa is to the Gatineau Park for hiking, camping and the occasional zip lining adventure!
What quality do you admire most in other people?
Optimism and positivity. I admire those who are able to see the silver lining in even the most difficult situations. Positivity breeds positivity, so it’s a pleasure to be in these peoples’ presence.
If you could go to dinner with any person, living or dead, who would it be and why?
I would have dinner with my grandmother. She passed away about 10 years ago, and was a very important person in my life.
What is your dream vacation spot?
I haven’t traveled much out of our province, so anywhere new excites me. However, I think my first destination would be France.