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Let's Grow Together. 2016 ONPHA Conference and trade show2016 Conference

Mark your calendars – the 2016 ONPHA Conference and Trade Show is taking place November 4 – 6 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto.

This year’s theme is Let’s Grow Together!

We’re excited about the changes on the horizon in our sector and look forward to exploring them with you in November. Join us as we harness the momentum brought by new commitments from the Federal and Provincial governments along with fresh ideas and opportunities arising across Ontario. Let’s share our stories. Let’s learn from each other. But most of all – let’s grow together towards a new era in non-profit housing!

Attendees of this year’s conference can look forward to:

  • More than 60 educational sessions, plus two keynote speakers
  • Networking opportunities with more than 1,100 non-profit housing professionals, government representatives, community partners, and service managers
  • Admission to the trade show, which hosts more than 70 exhibitors showcasing the supplies and services you need
  • The gala evening— join your peers to celebrate ONPHA’s 2016 award winners, share a meal, and enjoy live entertainment

Plus, don’t miss Education Day on Thursday November 3, offering in-depth courses designed specifically for non-profit housing providers.

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s conference! Registration will open in mid-June. Visit our website for more information.

ONPHA Awards: Let’s celebrate our achievements!

Picture of Options Bytown staff receiving Sybil Frenette Award for Outstanding LeadershipWe know our members do great work and that they care about the people they serve. Recognize a colleague or peer’s hard work and say “thank you” by nominating them for an ONPHA Award!

We have five award categories:

The Sybil Frenette Outstanding Leadership Award, sponsored by Prentice Yates & Clarke Chartered Professional Accountants, honours an individual whose energy and vision contributes to the cause of non-profit housing in Ontario.
Eligibility: Open to anyone in the non-profit housing sector

The Tenant Achievement Recognition Award  sponsored by Enbridge Gas, honours up to four tenants or tenant groups who help make their non-profit housing community a better place to live.
Eligibility: The tenants must reside in housing operated by an ONPHA Regular Member (housing provider).

The Lifetime of Service Recognition Award, sponsored by Morneau Shepell and Green Shield Canada,  recognizes the commitment of staff and volunteers who are retiring from the sector after 20 or more years.
Eligibility: Individuals must be involved with (or recently retired from) an ONPHA Regular Member (housing provider).

The ONPHA Innovation Award, sponsored by Enbridge Gas, recognizes new and innovative partnerships and projects that organizations undertake to make positive impacts on their community, operations, or environment.
Eligibility: One or more of the applicants must be an ONPHA Regular Member (housing provider).

The Award for Excellence, sponsored by Yardi, recognizes a non-profit housing corporation that responds to tenant and/or community needs with imagination and insight.
Eligibility: The organization must be an ONPHA Regular Member (housing provider).

Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2016. Contact Christina.friend@onpha.org for more information.

Intro to Social Housing: The perfect primer for a career in non-profit housing

Woman presenting a courseJoin ONPHA for Introduction to Social Housing Management, sponsored by Yardi. This two-day, in-person course provides practical information on the regulations and standards of social housing in Ontario.

Who should attend?
This course is designed for anyone who is new to the sector, as well as those wishing to enhance their skills and knowledge.

What can I expect?
During two days, participants will learn:

  • The history of the non-profit housing sector in Ontario
  • To situate organizations within the broader social housing context
  • The legal and practical importance of managing risks within housing organizations
  • How the Residential Tenancies Act intersects with the Human Rights Code and affects day-to-day operations
  • How to work with challenging residents, and
  • How a good planning process can boost performance and simplify maintenance activities

Presented by a team of sector professionals, participants will take home a package of valuable resources that will support their on-going professional development.

Register for the course on our website.

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