This session will explore the opportunity for First Nation Housing Managers to collaborate on a more consistent basis. The idea is to foster the creation of a network for knowledge sharing, which would in turn help provide quality and safe housing in Communities. Housing managers from Mamaweswen, The North Shore Tribal Council has begun a similar project and will provide insights and ideas to start the conversation.
The community of Sagamok Anishnawbek is a member of the North Shore Tribal Council.
Felix Stoneypoint is a member of Sagamok Anishnawbek and is currently employed as a housing manager for the last 10 years. Prior to joining Sagamok Anishnawbek, he had been self-employed in small business and has acquired work experience in corporate management, business development, and other administrative positions within the Sagamok organization.
The housing program basically plans, develops, and manages housing infrastructure. The estimated operating budget is $1.4 million annually and it is estimated that $22.0 million has been invested in housing assets. Program evaluations and audits have shown positive results in community housing developments.
Felix is a member of the Sagamok senior management team. It is that team that has the responsibility of acquiring and maintaining the organization’s ISO designation which is recognized as a benchmark for quality management systems. Quality assurance is based on the commitment to provide quality service and management.
The Sagamok housing services were featured in the Bearskin Airlines – Fall 2010 publication and the community housing initiatives were also featured in the national catalogue of Beaver Home & Cottages – 2011 edition.
The housing program will continue to address the housing needs of the Sagamok community – past, present, and the future.
My name is Lisa McCormick, born and raised in Batchewana First Nation where I currently live with my 3 children and 2 dogs! I graduated hairstyling and became a hairstylist by trade for 5 years. I was itching for a change of pace and decided to apply for a job with Batchewana First Nation. I started out as a Data Entry clerk as a summer student and was granted contract extensions during this time. A job opening became available, I applied and was awarded the position as Tenant Liaison Counsellor. I held this position for 4 years until recently becoming the Housing Manager for my Community. This will be my third time presenting at the First Nations Housing Conference, I am especially excited that it is a new topic, that will be extremely helpful for a lot of First Nations Housing Department.
Sylvia Olsen has worked in the on-reserve housing field for over 20 years as a housing manager, construction manager and policy analyst. She was a member of the First Nations National Housing Managers’ Association, the BC Aboriginal Housing Committee and is currently a BC technician for the AFN Chiefs’ Committee on Housing and Infrastructure. Sylvia is also a member of the newly formed Housing and Infrastructure Council for BC. For the past 10 years Sylvia has worked with Vancouver Island University developing and teaching the First Nations Housing Manager Certificate Program, which is now being delivered on-line to students in almost every province. Sylvia is dedicated to professionalizing the Housing Management field on-reserves across the country.