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2019 HOUSING SYMPOSIUM The Right to Housing; Making it Real!

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2019 HOUSING SYMPOSIUM

The Right to Housing; Making it Real!

The Halifax Housing and Homelessness Partnership's annual housing conference is taking place on November 17 & 18. The Symposium starts with an Opening at the Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Centre on Sunday, November 17, 6:30pm to 8:30pm including a Keynote Address from Roger Lewis (“Traditional Mi’kmaq living – learnings from history and culture; ways of living that support community”), followed by a full day of presentations and workshop sessions at the Halifax Central Library on Monday, November 18, 8:30am-5:00pm. by a full day of presentations and workshop sessions at the Halifax Central Library on Monday, November 18, 8:00am-5:00pm.

Please note attendees may attend one or both of the events. The Opening Event (Sunday) is free. There is a $20/person registration fee for Monday's sessions. This registration page is for Monday, November 18 ONLY. To register for Sunday, November 17, visit:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/2019-housing-symposium-opening-event-tickets-73866758463

*** If registration fees are a barrier, please contact Mary Kenny (mkenny@unitedwayhalifax) for a registration fee waiver code.

This event provides a forum for experienced practitioners, policy makers, and leaders in Nova Scotia’s housing sector to come together, explore innovative solutions, and improve outcomes in affordable housing.

This year’s conference focuses on new opportunities and best practices to help social housing providers improve their housing stock and continue to build capacity as service providers, property owners and managers. It is a chance to meet your colleagues, expand your network, and explore new opportunities that can help make your work more effective and your organization more sustainable.

Together we can build a better Affordable and Community Housing Sector.

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KEYNOTE ADDRESSES:

- Roger Lewis: Traditional Mi’kmaq Living – learnings from history and culture; ways of living that support community

- Senator Wanda Bernard: The Right to Housing: Potential Pitfalls in the Road Ahead

- Dr. Naheed Dosani: Living & Dying in the Street: A Matter of Social Justice

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PRESENTATIONS and WORKSHOPS:

Panel Presentation: CMHC, Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and HRM talk about their near-term focus areas in Affordable Housing, and the opportunities made available through increased policy alignment among orders of government.

PechaKucha Style Presentation: Local housing stakeholders share their experiences and "lessons learned" in recent housing development initiatives.

With contributions from: Affordable Housing for Youth: A Cerculean Road; Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Centre: Emergency Housing Program; Developments in Co-op Housing: Compass Nova Scotia Co-operative Homes Ltd; Affordable Housing Development: AKOMA; Affirmative Ventures: Main Street Centre; L'Arche: Housing renewal, an opportunity for stronger relationships for persons with disability

Concurrent Sessions:

Session #1 Palliative Care 101 for Social Services

Session #2 Growing Your Housing Career

Session #3 Housing and Newcomers

Session #4 Youth Issues in Housing: Phoenix Youth Programs

Session #5 Affordable Housing: Policy, planning, and human rights

Session #6 Hoarding

In everything we do, the Housing and Homelessness Partnership relies on the collaborative spirit of a willing and engaged community. This Symposium is no exception. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the presenters, the delegates, the volunteers, and all those who helped organize the 2019 Housing Symposium. We’d also like to extend a special thank you to the staff of the Halifax Central Library, and all of our corporate sponsors: 211, Efficiency Nova Scotia, HRM Solar City and HalifACT2050, IPOANS, LakeCity Works, Red Bear Healing Home Society.

AGENDA - Opening Session

Sunday November 17, Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Centre

6:30 - 8:30 pm OPENING EVENT (Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Centre)

Roger Lewis – Traditional Mi’kmaq Living – learnings from history and culture; ways of living that support community

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AGENDA - Symposium

Monday November 18th, Halifax Central Library

8:00 am REGISTRATION AND COFFEE (Paul O'Regan Hall)

8:30 am WELCOME and OPENING REFLECTIONS (Paul O'Regan Hall)

With contributions from:

- Max Chauvin, MC and Chair of the Housing and Homelessness Partnership

- Elder Debbie Eisan, Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Centre Elder

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8:40 am PANEL PRESENTATION and QUESTIONS (Paul O'Regan Hall)

What are the key focus areas where government is working to increase affordable housing? Are there linkages between orders of government?

Panel Participants:

- Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC): Dave McCulloch, Multi Unit Client Solutions Specialist

- Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing (DMAH): Stephan Richard, Executive Director, Housing Programs

- Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM): Kate Greene, Regional Policy Program Manager, Planning & Development, Halifax

Dave McCulloch has two decades of experience in residential and commercial real estate, working in both the public and private sectors where he has studied development and revitalization projects from both the investment potential and risk assessment perspectives. Dave has delivered presentations at a wide range of real estate conferences and seminars across Nova Scotia and around the world. He has authored and co-authored numerous real estate publications including CMHC Housing Market Outlook, CMHC’s Rental Market Report, ING Real Estate Investment Management’s Real Estate in Canada and ING Real Estate Investment Management’s Global Vision. Dave is currently a Multi Unit Client Solutions Specialist with CMHC where he helps housing providers find financing solutions that support their social and financial objectives. Dave is a native Nova Scotian and a graduate of Dalhousie University’s Master of Public Administration Program who possesses an in-depth knowledge of the provincial and local real estate markets across Nova Scotia. He is a natural problem solver with strategic vision who uses innovative thinking and an analytical approach to achieve results.

Stephan Richard is the Director of Community Relations and Public Affairs at the Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing. As a senior leader, his responsibilities include cultivating positive relationships with key stakeholders to drive desired outcomes for Nova Scotians in housing need. After more than 18 years as an accomplished journalist and corporate communications strategist, he spent the last 10 years in various senior roles for the Government of Nova Scotia. Stephan played an integral role in the development of the provincial housing strategy and the foundation of the Halifax Housing and Homelessness Partnership.

Kate Greene is a Licensed Professional Planner of Nova Scotia with a Master in Urban and Rural Planning. Kate has worked as a Planner for 15 years and has 9 years of experience supervising and managing teams in both the public and private sector. She is presently the Regional Policy Program Manager in Halifax Regional Municipality’s Planning & Development Department. This group has responsibility for the Regional Municipal Planning Strategy, and supports Regional Council in special policy matters such as Affordable Housing, Food Security and Community Engagement.

Facilitated by Karen Brodeur, Regional Manager - Atlantic, Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada

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9:35 am KEYNOTE ADDRESS (Paul O'Regan Hall)

The Right to Housing: Potential Pitfalls in the Road Ahead

Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard will speak on what the new right to housing will mean for us and for our most vulnerable citizens, and how it may help with housing access/issues into the future.

The Honourable Wanda Thomas Bernard, PhD, C.M., O.N. Senator – Nova Scotia (East Preston)

Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard was appointed to the Senate in November 2016 as an Independent Senator, based on her community work, her frontline social work in Nova Scotia, and her work at Dalhousie University School of Social Work. She is chair of the

Standing Senate committee on Human Rights, which recently completed a study on the rights of federally sentenced prisoners. In May 2018, Senator Bernard introduced an inquiry into Anti-Black racism to the Senate. Stemming from this work, she sponsored Bill S-255, the Emancipation Day bill, which would nationally recognize August 1st as this historically significant day

Senator Bernard has deep roots in the Preston Township and currently lives with her husband, George Bernard, on one of the original land grants that her ancestors received in East Preston. She is a member of the East Preston United Baptist Church, where she serves as an Elder and is Vice-President of the EP Empowerment Academy. Senator Bernard is the first African Nova Scotian women to be appointed to the Senate.

Senator Bernard is one of four founding members of the Association of Black Social Workers (ABSW) in 1979 and remains active in the organization. Senator Bernard speaks at many community events across the country, focusing on connecting with youth, social workers, and African Canadian communities. You can find Senator Bernard on Twitter and Facebook, @SenatorWanda, so feel free to check out her social media.

Facilitated by Stephan Richard, Director, Community Relations & Public Affairs, Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing

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10:15 am REFRESHMENT BREAK (Paul O'Regan Hall)

Table Displays by Trade Sponsors:

211, Efficiency Nova Scotia, HRM Solar City and HalifACT2050, IPOANS, LakeCity Works, Red Bear Healing Home Society

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10:40 am PECHAKUCHA STYLE PRESENTATIONS (Paul O'Regan Hall)

#1 A Cerulean Road: Art Fisher

Art Fisher has been a leader in the field of intimate partner violence for over twenty years. He is also Executive Director of Family Service of Western Nova Scotia, Co-Founder of the Nova Scotia Trauma Informed Network, manager of Freeman House, construction project manager at 629 King Street, and most recently co-founder of LEVEL UP – a Youth driven social enterprising construction corp. Art has twenty years of experience as Executive Director, fifteen years of experience as an international trainer in fifteen countries; and ten years of experience as a consultant to Governments and NGOs. Art works persistently to leverage federal, provincial and municipal service transformations, and achieve blended value social/financial/environmental impact.

#2 Supporting Resilience and Safety: The Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre (MNFC) Emergency Housing Program - Meghan Oliver

The Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre has recently opened their new 4-plex building after years of planning and partnership to develop a safe and affordable housing option for Indigenous women, individuals who identify as transgender or non-binary, and families fleeing violence. We recognize that Indigenous women experience higher rates of violence and that finding safe shelter is essential in fostering healing, resilience, and wellness. The MNFC 4-Plex offers temporary housing for 4-6 months and has a housing support worker available to develop a long-term housing plan with residents based on their goals. The 4-plex also facilitates programming that focuses on traditional healing practices, family support, healthy living skills, and employment.

Meghan Oliver is the Program Manager for the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre Housing and Homelessness Project. She has worked in community social work, and specifically the housing field, for the last four years and helped to develop and expand the MNFC Housing program. Meghan’s family is from the West Coast of Newfoundland in the small Mi’kmaw community of Flat Bay.

#3 Developments in Co-op Housing: Compass Housing Co-operative Ltd - Karen Brodeur

Compass Nova Scotia Co-operative Homes Ltd. is a new model of co-operative housing, developed to sustain existing community housing and as a vehicle for co-operative housing expansion in Nova Scotia. In this presentation, you will hear about Compass NS’ mission, vision, mandate and pilot projects currently underway through innovation, partnerships and leadership.

Karen Brodeur is the Regional Manager, Atlantic for the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada. She has spent the last 25 years working from coast to coast in the co-operative housing sector. In 2013, she graduated with a Masters completing her thesis on scale and housing co-operatives. This led to the development of a model project, Compass Nova Scotia Co-operative Homes Ltd of which she is a founding member and the current President. Karen is passionate about the sustainability and expansion of mixed income, inclusive co-operative communities.

#4 Affordable Housing Development: AKOMA - Veronica Marsman

In 2014, under the auspices of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children (NSHCC), Akoma Holdings Incorporated (AHI) was developed. Akoma Holdings acquired the assets from the NSHCC which includes some investments and 320 acres of property. At the May 2017 Board Meeting, it was approved that a strategic visioning plan be conducted on the entire Akoma property. This would provide a full scope of the possibilities and outline specific obligations in accordance to land mass. The restoration of the Old Home is the first phase but the vision also includes a new children’s facility that would be eco efficient, a sports complex, commercial units and several affordable housing units in a senior’s complex, individual homes and apartments. We welcome partners and suggestions for the property that meets the objectives of creating economic development opportunities for the African Nova Scotian and bordering communities.

In January 2017, Veronica Marsman retired as the Executive Director of the Akoma Family Centre a children’s residential facility after 7 years, to assume the position of Property Manager with Akoma Holdings. Prior to working at Akoma, Veronica Marsman was employed with the provincial Department of Community Services for over 27 years in a number of positions from a front-line child protection social worker to a Manager of 3 District Offices in HRM.

#5 Affirmative Ventures: Main Street Centre - Lori Edgar

Main Street Centre is Affirmative Ventures new affordable housing project being planned for Main Street in Dartmouth. We are calling it Main Street Centre as it is the centre of Main Street and also being planned as a Centre for Social Enterprise Development and a Centre for Independent Living Options for Mental Health Consumers.

Lori Edgar joined Affirmative Ventures in the fall of 1993 and hasn’t spent a moment looking back. From providing employment training through social enterprises with the motto, ‘Helping People Work Makes a Difference” to providing safe and affordable housing with Affirmative House and Affirmative Homes. It is through the Blending of Housing and Employment and her belief A Home. A Job. A Friend. change lives and enables people and communities to flourish.

#6 L'Arche: Housing renewal, an opportunity for stronger relationships for persons with disability - Bobby Morris

Bobby Morris is Board Chairperson of L’Arche Cape Breton, a L’Arche community with locations in Mabou, Iron Mines and Orangedale. Bobby resides in Inverness, Nova Scotia where he is a small business owner and Financial Analyst for the Nova Scotia Government in the Department of Finance and Treasury Board. During his career with the Nova Scotia Government he worked on a term with the Cape Breton Partnership, as Business Retention and Expansion Officer for Inverness, Richmond and Victoria Counties.

Bobby has always had an interest in improving supports for young families and vulnerable children through volunteer work with Family SOS, The Youth Project Society, Save Bayview (community advocacy committee), and L’ARCHE Cape Breton. He is also a proud member of the Big Brother Big Sisters alumni with his little brother Tyler.

Bobby studied Business Administration at NSCC with a focus on accounting, then continued his studies at Mount Saint Vincent University in the same subject and is now working towards his CPA designation.

He has spent time serving as President of the NSCC Akerley Student Association, where he helped to expand a school food bank, and create a financial support program for students. During his time at Mount Saint Vincent University, Bobby took part in university governance with a role as the Student Senate Representative.

Bobby has continued to advocate for residents, vulnerable members of his community, non-profits and businesses.

11:05 am PECHAKUCHA PANEL - Questions and Discussion

Facilitated by Alan Howell, Senior Planner, Province of Nova Scotia

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11:25 am – 12:25 pm LUNCH (Paul O'Regan Hall)

Table Displays by Trade Sponsors:

211, Efficiency Nova Scotia, HRM Solar City and HalifACT2050, IPOANS, LakeCity Works, Red Bear Healing Home Society

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12:25 pm – 12:50 pm KAHOOT! (Paul O'Regan Hall)

Get your devices ready - or partner with someone who does - for this thought provoking quiz to test your knowledge of homelessness and affordable housing issues in our region

Facilitated by Joy MacFarlane, Senior Development Officer, Citizen Services and Program Delivery, Service Canada - Atlantic Division, Government of Canada

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1:00 pm – 1:55 pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS

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SESSION #1: Palliative Care 101 for Social Services: Understanding the fundamentals of palliative care to better serve homeless and vulnerably housed individuals (Paul O'Regan Hall)

Presenter: Dr. Naheed Dosani, Palliative Education And Care for the Homeless (PEACH)

Homelessness is a social disease that significantly contributes to poor health outcomes. Canada's homeless population is 28 times more likely to have Hepatitis C, five times more likely to have heart disease and four times more likely to have cancer. In addition, it is estimated that homelessness has the potential to cut an individual's life span by up to half.

Join Dr. Naheed Dosani for a workshop geared towards those working in social services. This session will include an overview of the fundamentals of palliative care for this population, the basics of trauma-informed care, harm reduction and caregiver healing circles.

Dr. Naheed Dosani is a palliative care physician who cares for homeless and vulnerably housed individuals with dignity and compassion, whether in a shelter or on the street. Dr. Dosani is the founder and lead physician of Palliative Education And Care for the Homeless (PEACH), a palliative care physician with the William Osler Health System, an assistant clinical professor at McMaster University, and a Governor General of Canada’s Meritorious Service Cross recipient.

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SESSION #2: Growing your Housing Career (BMO Room)

Presenter: Greg Dewling, Chartered Institute of Housing Canada

The affordable housing sector in Canada is growing, and the opportunities to grow your career within the sector have never been more plentiful. At the same time, we are building and operating in an increasingly complex environment and the skillsets and core competencies for housing operators and leaders have changed. Join the Chair of the Chartered Institute of Housing Canada of for a discussion about how to grow your housing career, with an opportunity to learn more about a new affordable housing designation available in Canada.

Greg Dewling is CEO of Capital Region Housing Corporation (CRHC) located in Edmonton, AB. CRHC operates 4600 publicly owned homes and 690 corporation owned homes throughout the capital region of Edmonton. It also administers 3400 rent subsidies serving 9000 families. He is leading a team that serves 400 customers daily.

Greg has led the transformation of CHRC into a purpose driven, entrepreneurial, social enterprise. In 2017, he secured CRHC’s first joint venture with a private developer, building 174 homes and integrating 35 subsidized units in a tenure blind, self-sustaining operation. CRHC is a 50% partner in the project which opened to tenants in Fall 2019. Additional projects underway include a new 240 home project that includes 1-5 bedrooms with plans for an additional 600 in the next year.

Greg is a Chartered Member and Chair of Chartered Institute of Housing Canada along with being Past President of Alberta Public Housing Administrators Association. He is a member of the Provincial Minister’s Housing Advisory Committee and sits on numerous other boards and committees. He holds a Bachelor of Theology and Master of Business Administration along with an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors-Rotman School of Management. He regularly shares the experiences of CHRC in the areas of development, partnerships, shared services, information technology, innovation, customer service and governance.

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SESSION #3: Housing and Newcomers (Lindsay Room)

Presenter: ISANS

In this session we will talk about the housing experience faced by some newcomer groups living in Halifax including:

- Their housing needs

- Obstacles/barriers experienced regarding their housing needs

- What is/will be helpful to further respond to their housing needs going forward

Wenche Gausdal is the Director of Programs, Settlement, Community Integration & Support Services, at Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS). Wenche holds a Master of Social Work and has spent the last 23 years working in various areas of refugee resettlement including settlement worker, immigrant health coordinator, manager of settlement and integration, and now director of programs. In her various capacities Wenche has supported refugees secure housing and advocated on housing issues; as well as developed initiatives and partnerships to better meet newcomers’ housing needs.

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2:05 - 3:00 pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS continued

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SESSION #4: Youth Issues in Housing: Phoenix Youth Programs (Paul O'Regan Hall)

Presenters: Kelly Adamson, Marianne McTague and Marsha Tanner

A discussion of housing through a lens that looks at housing challenges and opportunities experienced by youth. While supporting youth towards stable, adequate and sustainable housing, we will explore the how these challenges impact youth and how Phoenix supports youth to discover and create opportunities to ensure their right to housing becomes a reality.

Kelly Adamson has worked with Phoenix since September 2018 as Manager of the Phoenix Supportive Housing Program, which comprises Phoenix House and Phoenix Homes for Independence. Prior to coming to Phoenix, Kelly worked in the field of restorative justice and has been involved with Out of the Cold Shelter as a volunteer, staff person, and organizing committee member since 2011. Kelly holds an MA and BSW and is currently pursuing an MSW.

Marianne McTague has worked with Phoenix since 2013 in both residential and community-based programs. She currently holds the position of Intensive Case Manager, supporting youth experiencing various and significant barriers to stable, adequate and sustainable housing. She is currently studying towards her Master’s in Social Work.

Marsha Tanner has worked with Phoenix since 2012 in both residential and community-based programs. She currently holds the position of Housing Support Worker, supporting youth with independent housing in the community of their choice. She has been able to develop long-lasting and meaningful relationships as she supports youth with independent living skills that translate into housing stability. Marsha holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree.

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SESSION #5: Affordable Housing: Policy, planning, and human rights (BMO Room)

Presenters: David Harrison, Planning Consultant and Kymberly Franklin, Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission

This workshop will be built around three articles found in the Summer 2017 edition of Plan Canada: Human Rights 101 for Planners – by Sandeep Agrawal; Legally Speaking: Human Rights Law and the City – by Dominique Clement; Integrating Human Rights with Land Use Planning – by Antonella Ceddia. Plan Canada - Volume 57: Number 2 (Summer 2017) can be found by following this link -https://viurrspace.ca/handle/10613/844. It will be helpful to review these articles in advance of the session.

David Harrison has 22 years of experience in many aspects of urban planning and real estate development as well as 10 years’ experience managing non-profit groups focused on sustainable / economic development. Since 2001 he has been a development consultant focused mainly on planning and development of housing for vulnerable populations, in particular, housing for older adults. He is recipient of the 2008 Canadian Institute of Planners Award of Excellence for Housing for his work in mental health housing. He is co-recipient of the 2017 CIP Award of Merit for Social Planning and 2016 Atlantic Planners Award for Comprehensive Planning with TEAL Architects Ltd. From 2009-2014, he chaired the Canadian Institute of Planners healthy communities initiative. More recently he participated in CMHC’s roundtable on seniors housing, providing input into the National Housing Strategy, and was and advisor to SHIFT: Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for an Aging Population.

Kymberly Franklin, BBA, Nursing, LLB (JD), was born in Michigan, USA, but has mainly lived in Nova Scotia since 1989. A mother of two, she maintained a successful career while balancing her home life. She is currently senior legal counsel for the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. She has been with the Commission for 6 years. Ms. Franklin has been practicing Human Rights law for 17 years.

Ms. Franklin graduated from University of Michigan’s business program in 1986, after which time she has worked in both Canada and the United States in both entrepreneurial roles as well as in corporate settings. Upon her return to Canada Ms. Franklin studied Nursing in Halifax and worked in the field for a number of years before attending law school at Dalhousie University. During her years at law school Ms. Franklin worked for the US State Department at the Consulate in Halifax in the consular section. After graduation from law school, Ms. Franklin opened her own firm in 2005 and had a very successful general practice, including criminal, family, corporate and human rights law. Ms. Franklin closed her practice to pursue human rights law as a specialty and is currently doing so at the Commission.

Ms. Franklin has been a presenter at many conferences and presentations on issues of racism, diversity and most recently racial profiling, cannabis in the workplace and transgender issues. Her diverse background, both personally and professionally, has allowed her very unique insights into human rights issues. She continues her work at the Commission, as senior legal counsel, to assist in advancing human rights and educating Nova Scotians.

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SESSION #6: Hoarding (Lindsay Room)

Presenter: Valerie Bobyk, Family Services Association

The Challenge of Hoarding: We continually grapple with the somewhat unreal expectations portrayed in reality television shows that hoarding is “cured” after a single intervention and that psychological counseling is not required. While yes, hoarding may be a life style choice it is intrinsically a mental health issue and we are compelled to deal with all aspects of the challenge. The clients who have presented for service also carry incredible health and safety issues with respect to the conditions of their homes. We understand hoarding to be a growing problem. It is our hope to offer not only the clinical services required by these clients, with a focus on trauma, grief and loss counseling, we need to instigate an “at home” feature to enable our clients to rid themselves of the items they are intent on hoarding, eliminate huge health safety issues and recapture much needed living space. The objective is to provide counseling to help deal with the mental health issues as well as clean up living space by removing clutter and eliminating health and safety issues. At home assistance coupled with therapeutic therapy will help alleviate the problem for the client. Referrals for this area of therapy stem predominately from family physicians. We have the added impact of a professional de-clutterer, working within the homes of the clients who has the capacity to contribute to the treatment plan of each client. The uniqueness of our intervention rests in the provision of at home service, physical intervention to help them get started on elimination of the clutter and health and safety hazards.

Valeria Bobyk is the Executive Director of Family Service Association, here in Halifax and at the Agency for 15 years. FSA is a small agency with 10 staff and an annual budget of close to $700,000.00. A lot of Valerie’s work involves fund raising, almost 40% of the operating budget comes from philanthropic thrust. She loves the work. She has had the privilege of holding a number of fabulous jobs in her life: housing officer for a municipality; working with the Province of Nova Scotia for 12 years in consumer protection; serving as the Administrator at a home for long term care; a number of years working in insolvency; a Town Clerk Treasurer; and the CEO of a small corporation. She realizes that she is the sum of all these adventures!

Valeria was born and raised in Sydney, Nova Scotia. She is a graduate of St. F. X. University with a BA; Ryerson University Toronto, Tourism Management; University of Ottawa, with a Diploma in Long Term Care; Dalhousie University with a 4-year Diploma in Municipal Administration; and Cape Breton University with an MBA. She serves on two national Boards of Directors which means some travel. She is closely involved with the Ukrainian community in both Halifax and Sydney. At St. Agnes Parish, she serves as a Lector, a Cantor and Choir member. She is active within the Liberal Party, both Federally and Provincially. She is a member of the National Management Board of Family Service Canada, and the Chair of the Board of Directors of Family Service Atlantic. She is also the Chair of the Archbishop’s Dinner Committee for the Archdiocese of Halifax Yarmouth, this is her 7thyear in that position and she is a Director on the St. Mary’s Basilica Foundation Board of Directors. In her spare time she is a walker - over 3 million steps a year - walking since 2009. She loves to shop and spends lots of time reading and cooking!! Most importantly, she has difficulty navigating change!!

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3:00 pm REFRESHMENT BREAK (Paul O'Regan Hall)

Table Displays by Trade Sponsors:

211, Efficiency Nova Scotia, HRM Solar City and HalifACT2050, IPOANS, LakeCity Works, Red Bear Healing Home Society

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3:25 – 4:20 pm CLOSING KEYNOTE and QUESTIONS (Paul O'Regan Hall)

Living & Dying in the Street: A matter of social justice

Presenter: Dr. Naheed Dosani

Dr. Naheed Dosani is a palliative care physician who cares for homeless and vulnerably housed individuals with dignity and compassion, whether in a shelter or on the street. Dr. Dosani is the founder and lead physician of Palliative Education And Care for the Homeless (PEACH), a palliative care physician with the William Osler Health System, an assistant clinical professor at McMaster University, and a Governor General of Canada’s Meritorious Service Cross recipient.

Facilitated by Dr. Rob Wilson, North End Community Health Clinic

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4:30 – 5:00 pm REAL TIME POLLING for EVALUATION & NETWORKING (Paul O'Regan Hall)

Special thanks to:

The Halifax Central Library

Stone Hearth Bakery

Our Trade Show Sponsors:

211, Efficiency Nova Scotia, HRM Solar City and HalifACT2050, IPOANS, LakeCity Works, Red Bear Healing Society

Our Door Prize Contributors:

Stone Pizza, New Scotland Yard, Café Aroma Latina, Noggins Wholesale, Queensbury Rules Boxing Studio, Saskia Roch Aesthetics, Neptune Theatre, The Trainyard General Store, Kept Gifts and Housewares

The People and Organizations of the Symposium Planning Team:

Joy MacFarlane (Service Canada), Nancy Baroni (NS Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing), Shiva Nourpanah (the Transitional Housing Association of NS), Veronica Marsman & Dolly Williams (the Akoma Family Centre), Cheyenne Gates (the Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Centre), Jill MacLellan (HRM Planning), Dave McCulloch (CMHC), Mary Kenny, Beth McIsaac, Catherine Stevens, Kevin Hooper (United Way Halifax)

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