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The involvement of persons with lived experience (PWLE) in paid staff roles

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Join the Ontario Housing First Regional Network Community of Interest (OHFRN-CoI)'s webinar which will explore how to involve PWLE in paid staff roles when implementing Housing First.

You will learn about:

  • Getting an organization ready to involve PWLE in paid roles;

  • Hiring, training and supporting staff with lived experience;

  • The perspectives from staff with lived experience;

  • Issues to anticipate with staff with lived experience; and

  • Promoting an inclusive environment for staff with lived experience.


  • Catharine Vandelinde, Executive Director, Options Bytown Non-Profit Housing

  • Claude Lurette, Housing Support Worker Peer Specialist, Options Bytown Non-Profit Housing

  • Jeremiah Bach, Peer Support Worker, CAMH

  • Lisa Medd, Housing Program Manager, CMHA Ottawa

  • Michelle Bilek, Coordinator, Training and Technical Assistance Program, Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness


  • Tim Aubry, Professor, School of Psychology & Senior Researcher, Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services, University of Ottawa; and OHFRN-COI Co-lead

  • Geoff Nelson, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University; and OHFRN-COI Co-lead

Participants from different communities are encouraged to attend and share their stories about implementing Housing First for persons experiencing chronic homelessness.

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