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October 29, 2004
City Council names citizens to the Toronto Community Housing Corporation Board
  
City Council yesterday appointed Mitchell Kosny, Professor at the School of
Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University, as Chair of the Toronto
Community Housing Corporation.

Mr. Kosny is one of seven citizen appointments made to the Board by City
Council at its October meeting. Also appointed were John Brewin, Penny Milton,
David Mitchell, Joan Simalchik, Ron Struys, and Nick Volk. Two tenants, Cliff
Martin and Mariam Adam, were named to the Board by Council in July following a
tenant election process. Councillors appointed to the Board in January of this
year include Councillors Olivia Chow, Paula Fletcher, Norm Kelly and Giorgio
Mammoliti. Citizen and tenant appointments are effective December 1, 2004 for a
three-year term.

"Toronto Community Housing is an important asset to this City, and provides an
essential service to more than 160,000 tenants," said Mayor David Miller. "We
have an excellent Board, with the range of expertise and talent needed to guide
Toronto Community Housing and to build on the great work of the past Board."

Toronto Community Housing's Board appointments were made on recommendations
from the City's Corporations Nominations Committee, chaired by Deputy Mayor
Sandra Bussin.

"We had a very challenging job of selecting citizens from among a very strong
field," said Deputy Mayor Bussin. "We are very pleased and thankful that over
100 knowledgeable and talented citizens stepped forward to offer their services
to help us address affordable housing."

Mayor Miller and City Council expressed their thanks to the current Toronto
Community Housing Directors for their tremendous achievements in leading the
City-owned corporation since its establishment in November of 2001, and for the
leadership the Board has shown in tenant participation, community engagement
and redevelopment of older housing communities, such as Don Mount Court and
Regent Park.

Toronto Community Housing is the largest social housing provider in Canada. It
is home to low- and moderate-income tenants in 58,500 households, including
seniors, families, singles, refugees, recent immigrants to Canada and people
with special needs. The Board provides direction for TCHC in addressing the
challenges of improving service to residents, maintaining and improving housing
conditions, finding ways to build new affordable housing, working in
partnership with governments, building strong communities and leading a vibrant
and responsive organization.

Media contacts:
City of Toronto
Deputy Mayor Sandra Bussin
416 392-1376

Patchen Barss
416-338-7134

Toronto Community Housing
Laurie Stephens
416 981-4349; 416 899-2433

Backgrounder

Toronto Community Housing Corporation Board of Directors

Mitchell Kosny
Toronto Community Housing Corporation Board Chair
Ryerson University Professor
School of Urban and Regional Planning

Nick Volk
Affordable Housing Advocate
Returning TCHC Board member

John Brewin
Labour Lawyer
Returning TCHC Board member

Penny Milton
CEO, Canadian Education Association
Returning TCHC Board member

Ron Struys
Real Estate and Financial Consultant
Current Don Mount Court Redevelopment Corporation Member

David Mitchell
Deputy Superintendent, Toronto East Detention Centre

Joan Simalchik
University of Toronto Lecturer - Women's Studies Program
Partner, Pyschosocial Trauma Institute

Cliff Martin
Tenant advocate
TCHC Tenant

Mariam Adam
TCHC Tenant

Councillor Olivia Chow
Ward 20 Trinity Spadina

Councillor Paula Fletcher, Mayor's Designate
Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth

Councilor Norm Kelly
Ward 40 Scarborough-Agincourt

Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti,
Ward 7 York West

Should vacancies occur during the three year term Council approved alternates
to fill vacancies as follows:

Citizen Alternates
Jawad Kassab - First Alternate
Legal Aid Ontario Staff Lawyer

Sahar Badaway - Second Alternate
2003 Community Service Volunteer of the Year

Tenant Alternates
Gail Strachan - First Alternate

Gloria Ball - Second Alternate



 

 

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