Announcing our 2017 Award Winners!

Award for Excellence

Recognizing a non-profit housing provider that responds to tenant or community needs with imagination and insight. 

2017 Winner

Homes First Society

Learn more about Homes First Society and watch the video

ONPHA Innovation Award

Recognizing a non-profit housing provider that has developed an innovative response to a challenge facing their organization, community or tenants. 

2017 Winner

Ottawa Salus Corporation, for the Karen's Place Passive House project

Learn more about Ottawa Salus' Karen's Place and watch the video

Sybil Frenette Outstanding Leadership Award

Recognizing an individual whose energy and vision has furthered the cause of non-profit housing in Ontario. 

2017 Winner

Darlene Cook, CEO, Peterborough Housing Corporation

Learn more about Darlene Cook and watch the video

Tenant Achievement Award

Honouring up to four tenants or tenant groups who help make their non-profit housing communities better places to live.

2017 Winners

  • Maggie McGroarty, Evangel Hall Mission
  • St. Andrew's Choir, Cambridge Non-Profit Housing Corporation
  • Betty Ann Connolly and Tina Sisson, Grachanica Non-Profit Housing Corporation

Learn more about our 2017 Tenant Achievement Award winners and watch the video​


Lifetime of Service Award

Recognizing individuals who have dedicated their careers and talents to Ontario’s non-profit housing sector. These non-profit housing professionals and volunteers are retiring after 20 or more years of dedication in the sector. 

2017 Winners

Paulette Bissonnette
Victor Davis Memorial Court Non-Profit Homes

Glenn Ferguson
Kinsmen Non-Profit Housing Corporation

Bill Gilbert
A.O.T.S. Community Homes

Carol Gordon
Kawartha Participation Projects

Aaron Lynes
Victoria Park Community Homes

Don McBain
Ontario Aboriginal Housing Support Services Corporation

Shirley Mosley
Rainy River District Women’s Shelter Of Hope

Michael Pocock
Windsor Essex Community Housing Corporation

Victoria Pocock
Windsor Essex Community Housing Corporation

Alice Radley

Nicholas Volk
VincentPaul Family Homes

Christine Zarebski
Regional Municipality of York


About ONPHA's Awards program

The ONPHA Awards celebrate the achievements of the organizations, individuals and teams that contribute to the vibrancy of the non-profit housing sector, helping to achieve our mission of promoting affordable housing excellence for communities across Ontario.

ONPHA welcomes nominations from across the sector, whether it be small or large providers, urban or rural, long-standing or emerging sector professionals, or tenants. You can nominate your own non-profit organization, another non-profit organization, or an individual or group.

Winners are selected by the ONPHA Awards Committee, a panel of ONPHA member volunteers selected by our Board of Directors each year.

2018 nominations

ONPHA will be accepting nominations for our 2018 Awards program beginning in March 2018, so stay tuned for further information!


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