Released September 29, 2006

  NLHC celebrates 21st Annual Tenant Conference

Paul Shelley, Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment and minister responsible for housing, welcomes 140 delegates to the 21st annual Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation (NLHC) Tenant Conference.

"Twenty-one years of continued volunteerism is truly something to celebrate. As minister responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, it is my pleasure to acknowledge the many NLHC tenants who take the time to make a difference each day for people in our communities," said Minister Shelley.

Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation representatives and tenants from the corporation’s non-profit housing community will gather September 29 and 30 at the Albatross Hotel in Gander. Conference registration begins today at 6:30 p.m.

On behalf of the minister, Harry Harding, Parliamentary Secretary and MHA for Bonavista North, will bring opening greetings to delegates.

The conference includes delegates representing 31 tenant associations from across the province. They are being joined by the executive directors and board representatives from seven community housing centres. As well, corporation staff and the NLHC board are active participants at this year’s event. While in Gander, the Board of Directors for NLHC is taking the opportunity to hold the organization’s 189th meeting of the board.

Len Simms, NLHC’s chairman and chief executive officer said, "As an organization, we are very fortunate in having so many volunteers committed to helping one another and we look forward to their participation in the conference and to celebrating their accomplishments."

Several guest speakers will attend the conference and facilitate workshops for participants. Topics for this year’s sessions include Bullying, with presentations by Doug Scott, Community Services Division, Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, and Lorraine Hearn, Violence Prevention Initiative, Grand Falls-Windsor. As well, motivational speaker, Tom Brophy will offer a session on Self Esteem.

Of note, the Crosbie/Portia Tenant Association is marking an important milestone this year. The group is being honoured at the conference with a special award of recognition on the occasion of their 10th anniversary.

For further information, please contact:

Jenny Bowring
Manager, Corporate Communications
Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation
(709) 724-3055