Released October 1, 1999

Housing Corporation to hold 
14th provincial tenant conference

Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation (NLHC) representatives and tenants from the corporation’s non-profit housing are gathered this weekend, October 1-2, at the Albatross Hotel in Gander for their 14th annual tenant conference.  The announcement was made today by Lloyd Matthews, provincial minister responsible for housing. 

Commenting on the conference, Mr. Matthews noted:  “This conference is one of our most significant events because this is what we are about -- the people.  We are in business to help families and  strengthen neighbourhoods and communities.  One of the best ways to do that is by gaining a better understanding of the needs and concerns of our tenants, and the conference provides a wonderful opportunity for discussion of those needs.” 

More than 120 delegates representing 33 tenant associations from across the province are participating  this year.  The conference begins at 6:00 p.m. this evening with opening remarks and presentations by Mr. Matthews, and Mary Marshall, Chief Operating Officer for  NLHC.  The workshops will commence on Saturday with two concurrent sessions.  One will focus on the development of Community Centre Boards  with national best-selling author, John Fisher.  He is founder of Fisher Associates, a consulting firm, which provides strategic planning and management services to organizations working in the fields of health, education, social assistance, arts and culture.   This session will discuss issues such as the roles, responsibilities, financial management and effective communications for the community centre boards. 

The other session will be lead by guest speaker, Tom Brophy, from Memorial University of Newfoundland, who is a leader in training volunteers.  Mr. Brophy’s workshop will allow participants to gain a better understanding of themselves, others and how they can more effectively interact with the world around them. 

In conjunction with this year’s conference the Family Circle Tenant Association, of Bishop’s Falls,  will celebrate its tenth anniversary and be recognized at the opening reception for its achievements over the past 10 years. 

The conference will wrap up on Saturday evening with a banquet and presentation of awards. 

For further information, contact:  
Jenny Bowring, Corporate Communications  
Telephone:  (709) 724-3055