August 2018
  • New Board members elected at CHFT’s May Annual General Meeting
  • 2018 marks the 15th anniversary of CHFT’s Diversity Scholarship program
  • Upcoming Events
New Board members elected at CHFT’s May Annual General Meeting

From left to right— Selsabil Rezig, Denese Gascho, Nanda Nandanakumar, Mitch Reiss, Domanique Grant, Karen Hurley, Dawn Obokata, Maria Amador, Juliet Akhadia

The 2018 - 2019 CHFT Board and their co-ops –
Juliet Akhadia - Atkinson
Maria Amador - Campden Green
Denese Gascho (Vice-President) - Grace MacInnis
Domanique Grant (Vice-President) - Atkinson
Karen Hurley - CoAction
Nanda Nandanakumar - Tamil
Dawn Obokata (President) - St. Nicholas
Mitch Reiss (Treasurer) - Neill-Wycik
Selsabil Rezig (Corporate Secretary) - Metta
2018 marks the 15th anniversary of CHFT’s Diversity Scholarship program 
This year is the CHFT Diversity Scholarship Program’s 15th anniversary. The anniversary was celebrated at the annual scholarship event at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts on June 27.

At the event, the Pam McConnell  Scholarship was awarded for the first time. This scholarship is named after Toronto City Councillor Pam McConnell. Pam was a long-time supporter of co-op housing.
Click here to find out more about Pam McConnell. 

Atkinson Housing Co-op member and CHFT Vice-President Domanique Grant performed.

Enerstream Agency Services was successful in the art auction. Enerstream is a member of the Co-op Cost Cutters team. 
Click here to see the program’s generous and loyal sponsors.

Here is a list of the outstanding 2018 CHFT Diversity Scholarship recipients:
  • Amal Absiye - Marketview
  • Hodman Abukar - Hospital Workers’
  • Kim Adlard - Diane Frankling
  • Daniel Bukhari - Local 75
  • Casey Cain - Bain
  • Natalya Chambers-Johnson - Innisfree
  • Michelle Colthrust - Milliken
  • James Forbes - Margaret Laurence
  • Ashlee Fuller - Secord Avenue
  • Shawn Grey - Beverly-Sullivan
  • Jahvon Halliman - Scarborough Heights
  • Mimika Hazra - Kimroy Grove
  • Khalid Hussien - Jarvis-George
  • Avani Karir - Arcadia
  • Fleursha Milfort - Ann Marie Hill
  • Nastaho Mohamed - Atkinson
  • Abisha Pathmanathan - Ellen McGreal
  • Laurita Perez - Arauco
  • Ibrahim Rehman - Grace MacInnis
  • Clinton Reid - Harry Sherman Crowe
  • Sophia Tracey - Gardenview
  • Ysabel Tuason - Charles Hastings
  • Ahthia Waugh - Milliken
  • Dominic Ziobrowski - Crown Heights

Here is a list of the 2018 Mark Goldblatt scholarship recipients:
  • Ishaq Ali - Atkinson
  • Labib Chowdhury - Atkinson
  • Adam Faux - Windmill Line
  • Selsabil Rezig - Metta              

Click here for a scholarship program update. 
Rogers introduced their Connected for Success (CFS) program 4 years ago. The program offered unlimited high speed Internet for $9.99 a month to people living in Toronto Public Housing who received Rent Geared to Income (RGI).

At first, Rogers offered it only to Toronto Housing because all their residents receive RGI.

When I heard about the program, I wanted to bring it to co-op housing.

In early communication with Rogers, the answer was NO. They could not offer it to market rent members and it would be difficult to identify those who were subsidized.  It could not be done without breaching privacy guidelines.

Enter Bruce Lewis, co-op lawyer extraordinaire. 

My vision was to launch CFS to co-ops at the 2016 CHF Canada AGM in Hamilton.  The biggest challenge was to get lawyers on both sides (CHFT and Rogers) to work quickly towards that deadline. 

I told Bruce about my goal and gave him my timeline. Michelle Fotopoulos, on the Rogers side, did the same with the lawyers at her end. Bruce came up with a solution that worked for everyone - members, co-ops and Rogers. 

Documents were drawn, distributed – and the rest is history. Now, two years in our sector, Connected For Success is providing Internet service to RGI members in over 100 co-ops! People with limited and fixed incomes, can stay connected with friends, family, news, education and employment opportunities. It connects and empowers members who would otherwise not be able to afford Internet connection. It is a story of connection and success. 

If you would like more information about the Rogers Connected for Success program,
click on this link or contact me at the email below.
Miriam Wohl
Co-op Cost Cutters Co-ordinator  
CHFT’s Century of Co-operation receptions in Toronto and Durham
This year’s Century of Co-operation recipients will be honoured at two receptions – one in Toronto and one in Durham.
The Toronto reception will take place on Thursday, September 27 from 10:30 a.m.  - 12:00 p.m. at Oakham House.
The reception in Durham will take place on Saturday, December 1 from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Ajax. The Durham reception will take place over the lunch hour and will be part of CHFT’s day long Durham education event.

CHFT’s fall education event 
Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Oakham House
55 Gould Street, Toronto
 click here for map

Program and registration details will be available soon.

CHFT’s General Members’ Meeting and Co-op Housing Awards Night
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Oakham House
55 Gould Street, Toronto
 click here for map

Everyone is welcome at CHFT’s GMM and Co-op Housing Awards Night— members, family and friends. It’s a chance to catch up on what CHFT has been doing so far this year and to meet other co-op members. It’s also when co-ops will be honored for their work over the year. Please plan to join us on October 24 at Oakham House.

CHFT’s fall education event in Durham
Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn, Ajax
500 Beck Crescent
Ajax, Ontario 
click here for map
Program and registration details will be available soon.

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