What does it look like to create a world where everyone has a home?

Many of us have struggled to find a home in the current real estate market and even more of us have struggled to feel at home even when there is a roof over our head. The Centre for Social InnovationEvergreen, and The Stories We Don't Tell are coming together in honour of National Housing week to host a conversation about housing and home. We asked five different inspiring people to explore the idea of what home is to them and to tell us about their journey in finding it. Storytellers will include Jesse Thistle, Sage Tyrtle, Claire-Hélène Heese-Boutin, Roz McLean & Andreas Kalogiannides.

Check out interviews with the storytellers here. Also a big thanks to our Media Partner NOW Magazine for their support.

National Housing Week is a moment for Canadians to come together and acknowledge that safe, affordable housing is an integral part of strong livable communities. For the third year in a row, Evergreen is working with partners in the GTA to raise the profile of important housing issues that affect us all.  By working with a wide range of private, non-profit and public partners, the flurry of activities throughout National Housing Week will engage different audiences, the public, the media and housing stakeholders to raise the collective profile of housing issues and catalyze action toward innovative change.

This year we are anticipating the announcement of Canada’s first National Housing Strategy and believe it is more important than ever to be talking about the issues that affect us all.

The Storytellers:

Jesse Thistle: Jesse Thistle is Cree-Metis on his mother’s side and Algonquin-Scot on his father’s side. Jesse is a P.E. Trudeau and Vanier Scholar, as well as a Governor General Silver Medalist. He is a Ph.D. student in History at York University, studying under Dr. Carolyn Podruchny. He is the resident scholar of Indigenous Homelessness at the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness. His journey from homeless addict to successful university student is unusual among graduate students, but his lived-experience path has shaped the way he approaches homeless studies, Indigenous history, social work, and addiction studies.

Sage Tyrtle: Sage Tyrtle teaches The Art of Storytelling in workshops and at Seneca College. Her stories have been featured on NPR and CBC radio.

Claire-Hélène Heese-Boutin: Claire grew up in Ward 14 and has been a resident of Parkdale since 2013.  She has been an active member of the Dufferin Grove Housing Co-operative which led her to get involved with the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust and the Community Finance Working Committee of the PCED.  Claire is also pursuing a master’s degree in Environmental Studies at York University. 

Roz McLean: Roz McLean is part of a planning group with the Toronto Foundation, which seeks to engage the next generation in strategic philanthropy. She is also involved in several community-building initiatives, as a committee member of St. Michael’s Young Leaders, an executive for Young Canadians in Finance, and has contributed to programming Girls E-mentorship over the past three years. Roz is an associate at Burgundy Asset Management, where she has been since May 2014.

Andreas Kalogiannides: Andreas is Executive Director of Toronto Music City, a non-profit which builds sustainable creative communities through the development of affordable housing and music hubs. He is also an entertainment lawyer (Kalogiannides Law) and artist manager (Magic Pie Entertainment).  Andreas is also a founding member of the Toronto Music Advisory Council (TMAC), a City of Toronto board advising Council on policies to develop the music sector (serving as Co-Chair from 2015-2017), and he also serves as a member of the Yonge-Dundas Square Board of Management.

Thanks to everyone who attended!