.Non-profits are facing difficulties on many fronts. Workers are harder to find and retain. Demand for services is growing wider and deeper.

There’s a common denominator: the high cost of housing. More affordable housing is crucial for our sector. Join us February 22 to learn more about the problem, United Way’s new non-profit housing initiative, and how your organization might be able to help.

In this webinar:

  • The Social Research & Planning Council will share data on affordability in our region;
  • Leaders from United Housing, a new non-profit housing developer started by United Way Perth-Huron, will discuss their plans;
  • Experts from Tapestry Community Capital will discuss community bonds, and how they might enable non-profits to support new non-profit housing.

This session is for: senior leaders who make strategic decisions about organizational assets.

Read about United Housing here.

The Presenters

Kathy Vassilakos – United Housing

Kathy is a former Stratford city councillor who has worked on various issues within the community, across municipalities, and provincially. She sat on the Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s housing taskforce, and worked closely on the Grand Trunk Master Plan and Britannia Street Housing Project in Stratford. Kathy has also served on many boards and committees including as co-chair of UWPH’s Social Research & Planning Council and chair of Huron Perth Public Health.

Ryan Erb – United Way Perth-Huron

Ryan is a long-time resident of Stratford, is married and has three beautiful daughters. Ryan has more than 20 years of non-profit management, community development, fundraising and marketing experience, and currently serves as the Executive Director of the United Way Perth-Huron.

Ryan has been, and continues to be, an active volunteer with other not-for-profit organizations, including Rotary, The Foundation for Enriching Education, Block Parent, and his church. In these roles and others, he has amassed more than 30 years of non-profit board experience. With that experience and related education as a board consultant, Ryan often helps not for profit organizations over and above his job. Ryan enjoys hiking, hockey and spending time with friends. He holds an M.A. in Leadership, a B.A. in Social Development/Peace and Conflict, and a B.R.E. in Counselling. He is also a certified Board Governance trainer.

Jennifer Bryan – Tapestry Community Capital

Jennifer believes that social finance creates healthy, vibrant communities. At Tapestry, she assists organizations in structuring effective community bond campaigns and building a strong investor and supporter base to raise funds for projects that make an impact. She has many years of sales and marketing experience in renewable energy, environment, arts, and the not-for-profit sector, and strives to bring creativity and ingenuity to every campaign.

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