Frontiers Foundation’s Amik Housing Project participated in Jane Jacob’s 5th Walk on Sunday May 08, 2011 as the last stop on the Hidden Treasures in Toronto’s Social Housing initiative. The walk led by housing consultant Joy Connelly, gave an inside look at the ideas that have shaped housing policy in the City. Jane’s walks are held in more than 70 cities around the world. Shirley Viscount of Amik Tenants and Marco A. Guzman FF Executive Director welcomed the 40-50 walkers with some water and explained informally about the history of affordable housing complex Amik. The 75 unit Amik was opened on October 17, 2002 by former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario James Bartleman and in October 2004 won Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) housing awards under the theme “Best Practices in Affordable Housing”. Marco indicated that urbanist Jane Jacobs would be proud of the two Amik housing buildings in East Toronto.
Friends and Supporters of Frontiers Foundation are invited to this special evening along with: MPs, MPPs, Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing, Toronto based Aboriginal organizations, and Affordable Housing providers & Funders. Song and drum will be performed by Shelly Charles. MC Bonnie Johnston
Brand new 4 bedroom frame house was delivered officially at midday last Saturday March 26, 2011 in Lanark Highlands, Ontario, a good 1 hrs. drive West of Ottawa. The construction of this house began in earnest last mid November 2010 supervised by Steve Bulloch.
Master of Ceremonies was Honorary Mohawk Chief Larry Niford, longtime Board member and volunteer with Frontiers Foundation/Operation Beaver. In attendance were: His Worship Peter McLaren, Mayor of Lanark Highlands Township; Sonia Holiad and Bill Sammon of The Advocates’ Society; Steve Coleman of Rideau Lumber and Mrs. Coleman; Rev. Don Wilmer of St. Andrew’s United Church of Lanark and friends, neighbours and relatives. FF Board member Ron Cook and Operation Beaver Vice-President Roland Niganobe drove all the way from Toronto to attend as well as author James Bacque, his wife Elizabeth and daughter Susan (from Peterborough, Ontario).