Judy Rogers, Bob Rennie join B.C. social housing board
Judy Rogers, former Vancouver city manager, and Bob Rennie, B.C.'s premier condo marketer, are among five people named as members of the newly expanded B.C. Housing Management Commission board.
Until recently the board consisted of one chairwoman, former provincial deputy minister Brenda Eaton.
The other three new commissioners are former Langley Township councillor Mel Kositsky, Vancouver Foundation president and CEO Faye Wightman, and Sabrina Kunz, the corporate secretary at B.C. Assessment Authority.
The new members were appointed by Rich Coleman, minister of energy, mines and responsible for housing. The board provides oversight of BC Housing, the agency that funds the province's social housing program.
The expansion of the agency's board probably reflects the B.C. government's belief that it can no longer afford to fully fund major social housing projects and must find new ways of providing housing for those on society's margins, said former BC Housing chairman Jim O'Dea.
The future of social housing pro-grams will probably involve partner-ships between the province, municipalities, developers and non-profits, he added.
O'Dea, who advises on social housing issues, said there are no significant provincially-funded social housing projects on track, aside from the ongoing completion of 14 social housing projects in Vancouver. "So BC Housing will be dealing with municipalities and doing density bonusing with the province coming up with bits of money and lending money.
"I think that's what they are looking at doing - trying to put a board together that can think outside of just government funding things 100 per cent. They want a broader thinking process."
Rogers has been appointed to a three-year term as chairwoman of the new board and will be paid $15,000 a year, according to a media statement from Coleman's office. The other com-missioners are appointed for two years and receive $7,500 annually.
Rogers, who was replaced as the city's top bureaucrat in 2008 when Mayor Gregor Robertson and his Vision Vancouver team were elected, also remains the chairwoman of the B.C. Assessment Authority until her term ends in 2013.
Kositsky was a long standing member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' committee on afford-able housing and homelessness.
Kunz is also a director for Threshold Housing Society, which serves home-less youth in Greater Victoria.
Rennie, whose Rennie Marketing Systems specializes in condo sales, was one of the founders of Stree-to-home Foundation, which had been financing and organizing the construction of social housing in down-town Vancouver.
Wightman is heavily involved in a number of charitable organizations and was president of BC Children's Hospital Foundation for 14 years.