NHA Featured on Kensington’s Blog

It is constantly surprising and heartwarming the ways in which our beloved communities of Hillhurst and Sunnyside and the Kensington BRZ  have embraced Norfolk Housing and our residents over the years. For almost 40 years we have been a proud member of the community and felt that a huge part of why we work is because of the support we receive from so many.

Thank you so much to the Kensington BRZ for this beautiful write-up and for always taking the time to get to know us, lend a hand, show support, and be constantly cheering us on. We are so grateful to you!

Read the full write-up here. 

 

NHA Highlights of 2017

What a whirlwind the last month has been; just like that we’re closing out the year! And it’s been an absolutely fantastic year – so thank you to all of you for making it so memorable.

We are looking forward to what’s to come in 2018 (hint: big things!) but wanted to take the opportunity to reflect on a few highlights from this year:

  • Maya made it into the final round of the Social Ventures Fast Pitch, showcasing Norfolk’s commitment to building healthy communities and sharing our commitment and passion with all of Calgary!
  • We hosted more workshops, parties, and events of all kinds than ever before. A gardening workshop, Halloween Pumpkin Carving Party, Resident and Partner Holiday Party, Stampede Breakfast, Diversity Day for Canada 150…we did it all!
  • Our resident focused Community Advisory Group really took off, with more residents showing up, better discussions around improvements to, and involvement with, our community – and plenty of operational and maintenance updates, too.
  • NHA attended and was a proud part of several Hillhurst/Sunnyside events this year, including Jane’s Walk, Neighbour Day, and Diagon Alley.
  • We formed two new housing partnerships this year, with the Brenda Strafford Society and the YWCA Calgary. We also received and offered more support to current partners, for example when Accessible Housing came out and volunteered at our Stampede breakfast, and when the NHA team volunteered for Highbanks Society’s casino night! The team also raised $250 for Pace Kids by having a staff PJ day!
  • Staff made a number of presentations to the housing sector, notably at the Inter Agency Housing Liaison Committee put on by the Canadian Homeless Foundation, and at the CHRA Congress in Ottawa on Best Asset Management for mixed-income housing. Both gave us a chance to share some of the successes of the model and the importance of appropriate, affordable housing for all.
  • We received a grant worth $156, 000 for building upgrades, which we designated to replace the windows in two buildings – Norfolk House and Pemberton Terrace – projects which are still underway.
  • The Alberta Minister of Seniors and Housing, Lori Sigurdson, paid us a visit and took a tour of Norfolk, allowing us to expound on the mixed-income model; which was especially appreciated as we are not government funded.
  • We wrote a response to the provincial housing strategy‘s inclusion of the mixed-income model with suggestions for moving forward based on our nearly 40 years of experience.
  • The team spent more time this year getting to know residents on a personal basis and learning about new and better ways to engage, bring our community together, and ask the right questions.

Thank you to everyone who made these accomplishments possible, and to everyone who supports the success of the Norfolk community along the way. We know next year is going to be even bigger, brighter, and better because we have the force of an incredible community behind us.

Happy holidays and wishing you a bright new year!

 

NHA’s Annual Resident and Partner Appreciation Holiday Party 2017

What an absolutely incredible way to end the year! We ate, we visited, we recognized community excellence, we danced and the kids made crafts, and we were visited by a very special “Sandy Claus” – all combining to make this one of the best holiday parties on record.

 

A huge and warm thank you to all of the staff, volunteers, and residents who came together to make the event such a success. Without your time, energy, enthusiasm, and suggestions it would never have been possible. And an immense thank you to everyone at Hillhurst United Church for giving us your space on a deep discount so that we could invite more people and have more fun! Your generosity was noticed and appreciated by all.

In recent years we’ve made it a bit of a tradition to recognize those partners and residents who have really gone above and beyond in terms of community involvement and commitment and this year was no different. We recognized one of our housing partners and two residents that have really stepped up and been champions of Norfolk, their communities, and Calgary.

 

We used the opportunity to recognize and thank several of our residents and community partners:

Sonja began living with Norfolk a number of years ago and has been a huge asset to our community. Not only is she always willing to clean up – cigarette butts out front of the building, garbage in the hallways – but she always has a friendly smile for staff even on days when it’s tough. Beyond the Norfolk community, Sonja spends many days visiting with older residents where her Dad used to live so that they don’t spend their last years lonely. She is truly a remarkable woman, caring and giving, and we are so glad she’s here. Thank you, Sonja, for everything you do.

Jatinder has lived with Norfolk for a couple of years and in that time has become one of our biggest community champions. No matter what we need or how we might ask for resident support, Jatinder is always one of the first to offer herself – and often her superb cooking as well! She’ll happily share her story and is proud to represent Norfolk wherever she goes. Furthermore, she is a single mother and also volunteers regularly with the United Way. I am sure they would join us in thanking you, Jatinder, for giving back to communities across Calgary!

Horizon Housing provides affordable, supportive and appropriate homes to over 700 Calgarians. We would like to recognize Horizon’s generosity and spirit of sharing – they have supported the work of Norfolk Housing as we’ve moved into growth, sent us wonderful service providers, and always acted with the best interests of the sector in mind.  Your support, camaraderie, and guidance have been supremely valuable to all of us. Thank you!

Happy holidays – may you all enjoy the sweetness of the season!

Building Healthy Communities