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Six Islanders appointed to P.E.I. housing task force

With the decline of the economy in St. John’s during the past couple of years, developers and builders began concentrating on more affordable houses, says an official with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.
Six Islanders have been appointed to a provincial housing strategy task force. - Stock photo

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – Six Islanders have been appointed to a task force to help guide P.E.I.’s upcoming housing strategy.

John Horrelt, Terry Hennessey, Karen Brodeur, Christina MacLeod, Robert Haggis and Bruce MacDougall will form the Housing Supply Task Force that will serve from January to June 2018.

The task force aims to enhance government’s understanding of housing market trends and identify opportunities to address challenges.

  1. task force members applied though Engage P.E.I.

Earlier this fall, government also assembled a co-development team of housing experts and clients to help create the housing strategy. The task force will inform the work of this team and identify innovative approaches to address housing challenges across the province.

As a first step, the task force will develop an inventory of current and prospective initiatives to add to our Island housing supply.

Backgrounder

The six members of the Housing Supply Task Force:

  • John Horrelt, appointed chair of the task force, has worked in the building trade for 21 years. He is active in the community and volunteers as President of the P.E.I. Canadian Mental Health Association Board, president of the Adventure Group and as member on the Health P.E.I. board of directors.
  • Terry Hennessey is a local business person with experience in various industries, including as the owner of residential housing in the Charlottetown rental market. His business interests include East Coast Cresting and Source for Sports. He has served with numerous boards and community organizations including the Charlottetown Area Development Corporation, Charlottetown Chamber of Commerce, Stratford Planning Board and the Pownal Hockey Association.
  • Karen Brodeur is the Atlantic region program manager for the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada. There are 13 housing co-operatives on P.E.I. The federation provides advocacy, education and development opportunities in the co-operative housing sector and brings an innovative view to the housing market.
  • Christina MacLeod is the permanent CEO for the Start Up Zone (currently on maternity leave), an incubator for new and emerging businesses. She is the founder of Fusion Charlottetown and has served as the executive director for Discover Charlottetown. She was a member of the first Prince Edward Island cohort for 21 Inc Emerging Leaders program.
  • Robert Haggis is the founder and principal of SableARC Studios Inc., and has been working as an architect and sustainable design consultant for more than 16 years. He has worked on many single family and multi-unit residential projects including low income, senior-friendly and mixed-use developments.
  • Bruce MacDougall is a local volunteer and has served as a Summerside city councillor for 28 years. He also brings many years experience as president and board member of the Federation of P.E.I. Municipalities.

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