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Supporting & Strengthening Communities: Innovations in Supportive Housing

In-Person Event
June 20, 2023 
8:30 AM 
– 4:30 PM
Valhalla Inn, Thunder Bay Ontario

1 Valhalla Inn Rd, Thunder Bay, ON P7E 6J1

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HSC is pleased to partner with the District of Thunder Bay, Rainy River and Kenora Social Services Administration Boards to deliver a SHARE Innovation Forum focused on Supportive Housing.

We will explore different delivery program models for non-traditional supports into housing. Our speakers will share their unique approaches, examining the way they’ve successfully structured partnerships and engaged community agencies to support their residents.

This event will coincide with the NOSDA AGM taking place June 21 & 22 at the Valhalla Inn, Thunder Bay.

Space is limited – register early to secure your spot!

Event registration generously sponsored by Enbridge Gas.


William (Bill) Bradica, CAO, The District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board will deliver opening remarks and introduce Traditional Knowledge Keeper, Cindy Crowe for an opening ceremony.


This session will feature two organizations born from strong local partnerships, with a mission to provide a safe and supportive environment for people struggling with chronic homelessness, mental health and/or substance use challenges.


  • Matawa Wellness and Training Centre
    • Paul Capon, Sr. Manager of Policy
    • Paul Magiskan, Homelessness Coordinator
  • The Lodge on Dawson
    • Dave Lake, Clinical Suprevisor
    • Jessly Bonifacio – Manager of Crisis and Outreach

In this session we will hear about a transitional housing project in Nipissing that successfully incorporates health supports through innovative partnerships with regional health teams, community paramedical services and other local health providers. We will also hear about the Kenora experience in bringing together a collective of local housing, health and community agencies in an effort to improve integration among systems, promote evidence-based decision-making, and explore new approaches to better meet the unique needs of the community.


  • Tyler Venable, Manager or Housing Programs, District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board
  • Henry Wall, CAO, Kenora District Services Board
  • Colleen Neil, Executive Lead for the All Nations Health Partners OHT & Executive Director
    Sunset Country Family Health Team

The criminal justice system is inextricably intertwined with housing and homelessness. While there are many challenges related to having siloed systems and limited funding, there are also great examples of local agencies and Service Managers who are making it work with the resources they have.


  • Paul Capon, Sr. Manager of Policy, Matawa Wellness and Training Centre
  • Colleen Peters, Director of Development John Howard Society
  • Sara Dias, Chief Executive Officer Canadian Mental Health Association, Kenora Branch
  • Josée Mantle, Housing Solutions Manager, Kenora District Services Board

This session will bring together CAOs from four northern DSSABs to share their experience in building local partnerships, adapting to current challenges and identifying opportunities to better meet the needs of the vulnerable populations in their communities.


  • Bill Bradica, CAO, District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board
  • Donna Stewart, CAO, Manitoulin-Sudbury District Services Board
  • Henry Wall, CAO, Kenora District Services Board
  • Dan McCormick, CAO, Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board



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