Debbie Barton Outstanding Leader

From the Desk of Ray Sullivan, Executive Director, CCOC

Debbie Barton wins Outstanding Leadership Award

at Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association conference

Image: Centretown Citizen Ottawa Corporation’s Debbie Barton celebrated with a Leadership Award. From left: Peter Altobelli, Vice President, Yardi Canada Ltd., Debbie Barton, Rental Department Manager, Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation, Meg McCallum, ONPHA’s President and Manager, Membership and Communications, Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation, Sharad Kerur, ONPHA’s Executive Director.

Centretown Citizen Ottawa Corporation’s Debbie Barton celebrated with a Leadership Award. From left:  Peter Altobelli, Vice President, Yardi Canada Ltd., Debbie Barton, Rental Department Manager, Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation, Meg McCallum, ONPHA’s President and Manager, Membership and Communications, Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation, Sharad Kerur, ONPHA’s Executive Director. — With thanks to Lisa Timoshenko for photo and background copy. For more achievement celebration awards throughout the province please click

TORONTO, November 8, 2016 Debbie Barton, Rental Department Manager at Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation (CCOC), received the Sybil Frenette Outstanding Leadership Award at the 2016 annual conference of the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association.

Sponsored by Yardi Canada Ltd. and presented at the 2016 ONPHA conference, the Award is given to someone whose energy and vision contributes to the cause of non-profit housing in Ontario. Located in Ottawa, CCOC is a community-based non-profit housing organization that creates, maintains, and  promotes affordable housing for low and moderate income people.

Debbie has over 28 years of experience in tenant-focused housing. As CCOC’s Rental Department Manager, Debbie built supportive housing partnerships with nine community agencies to allow CCOC to successfully house tenants who would otherwise not be able to live independently.

Debbie’s collaborative leadership within Ottawa’s housing sector created the Ottawa Social Housing Registry, pioneering the coordinated access model in Ontario’s social housing sector. Debbie also helped to create and chair the Ottawa Social Housing Network, a vibrant and active forum for knowledge sharing and advocacy in the Ottawa housing sector.

“Debbie is known across the sector for always taking a big picture approach and for putting people at the centre of everything she does,” said Sharad Kerur, ONPHA’s Executive Director.

“Her colleagues are quick to point out her strong sense of social justice and the commitment to knowledge-sharing and mentoring that she brings to her work. As a sector, we are stronger because of the dedication and insight of leaders like Debbie.”

Each year, ONPHA celebrates and recognizes its housing members’ work, dedication and accomplishments through the ONPHA Awards Program. The 2016 Sybil Frenette Outstanding Leadership Award is proudly sponsored by Yardi Canada Ltd. Other awards include the Award for Excellence, the ONPHA Innovation Award, the Lifetime of Service Award, and the Tenant Achievement Award.

Founded in 1988, ONPHA is an independent association funded and directed by its members, representing more than 700 of Ontario’s non-profit housing providers. From Windsor to Cornwall, Toronto to Thunder Bay, ONPHA members house more than 400,000 in 163,000 homes across 220 Ontario communities. They are a critical part of the fabric of every community and provide decent, affordable homes to low and moderate income households. Many of ONPHA members provide specialized housing and support services for Ontarians who need help to enjoy a successful tenancy.

More information about ONPHA’s Awards Program and this year’s winners is available at www.onpha.on.ca/awards.


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