Webinar: Building community into the bottom line

Exploring the vision behind Concert’s commitment to fostering social connections amongst residents.

Join us for a free webinar on Tuesday, June 22nd to explore ways that landlords and property managers can work with their residents to build community, social connections and capacity for neighbourly mutual aid.

COVID-19 has underscored the importance of social connectedness to our individual physical and mental health and to our collective well-being. Most people want to feel a greater sense of community where they live, but for landlords and property managers, it can be challenging to move that off the “nice to have” list and into an actual budget line and workplan. However, Concert Properties’ new Community Connectors program – launched this spring in all eleven of their Vancouver and Victoria rental buildings – does just that.

Join Hey Neighbour Collective and co-hosts Happy City, Concert Properties and SFU Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue to learn about:

  • The City of Vancouver’s role in catalyzing Concert’s approach;
  • How Community Connectors works;
  • How such a significant investment gained organizational traction;
  • What role research has played;
  • What lessons are they learning launching during a global pandemic;

We will leave 30 minutes after presentations and Q&A for small group conversation.

  • What is your organization doing to foster social connectedness?
  • Are you curious to try something in a building you own, manage or live in?
  • Are you working for an organization like a municipality, health authority or foundation and wonder how you might support or incentive this kind of work?

We’re looking forward to learning from you and sharing what Hey Neighbour Collective partners are learning together.

Tuesday, June 22nd

1:00 to 2:30 PM Pacific
Moderator: Michelle Hoar, Project Director, Hey Neighbour Collective
Presenters: Dave Ramslie (Concert Properties), Nicole Viduka (Concert Properties), and Paty Rios (Happy City)

Dave Ramslie (VP Innovation & Sustainability, Concert Properties)

Dave is responsible for leading Concert’s digital transformation initiative and the ongoing evolution and implementation of their Sustainability Framework. More about Dave Ramslie.

Nicole Viduka (Social Sustainability Coordinator, Concert Properties)

Nicole leads the Community Connector program at Concert, supporting resident volunteers to work together to co-create community activities big and small that bring neighbours together. More about Nicole Viduka.

Paty Rios (Research Lead, Happy City)

Paty currently leads the Housing and Research team at Happy City. She heads up Happy Homes, a multi-year research-action project that has led to a powerful toolkit that planners, architects and developers are using to boost social well-being in multi-unit housing. More about Paty Rios.

Thank you to our sponsors

LandlordBC, BC Non-Profit Housing Association, United Way Lower Mainland, Metro Vancouver, Vancouver Coastal Health and Catherine Donnelly Foundation.

Happy City’s participation is possible thanks to the ‘Promoting affordability and social wellbeing: implementing design and social programming in multi-unit housing’ project which received funding from the National Housing Strategy under the NHS Demonstrations Initiative.

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