Denise LeBlond Award


2016 Award Recipient: Bonnie Rice, Former Executive Director of the Sanford Housing Society

Established in 1999, the Denise LeBlond Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual whose dedication and vision have furthered the cause of affordable housing in BC. Previous recipients can be viewed below.

Award Criteria – Commitment and contribution to affordable housing

  • Number of years involved in the field
  • Number and variety of people and organizations affected by the person’s efforts and
  • Unpaid work performed – volunteer or beyond the call of duty,
  • New or expanded housing or
  • Changes in community attitudes and support for affordable housing resulting from their
  • Involvement in sector

Outstanding leadership and significant accomplishments in the field

  • Leadership positions held in housing organizations and in community,
  • Impact on local government policies, programs related to affordable housing
  • Number of housing developments or programs initiated or involved

Vision and creativity in fostering a community development approach in the delivery of affordable housing

  • Demonstrated links between the housing projects or programs involved with and the
  • Specific examples of incorporating tenant or community interests into housing programs or
  • Challenges faced and/or overcome in achieving new approaches, especially those later recognized as “visionary”.
  • New tools or techniques that reduced reliance on government funding to develop or deliver affordable housing.

Affordable Housing

  • Non-profit
  • Serves low income households

Denise LeBlond (1948-1995)

Denise LeBlond devoted her career and her time to helping make a difference in her community, as well as across British Columbia and nationally. She worked tirelessly to advocate for affordable housings on a community level, to develop new housing programs for BC, and to keep non-profit housing on the national agenda.

As General Manager of the Capital Region Housing Corporation from 1984 to 1994, Denise took the Corporation in many new directions. She spoke to municipal councils, church congregations and service clubs about the importance of adequate, appropriate and affordable housing for all residents. In 1994, she was appointed as the Assistant Deputy Ministers for Housing, where she was instrumental in the design of the Homes BC program.

Denise LeBlond was always a strong supporter of the BC Non-Profit Housing Association and earned an Honorary Membership in the Association in 1995.

In 1995, she passed away after a brave fight against cancer. The Denise LeBlond Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals who, like her, devote their career and volunteer time to affordable housing.


Recipients 1999 – 2016