Established in 2016, the Affordable Housing Champion Award recognizes an individual or organization that has made a transformative contribution to affordable housing.

This year’s award is sponsored by


To recognizes an individual or organization that has made a transformative contribution to the affordable housing sector.


The nominee:

  • may be a person or organization
  • may be external from BCNPHA
  • may be outside of the non-profit housing sector
  • must have significantly contributed to affordable housing in BC
  • may be a BCNPHA Associate Member

Award Criteria

The nominee must:

  • demonstrate commitment and serve as a role model
  • be an advocate, ambassador and/or champion of affordable housing
  • have taken actions and shown transformative change in affordable housing, including policy and advocacy with tangible results
  • have strongly advocated on behalf of the non-profit housing sector
  • have taken initiative and displayed leadership
  • have a new way in develop unique solutions to problems in the province/region
  • passionately promote the principles of the affordable housing sector
  • have attempted to achieves sustainable solutions to affordable housing challenges

Nomination Process

The BCNPHA Awards Committee will be responsible to nominate individuals or organizations for this award and decide who receives this award.

2021 Award Recipient: Katherine McParland, A Way Home Kamloops, in memoriam

As co-founder and executive director of A Way Home Kamloops, and co-founder of the BC Coalition to End Youth Homelessness, Katherine McParland was a tireless advocate for youth experiencing homelessness. Katherine often shared her story of growing up in foster care, living on her own from the age of 16, and then on the streets once she aged out of government care. These experiences drove her to build a better way for other young people.

Previous Recipients