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


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.

2022 Award Recipient: Khelsilem, Squamish Nation Council Chairperson

As a well-known leader and spokesperson for the Squamish Nation, Khelsilem has been a strong advocate for the Sen̓áḵw development. This groundbreaking project represents a historic shift in Indigenous economic development, reconciliation, and partnership between an Indigenous nation and the municipal, provincial and federal governments.


Previous Recipients

  • 2021 – Katherine McParland, in memoriam
  • 2020 – Dr. Bonnie Henry
  • 2019 – Mayor Lisa Helps, City of Victoria
  • 2018 – Marpole Students for Modular Housing
  • 2017 – Generation Squeeze
  • 2016 – Frances Bula