Lunch & Learn

About The Event

Join us on June 30th at 12pm as we take a look into social issues around affordable housing with a gender lens.

“Feminism, Affordable Housing, and the Real Estate Market”

Homelessness disproportionately affects women, single mothers, and especially women of colour. This increases the need for affordable housing that gives women a safe place to raise their families and to call home. In this panel discussion, we’re bringing a feminist lens to one of the most hot-button topics in Niagara right now – housing. For many women living in poverty, affordable housing is the only option for safe, permanent residency. With Niagara’s real estate market becoming unattainable and affordable housing being scarce for women in poverty, single-parents, and marginalized communities, how do we make the future of homeownership female?

This Lunch & Learn event, “Feminism, Affordable Housing, and the Real Estate Market”, will answer questions like:

–              What are key barriers for women, and especially women of colour, who need to access and maintain affordable housing?

–              What role can Niagara can women and allies play in shaping policy around affordable housing?

–              How can women navigate the barriers of Niagara’s skyrocketing real estate marketing?

We hope you enjoy learning from our panelists and that you take the opportunity to ask any questions surrounding women’s homelessness, affordable housing, and homeownership.

Meet Our Panelists

Jeffrey Sinclair

Jeffrey Sinclair is the project lead for the Niagara Region's Ten-year Housing and Homelessness Action Plan, which provides a collaborative system approach for addressing housing and homelessness in response to identified local needs. Jeffrey holds a bachelor of business in International Commerce and Global Development from Niagara College and has provided leadership for local initiatives related to community leadership, social entrepreneurship and poverty reduction.

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Nadia Ali, Director

Nadia Ali

Nadia Ali, Director for the Niagara Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and Training Facilitator, Broker at Revel Realty is pedigreed by a background in law and an Honours degree from the University of Toronto. Nadia has built strong ties in both the Niagara and GTA regions while priding herself on thorough research and impeccable client service. As a Director for the NAR and Chair of the NAR Governance Committee, Nadia embraces the Association’s Vision to foster an environment where leadership and members provide influence and advocacy while enhancing professionalism and business acumen. The NAR represents over 1350 REALTOR® members serving the communities of Niagara.

Elizabeth Sault

Elizabeth Sault is a loving mom to three children; Sterling, Victoria, and Colton, She is a proud member of the Mississauga's of the Credit First Nation and has worked her entire career as an advocate for Indigenous Peoples in the Niagara Region. As the Indigenous Healing and Wellness program coordinator at the Niagara Regional Native Centre, Liz works to support Indigenous men, women, children and 2S individuals by intersecting with and working on their behalf in child welfare, domestic violence, human trafficking, justice, and women's wellness sectors. The work in these sectors requires Liz to continually invoke the role of promotor of community wellness and to provide individuals with compassionate services that aim to build them up to their highest potential. Liz is happy to be here today to share from an Indigenous woman's worldview and to shed light on the layered complexity that past and present 'housing crises' has brought to the Indigenous women she supports.

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Jenny Shickluna

Jenny Shickluna is a life-long resident of Niagara and loves contributing to the community that she lives and works in. After years in not for profit work, Jenny landed at the Niagara Region in 2009, first in Seniors Community Programs and since 2018 at Niagara Regional Housing. Jenny has a deep love of serving the community and the residents of Niagara.