About Us

SCHS History

The Squamish Community Housing Society (SCHS) was established in 2021 by the District of Squamish as an arms-length non-profit housing provider with the mission of catalyzing housing solutions across the Squamish community.

The Society was first proposed as a recommendation from the Squamish Integrated Housing Solutions Group, who identified the creation of a housing agency as a long-term high impact initiative to support housing affordability in Squamish. Through 2017 – 2021, engagement with Council, the non-profit sector and other community stakeholders, a framework for the SCHS was laid out.

Since the inception of SCHS, significant momentum has occurred with the incorporation of the Society, the hiring of an Executive Director, and the creation of a Board of Directors.  

What We Do

The SCHS is guided by a strategic plan that consists of four pillars:

Pillar 1:

Bring affordable housing to our community

 

  • Increase the supply, availability, and access to affordable housing options through public, non-profit, and private sector partnerships

Pillar 2:

Coordinate & improve affordable housing delivery

 

  • Working in partnership with existing non-profits, support and coordinate the tenanting and management of non-market homes to improve access to housing within the community.

Pillar 3:

Educate, engage, & advocate

 

  • Engage with our partners and the community about housing issues within Squamish and advocate for action on housing

Pillar 4:

Embody good governance

 

  • Ensure that our decisions promote and reflect our core values, are transparent, and are in pursuit of financial sustainability over time

SCHS Staff

Sarah Ellis – Executive Director

Sarah joined SCHS in July 2023.  She spent the past 8 years working for the City of Vancouver in various positions dedicated to affordable housing development and policy.  During that time, she played key roles in the development of key housing strategies, including the Housing Vancouver Strategy and Vancouver’s first Housing Needs Report, as well as policies to accelerate affordable housing delivery. Sarah holds a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and is also a committed community volunteer, serving as the President of OurSquamish Placemaking Society.

 

 

SCHS Board of Directors

Kirby Brown

Chair of the Board

TlatlaKwot (Christine Baker)

Squamish First Nation

Jenna Stoner

District of Squamish Council

Ashley Oakes

Howe Sound Women’s Centre

Leighton Kunz

Sea to Sky Community Services

Lori Pyne

Squamish Helping Hands Society

Laura Modray

Squamish Senior Living Society

Cameron Cope

Director at Large

Mike Van Capelle

Director at Large

John Chapman

Director at Large

Rhianna Williams

Director at Large

Scott McQuade

Director at Large