Tell us a little about yourself and the amazing work that you do in your community:
I work for the Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association (FRAFCA) located in Surrey, BC. I am the Aboriginal Key Support Worker and Housing Program Coordinator. My program provides support to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in the Fraser Region area in subject areas of housing, income/budgeting, and employment. A major component of the work I do in Surrey is education around rental literacy and strengthening the relationships between tenants and landlords to increase the number of long-term tenancies in our communities.
Why did you decide to become a Ready to Rent Educator?
I became a Ready to Rent Educator to empower tenants with their rights and responsibilities through education and increase their confidence of securing long-term tenancies. I personally have been a renter for many years and had to learn through experiences what the Residential Tenant Act entailed.
Why is housing education and prevention work important to you?
Housing education and prevention work is important to me because everyone deserves a home to feel safe, secure and comfortable. In order to obtain this tenants and landlords need this vital piece of education prior to entering their tenancy agreements.
What tips for success would you pass on to other Ready to Rent Educators?
Personally, I love the graduation component of this course because I can see the confidence levels rise in participants after gaining the knowledge from the Ready to Rent course. I always let the participants know that the support doesn’t stop here. This certificate is an on-going invitation to come back for questions, help with paperwork and a rental reference.