Tell us a little about yourself:
Hello! My name is Lynn McCay and I’ve happily facilitated over a dozen RentSmart workshops since 2013. My background is adult education and literacy and I just can’t seem to stay retired! I love being with groups of people who are interested and excited about learning and sharing. Helping participants along the road to becoming the best tenants they can be is personally very satisfying.
Why did you decide to become a Ready to Rent Educator?
I read an article in the Time Colonist and was impressed with the work the organization was doing. Becoming a RentSmart educator was a twist on what I had done previously and I was looking for a new work “home”. This combines my love of group facilitation and interacting with bright and professional administrators - all for such a worthy cause. Every class is a terrific opportunity to connect and share information about housing and life. We are always thrilled when we see the lightbulb turn on for someone who has an “aha” moment during a discussion.
Why is housing education and prevention work important to the work that you do?
Being semi-retired, this IS the work that I do. The need is so high for accurate information about rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords, particularly for those who have difficulty finding and keeping housing. My aim in every class is to assist participants in raising their awareness and confidence in becoming good tenants landlords will want to keep. Knowledge is power and in the classes, we all learn from each other.
What tips would you pass on to other Ready to Rent Educators?
Each participant brings something unique to the group along with their own experiences which they are more than happy to share. This sometimes requires a bit of navigating to keep the class on track. So…be prepared, use humour, have patience, listen well and model respect. Frequently asking for feedback or comments throughout the class encourages everyone to participate, especially the shy ones. And don’t be afraid to admit that you don’t know something. It’s perfectly acceptable to say you’ll get the answer for next class, or to refer them to someone who may know more. Appreciate that as a Ready to Rent Educator, you are making such a valuable contribution to the many lives you have the privilege of touching!