MEET THE LEADERSHIP TEAM
Capacity and Development Catalyst
In 2015 Matt incorporated the Sunshine Coast Affordable Housing Society, developed with the goal of adopting the community land trust approach to affordable housing. Matt has taken a strong lead in developing this startup organization’s Board, including mentorship of its first Strategic Planning process. He has been working in the field of affordable housing since 2010, first as the sole-proprietor of M. Thomson Consulting, and more recently as Community Housing Lead for Urban Matters CCC. Matt has a Master’s Degree in Planning from the University of British Columbia. He and his young family live in Gibsons.
Dion left a career as Manager of Sustainable Services for the Sunshine Coast Regional District to join Persephone Brewing Co. as its first GM. Dion became involved with the Sunshine Coast Affordable Housing Society after his work with the SCRD’s Regional Sustainability Plan highlighted the lack of affordable housing options within his local community. Dion is the current Chair of the SCAHS and lives in Gibsons, BC with his wife and two children who he hopes may one day will be able to find their own affordable housing situation on the Sunshine Coast.
Board of Directors
Wanda Selzer, Jesse Janzen, Dion Whyte, Mark Wilson, Krista Dempster, Helen Carkner