Phil faithfully served CRC as an employee for over 15 years. He lived and breathed CRC’s mission with each responsibility he assumed. Typically, he would step in, take on monumental jobs, and never complain.
Phil was a perfect fit for what participants at CRC needed – someone who could see them, not judge them, and just listen. Phil has an amazingly big heart and was always mindful of respecting staff and volunteers’ feelings; saying things in just the right way that would not be hurtful.
He has a deep understanding of what it means to live in poverty which makes him a great advocate for safe affordable housing. This is his passion. For many years he worked with the Daily Food Bank, the Rooming House Working Group, and was a driving force in ensuring that the vision of a deeply affordable 40 Oaks housing community became a reality.
Even though he is no longer at CRC, Phil is still deeply committed to the Regent Park community. He can still be seen riding his bike through the neighbourhood, off to yet another community meeting, his curly hair blowing in the wind.
Phil, because of your extraordinary gift of listening to people, your passion for social justice, your work in helping establish 40 Oaks in its beginnings, and your ongoing commitment to safe and affordable housing for people in this community, we now admit you to the office of Companion of CRC.