Thuesday, October 11, 2005
It is with great sadness that CHRA announces that George Devine, the Executive Director of the National Aboriginal Housing Association, died suddenly this past Sunday. George was a member of CHRA´s Research & Policy committee and became deeply involved in the work of NAHA after his retirement from CMHC. He built the organization to a level of sophistication and credibility that was really amazing considering its limited financial resources.
"I am in a state of shock and greatly saddened,” said CHRA President Joyce Potter. “I was just at a meeting with George last week when we both attended the Minister's National Advisory Committee. He was a long-term employee of CMHC and I have known him for years and admired his commitment and devotion to housing generally and specifically for Aboriginal people. He accomplished much and will be greatly missed by all of us across the country."
George had a particular dedication to urban Aboriginal housing issues and felt that he could make a contribution to the daunting housing needs of Aboriginals off reserve. He was absolutely passionate about it and made incredible progress towards moving Government to action. It is no surprise that one of the main vehicles for self government now being considered as a result of the Aboriginal roundtables is the development of affordable housing by and for Aboriginals.
George leaves his daughter, Julie May, his son, George-Michael and his grandson, the "light of his life," Owen. Donations in his memory can be made to Gignul Non-Profit Housing Corporation, 396 McLaren St., Ottawa.