Homeless Partnering Strategy

In April of 2014, the Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment and Training Association (PGNAETA) renewed their agreement with the Government of Canada to continue as the Community Entity responsible for the administration of financial resources to third-party service providers in the Province of British Columbia under the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS).

The agreement between PGNAETA and the Government of Canada is a five year agreement that encompasses the administration of a 2.8 million dollar budget over this time period, equating to 565,411 annually.

Under the Community Entity Model, PGNAETA works collaboratively with the BC Regional Advisory Board, which is an ad-hoc committee responsible for reviewing project proposals on an annual basis and making recommendations to PGNAETA, as the community entity, on funding approvals.

Relationship Structure

BC Regional Advisory Board Strategic Framework


To contribute to the reduction of homelessness by increasing access to sustainable and collaborative approaches in rural and remote areas of British Columbia


The Regional Advisory Board, using knowledge-based practice, recommends funding to reduce homelessness in BC’s rural and remote communities through a fair and transparent process


The BC Regional Advisory Board on the BC Rural and Remote Homelessness Partnership Strategy, is comprised of sector and regional representatives to facilitate the delivery of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) in BC rural and remote communities and to engage stakeholders and funding partners to work together to prevent and reduce homelessness

Guiding Principles

Board Composition

The BC Regional Advisory Board (BCRAB) is comprised of 9 board members. The BCRAB is comprised of individuals who are knowledgeable about the homeless reality in rural and remote areas of British Columbia. In order to ensure funding is allocated in the most effective manner to the initiatives and/or organizations that are able to influence change to the realities of homelessness, this Board is designed to draw upon partnerships with entities with similar goals. The board strives to achieve a balance of representation that may include;

Board Member Term of Service

Board members commit to a three (3) year term. A three year term is expected to create sufficient stability while promoting flexibility and responsiveness to issues facing homelessness. If a vacancy occurs before the term has expired, the Board will have the opportunity to decide if an open call will be made, or if it will request that a replacement board member be recommended from the same organization

Becoming a Board Member

An open call will be issued, specifically but, not exclusively to the noted sectors and organizations outlined in “board composition” to select new board members. The Regional Advisory Board reserves the right to target sectors or organizations in order to fill a vacant seat.

Current Board Members 2014 - 2017


Nicole is the Senior Advisor for Strategic Planning at BC Housing, the provincial crown agency responsible for subsidized housing in British Columbia. In her work, Nicole leads BC Housing’s corporate business planning and reporting processes and provides support to BC Housing’s Board. In previous public service roles, Nicole has worked on program development in the areas of homelessness and the creation of affordable housing options. Nicole has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of British Columbia, and a Master of Arts degree in Public Policy and Administration from McMaster University. Nicole has also earned her designation as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and has governance experience with Boards in the non-profit and public service sectors.

MAIA MCKINLEY - Housing Policy Branch, Office of Housing and Construction Standards - Ministry of Natural Gas Development and Minister Responsible for Housing

Maia’s interests and experience lie in social policy, research and projects related to poverty reduction, housing, and immigration. Maia currently works for the Province of B.C. as a Senior Policy Analyst with a concentration on social housing issues. She has also worked for the federal government and in the non-profit sector. Maia holds an MA in International Development from the University of Guelph.

ELAINE ALLAN, BA, MBA - Executive Director, Shelter Net BC

Elaine Allan has an extensive background in non-profit management in the homeless sector. Elaine specializes in: financial accounting for non-profits, agency branding and program development. Elaine has held key positions with the Salvation Army, Correctional Service Canada, the W.I.S.H. Drop-in Centre and the John Howard Society of the Lower Mainland. Elaine holds a BA in Mass Communications from Carleton University and an MBA from Kaplan University. Additionally, Elaine has earned a Certificate in Peer Counselling from the University of British Columbia and a Certificate of French Language Studies from Laval University. Elaine created the long-standing “Prison to the Community – Preventing Homelessness” program that continues to secure safe, affordable housing for hundreds of inmates leaving correctional facilities each year

KIRSTEN SIGERSON - Community Corrections (Pacific) - Correctional Service of Canada

Kirsten Sigerson has worked for the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) for the last 20 years, starting her career in 1993 following the completion of a Masters Degree (Sociology) from the University of British Columbia. Since this time she has worked in numerous settings across the organization, gaining experience at the regional / national headquarters level, as well as at a variety of institutional and community sites. Areas of focus throughout her career have included project management, strategic planning, inter-departmental collaboration, program evaluation, and public education about the work and objectives of CSC. Kirsten currently works as a Senior Project Manager for Community Corrections (Pacific), and is regularly involved in partnership development and research activities that relate to offender reintegration.


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