Passion and compassion on display as P.A. Community Housing Society celebrates 40 years

P.A. Community Housing Society board members unite to cut the cake at the organization’s 40th anniversary celebration on Thursday. -- Jason Kerr/Daily Herald.

When Linda Boyer started working with the P.A. Community Housing Society in 1990 the organization had 223 units.

Now, they have more than 400.

The organization has changed a lot over the years, and as staff members celebrated its 40th anniversary on Thursday, the sheer level of growth was the first thing that came to Boyer’s mind.

“When we first started we had two maintenance men,” she said. “Now we have nine full-time maintenance men…. They’re busy all the time.”

Boyer estimates the organization provides housing for up to 1,500 people in Prince Albert. They currently own and maintain more than 200 houses in the community, along with an 18-unit townhouse complex, three apartment blocks, 11 family fourplexes and two seniors homes.

The organization also provides specialty housing for grandparents raising their grandchildren and people with acquired brain injuries.

Boyer credits the staff and board of directors for keeping the place running through thick and thin, and it hasn’t always been easy.

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