(250) 847-5211

Housing Advisor & Economic Development

Lydia Howard

Lydia Howard

Housing Advisor & Economic Development Officer

250-847-5211 Ext: 208.    Email: housing.advisor@dzelkant.com

Lydia Howard was hired by the Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre as Housing Advisor in 2018. Lydia has experience in both government and non-profit sector. In her career she has worked in the areas of policy development, communications and development. Lydia holds a Bachelor degree from the University of Otago (New Zealand) and a Diploma in Creative Writing.

Lydia is passionate about the importance of affordable housing for healthy communities. She was involved in the first homelessness count conducted in Smithers and as a volunteer member of the Smithers Action Group Association advocated for the need for Supportive Housing in our community.

In her role as the Housing Advisor and Economic Development Officer, Lydia co-ordinates the Indigenous Housing Support Program. In her role she also identifies and explores funding opportunities, engages with stakeholders and develops internal organizational capacity and policy relating to affordable housing development projects and other Friendship Centre Initiatives.