Synard named provin­cial hous­ing and home­less­ness chair

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY COLIN FAR­RELL

Marys­town Mayor Sam Synard has been se­lected as the chair of the New­found­land and Labrador Hous­ing and Home­less­ness Net­work.

Synard took on the po­si­tion in Oc­to­ber.

The mayor ex­plained that he has al­ways been in­ter­ested in is­sues that deal with hous­ing, hav- ing taken part in some projects in the past to help ad­dress the is­sue.

“I worked at a Habi­tat ( for Hu­man­ity) build in Lon­don, On­tario, years ago for a week­end, and plus I was one of the found­ing mem­bers of the Kins­men Manor here in Marys­town where we now house 24 se­nior cit­i­zens,” he said.

Synard said the com­mit­tee was formed in the Avalon re­gion.

“That is where it was,” he said. “I am just look­ing for­ward to be­ing able to take the man­date of the net­work and make it a true provin­cial com­mit­tee.”

The or­ga­ni­za­tion is based out of Pleas­antville.

“What we are try­ing to do now is ex­pand the man­date out­side of St. John’s so we have more of a provin­cial fo­cus,” Synard said.

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Marys­town Mayor Sam Synard at­tended the Na­tional Con­fer­ence on End­ing Home­less­ness ear­lier this month in Mon­treal, Que. Synard was named chair of the New­found­land and Labrador Hous­ing and Home­less­ness Net­work in Oc­to­ber.

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