Margaret is Tsimshian from the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation and brings more than 22 years of housing management experience to her leadership role as the Chief Executive Officer for the Aboriginal Housing Management Association (AHMA), a role she commenced in 2018. She previously served as President and Director of AHMA for nearly 20 years, supporting both the organization’s evolution and successful devolution of provincial Aboriginal housing programs and services. Prior to her return to AHMA, she was the longstanding CEO of Mamele’awt Qweesome/To’o Housing Society (MQHS).
During her tenure at MQHS, Margaret spearheaded the creation of an Urban Village, a full-spectrum rental housing facility, rooted in indigenous culture and welcoming to the whole community. Construction is set to begin in early 2018. The MQHS portfolio increased fivefold and implemented many support programs to help Aboriginal families on the road to self-sufficiency.
With an extensive history and knowledge, Margaret is the ideal leader to take the next step in AHMA’s evolution, capitalizing on her network of connections with agencies like BC Housing, the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association, the BC Non-Profit Housing Association, Chartered Institute of Housing-Canada, Housing Partnership Canada, and Aboriginal Business Match to help create sustainability sector-wide.
Most recently, Margaret was elected to the Board of the Canadian Housing Renewal Association as well as part of the Indigenous Caucus Working Group.
“Ultimately, we are here for the Indigenous peoples of BC,” says Ms. Pfoh. “AHMA is in a position to have profound impacts, not only for our housing providers across the province, but most importantly for our people. We have an incredible opportunity to take AHMA from achieving the first self-governance for an Aboriginal housing organization in Canada—and second in the world—to demonstrating our capacity as Indigenous peoples to meet the needs of our communities on the ground and create long-term sustainability for AHMA. The experience and knowledge I bring is matched by the passion and commitment of our housing providers. Our vision for the future will build on this history of grassroots evolution.”