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Otter Housing Association is a non-profit

Originating in the town of Port Rexton, OHA recognizes the housing barriers that youth (ages 18-35) face when living in a tourism-driven community. These barriers include: shortage of long-term rentals, lack of winterized homes and high market-value properties. Such obstacles go hand-in-hand with youth’s inadequate equity and seasonal incomes.

We are passionate about

What We Do

Our Business Principals &

how we do it

OHA’s intentions and operations between our Board, staff, volunteers, community, and other stakeholders are and must remain transparent. We value trust and open communication in our relationships.

OHA sources local products and services whenever possible. We appreciate small businesses and local entrepreneurs and look to support these ventures when carrying out our own business.

OHA is committed to conducting business with responsible and forward-looking practices. Our decisions prioritize the needs of future generations in respect to climate change.

OHA strives for diversity, equity, and inclusion within our systems, processes, policies, and day-to-day operations.

OHA reinvests and advocates for our neighbors; community is at the forefront of our minds in every decision.

OHA offers a patient and supportive atmosphere when educating our Directors, staff, and wider network as we navigate through rural affordable housing.

Land Acknowledgement

OHA respectfully acknowledges the land on which we gather and alter as the ancestral homelands of the Beothuk. We acknowledge the island of Ktaqmkuk as the unceded, traditional territory of the Beothuk and the Mi’kmaq and acknowledge Labrador as the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Innu of Nitassinan, the Inuit of Nunatsiavut, and the Inuit of NunatuKavut. We strive for respectful partnerships with all peoples of this province as we search for collective healing and true reconciliation to honour this beautiful land together. We open our hearts and minds to the past and commit ourselves to working in a spirit of truth and reconciliation to make a better future for all.

Get to know us

Who We Are

Click to read more about each team member

  • Olivia White

    ABOUT Olivia White Community project coordinator After moving back to her hometown of Port Rexton with a completed Bachelor in Business Administration (Honours) and Certificate…

  • David Ellis

    ABOUT David Ellis Operations Director Originally from the UK, David has had various careers ranging from schoolteacher, computer software engineer, homeopath, university lecturer, tai chi…

  • Carrie Hookey

    ABOUT CArrie Hookey Treasurer Carrie is a recent graduate of Memorial University; she has successfully completed her Bachelor of Arts with a focus in English…

  • Nicholas Bailey

    ABOUT nicholas Bailey Director After several years of studying Engineering at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nicholas changed course to follow his family’s footsteps…

  • Madelyn White

    ABOUT Madelyn White Secretary After experiencing the unprecedented growth of rural tourism on the Bonavista Peninsula throughout her youth, Madelyn attended Memorial University to study…

  • Jane Ivany

    ABOUT Jane Ivany Regional Associate Currently residing in Dunfield, Jane is a mother to Loik and Lilia first and foremost. Growing up in Trinity, she…

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OHA Updates

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    Forging Ahead

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    OHA has been busy working through our land survey and completing funding applications. In partnership with the Town of Port Rexton, we have submitted an…

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    Atlantic Social Impact Exchange Summit

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    In September 2023, Olivia joined Atlantic Canada’s social entrepreneurs and change-makers at the Social Impact Exchange Summit for three days of networking and knowledge-sharing. Thank…

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    Otters in the UK

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    In March 2023, Olivia and David headed across the pond to make connections with housing projects and communities in the UK. We are pleased to…