Our mission

Our mission is to build affordable and dynamic homes for our members by:

  • Creating a financially sustainable community housing project

  • Facilitating mutual aid between residents

  • Engaging residents in Brick by Brick management

  • Building a hub for creative social intervention that is accessible to the wider community

 

Our campaign

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Brick by Brick Community Bonds

  • A competitive zero-fee investment opportunity

  • A way to diversify your savings while having a positive impact

  • An investment backed by real assets

Brick by Brick Community Housing

  • Affordable quality housing managed by experienced administrators who are accountable to residents.

  • A common space where services can be provided to meet basic needs.

  • An award-winning project that is founded on solidarity rather than charity.

 

Our membership

Membership is open to anyone seeking a supportive environment that promotes self-discovery, diversity of expression, mutual-aid, dedication, and social engagement.

We recognize that those who stand to gain the most from community housing are those that are most adversely affected by racism, patriarchy and ableism. That is why we are committed to providing access to space in our building equitably. 

 

Our team

 
  Sophie Le-Phat Ho  —Project manager  Sophie Le-Phat Ho is a cultural organizer from Montreal with a multidisciplinary background in the community, non-profit, academic, public as well as private sectors. With more than 10 years of experience as a project manager with a social justice approach, she focuses on strategic thinking and develops creative collaborations in order to foster a critical culture founded on solidarity.

Sophie Le-Phat Ho
—Project manager

Sophie Le-Phat Ho is a cultural organizer from Montreal with a multidisciplinary background in the community, non-profit, academic, public as well as private sectors. With more than 10 years of experience as a project manager with a social justice approach, she focuses on strategic thinking and develops creative collaborations in order to foster a critical culture founded on solidarity.

  Faiz Abhuani  —Director  Faiz has been a community organizer for over 15 years. He has worked on a number of issues around expanding access to healthcare, immigrant rights and popular education. He has contributed to the efforts of a variety of organizations including Project Genesis, Le Frigo Vert, No One Is Illegal, CKUT Community Radio, the Quebec Public Interest Research Group, Moisson Montréal and the McGill University Student’ Union. His objective remains to promote a long term vision for social change and to raise awareness on the importance of building infrastructure for success.

Faiz Abhuani
—Director

Faiz has been a community organizer for over 15 years. He has worked on a number of issues around expanding access to healthcare, immigrant rights and popular education. He has contributed to the efforts of a variety of organizations including Project Genesis, Le Frigo Vert, No One Is Illegal, CKUT Community Radio, the Quebec Public Interest Research Group, Moisson Montréal and the McGill University Student’ Union. His objective remains to promote a long term vision for social change and to raise awareness on the importance of building infrastructure for success.

  Frank Suerich-Gulick  —Development consultant  Trained as a mechanical engineer, Frank is a founding member of Le Coteau vert Housing Cooperative, a 95-unit sustainable affordable housing complex in Rosemont. He was active in developing and building the complex; he then co-coordinated its maintenance committee for several years, and now serves as the Treasurer on its board of directors. He's our go to guy for all things technical.

Frank Suerich-Gulick
—Development consultant

Trained as a mechanical engineer, Frank is a founding member of Le Coteau vert Housing Cooperative, a 95-unit sustainable affordable housing complex in Rosemont. He was active in developing and building the complex; he then co-coordinated its maintenance committee for several years, and now serves as the Treasurer on its board of directors. He's our go to guy for all things technical.

  Maali Aubin-Salhi  —Architectural Designer  Maali is a graduate student in architecture at McGill University. She completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Montreal, during which she did a one-year exchange at the Technical University of Munich. Her work experience and research took her to Montreal and Berlin as well as throughout France and Algeria. Maali is interested in the interrelationship between the built environment and its sociocultural implications.

Maali Aubin-Salhi
—Architectural Designer

Maali is a graduate student in architecture at McGill University. She completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Montreal, during which she did a one-year exchange at the Technical University of Munich. Her work experience and research took her to Montreal and Berlin as well as throughout France and Algeria. Maali is interested in the interrelationship between the built environment and its sociocultural implications.

  Jennifer Tu-Anh Phan  —Architectural Designer  Having studied architecture and urban planning, Jennifer now works as a designer at Atelier L'Abri. Through her work experiences in Paris, Rome, New York and Toronto, she has witnessed radically different architectural practices and now wants to reinvest in her hometown. She perceives space as being out-of-singular and seeks to celebrate the diversity and ambiguity present in our living environments. Her work as an artist-architect is dedicated to thinking space in its transversality, both disciplinary and cultural.

Jennifer Tu-Anh Phan
—Architectural Designer

Having studied architecture and urban planning, Jennifer now works as a designer at Atelier L'Abri. Through her work experiences in Paris, Rome, New York and Toronto, she has witnessed radically different architectural practices and now wants to reinvest in her hometown. She perceives space as being out-of-singular and seeks to celebrate the diversity and ambiguity present in our living environments. Her work as an artist-architect is dedicated to thinking space in its transversality, both disciplinary and cultural.

  Théo Klein  —Marketing coodinator  Théo is a student at Mcgill University majoring in Economics. He has an entrepreneurial passion with a problem-solving mindset with an expertise in Digital Marketing and Graphic Design. He has founded 3 startups and worked with 3 others in Montreal over the past three years. He is delighted to support Brick by Brick and have the opportunity to make a difference.

Théo Klein
—Marketing coodinator

Théo is a student at Mcgill University majoring in Economics. He has an entrepreneurial passion with a problem-solving mindset with an expertise in Digital Marketing and Graphic Design. He has founded 3 startups and worked with 3 others in Montreal over the past three years. He is delighted to support Brick by Brick and have the opportunity to make a difference.

  Leonora Gangadeen-King  —Community development liaison  Leonora works as a researcher in child psychiatry at the Jewish General Hospital where she aims to promote resilience and strength-based approaches to mental health research. As a member of Montreal’s Tiger Lotus Coop (TLC), she also helps to facilitate educational workshops and complimentary health care services while fostering a supportive environment. One of Leonora’s main goals is to break isolation and build community. And as the daughter of an Indo-Guyanese immigrant, Leonora is committed to giving back to her community, knowing that the privileges that she now has would not have been possible without the generosity and strength of others.

Leonora Gangadeen-King
—Community development liaison

Leonora works as a researcher in child psychiatry at the Jewish General Hospital where she aims to promote resilience and strength-based approaches to mental health research. As a member of Montreal’s Tiger Lotus Coop (TLC), she also helps to facilitate educational workshops and complimentary health care services while fostering a supportive environment. One of Leonora’s main goals is to break isolation and build community. And as the daughter of an Indo-Guyanese immigrant, Leonora is committed to giving back to her community, knowing that the privileges that she now has would not have been possible without the generosity and strength of others.

  Rose-Anne St-Paul  —Research and Evaluation Consultant  Rose-Anne St-Paul is a project evaluation consultant with seven years of professional experience in research coordination in the field of mental health, project management and psychosocial intervention in Quebec and abroad. She is passionate about the interaction between our urban environment and mental health, as well as the co-construction of inclusive spaces. Providing the support, data and recommendations necessary for the development of individuals and communities has always been at the center of her professional and personal interests.

Rose-Anne St-Paul
—Research and Evaluation Consultant

Rose-Anne St-Paul is a project evaluation consultant with seven years of professional experience in research coordination in the field of mental health, project management and psychosocial intervention in Quebec and abroad. She is passionate about the interaction between our urban environment and mental health, as well as the co-construction of inclusive spaces. Providing the support, data and recommendations necessary for the development of individuals and communities has always been at the center of her professional and personal interests.

  Nantali Indongo  —Creative action analyst  Daughter of parents who were activists by circumstance from small Caribbean islands, Nantali Indongo follows those natural instincts; carrying the torch into classrooms and communities, into studios and onto stages, with master's tools and microphones; exposing to educate, rhyming to rouse. Co-founder of the Hip Hop No Pop series and researcher/writer-broadcaster at CBC Radio Montreal. Sense of purpose: to push conversations forward to a place where positive inspiration becomes positive action.

Nantali Indongo
—Creative action analyst

Daughter of parents who were activists by circumstance from small Caribbean islands, Nantali Indongo follows those natural instincts; carrying the torch into classrooms and communities, into studios and onto stages, with master's tools and microphones; exposing to educate, rhyming to rouse. Co-founder of the Hip Hop No Pop series and researcher/writer-broadcaster at CBC Radio Montreal. Sense of purpose: to push conversations forward to a place where positive inspiration becomes positive action.

  Fiona Ainsworth  —Treasurer  Fiona practices birth accompaniment and postpartum care as a doula and birth assistant at the Côte-des-Neiges birthing home. She has extensive experience supporting women and gender non-binary people in a number of community organizations including Montreal Birth Companions, Auberge Shalom Women’s Shelter, and Head and Hands. Fiona has developed and facilitated a wide range of popular education programming, from sexual health and consent workshops for young adults to perinatal courses for expecting parents, always with a focus on empowering and holistic approaches to health.

Fiona Ainsworth
—Treasurer

Fiona practices birth accompaniment and postpartum care as a doula and birth assistant at the Côte-des-Neiges birthing home. She has extensive experience supporting women and gender non-binary people in a number of community organizations including Montreal Birth Companions, Auberge Shalom Women’s Shelter, and Head and Hands. Fiona has developed and facilitated a wide range of popular education programming, from sexual health and consent workshops for young adults to perinatal courses for expecting parents, always with a focus on empowering and holistic approaches to health.

  Jon McPhedran Waitzer  —Management consultant  Jon began his career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Co, before working in social entrepreneurship at Ashoka and then serving as Director at Head & Hands, one of Montreal's longest-standing grassroots community organizations. He now works as an independent consultant and researcher, and he's excited to support Brick by Brick as a strategic advisor.

Jon McPhedran Waitzer
—Management consultant

Jon began his career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Co, before working in social entrepreneurship at Ashoka and then serving as Director at Head & Hands, one of Montreal's longest-standing grassroots community organizations. He now works as an independent consultant and researcher, and he's excited to support Brick by Brick as a strategic advisor.

  Juniper Belshaw  —Management consultant  Juniper has ten-years experience in funding and business development, administration, and project management on collaborative teams. She currently works at Cirque du Soleil as a Senior Advisor in Talent Development and Culture, and has worked as an organizational development consultant to nonprofit, private, and public organizations. She is passionate about creating workplaces where diverse teams thrive.

Juniper Belshaw
—Management consultant

Juniper has ten-years experience in funding and business development, administration, and project management on collaborative teams. She currently works at Cirque du Soleil as a Senior Advisor in Talent Development and Culture, and has worked as an organizational development consultant to nonprofit, private, and public organizations. She is passionate about creating workplaces where diverse teams thrive.


Brick by Brick is made possible thanks to the support of:

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