Lunch Time Lecture, Monday December 3 - Community Sustainability Through Social Purpose Real Estate

Presented by Jacqueline Gijssen and Jennifer Johnstone
Challenging real estate markets affect not only housing, but every aspect of our community including non-profits, social enterprises, small business and our environmental, economic, social and cultural sustainability. Since 2009 the Social Purpose Real Estate Collaborative (SPRE) has worked to mitigate the impacts of a crazed real estate market on social, health, community organizations, arts, culture and environmental groups and other non-profits and social enterprises. SPRE seeks to build capacity in the sector, develop partnerships, undertake research, and advocate for strong policies that protect space for community. With real estate impacts rapidly spreading outside of Vancouver, including Victoria and parts of the island, there is growing alarm at the loss of community spaces.

What is social purpose real estate and why is it important to the future of our urban centres and communities? Join SPRE in a conversation on preserving space for community in the 21st Century.

Hosted by Mayor Lisa Helps and City Manager Jocelyn Jenkyns, this lunch time lecture series explores city-making in the 21st century. What does Victoria look like in 30 to 40 years? How do we get there? Lunch Time Lectures at City Hall will provide doses of inspiration from near and far and will examine how, together, city hall, residents and businesses can seize the opportunities and challenges of being a leading-edge city in the 21st century.

All lectures run from noon to 1 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall and are webcast.