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Our Volunteer Board of Directors

Marjorie Keay, President

Jessica Walker, Secretary

Sadie Nielsen, Treasurer

Candice Fisher, Director

Steven Kaelor, Director

Our Vision for the Future

We envision a future where HDFA will be of benefit to the following:

Individuals with Hoarding Disorder

People with extreme clutter issues carry a huge burden.  The stigma surrounding Hoarding Disorder (HD) is so intense that many people fear the consequences of reaching out for support.  For many people with HD (whether diagnosed or not) past interventions have been extremely harmful often leading to damaged personal and community relationships, isolation, eviction and homelessness.  The HDFA will provide evidence based service opportunities in a safe and supportive environment in order to encourage individuals with hoarding issues to reach out for help.

Family and Friends

The HDFA will also provide a safe and supportive environment for family, friends, neighbours and others (volunteers for example) to learn about hoarding disorder as well as to learn about effective intervention strategies.  Family and friends are often very concerned about their loved one who struggles with hoarding and have often made numerous attempts to intervene without success.  By accessing the HDFA, family and friends and others will have the opportunity to support real and sustainable results.

Community

There is a growing concern regarding the impact of hoarding behaviours on the community.  Service providers in Edmonton struggle to find appropriate and comprehensive services for people who hoard.  The Edmonton Hoarding Coalition (which is comprised of a variety of interested parties including Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton (SAGE), Environmental Public Health, City of Edmonton Fire, Emergency Response & By-law, Community Geriatric Psychiatry, independent service providers and many others) engaged in two data collection projects in order to better understand incidents of hoarding in our community.  The projects identified a high rate of social service access as well as safety and health risks for both the public as well as for the individual who struggles with hoarding.  The HDFA will work collaboratively with the Edmonton Hoarding Coalition to fill identified gaps in services in order to address identified concerns and strengthen an integrated community response to cases of hoarding.

 

Other Stakeholders

Landlords, condo boards, housing co-ops, public housing agencies etc. encounter a myriad of challenges that can include:

  • Long-term tenant issues, like being denied entry for routine maintenance

  • Evictions

  • Legal costs

  • Bed bug, cockroach or other pest treatment challenges

  • Remediation and renovation

The HDFA will provide education and problem solving support so that these stakeholders have tools to deal with this challenging issue.