Toronto Community Housing Corporation officials spent $6,800 to bring in a speaker from Seattle to motivate tenants. Consultant Jim Diers, billed by TCHC as an international expert in participatory governance and asset-based community development, met with TCHC’s executive leadership team, other staff, and tenants as part of the corporation’s plan to engage in a “Resident Engagement System Refresh.” Some are questioning why an American was paid to speak for two hours on how he organized in the United States. Activist Susan Gapka said the $6,800 spent could have gone towards fixing a few broken doors in her building or putting up proper lighting.
Have you been to a motivational speech? Are they ever worth the money? Should TCHC be spending large amounts of money on International speakers?