Bob McKeon with Homeward Trust CEO Susan McGee. Marc Chalifoux
Bob McKeon received the Larry Shaben Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Housing Sector at the annual ROOPH Awards on March 9. ROOPH stands for Recognizing Outstanding Organizations and People in Housing. Bob McKeon is a well-known community advocate and the retired Social Justice Coordinator of the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton.
As described in the program, “This award recognizes individuals who are highly committed to working in the housing sector, who promote or develop housing or related services and who are passionate about what they do. This award is named in memory of Larry Shaben, a former member of the Legislative Assembly, the Provincial Cabinet, and a long-time housing advocate.”
The ROOPH Awards were created in 2005 and are organized by Homeward Trust. Previous recipients of the Larry Shaben Award include Jim Gurnett of the Edmonton Coalition on Housing and Homelessness, former Mayor of Edmonton Stephen Mandel, and Deb Cautley of Youth Empowerment and Support Services.
The two other nominees for this year were Greg Dewling, CEO Capital Region Housing Corporation and David French, Manager Homeless Supports Initiative, Alberta Community and Social Services.