Portland Hotel Society to get new Executive Director this week

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Portland Hotel Society to get new Executive Director this week

Two months after a new team was put in charge of Vancouver’s Portland Hotel Society, the current operators are offering assurances vulnerable residents of the Downtown Eastside are still getting the help they need.

The 20-year old PHS runs North America’s first supervised injection site, as well as managing several low-income rooming houses.

Interim Board Chair Faye Wightman says a new executive director will be named later this week to replace Mark Townsend, one of three managers forced out after government auditors uncovered irregular spending habits.

She says, “I’m pleased to say we’ll be taking a recommendation to the board on Thursday with probably a nine month or one year contract.”

Wightman says most of the Society’s funding comes from BC Housing and the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and not private donations.

Last year’s budget was 28-million dollars.


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  1. Obvious we will have to pay at least 500,000 a year to get the best and brightest for the job. We also have to pay enough so the next leadership won’t have to resort to theft to supplement their meager salaries. It never ends.

  2. So where does Faye explain that the new exuctive director will be any more careful about his spending habits ? Where does she say that the PHS won’t be entertaining their friends at the best restaurants in town ? Where does she say that the PHS will ensure the funding goes to their clients and not to their Directos pocket ?

    • Guess the Dippers have their share now eh Ken ?

      I want to know when this fraud is going to get investigated . . . and when are the perps going to get their day in court? This has been a massive scam since day 1 !