About

Our Vision

A North Durham where no person experiences housing instability.

Our Mission

To provide a spectrum of housing supports for those who are at risk or in crisis within the communities of North Durham.

Our Values

Respect • Integrity • Inclusivity • Collaboration • Confidentiality • Privacy • Transparency • Self-Determination

North House was created in June of 2004, when people saw a need in their community. They were starting to see that their neighbours and friends were struggling to make ends meet. Some were under-housed, others couldn’t pay their bills and some had nowhere to live. Together, as a community, it was decided to create a resource that could help with some of those problems. And that, was the genesis of North House.

Now that they had the idea, and the people willing to help, they needed a physical space to work. It was then that St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Beaverton donated the use of their office space to conduct meetings and give the formal structure the organization needed.

One full-time staff person was hired through the help of a grant, to work with the community and start to build the reputation of the organization.

North House was fortunate to receive funds from the government to purchase a house, which would be used for transitional housing for people in the community. The house had four apartments and a small room in the rear which was used as the office.

Today, 16 years later, we still deliver on the very idea of helping those in our community who need it. We connect them to resources and help them through the most trying times in their lives.

Meet Our Board of Directors

Ron Houston

Ron Houston

Chair

Ron brings a proven track record for leading teams to co-create next generation capabilities and execute strategic IT initiatives to deliver business value. Ron leads a group of 130 technology associates with a primary focus on software development for loyalty solutions, digital channels, customer experience management, business intelligence, marketing and data solutions. Ron lives in nearby Goodwood, with his Partner Kerri-Anne, children Courtney and Aidan as well as four cats and a dog.    

Andrea Malyon

Andrea Malyon

MSW
Vice Chair

Andrea was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec where she received a bilingual education. She attended university at Ryerson where she obtained her Bachelor of Social Work, and then University of Toronto where she received her Master of Social Work. She has worked in a number of agencies over the years as a Social Worker including Child Protection, Adult and Children’s Mental Health, individual and family counselling, and private practice. In recent years, she has been employed at the Durham District School Board where she provides Social Work services to students and families in schools. She and her husband Ken have raised their family in Port Perry where they have been active in the   community, church, and sports over the years.

Dave Kushner

Dave Kushner

BSc, CPA, CGA
Secretary/Treasurer

Dave is a Certified Professional Accountant with extensive experience in financial management, bookkeeping/accounting, personal and corporate income tax preparation, risk management, compliance, and internal auditing. Currently Dave is a staff accountant at Kreston GTA. Dave also runs a part-time, side business specializing in tax preparation, accounting and bookkeeping services, and small business administration.

Joe Ottenhof

Joe Ottenhof

Director

Joe Ottenhof is the founder and recently retired President, of Beckhoff Automation Ltd. An Engineering Technology graduate of St. Lawrence College (1975) in Kingston ON, Joe has spent his career in the area of Technology and specifically Automation Technology. He remains a member of the Board of Directors of Beckhoff Automation Ltd and retains a keen interest in all things “technology” related. Joe is a long time resident of Uxbridge, having raised three, now adult, children in this community. He is married to Carol for 41 years and spends his time running, playing squash and keeping his own house from falling down and watching his grandchildren grow.

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Stephanie Richmond

Director

Stephanie completed her Master of Divinity, from Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto in December of 2017. She has accepted the call to remain on as the full-time minister of both the Greenbank and Seagrave United Churches. She will be ordained in September of 2020. She is a wife, mother and grandmother. She has always lived in the country and loves wide-open spaces. Her love for all God’s people is at the heart of her ministry, believing we all deserve a place to call home which is safe and secure. She is honoured to be able to offer her time in whatever capacity it is needed at North House.

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Leslie Smith

Director

Leslie grew up in Oshawa but now you’ll find her and her family elbow deep in their veggie garden or surrounding by their chickens as they enjoy the “rural life” in Ashburn. Being a natural “joiner”, Leslie enjoys getting involved in organizations that hold special meaning for her and giving back to her community. As a mortgage broker, Leslie’s firsthand experience with the housing industry has allowed her to see the various challenges people can face. Her desire to help people overcome these challenges is what motivated her to become involved with North House.

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Sue Thompson

Director

Sue enjoyed growing up on a family farm in a small town in Durham Region alongside her five siblings. She now resides in Uxbridge with her husband John and their five children. Sue was involved for over 10 years with the North Durham Minor Hockey League in various volunteer roles. She is currently an Insurance broker for Stewart Morrison Insurance and works out of the Port Perry office. Sue’s passion for helping others in the community motivates her to support North House.

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Kerri-Anne Wilkins

Director

Kerri-Anne brings with her 10 years experience working in adult mental health and 15 years experience in behaviour analysis. She has been instrumental in the development of shelter partnerships and housing first initiatives with a focus on skill development for individuals facing housing crisis. An animal and nature lover, Kerri-Anne loves spending time outdoors. She recently moved into the Sunderland area, and is passionate about giving back to the community where she lives and plays.

Meet Our Team

Mona Emond

CAE, CMS
Executive Director

Mona currently holds a Certified Association Executive designation from the Canadian Society of Association Executives and a Certified Marketing Specialist designation from the Canadian Marketing Association. Mona has held senior leadership positions in the profit, not-for-profit and association sectors for over 20+ years. She uses her 20+ years of driving change to make a difference in the world around her. She does that through a transparent leadership approach that empowers her team to deliver results, which transform lives.

Jessica Barbuto

Jessica Barbuto

RSW
Community Outreach & Housing Support

Jessica is a registered social worker through the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She is a graduate of York University’s critical social work honours program that primarily focused on anti-oppressive practice, equality and social justice. Previously, Jessica pursued a position working with at-risk young pregnant women that come from diverse social backgrounds.  Jessica is passionate about making a difference in the lives of her clients, and giving them the voice they deserve. Jessica is excited to continue making a meaningful contribution within the community.

Charles

Charles Demunda

RSSW
Community Outreach & Housing Support

Charles graduated from Durham College from their Social Service Worker Program with honours and a post-graduate certificate in Addictions and Mental Health. He is a registered member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Previously, Charles worked as a Social Service Worker, a Child and Youth Worker, and a Developmental Service Worker within Durham Region.

Holly Pipher

SSW, CDAC
Housing First Case Worker

Holly graduated from the Drug and Alcohol counselling program with honours through Fleming College, and continued on to obtain her Social Service Worker diploma with a focus in critical social work. Previously, Holly has worked with at risk youth and vulnerable adults experiencing issues of homelessness, addictions and mental health. Holly aims to provide clients with passionate advocacy and works to promote optimal well-being within client’s lives. Holly is excited to continue to help make change within the community.

Trynée Hancock

Office Coordinator

Trynée has a professional background in administration, most extensively in the insurance industry. She is an active community member, with a strong passion for volunteerism and community engagement. In 2012, Trynée founded a grassroots not-for-profit organization with the mission to provide diapers to babies and families in need. As the founder, she spearheaded every aspect of the organization from governance to funding, as well as growing its partnerships by creating community groups to engage and connect residents. Trynée is a proud North Durham resident and is enthusiastic about serving her community further while working at North House.

Charles

Charles Demunda

RSSW
Community Outreach & Housing Support

Charles graduated from Durham College from their Social Service Worker Program with honours and a post-graduate certificate in Addictions and Mental Health. He is a registered member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Previously, Charles worked as a Social Service Worker, a Child and Youth Worker, and a Developmental Service Worker within Durham Region.

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