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, 15 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

Marsha Watts

Marsha Watts

RN, BScN, MN
Chair

Marsha Watts, a long time resident of Brock Township has over 15 years experience of leadership within the health care and social services sectors. Providing leadership at both the systems level and the operational level, Marsha brings with her the ability to collaborate at a strategic level, developing high-level vision and plans and the necessary skills to operationalize programing. Collaboration, partnership development, quality improvement and the implementation of professional standards are skills that she brings to the Board of North House. Marsha has served on the Board of North House since August 2015.

Karen Gillespie

Karen Gillespie

BSc, MTeach, OCT
Vice Chair

Karen enjoyed growing up in Sunderland, Ontario, and now resides in Beaverton, Ontario with her husband, Mike, and their two young boys, Gavin and Austin. She has always had a passion for social justice and supporting those who are less fortunate. Karen began her professional career as a Science teacher at Uxbridge Secondary School in 2007. She has since transitioned within the school to being a full-time Guidance Counsellor. Karen’s desire to help others and love for her home community is what motivates her to support the North House charity.

Dave Kushner

Dave Kushner

BSc, CPA, CGA
Treasurer/Secretary

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.

Kathy Holdsworth

Kathy Holdsworth

Director

Kathy was born in Halifax, and grew up in North Toronto. She graduated from University of Toronto in 1962 from Physio and Occupational Therapy. She worked at The Crippled Children’s Centre treating mainly neurological patients and dealing with housing and education for young adults. In 1974 she was hired at an Orthopaedic clinic where she treated adults until 2005. After retiring in 2005 she became involved with many aspects of community life in both Unionville and Uxbridge.

Ron Houston

Ron Houston

Director

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.    

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.

Andrea Malyon

Andrea Malyon

MSW
Director

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.

Douglas Turner

Douglas Turner

LLB
Director

Doug has been practicing law since 1967 and his practice has included appearance as counsel before all trial and appellate levels of both Ontario and Federal courts, and before Provincial and Federal Boards and tribunals, including appellate levels up to the Supreme Court of Canada; Municipal Councils, and Ontario and Federal Parliamentary committees. Doug practices Civil Litigation, Municipal Law, Wills, Estates, Trusts, Corporate & Commercial International Taxation, Real Estate and Mortgages. Doug believes in giving back to the community, which has included work with the YMCA, Hospital Foundation, Churchwarden and the Modern Pentathlon.

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 and 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. Today Jessica works with North House, advocating for and assisting homeless, or at-risk of homelessness individuals in North Durham. 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.

Lisa Peel

Lisa Peel

RSSW
Community Outreach and Housing Support

Lisa graduated from Durham College Social Service Worker Program with honours and is a registered member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Previously, Lisa worked as an Addiction Counsellor in Toronto, as well as a Residential Counsellor for individuals with mental health issues in the Durham Region. For several years, she was employed as Housing Outreach Worker at a local shelter for women and children in Whitby. In March 2018, Lisa joined North House assisting people experiencing homelessness or housing instability in the northern part of Durham Region. Her employment experience with persons of different socio-economic backgrounds has given her a detailed understanding of the barriers that marginalized groups face when trying to access support.

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