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 has held numerous management positions in the Information Technology area with a primary focus on people leadership, team building and leading software development for loyalty solutions. Ron lives in nearby Sunderland, with his fiancé Kerri-Anne, children Courtney and Aidan as well as three cats and a dog.

Joe Ottenhof

Joe Ottenhof

Vice Chair

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.

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.

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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Zed Pickering

Director

Zed was born and raised in Durham Region and currently resides in Uxbridge with his wife and two-year-old daughter. After graduating from Durham College with a diploma in Public Relations, Zed worked and lived in different parts of Canada and personally experienced the challenges various living situations can present. Volunteering with organizations addressing life struggles and dealing with life lessons himself have made Zed an empathetic ally. He is also an active member of UxARC; a group that has formed to educate and bring awareness to racial and indigenous injustices.

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.

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
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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
Manager, Housing Services
(she/her)

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.

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Office Coordinator
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Jordan Bolzon

MSW, RSW
Housing First Case Worker
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Jordan received their Bachelor of Social Work from Lakehead University and completed their Master of Social Work from the University of British Columbia. Jordan grew up in north Durham and has always advocated for the community. They have done work in Simcoe County with a youth shelter bringing a passion for helping those who are vulnerable. Jordan offers a voice to people who otherwise may not be heard and ensures they are included in the decision-making process. Jordan is excited to be able to continue to give back to their community.

Courtney Gauvreau

SSW
Housing First Case Worker
(she/her)

Courtney received her Social Service Worker diploma from Fleming College and has been working in the Kawartha Lakes area supporting women fleeing violence in a shelter setting, as well as individuals experiencing chronic homelessness from a Housing First approach. She is strong advocate for all of her clients and believes that everyone has a right to housing. Courtney is looking forward to working in north Durham supporting individuals with their housing goals.

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Landlord Engagement Specialist
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Stephanie Pattison

B.A.
Housing Support Specialist
(she/her)

Stephanie is a recent graduate from Trent University with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She has a passion for advocating for the community and offering support to those who need. Stephanie has previously held the role of a Program Coordinator at The Back Door Mission, helping the vulnerable population with a variety of needs through different social services. Stephanie is very excited to continue to advocate on behalf of the north Durham community.

Kathleen Hales

SSW
Housing Support Specialist
(she/her)

Kathleen received her Social Service Worker diploma from Fleming College and has recently been chosen as a candidate for her Bachelor of Social Work at Ryerson University. She has experience in the shelter system working with women and children who are experiencing violence in the home and has worked closely with people who have been chronically homeless and are transitioning into housing. She is looking forward to helping the people in the communities of north Durham find housing stability.

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Landlord Support Specialist
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