Organizational Leadership

  • Luke Bowden, President: Luke currently works in the supportive housing sector for COTA Health, where he coordinates a pilot project providing a full diabetic menu to individuals at a high level of support in a small residential setting. Luke attended the University of King’s College in Halifax, NS pursuing a degree in English and Contemporary Studies. He has held positions at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Education and Development (NS) with a focus in Event Management both professionally (Ontario Co-operative Association, The Ontario Rural Council) and in his volunteer work (Halifax Pop Explosion, Guelph Jazz Festival). Luke has held positions in supportive housing sector at both Mainstay Housing and Houselink
  • Dana Gregoire, Vice President: Dana is a corporate governance consultant for Canadian not-for-profit corporations and charities. He is also the Senior Research Associate at the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance, an alliance of institutional investors that advocate for better governance among Canadian public companies. He has an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and and a BA from the University of Manitoba.
  • Michael Koo, VIce President: Michael Koo is a social justice advocate, a campaigner for quality supportive housing for people with mental health challenges, and a Peer Support Specialist/advisor. Michael works with a number of mental health advocacy organizations, among them the icha (inner city health network) advisory board, helping to design recovery oriented medical services in the Greater Toronto Area, and the St. Michael’s Hospital’s Community Advisory Panel, helping to design more appropriate mental health services. Michael also does stand-up comedy about being in the Mental Health System and raises therapeutic lovebirds.
  • Peter Adamson, Treasurer: Peter is a chartered accountant and retired partner of Ernst & Young LLP. He currently sits on two Boards in the not-for-profit sector and has been a community volunteer since his retirement. His current “occupation” is as an award winning photographic artist showing his work in galleries in Toronto and throughout southern Ontario.
  • Curtis Bishop, Director: Curtis has been a director of Houselink since 2010.
  • Angela Robertson, Director: Angela Robertson is the Executive Director of Central Toronto Community Health Centres, past Director of Equity and Community Engagement at Women’s College Hospital, and past Executive Director at Sistering. Angela is an activist in the black and women’s community and has been a member of many community boards. Angela is also co-editor with Ena Dua of the book Scratching the Surface: Canadian Anti-Racist Feminist Thought, and Coordinator of Sistering’s community-based research report Common Occurrence: The Impact of Homelessness on Women’s Health. Angela is a founding member of Blockorama, a celebration of black PRIDE for the queer community from the African Diaspora. Angela has been recognized for her social justice work by Toronto’s Now Magazine, the Urban Alliance on Race Relations. Angela was also a recipient of the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for Social Change in 2009.
  • Joan Thompson, Director: Joan has been a member of Houselink for nine years. She has been a member of the Social Recreation Committee for six years and has worked in the drop-in for seven years. This is her first term as a director of Houselink.
  • Phillip Dufresne, Director: Philip has lived in supportive housing at Houselink for the past 21 years. In his own words:“After graduating with a B.A. in Anthropology from Concordia University in Montreal, I moved to Toronto in 1978 to look for work. The only type of jobs I could ever get were minimum wage, unskilled labour jobs that kept me living in poverty. When I decided not to do this type of work any more, I was evicted from my apartment in 1989 and ended up on the street because I couldn’t find any other type of work. After living on the street for one year and in a single room in a house for 2 years, my COTA Hostel Outreach worker helped me get into supportive housing at Houselink Community Homes in 1992. That’s when my life began to turn around. Not only did Houselink give me decent, affordable housing and support services, it gave me an opportunity to develop skills I never had a chance to use before. This led to my volunteer work on the Houselink Board, the Dream Team, HomeComing Community Choice Coalition and the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA) Board. I am also former President of the Houselink Board. I discovered that although I didn’t fit into mainstream jobs very well, I had a passion for volunteer work. I would never have discovered this passion if I hadn’t of ended up on the street.”
  • Heinz Klein, Director: Heinz has been a director of Houselink since 2007.
  • Ameil Joseph, Director: Ameil is a registered Social Worker with the Canadian Mental Health Association Toronto Branch — the largest community mental health agency in Canada. Ameil has over nine years of experience working in the mental health sector in supportive housing, crisis respite, forensic assertive community treatment and early intervention settings. Ameil currently works with CMHA’s multidisciplinary early psychosis intervention team. Ameil is currently a PhD candidate at York University’s School of Social Work and completed his Master of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University and his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Waterloo. Ameil’s current research engages critical perspectives on mental health, criminal justice and immigration systems in Canada.
  • Julita Tyszewicz , Director: Julita is a corporate banker with Royal Bank of Canada where she has worked for the past 15 years. She previously served as the treasurer of Houselink for seven years and is the current treasurer of another not-for-profit in Toronto. Julita is a chartered accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University.
  • Brent Vickar, Director: Brent is a native of Saskatchewan and graduate of the University of Manitoba. He has practised insurance law in Toronto since 1983. His volunteer work has been with not-for-profits in the civil liberties, LGBQT, and arts communities.

Note: The Executive Director, Brian Davis, acts as the Corporate Secretary

  • Brian Davis, Executive Director
  • Carol Zoulalian, Director of Member Services
  • Lindsay Sweeney Fund Development Manager
  • Sian Ferguson, Administration and Human Resources Manager
  • Charles Lior, Finance Manager
  • Carl Melvin, Manager of Property Services
  • Jackie Rankine, Programs Manager
  • Carlos Aedo, Support Manager
  • Helen Cheung, Support Manager