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Haliburton County, Ontario CANADA

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Mailing Address:
Places for People
Box 544
Minden, Ontario
K0M 2K0

Phone:
705-286-3592
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Our Board of Directors - UNDER CONSTRUCTION

John Rogers, President

John Rogers has been a lawyer in private practice from 1974 to 1999 where he was a partner in a seven lawyer Newmarket law firm called McChesney Rogers. From 1999 onwards John has been involved in the Municipal sector with the Towns of Newmarket, East Gwillimbury and Aurora first as a lawyer and then as Chief Administrative Officer in East Gwillimbury and Aurora. John left the Town of Aurora in August 2008 and retired from consulting work primarily in the municipal field in July 2015. John was the project manager for the Minden Hills Disaster Relief Committee (DRC) from July 2013 to July 2015. John has been active in his community including being elected to the Town of Georgina Council four times from 1978 to 1988, first as a Ward Councillor for two terms and then Mayor for two terms. John has also been President of the York Region Law Association, Chair of the York Region District Health Council, York Region Abuse Program, and most recently Chair of the United Way of York Region and Co-Chair of the Central LHIN (Local Health Integration Network) Diversity and Inclusivity Advisory Group and then a Director of the Central LHIN beginning 2009 and ending March 2016. John sits on the Board of York Region Children's Aid Society starting in April, 2016. John joined the Board of Places for People in February, 2015. John is married and lives in Keswick and has a recreational home on Beech Lake. He has 3 children and 5 grandchildren.

Fay Martin, Vice President & Tenant Selection & Support Committee Member

Fay Martin brings to Places for People several decades of social work with disadvantaged people, which included the creation of a socially supported rent-geared-to-income housing program for youth leaving child welfare care in Toronto. She became familiar with Haliburton County through 10 years as founding Executive Director of Family Services of Haliburton County, now Point in Time Centre for Children, Youth and Families, from which she retired in early 2007. She was the founding President of Places for People in 2007 and served in that capacity through 2013. She also serves as a citizen representative on the Board of Directors of Kawartha Lakes Haliburton Housing Corporation and the Minden Hills Planning and Development Advisory Committee to advance housing issues in the community. As a consultant with Fay & Associates, she has conducted research into rural homelessness. On other fronts, she is active with the Haliburton County Farmers' Market Association and Supporting Performing Arts in Rural Communities (SPARC).

Max Ward, Treasurer & Webmaster

Max Ward lives in the village of Minden yet was born in Tillsonburg, Ontario and raised nearby in a little hamlet named Richmond. He enjoys rural life; camping, hiking, canoeing, growing a garden and flying. Max holds both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Masters of Divinity degree. The Reverend Max Ward is an Ordained United Church of Canada Minister. He is busy full-time at the Highland Hills Pastoral Charge with churches: Minden United Church, Zion United Church (Carnarvon), and Maple Lake United Church. Amanda (Max’s partner) and Max have three children, Lily, Emily and Thomas, born in 2003, 2006 and 2013 respectively. In addition to being the Treasurer and Webmaster for the Board of Places for People, Max is also the Treasurer of the Minden Food Bank Board and a Mason of Minden’s Arcadia Lodge.


Shirley Moore, Secretary

Shirley Moore is a retired elementary school vice principal. As an educator for 24 years, she taught all grades, kindergarten to grade 8. Prior to a career in education, Shirley was a social worker and worked for several Ontario social planning councils on a variety of community social problems and issues. She holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in social work and a degree in education. Since birth, she has been coming to Halls Lake and, upon retirement, decided to make the family Haliburton cottage her home with husband Terry and son Kyle. Her passion for Haliburton is shared by two daughters and a son in law. Shirley is also active on the Haliburton Rural Transportation Options Committee and the Board of the Friends of the Haliburton County Public Library.

Jack Russel, Chair of the Highland Yard Committee

Jack Russel is a retired, full-time resident at Percy Lake, Haliburton. He spent his career at Memorial University in Newfoundland but mostly at Western University, London, in the areas of psychology, education, counselling. In retirement Jack is enjoying hands-on activities, such as making maple syrup and working with wood. Jack joined the Board in April of 2010 and as a former marathon runner was the likely choice to take on the Highland Yard, a 10, 5K, 2K race in 2012 when Places for People assumed ownership. After moving to Haliburton, Jack became a hospice, palliative care worker for several years and remains active with the Percy Lake Cottagers Association. He participated in all aspects of the first renovation project. Jack is married and has two daughters and five grandchildren living in California and Calgary.

Gerry Moraal, Landlord

Gerry Moraal has lived in Haliburton County for over 15 years. He worked for the Ministry of Natural Resources in Minden as the fish and wildlife biologist and has retired in 2012. He now drives school bus. Gerry got involved in the Minden housing project and joined the Board for P4P soon after. He currently is the landlord for all the properties and the property manager for the Minden and Carnarvon homes. Gerry is married and has 3 children, 2 of whom also reside in Haliburton County.

Vicky Hoare, Chair of the Tenant Selection & Support Committee

Vicki Hoare works in the field of adult developmental services as a Case Manager, providing support to adults with an intellectual disability who live independently. Previous to this role, Vicki worked in children’s services, supporting children with special needs and their families. Vicki is passionate about working with people and joined the Board of Places for People to assist with tenant selection and support. In her work Vicki sees the need for affordable housing in the County and is grateful to be a part in making that a reality through Places for People. Vicki loves Haliburton County and enjoys all that this area has to offer her and her family.

Steven Kauffeldt, Chair of the Property Committee & Facebook Administrator

Steve Kauffeldt - Steve has been on the board for Places for People since 2012. Born and raised in Bancroft Ontario Steve has lived in the Highlands his entire life and currently resides in Cardiff in Highlands East. Currently the only member of the board from Highlands East he looks forward to starting our next project which will take us to the eastern parts of the County. He sees the issue of homelessness and food security as being major stumbling blocks to a sustainable community.

Heather Townsend, Member of the Tenant Selection & Support Committee

Heather Townsend is a new arrival to Haliburton County, living here only two years. She is adjusting to rural life, having lived in Kitchener, Ottawa, and London UK. Heather has an undergrad in Social Development Studies and a Masters of Social Work. She works in the healthcare field as a social worker for the geriatric and palliative community. Her previous role at Habitat for Humanity sparked her interest in affordable housing; she saw the positive effect that housing has on tenants and the community at large. She is passionate about Places for People's goal of helping tenants make a positive difference in their lives.

Christine Cochrane, Chair of the Marketing Committee

Chris Cochrane joined our board in 2017. Chris hails from Chicago, but spends half the year in Haliburton, her second beloved country. She considers herself an “honorary Canadian”, having married Gordon who holds dual citizenship and is proud to be one of Haliburton Lake’s first residents. Chris holds a masters degree in business administration, concentrating on marketing. She created and ran a Small Business Development Center, a Certified Development Company and a Community Development Corporation in suburban Chicago. She has brought some of this experience to Haliburton where she serves on the advisory board for the Creative Business Incubator. Later, she was appointed and hired by the State of Illinois to be the project manager in charge of the planning and development of a third commercial airport for Chicago. She retired from this position in 2007. Politics has always been a passion for Chris, having worked for three governors, one senator and one congressman over the years, as well as having served as township supervisor for 14 years. (And, she and Gordon were on Barack Obama’s campaign staffs for both elections.) So, community development and public service is in her blood! Gordon and Chris have two daughters, two sons-in-law, and four grandchildren, all in the States. The Cochranes put many miles on their car traveling to and from their kids! In spare time, her passions include golf, fabric arts, aviation, knitting, reading and traveling. She also plays the flute with the Highlands Chamber Orchestra and Wind Symphony, and sings with the Highlands Festival Singers.

There are currently no vacancies for a full board of eleven Directors. If you are interested in joining our Board, please contact one of us.

We have only one part-time contract employee who assists with maintenance. Doug Aldworth is a licenced carpenter and owner of his own small business.