The following individuals were elected to serve as
Daybreak's Board of Directors:
Rob Dekker, PresidentRob is an active member of the Centretown community where he has resided since moving to Ottawa in 1990. He is committed to helping make the Centretown area a safe, accessible, and affordable place to live. For 16 years he has been very involved, in various roles as a volunteer, with Kids Help Phone. As the incoming President of Daybreak, Rob looks forward to working with staff, Board members and volunteers to achieve the Daybreak vision of providing affordable housing for adults in transition.
Cory Michalyshyn, TreasurerCory is an assistant manager with Deloitte Touche in Ottawa. As a CA, his knowledge of financial reporting and controls, and his attention to financial details will ensure the long-term financial viability of Daybreak.
Margaret Singleton, SecretaryMargaret has 35 years of experience in the social and supportive housing field with roles in housing development, housing operations and maintenance, policy, program, administration and community mental health. She has also participated as a Board member for ONPHA (Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association), CHRA (Canadian Housing & Renewal Association), and SHSC (Social Housing Services Corporation). Her background reflects her strong commitment to social justice.
Diana BondDiana is a Cardiac Nurse and part-time Health Clinic RN at Carleton University. She started volunteering with Daybreak as an outreach from her church towards social justice. Initially conducting intake interviews, Diana now continues to serve as co-chair of the Communication Committee and is on the Website Committee. She believes Daybreak homes contribute towards social justice by offering low income housing and minimal support to those who couldn't otherwise live independently.
Karinny CezarKarinny has a legal background from her native Brazil, and has worked for a local law firm for the past four years. She has taken courses in corporate governance and finance as part of her recent MBA degree. Karinny looks forward to working with Daybreak as a Board member, to give back and contribute to building a better city of Ottawa.
Claudette ChabotOriginally from St Catharines, Ontario, Claudette has been a director of various Boards such as the Georgian Bay Association, and the Parish Pastoral Council. She has also been a coordinator of the youth ministry for her church. She was a director and served on various committees for Bethlehem Projects Not-for-Profit Supportive Housing for 14 years while she lived in St. Catharines. Claudette brings a wealth of ideas and forward thinking to the Daybreak Board.
Chelsea CloggChelsea Clogg practices law with the Department of Justice in the area of correctional law. Prior to law school Chelsea obtained a Diploma in Public Relations and worked in the field of communications and fundraising. Chelsea is committed to volunteerism and social justice, and hopes to use her skills and previous experiences to support the great work of Daybreak.
Debbie DaviesDebbie has worked in the social housing property management field for over 20 years, and one of those years was on contract with Daybreak Housing. She is presently working for a Non-Profit Housing Corporation located in Ottawa's east end . Debbie has been a member of several Boards in the past, and having a strong belief in the services Daybreak Housing provides, she desires to continue to be associated with Daybreak by being a member of the Board.
Rocco DisipioRocco is a Real Estate Broker with Royal Lepage, and has considerable experience in low income/rooming house shelters. He is an active member of the West Ottawa Rotary Club which pioneered such housing in the late 80's. Rocco believes in giving back to the community in which he works. He understands the need and requirements, and would like to help develop and sustain this safe, affordable housing throughout the city.
Angela HopperAngela has over 15 years experience in management consulting and internal audit. She worked as a management consultant for Pricewaterhouse, where she conducted several program reviews of a variety of public sector organizations. She also worked as a Senior Auditor for the City’s Office of the Auditor General, and currently works for Export Development Canada (EDC). Angela started as a volunteer with Daybreak over 10 years ago baking birthday cakes for tenants. Angela looks forward to working as a member of the Board to ensure that Daybreak’s continued success as a housing provider to adults whose lives are in transition.
Linda HunterLinda is a registered nurse who focused her Master’s Degree research on traditional Aboriginal healing. She initially set up the Inuit program in Ottawa for health care for those from Baffin Island. Linda is a PhD student in Nursing Sciences and most recently worked for the Ottawa Hospital as the Director of Quality and Patient safety. Linda has been on the Board of the Queensway Carleton Hospital, and has expertise in standards of excellence for governance for the health sector. She also has experience in quality methodology, project management, group facilitation, and change management.
Alice KubicekAlice is Managing Director of akpsGlobal. She focuses on leadership succession and team effectiveness for inclusive organizations in the small business sector. She has been involved with both her professional associations: the Human Resources Professionals Association – Ontario; the Certified Management Consultants - Ontario Institute, and the Marketing Committee with the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes. She is currently the Chair of Governance/Human Resources Committee on Daybreak’s Board of Directors.
Jennifer LeddyJennifer practices law with Carters Professional Corporation in charity and not-for-profit law. Under the Voluntary Sector Initiative, she was a member of the Joint Regulatory Table to study and recommend improvements to the legislative and regulatory environments of this sector. Her past experience includes working on numerous social policy issues as legal and policy advisor with the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, and being part of an interchange program with the Charities Directorate of CRA (Canadian Revenue Agency). Jennifer is drawn to Daybreak’s philosophy of not only providing homes but also communities for people in need.
Diane O'NeillDiane has retired as Executive Director of Aladin Childcare, and has over 30 years experience working in the childcare sector and with charitable agencies. She has been an advocate locally, provincially and nationally for universal, accessible and affordable early learning and care. Diane has experience as a member of various Boards, and dealing with advocacy, governance and management. Diane has successfully developed business models to ensure organizational sustainability.
David SchefterDavid is a Research Assistant at the Bank of Canada. Prior to moving to Ottawa, David studied economics at Queen's University where he lived and volunteered in a student-run, non-profit housing co-operative. David believes strongly in the Daybreak vision of delivering minimal support, affordable housing in Ottawa. He looks forward to serving as a Board member and hopes to apply his background in finance to Daybreak's important work.