President & CEO
Tim Richter is the Founder, President & CEO of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH). The CAEH leads a national movement of individuals, organizations and communities working together to end homelessness in Canada. Under his leadership, the CAEH has: helped shape federal, provincial and local homelessness action and policy including the national implementation of Housing First, the National Housing Strategy and Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy; hosted five highly successful National Conferences on Ending Homelessness; co-authored three State of Homelessness in Canada reports in 2013, 2014 and 2016; launched a national Training and Technical Assistance program as a mission based, non-profit training and technical assistance program; and, launched the 20,000 Homes Campaign – a national movement of communities working together to house 20,000 of Canada’s most vulnerable homeless people and end chronic homelessness in 20 communities. Prior to joining the CAEH, Tim was President & CEO of the Calgary Homeless Foundation charged with leading the implementation of Calgary’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness – the first plan of its kind in Canada. In the first four years of Calgary’s 10 Year Plan more than 4,000 homeless men, women and children were housed, 3,582 units of affordable housing were funded, and homelessness went down for the first time in 20 years of counting. Tim received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History as well as a Bachelor of Applied Communications. He lives in Calgary, Alberta with his wife and three children.
Trish Muntain began her journey into ending homelessness at the Calgary Homeless Foundation in 2011. In 2012, Trish joined the CAEH as the Executive Assistant to the President & CEO, bringing with her over 25 years administrative experience in the non-profit and private sector. A self-proclaimed efficiency expert, Trish is focused on ensuring the CAEH is an operationally well run virtual organization through leadership of CAEH administration including project management, IT, human resources and accounting as well as providing direct support to the CAEH Board and Committees. Trish lives in Regina, Saskatchewan with her son.
Stefania Seccia comes to the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness following a ten-year career in journalism where she asserted herself as an expert on homelessness solutions. She joins the CAEH as Communications Advisor with an intention to see the end of homelessness in her lifetime. For the past decade as a reporter and editor, she has explored housing crisis issues concerning the nation’s most vulnerable with a special focus in her hometown Vancouver and the Downtown Eastside. In that time, she researched and wrote ground-breaking stories diving into social justice issues. Most recently, Stefania was the managing editor of social enterprise and street paper Megaphone Magazine and partnered with national online news organization The Tyee to lead an investigation into what became a six-part homelessness solutions series. Over her journalism career, her work appeared across Canada in the Vancouver Sun, Ottawa Citizen, and Montreal Gazette, including Indigenous news outlets the Windspeaker and Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper. Above all else, Stefania believes we can solve the homelessness crisis and create a sustainable society where everyone has a locking door, warm bed, and roof over their head.
National Field Organizer
Michelle is a long time community advocate and activist for a socially responsible society. She is a woman with lived experience of poverty and homelessness and this is the foundation of her drive to challenge the status quo. She dedicates her time on a number of local organizations centering on Poverty Reduction, Homelessness, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Violence Against Women, and Food Security as a board and committee member. She has been a High School Teacher, Psycho-social Educator in Oncology and Geriatrics, Trainer and Facilitator in DEI. She is has also been a political candidate in 5 election campaigns. Michelle has received her education in Psychology and Sociology from McMaster and in Women’s Studies and Gender Studies from York University. Michelle believes that a better way can be achieved by creating a society based on inclusion, fairness and equity for all, approaching society with empathy and understanding, and caring for Mother Earth with management for sustainability. It is a matter of choice.
Director, Data Impact and Policy
Randalin Ellery is a passionate leader in poverty reduction and homelessness, with over 10-years’ experience in building movements, shifting systems, and engaging community. Randalin is a skilled researcher, facilitator, data analyst and communicator, with a passion for tackling complex problems using evidence and a goal-oriented approach. Randalin joined the CAEH as the Data Impact Lead for the 20,000 Homes Campaign. In this role, Randalin is focused on making data accessible, visual, and fun, so that it can drive communities toward ending homelessness. Randalin holds a Master of Arts in Sociology and International Development from the University of Guelph. She is based in Guelph, ON, where she lives with her two children.
Debbie Harrison has more than 30 years of project management experience in a variety of sectors. She joined the 20,000 Homes Campaign with the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness as Campaign Coordinator in September 2018. Debbie brings to the campaign the ability to establish and implement priorities, excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and the ability to problem solve. Before joining the CAEH, Debbie was self employed with her major client being an information security training organization for which she coordinated training sessions across North America. Prior experience working with the Calgary Homeless Foundation ignited her passion for ending homelessness.
Wally is a recognized expert and leader in Housing First and ending homelessness with over 15 years’ experience in counselling psychology. Wally joins the CAEH from the City of Lethbridge, Alberta where he was the City’s Housing First Specialist for over five years. While at the city Wally was instrumental in the development of the city’s Housing First System of Care, program development for several Housing First programs, providing clinical and operational support to funded projects and leading the development of the city’s Housing First Standards of Practice. Wally has provided consultation and training to several communities in their efforts to develop or enhance their own Housing First models and was a contracted trainer for t3 (Think, Teach, and Transform) from the U.S. Wally has a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology and has done clinical work for 15 years. Wally is based out of Lethbridge where he lives with his wife and three children.
Jody Yurkowsky Pace
Coordinated Access Trainer, Training and Technical Assistance Program
Jody comes to the CAEH TTA with 20 years experience in the non-profit sector working with vulnerable people in Canada, Latvia, and Sweden. Her work with marginalized and homeless youth and adults spans settings from Eastern Europe to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and, most recently, Victoria, BC. With a background in social work, non-profit leadership and adult education, Jody has a deep passion for social justice and poverty issues and enjoys devoting her time to organizations committed to the inherent dignity of all people. Jody has just relocated from Vancouver Island to Halifax with her daughter and husband. She is excited to fall in love with the Atlantic as much as she has the Pacific and to provide quality CAEH TTA from this new location.
Director, Built for Zero Canada
Marie Morrison is a dynamic veteran leader and innovator with over 20 years of experience in housing and homelessness. She joined the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness as the Director of the 20,000 Homes Campaign in September of 2017. Marie brings to the campaign a driven and focused leadership style that encourages a bias for action, failing forward, continuous improvement, and learning from and working together with others. Prior to joining CAEH, Marie worked for 15 years with the Region of Waterloo delivering federal, provincial and local funding and working with community partners to create a housing focused system designed to end homelessness. Waterloo was the first community in the 20,000 Homes Campaign to pilot a Registry Week and was one of the first to achieve a quality By-Name List. Over the years, Marie has participated in many federal and provincial advisory groups and for two years served as the chair of the Ontario Municipal Services Association Homelessness Prevention Network. She was one of two people in Canada chosen to participate in the inaugural Institute for Global Homelessness Leadership Program.
Data Advisor, Built for Zero Canada
Jessica Brunet is a passionate advocate for positive measurable change in society with particular attention to ending chronic homelessness; the rights and equality of the LGBTQ community; and the prevention of sexual violence against women. In her hometown of Windsor, Ontario, Jessica worked as the Program Developer for Windsor-Essex Housing Connections – a multi-agency program aimed at ending chronic homelessness through Housing First principles. She developed workbooks and procedures to collect, analyze, and report program data while ensuring accountability, transparency, and client confidentiality. Jessica’s analytical skills led to her role as the Data Lead for her community’s By-Names Prioritized List team. As a self-declared data-lover, she is the Excel whiz who created the Windsor-Essex By Name List tracker that stores the list and prioritizes individuals and families experiencing homelessness for services and supports. Windsor achieved quality status and balanced data on its first submission and continues to maintain integrity and reliability. As the Campaign’s Data Advisor, Jessica is excited to help other communities use data to end chronic homelessness. Jessica received a Masters in Political Science and strives to learn something new every day.
Improvement Advisor, Built for Zero Canada
Kerri Kightley is a long-time leader of collaborative community initiatives that bring talented partners together to work for change. Kerri joined the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness as an Improvement Advisor and is committed to walking alongside campaign communities as they work to end chronic homelessness. Prior to joining the CAEH, Kerri worked for 3 years with Municipal Service Managers in Northumberland, Peterborough and the City of Kawartha Lakes and County of Haliburton to build capacity for locally developed responses to chronic homelessness. She has had her hands in a number of community development projects from the creation of a local drug strategy, to building and renovating a youth and family shelter to innovative media and education campaigns on community safety and health. Kerri believes that there is not one magic formula for successful change, but instead many incredible people who have passion, a clear vision and who are willing to work together to make change happen. Kerri is based in Peterborough, ON.
Ashley Van Der Mark
Improvement Advisor, Built for Zero Canada
Ashley comes to the CAEH with over 10 years experience working in poverty and homelessness reduction efforts. Ashley started her career working in Hamilton with youth and advocating alongside them to create a space for their voices to be heard within their communities. After working six years in municipal government she moved to Windsor ON. Ashley worked in the Housing First program before co-ordinating the By-Name List, including development, implementation, ongoing maintenance, and support to community agencies as the community shifted to Coordinated Access. As a leader, Ashley rigorously focuses on quality-improvement grounded in the voice of lived experience and fights against injustice. Ashley speaks fluent French, received a BA in Sociology and participated in the Built for Zero Collaborative over 2017/18. Ashley always looks at the glass half-full and believes wholeheartedly that we will end homelessness for every single Canadian.