"Setting an ambitious course for a more just society"
Since 2002, Randy has led HDC with infectious energy, optimism, intelligence and care. He embodies the organization’s balance of practical action and bottomless compassion. With a bachelor of laws from the University of New Brunswick and an MA in political science from the University of Alberta in urban and local government, Randy brings strong analytical and management skills to the helm, along with a tireless commitment to social justice. A natural leader, his vibrant personality helps him connect with all kinds of people, from government and business leaders to non-profit colleagues, clients and community stakeholders. The HDC staff appreciate many things about Randy, including his Friday morning tradition of bringing in cookies from Titus Bakery. Along with his work, Randy loves to spend time with his family, reading and enjoying nature.
At the heart of Saint John’s homelessness sector, you’ll find Cathy, collaborating with the people and organizations working to find affordable, long-term housing for our most vulnerable. With a knack for connecting to the people behind the data, Cathy brings a degree in social work and lots of community development experience in homelessness and housing to her role. She’s a founder of Code Red Distribution Project, which provides free menstrual products to Saint Johners. Cathy’s perfect weekend is the farmer’s market and chasing waterfalls.
"Helping youth reach their full potential through education and insight"
With a master of education in leadership and administration and a wide-ranging resume that includes gigs as a teacher, principal, youth worker and mentor both internationally and at home, Callie draws on a deep well of experience from near and far in her position at the helm of UYES! In her life’s work of helping young people reach their goals, she draws on her faith, her family and her photo of Jane Fonda for courage, strength and inspiration.
Chelsea’s idea of fun is exploring a new dataset to see what story it tells. Most days, you’ll find her reading, writing and mapping and analyzing data to help those in need. With a master’s degree in economics, she knows how to harness data in the service of progress. Along with working on HDC’s core publications, she thrives on the flexibility her role allows to research different topics. Family-first, Chelsea enjoys regular downtime with her partner, boating on the Belleisle Bay.
"Orchestrating collective change across New Brunswick"
Chris is like a conductor for the province’s homelessness-serving sector, getting all the players working in concert by sharing data and knowledge, partnering with decision-makers and advancing best practices. A Saint John native, his dream of coming home came true when he joined HDC, bringing nearly 20 years of community development experience in Maine and beyond with him. When he’s not deep into meetings, spreadsheets and tracking tools, you’ll find Chris camping or chilling with his partner and a frosty Foghorn.
Fueled by coffee and the energy of the smart, optimistic and hard-working people around him, Greg embraces the challenge of solving complex social issues. Since he started with HDC in 2012, his title has changed, but the job’s always had the same big goal: making life better for those on the margins. With a BA and a PMP, Greg works with government, experts and stakeholders to reduce homelessness. Off-hours, he’s into sideways sports like snowboarding and surfing and outdoor adventures with his wife and three kids.
"Using stories to celebrate and connect community"
Since 2008, when she joined HDC, Juanita has been a tireless community builder. She was instrumental in developing Around the Block, the bi-monthly newspaper with good-news stories from Saint John’s priority neighbourhoods. Along with publishing the paper from 2015-2019, she’s been instrumental in a number of projects that give a voice to the little guy. Juanita has received numerous awards for her activism and has created a few of her own, including a bursary for high-school students in her name. In her rare downtime, Juanita likes to relax in front of a good craft or cooking show.
"Contributing to the greater good by supporting the team"
No two days are the same for Laura, who keeps the HDC office humming. An administrative unit of one, she’s got a knack for finding gaps and filling them. From answering the phones to HR and accounting, Laura’s got it covered. She has a business administration diploma and over a decade’s experience with an award-winning marketing agency and a socially progressive accounting firm. Away from the office, the family cottage in Cape Breton is Laura’s happy place for reading, campfires and stargazing.
"Charting the course that addresses structural injustice"
Much like a cartographer, Michael spends his days navigating the landscape of the homeless-serving sector in New Brunswick and charting a course towards a more just and fair society in New Brunswick. With a master’s degree in political science, Michael brings key partners in the homeless-serving sector together in a shared vision and maps streamlined strategies for structural change. A morning run in Irving Nature Park and time with family and a good book keep him happy and healthy outside the office.