Introducing three new CHF Canada staff
Published October 27, 2021
We’re happy to welcome Jessica, Christine, and Maria to CHF Canada’s team of dedicated staff. They will be helping CHF Canada with development, administration and supporting member co-ops in the Prairie region respectively:
Jessica will be working from Toronto as CHF Canada’s new Co-ordinator, Co-operative Housing Development.
“I’m excited to help grow co-op housing. When someone gets into a housing co-op, they probably feel like they’ve won the lottery, but everybody deserves a safe, affordable home,” said Jessica.
At CHF Canada, she will work on member education around development, document management for development opportunities, and supporting upcoming co-op-led and sector-led developments.
When she isn’t at work, Jessica enjoys spending time outdoors and playing guitar and piano.
Christine Doyle has joined CHF Canada as interim Administrative Assistant, Member Services.
Before this role, she was working in cybersecurity on asset management and reporting, and she has also volunteered teaching English as a Second Language and working with a dog rescue group.
About her new role, Christine said, “I really enjoy working for non-profits, and I look forward to assisting in the education program and helping people improve their co-ops. “
In her spare time, Christine enjoys movies, trying new restaurants, sailing and going on “far too many walks” with her rambunctious dog.
Maria Vaiaso has joined CHF Canada in the role of the Regional Manager, Prairies, with the pending retirement of Blair Hamilton.
Maria has over 15 years’ experience in the affordable housing sector. She has been the property manager at Rainbow Housing Co-operative since 2012, president of the Cooperative Housing Association of Saskatchewan since 2018, and previously worked with other not-for-profit housing organizations. She has shown great leadership in the co-op housing sector, including advocating to the provincial government for continued co-op housing rental subsidies.
Asked about her new role, Maria shared, “I’m excited to be here! I look forward to supporting CHF Canada’s advocacy work in the Prairies to maintain housing affordability, support co-op education and have great conversations with co-op members and staff.”
In her spare time, Maria enjoys Latin dance, and she has been taking socially distanced salsa and bachata lessons during the pandemic.
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