Niagara Regional Housing Board of Directors

Niagara Regional Housing is governed by a Board of Directors. In order to serve our community from a wide range of perspectives, the NRH Board has representation from the community and Niagara Regional Council.

Current Membership

Henry D'Angela - Chair - Regional Councillor, Thorold

Appointed to the NRH Board in December of 2006 following his election as Mayor of the City of Thorold, Henry D'Angela serves as Chair of the NRH Investment Committee.

Currently a member of Regional Council, Henry currently serves on the Niagara Region's Corporate Services Committee, the Planning and Public Works Committee, the Audit Committee, the Transportation Strategy and Steering Committee and as Chair of the Development Charge Committee.

Previously, Henry served as a member of Thorold City Council (2000– 2003), and in that role acted as Council liaison to the Downtown Redevelopment Task Force Committee, Thorold Community Activities Group, Thorold Chamber of Commerce and the Thorold Non-Profit Housing Corporation. He was elected to the Thorold Hydro-Electric Commission from 1997–2000, serving as Chair.

A graduate of Wilfred Laurier University, holding a BA-Economics, Henry has operated his own accounting firm for 16 years.

James Hyatt - Vice-Chair - Community Director, St. Catharines

James has a BA in political science from the University of Manitoba and is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Staff College. He served more than 30 years at bases across Canada and overseas.

Before retiring from the military, he was "a multilingual military officer and pilot with a record of leadership and achievement in planning and executing all aspects of national, NATO and UN operations; working with all levels of management and working with people from diverse cultures." His background plus his hands-on experience over the years as a consultant conducting operational reviews and risk assessment audits are a definite asset.

Betty Ann Baker - Secretary– Community Director, St. Catharines

A resident of Welland, Betty Ann is the Executive Director of Niagara Peninsula Homes, and sat with the former Coordinated Housing Access Niagara (CHAN) Board. She is a past chair of the Niagara Housing Authority and has more than 39 years experience in the co-operative and non-profit housing sectors both in development and management. She is the recipient of the CMHC award recognizing involvement in the Co-op Housing Sector.

Betty Ann received the 2008 Business Woman of the Year Award. She was also recognized as one of Chatelaine’s women of the year in 2000 for her work with Niagara Presents and Niagara Women’s Enterprise Centre and Niagara Peninsula Homes. Served on the Niagara College Board of Governors.

Karen Blackley - Treasurer - Community Director, Thorold

A lifelong resident of Niagara, Karen has been a Local Real Estate Broker for 17 years, serving the Niagara region. Prior to Real Estate, she was a legal secretary for 12 years.

Karen is the Age Friendly Committee-City of Thorold-Housing Liaison, Vice-President of the Thorold Community Credit Union, past President of the Thorold Community Activities Group and a former member of the Thorold Physician Recruitment Committee.

Betty Lou Souter - Community Director, St. Catharines

As Chief Executive Officer of Community Care, St. Catharines & Thorold, Betty Lou provides oversite to the 21 integrated programs and services that support the less advantaged on their journey to independence and self sufficiency including but not limited to food and shelter security, money management and other related life skills.

She is a committed and dedicated volunteer with more than 40 years of experience in the voluntary sector and was one of 11 Ontarians who received the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship in 2011.

Betty Lou serves on the Board of the Pathstone Foundation, the Niagara Workforce Planning Board, Hotel Dieu Shaver, FACS, and was recently appointed to the Federal Judicial Advisory Committee for the province of Ontario.

Paul Grenier - Regional Councillor, Welland

Councillor Grenier started his first full term on Regional Council in 2014.

First elected to Welland City Council in 2003, he began three consecutive terms. Councillor Grenier was the Chair of Welland’s Corporate Services and Budget Review Committees from 2009 to 2001 and 2014. Other committees he served on include Welland Hydro, Welland Recreational Canada Lands, Welland International Flatwater Centre Technical Committee, Emergency Planning, as well as the Conservation Committee.

From 2005-14, Councillor Grenier was a member of the Ontario Small Urban Municipalities (OSUM) Board and was Chair from 2010-12; he served concurrently on the Board of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO). Since 2009, he has acted as Treasurer for the Canadian Association for Public Alerting and Notification (CAPAN).

Councillor Grenier, a graduate of Brock University in Economics, operates a business consulting firm, Earth Services Products Inc., providing sales of waste handling equipment and business development services for environmental and green energy companies.

Walter Sendzik - Regional Councillor, St. Catharines

Councillor Walter Sendzik is serving his first term on Regional Council in his capacity as Mayor of the City of St. Catharines.

Prior to his election, Councillor Sendzik was the Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce. He is a co-founder of Vine Publishing/Vines magazine. He was the Vice President and General Manager of the St. Catharines Chamber of Commerce and has worked closely with the Boards of the St. Catharines Chamber and Thorold Chamber of Commerce to merge the two organizations into the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.

Councillor Sendzik is a former board member of the LCBO, serving on the Audit Committee and as Chair of the Governance and Compensation Committee. Currently, he is a member of Board of Directors of the Hotel Dieu Shaver Hospital and Niagara College Board of Governors. He is also Co-chair of the Pathstone Children’s Mental Health Campaign.

As an active Rotarian, he has chaired the annual St. Catharines Rotary Ribfest. Walter has co-authored five books including Vines: The Buyer's Guide to Canadian Wine and he wrote The Insider's Guide to Niagara Wine Country.

Selina Volpatti - Regional Councillor, Niagara Falls

Councillor Selina Volpatti is serving her second term on Niagara Regional Council.

Selina served as alderman for the City of Niagara Falls from 1994 to 2006 and as chair of the Committee of Adjustment, the Community Services Committee and the Park in the City Committee and served as vice-chair for the Corporate Services Committee.

Councillor Volpatti's community involvements include serving as President of the Social Planning Council of Niagara Falls, President of the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario, Director of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada and serving on the Niagara Falls Hostel Committee. She is a member of the Sleep Cheap Committee, Niagara Falls and is an Honorary Director of Project Share.

Councillor Volpatti has been a Real Estate Broker for 20 years and worked as a school teacher.

Tim Rigby - Regional Councillor, St. Catharines

Councillor Tim Rigby is serving his sixth term on Regional Council. He served as Mayor of the City of St. Catharines from 1997 to 2006.

Councillor Rigby served as past Chair of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Mayors Association, as past President of the Canadian Henley Rowing Corporation and the Canadian Amateur Rowing Association. He served as Co-Chair of the 1999 World Rowing Committee, past Director of the Canadian Red Cross, past member of the Board of Niagara Sports Commission and Co-Chair of the Pan American Rowing Competition.

He is the recipient of several awards and medals including the Queens Jubilee Medal, FISA Gold Medal, and the NYAC Gold Medal.

NRH Board Meeting Schedule and Minutes


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