Niagara Regional Housing Board of Directors

Niagara Regional Housing is governed by a 9 member 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.

Patrick O'Neill – Vice-Chair - Stakeholder, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Patrick O'Neill joined the NRH Board in January of 2007 and currently serves on the Investment Committee and the Appeal Hearings Committee. Patrick is a resident of Niagara-on-the-Lake and is the CEO of Niagara Ina Grafton Gage Village in St. Catharines, which is a Seniors Retirement Village.

Patrick sits on the Boards of Ontario Community Support Association(OCSA) and the Ontario Association of Non Profit Homes and Services for Seniors(OANHSS). His experience includes Administration of Long Term Care with the Region of Niagara, Nursing Administration in LTC with the Region of Niagara and Acute Care at Welland County General Hospital plus Management and labour Relations at the Region of Niagara.

An active member of St Catharines Roadrunners and Walkers, Patrick has completed numerous Marathons and Ultra marathons, including Boston.

Karen Blackley - Secretary - Stakeholder, Thorold

Karen Blackley joined the NRH Board 2010. 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's interest in housing has extended to her membership on the Thorold Municipal Non-Profit Housing Board for the last 16 years. She is also Vice President of the Thorold Community Credit Union and is a former member of the Thorold Physician Recruitment Committee.

James Hyatt - Treasurer - Stakeholder, St. Catharines

James joined the NRH Board in January 2014. He has a BA in political science from the University of Manitoba and is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Staff College.

He trained as a military pilot and served more than 30 years at bases across Canada and overseas. After military retirement, he assisted a variety of companies and government organizations over 10 years as an aviation management consultant.

James Hyatt moved to St. Catharines in 2011. He was appointed a Director for Luther Manor Apartments for Seniors in 2012.

Barbara is a Professor Emerita at McMaster University. She has a doctorate in public administration with a specialty in public policy and management.

She has an extensive background in housing both in terms of working with others of diverse backgrounds both in Canada and other parts of the world as well as work experience from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and as a member of various non-profit housing boards.

Barbara currently lives in St. Catharines after living for more than 30 years in Grimsby.

Shirley Cordiner joined the NRH Board as Niagara Regional Councillor in December 2006.  She has continued her commitment to the Board as a Public-At-Large representative.


Shirley was elected to Council for the Town of Fort Erie from 1997 – 2000.  She served as a Member and Chair of the Niagara Regional Police Services Board from 1991 – 2001, trustee on the Niagara South Board of Education from 1994 – 1997 and as a Niagara Regional Councillor from 2006-2010.

Shirley is currently Executive Director of the Niagara Region Children's Safety Village, Chair of the Fort Erie Community Policing Committee and a member of the Greater Fort Erie Youth Soccer Club Board. She is a recipient of the Helen Keller Fellowship Award.

Ken Goka - Stakeholder, Welland

Ken is the Manager of Housing Operations for Niagara Peninsula Homes. He has 22 years of experience in the Cooperative sector.

Currently through his employment, Ken provides support to 18 non-profit and co-operative boards.

Ken is both a member of the NRH Provider Advisory the Golden Horseshoe Cooperative Housing Federation as well as a past President of Rooftops Canada.

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.

Kelly Kendrick - Stakeholder, Fort Erie

Kelly Kendrick joined the NRH Board in April 2013.

She is the Administrator for Non-profit Urban Native housing organizations, which has 96 Rent-Geared-to-Income homes in the Fort Erie area and is funded provincially and federally.

Kelly started at Ganawageh Urban Homes (GUH) and Ohsto Seri Aboriginal Urban Homes in March 2000 as Tenant Relations Officer and accepted the Administrator's position in 2006.

Kelly has also been a member of the Fort Erie Kinette Club for the past 6 years, receiving both Rookie of the Year and Kinette of the year for the club. She received the Terry Sturgar District Kinette of the year in 2012.

John Osczypko - Public-at-Large, St. Catharines

John Osczypko joined the NRH Board in November 2007. John is a graduate of the Niagara College Social Service Worker Program, York University Voluntary Sector Management Program, the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy National Certificate in Voluntary and Non-Profit Sector Management and the Ontario Hospital Association Health Care Administration Diploma.

John Osczypko is a resident of St. Catharines and has worked as a social worker for the past 30 years. He is currently the Executive Director of Gateway Residential and Community Supported Services of Niagara, which provides housing and support services to individuals who suffer with severe mental illness.

John has served on the Board of Niagara North Community Legal Assistance. In 1992, John was awarded the Commemorative Medal for the 125th of the Confederation of Canada for his work in the field of social services. He is a recipient of the 2011 Premier's Award for Ontario College Graduates and a Paul Harris Fellow through Rotary.

Andrew Petrowski – Regional Councillor, St. Catharines

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.

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