NRH Board of Directors Reappoints Community Directors

NIAGARA REGION, December 30, 2019 – At Council on December 12, Niagara Region approved the Niagara Regional Housing (NRH) Board of Directors reappointment of four Community Directors. They are:

  • Betty Ann Baker – Executive Director of Niagara Peninsula Homes, Ms. Baker joined the NRH Board in 2018.
  • Karen Blackley, Secretary – a local Real Estate Broker and Housing Liaison for the Thorold Age-Friendly Committee, Ms. Blackley has been on the NRH Board since 2010.
  • James Hyatt, Vice-Chair – a retired military pilot and aviation management consultant, Mr. Hyatt joined the NRH Board in 2014.
  • Betty Lou Souter – Chief Executive Officer of Community Care, St. Catharines & Thorold, Ms. Souter joined the NRH Board in 2018.

The NRH Board also includes five Regional Councillors – Barbara Butters (Port Colborne), Tom Insinna (Fort Erie), Board Chair Walter Sendzik (Mayor of St. Catharines), Leanna Villella (Welland) and Gary Zalepa (Niagara-on-the-Lake).


"I am pleased to report that all four Community Directors were reappointed, which will provide important stability for the Board as a whole. The next few years have so much promise as we move toward integration into Niagara Region Community Services - so it's more important than ever that our Board members are able to build on NRH's experience, expertise and vision."
~ NRH CEO Donna Woiceshyn

"I look forward to maintaining existing relationships and building new partnerships as we work together to address the increasingly desperate need for affordable housing across Niagara."
~ St. Catharines Mayor and NRH Board Chair Walter Sendzik

Donna Woiceshyn
Chief Executive Officer, NRH
905-682-9201, ext. 3900

Mayor Walter Sendzik
Board Chair, NRH
905-688-5601, ext. 1542

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