The CHA Board and staff is comprised of a dedicated group of individuals from different backgrounds and sectors all sharing a strong interest in homelessness prevention, affordable housing and social equity.
Shelley Cook – Executive Director
Welcome Shelley! Check back soon to read more about CHA’s new ED.
Beverly Suderman – Acting Executive Director
Bev is a long-time advocate for affordable housing, and social justice more generally. She has put in long hours of community service with various organizations in the Cowichan Region, including Providence Farm, Cowichan Green Community, Volunteer Cowichan, Meals on Wheels, and the Cowichan Agricultural Society. With her background in community planning, Bev is well placed to guide the organization while the search for a new Executive Director is underway.
Morgan Saddington – Administrative Coordinator
Morgan moved to the Cowichan Valley in 2008 and is happy to call the area her home with her husband, two daughters, dog Moose and two cats. She joins Cowichan Housing with a strong background in non-profit arts administration, having worked previously with the Cowichan Valley Arts Council. Morgan continues to maintain her arts connection with the community as an active artist participating in local shows and events and by maintaining her own business, Morgan Ann Designs Jewellery.
Andrew Wilson – Project Planner
Andrew is a longtime Cowichan Valley resident and proud Vancouver Islander. Recording, producing, and performing in indie bands is where he developed his skills in digital media and communications. Andrew takes with him a lens of accessibility and social equity to any project or opportunity from his many years working in the human services assisting adults with diverse abilities. He completed a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Vancouver Island University and is currently working towards his Master’s degree in the Community Planning program at VIU with an interest in sustainable development.
Joy Hayden – Chair
A seasoned fundraiser and community engager, Joy has a proven track record of increasing revenues and developing new programs in the human services, not for profit sector.
For more than 25 years Joy has ensured those most vulnerable in our communities have the resources they require to be successful. Through this process she learned very quickly that safe and sustainable housing should be a priority and as a result Joy has led the development of numerous affordable housing projects and has developed numerous innovative housing solutions.
Joy moved to Cobble Hill last year and maintains her role in North Vancouver as Innovation and Engagement Specialist at Hollyburn Family Services Society. Her title aptly describes her focus to raise funds for unique programs that address gaps in services for people experiencing social issues in the community.
Guido Weisz – Vice Chair
Guido Weisz moved to the Cowichan Valley/Ladysmith following his retirement from the Government of Canada. In his previous work, he mainly worked in policy and research in areas such as housing, family violence, community development and disability issues. He helped in the formation of programs such as the Shelter Enhancement Initiative (CMHC), New Horizons for Seniors Program (ESDC), the National Homelessness Initiative/Homeless Partnering Strategy (ESDC). Guido also worked for 5 years as the Director overseeing the delivery of the Canada Pension Plan for Western Canada. Guido has an Honour Bachelor’s Degree with distinction from Concordia University and a Master’s in Sociology from Carleton University. He has also taught courses on Community Empowerment and Public Policy for Carleton University’s Master’s program in public policy.
Gail Calderwood – Treasurer
Gail studied and worked in the field of biological oceanography and served on the board and worked with the Cowichan Community Land Trust before becoming a lawyer. She has now retired from her law practice which had a substantial focus on real estate. Gail remains involved in various community groups in the Cowichan region that are working to sustain and build resilience in our natural and social environments. You can often find her in her happy place kayaking the coastal waters, cycling or hiking the trails of the Cowichan.
Monica Finn – Secretary
Monica is a librarian at the Vancouver Island Regional Library system. She has lived on Vancouver Island since 2002 and now lives in Duncan where she is actively involved in community events. She has been contributing to RAHD since attending the first Day of Direct Services event during Homelessness Action Week in 2013.
Chris Hall – Director
Chris is a long time Vancouver Island resident, having spent time exploring as much of the Island as possible. Most of his career years have been involved with local governments, notably Campbell River and North Cowichan where he provided oversight to the respective Planning and Development Departments. More recently, he works part time as a consultant on land use and development projects. Housing needs in our communities remains one of his interests.
Patricia Gray – Director
Long time resident and owned, operated of Pine Paddocks Equestrian Center for 17 years in the valley. Over the years I have worked for Canada Revenue as a Small Business auditor, Canada Employment and as a Community Care worker. I hold VIU certificate in Hospitality Management. I currently sit on the Cowichan Green Community as Treasurer and a Housing Strata Board. I was the General Contractor on one home in the valley and help build another. For relaxation I do Zumba, hiking, and riding the valley with my horse and dog.
Jane Barton-Greig – Director
Jane came to the Cowichan Valley in 1996 from Australia. Jane has had a long career in business, management, and academia. Jane has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, a Bachelor of Education Degree in Special Education from Western University in London, and a Master of Business Degree from Curtin University of Technology in Australia. Jane has always participated in her community, active as a Scout Leader, and on several boards. She has two grown children, two Siamese cats and cares deeply for the people of the Cowichan Valley.
Caelen Cook – Director
Caelen is a born and raised Cowichan Valley resident. As a young person, a student, and an activist Caelen is well-situated to engage with critical housing issues across Cowichan Valley. Caelen is highly motivated to see expanded housing accessibility for at risk youth, marginalized communities, and all unhoused people. In the last few years, Caelen has been an active member of the University of Victoria student community as a member of the Board of Directors of the Student Society or as a volunteer. Caelen has worked in fundraising and communications for organizations committed to social justice and advocacy. Caelen is ready to workhard and get housing built.
Bob Brooke– Liaison
Bob retired from a career in real estate in 2018. He is currently serving on the Duncan City Council and has been a resident of the valley for 30 years.