Britta Martini- Miles, CEO and President, since June 2018

Britta comes to Home Suite Hope with extensive and varied experience in the charitable sector. She has considerable knowledge of governance, strategic planning, change management, and fundraising. Her passion and leadership have been acknowledged when she was selected as Finalist for Central Canada for the RBC Women of Influence Award in 2014. Britta was also the proud recipient of the Rotary’s Paul Harris Fellowship Award in 2015.

For six years, Britta served as the Executive Director of Lighthouse For Grieving Children where she steered all aspects of a $4 million capital campaign that provided a permanent home for Lighthouse. Previously, Britta was the Executive Director of CommUnity Arts Space, contributing to the development of Oakville’s largest shared arts and recreational community centre at QEPCCC.

Britta completed her undergraduate degree in Germany, her home country, and received a Fulbright scholarship to study International Relations at Pennsylvania State University where she completed her Masters of Arts. An Oakville resident since 2005, Britta is actively involved in building a vibrant community through her volunteer work with the board of directors of the Bronte Historical Society, Hippy Oakville and Acclaim Health.

 

Sharlene Gumbs, Senior Program Manager

Sharlene leads program delivery to Home Suite Hope participants for both our ReStart Halton and Homeward Bound Halton programs. She is responsible for the development of HSH program and services by working with HSH staff, volunteers, community partners and other key stakeholders for the delivery and development of programs and services. Sharlene also leads HSH’s highly engaged and effective volunteer committee – the Program Advisory Committee (PAC) which is a group of senior volunteers across multiple disciplines that advise our program team and programs.

Sharlene is a Registered Social Worker of Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, a Registered Rehabilitation Professional of The Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada and holds a Masters of Social Work (MSW) from York University. She has over ten years’ experience working in social services with agencies such as Ontario Works (OW) and Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). She also has gained strong volunteer management experience within the William Osler Health Care System. Prior to becoming Program Manager with HSH, Sharlene held the position of Family Case Manager with HSH in a part-time capacity since May 2011. Sharlene has experienced single parenting while building her career as a social worker and offers valuable insights to single parenting to all our participants. We are thankful for her commitment to HSH programs and participants.

 

Catherine Lucasan, Program Coordinator

Catherine came to Home Suite Hope in August 2016 and is responsible for managing all program inquiries and referrals. She also manages all internal program supports, and supportive programming. Catherine also plays a vital role in program delivery and coordinates both internal and community-based program events.

Catherine comes to us with a Bachelor of Social Work with minor in Sociology from Ryerson University. With her previous work experience as a Frontline Worker at the Salvation Army Peel Family Shelter, her compassion for families experiencing poverty and homelessness has been evident from the start.

 

Nikkian Hanson, Caseworker

Nikkian started working with Home Suite Hope in March of 2018. She is responsible for supporting families in both our ReStart Halton and Homeward Bound Halton Programs. She works with our participants to create and execute individualized service plans and assists our families in reaching stability and independence.

Nikkian comes to us with an Honors BA in Human Rights and Equity Studies and a Diploma in Community and Justice Services. She has five years’ experience working with at-risk youth and adults in the community and social service sector as an Autism and at-risk youth consultant. She has extensive experience and knowledge working with individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities and Autism.

 

Yvonne Keogh, Caseworker

Yvonne joined the Hope Suite Hope team in March of 2018. She is responsible for working with our Restart Halton and Homeward Bound Halton families. Yvonne works closely with our participants to coordinate and develop individualized service plans and helps our families reach their goals and achieve stability.

Yvonne has a Masters of Social Work from the University of Toronto and is a Registered Social Worker of Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She has over five years’ working in social services with agencies such as the Women’s Centre of Halton, Polycutural Immigrant and Community Service (Peel), and The Roma Community Centre (Toronto). She has worked as a community worker with Halton Legal Services for their “Voices for Change” anti-poverty Ontario Trillium Initiative and has also served as a La Leche League Canada Leader providing breastfeeding-friendly parenting programs and peer mentorship.

 

Carolyn Cancela, Office and Development Coordinator

Carolyn holds a dual role at Home Suite Hope: overseeing the day-to-day operations of the home office and supporting the growth of HSH’s resource development needs. Carolyn has been professionally involved in the non-profit sector for more than fifteen years, working for charities such as Casey House Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation. She combines her understanding and experience in the field with a special talent for grant writing, volunteer management, and stewardship.

 

 

Maureen Grice, Events and Sponsorship Manager

Maureen started at Home Suite Hope in July of 2017 and plays an essential role as our Events and Sponsorship Manager. She is responsible for managing and executing Home Suite Hope’s signature events, as well as third party and other organization events. She is also responsible for managing our roster of volunteers.

Maureen holds an Honors BA from the University of Toronto and a post-graduate certificate in Public Relations from Humber College. She has over 17 years of valuable work experience, working in events and communications for Melanoma Network of Canada, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Parachute Canada, Bravado Designs, German Wines and International Olive Oil Council, to name a few. She also volunteers in her community, serving as past Chair and Vice Chair of school councils and as a trainer with girls’ hockey teams.

 

Izabel Rader, Bookkeeper

Joining us in 2007, Izabel is the longest standing member of the Home Suite Hope team. She works part-time as our bookkeeper and plays an important role in managing all finances and housing subsidies for our families; a core aspect to the support that we provide to our families. Izabel brings a wealth of experience to the agency and consults not only to HSH but also to other small companies and charities in the GTA.