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Helen Robb

Board Chair

Helen retired in 2011 from the position of Principal of a high school where she had been a member of staff for 36.5 years.

She has an Honours BA in Latin and Ancient History and a B.Ed., both from the University of Toronto.

A friend, who was retiring as Chair of the Board recommended that she join the Board of Directors because of her interest in helping people improve their own lives and those of their families, and the amelioration of communities through affordable housing.

She has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2014. She was Secretary during the first two years of her term and currently she is the Chair. She served as Board Liaison and Acting CEO during the six-month search for a new CEO. She currently sits on the Build and Steering Committees.

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kevin weaver

board vice-chair

Kevin Weaver is Vice President, Academic at Georgian College, accountable for the content and delivery of postsecondary full-time and part-time (credit and non-credit) programs and apprenticeship for domestic and international students. He also oversees corporate training and industry partnerships.

Previously, Kevin was the Vice President, International, Workforce Development and Partnerships at Georgian College. In this VP role, he was responsible for International Education and Development, Part time Studies and Workforce Development, Research and Innovation, Government and Employment Programs, School College Work Initiative, Indigenous Services, and Partnerships as well as oversight of operations at the Muskoka, Orangeville and John D. Poce South Georgian Bay campuses.

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peter krysiak

Board Member

Peter has been a practising lawyer since 2008.

He holds a BA in philosophy, a BSC in Life Sciences, and a Juris Doctor.

He joined the Board of Directors in 2015 because he believed – and still believes – in the importance of affordable housing to the health of families and the community as a whole.

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alex nowakowski

board member

I moved to Barrie from Caledon after joining Tacoma Engineers in their Barrie office. I am a practicing structural engineer, working on all types of building structures, with special interests in Timber Engineering and condition assessments and investigations.

I studied Civil Engineering Technology at Humber College, and received my Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. I have two children, Matthew and Katarina, and wife Tina. We enjoy outdoor activities and exploring the sites of the greater Simcoe-Muskoka area.

I have been a member of the Board since 2014 and am also a member of our build steering committee. I have volunteered for builds for HFHH as well has Habitat for Humanity Wellington Dufferin Guelph. I have also volunteered at several Living Green Barrie Events, including several Tree Planting days with the kids.

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Ashley Polischuik

board member

Ashley Polischuik is a local Commercial Real Estate Sales Representative. She brings experience and insight of both residential and commercial transactions to the Board and understands the often-difficult intricacies associated with development, sales and home ownership can bring to the table.

Her experience as President of the Board of Directors for her residential Condominium Corporation for two terms helps her to serve as a Community Director with both the Barrie Municipal Non-Profit Housing Corporation and as a director on the Habitat for Humanity Huronia board. On a local Real Estate Level, Ashley is involved with the Barrie & District Association of Realtors (BDAR) as a member of the Political Action and Professional Standards Committee, Commercial Network and Finance Committee. Ashley has also been appointed to the Board of Directors for BDAR as well for the 2020-2021 term. Finally, Ashley was selected by Barrie’s City Council for the 2018-2022 Committee of Adjustment, bringing a superior ability to navigate municipal processes both to the community through her volunteer efforts, as well as her professional life.

 By mid-2020, Ashley will have upgraded to be a Real Estate Broker and will achieve her CCIM, an internationally recognized Commercial Real Estate and Investment designation.

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Cindy Harris

Board Member

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ann adams

chief financial officer

Ann worked for Bertram Brothers Limited, which eventually became Rona, for 26 years as an Assistant Manager. Ann came to work for Habitat Huronia in 2011 at the Barrie ReStore and in 2019 she started working for the Affiliate as the Executive Director of Finance, Administration and Internal Affairs.

Ann’s role involves payroll, bookkeeping, budget planning, tax receipts for our donations, human resources, cash management and year-end reports. In Ann’s spare time she enjoys travelling and spending time with her family and friends.


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robert cikoja

chief executive officer

Robert Cikoja joined the Habitat Huronia team in February of 2016. Robert brought in a wealth of construction knowledge from the perspective of residential building as a General Manager, as a site supervisor, as a contractor and as an estimator over the past 15 years.

Robert is instrumental towards developing a local base of suppliers, trades and volunteers to bring a community culture and awareness while leading the charge that Habitat can impact the affordable housing need.

Robert didn’t start his career in construction but rather was the branch manager of FedEx in Toronto for 6 years. Once the construction bug hit it was full steam ahead starting with being the General Manager and to eventually starting his own renovation company. Aside from construction, Roberts’s interests include football, painting, reading and enjoying time with his two young boys.


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jennifer hastings

family services and engagement manager

Jennifer has been with Habitat Huronia since 2014 where she started as the Events & Volunteer Coordinator and as of October 2017 she took on the role as Manager of Family & Resource Development. Jennifer has worked in the non-profit sector for over 7 years in fundraising, community development, donor retention, volunteer management and marketing.

Before working in the non-profit field Jennifer volunteered with a few core charities for 10 years! Jennifer strongly believe to be working in non-profit you must commit with your whole heart so you can give more, work harder and never expect much in return.

When Jennifer is not on the build, working with Partner Families or volunteers in the ReStore she enjoys spending time with family, friends and travelling!


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lisa voycey

Director of restores

After many years as an Interior Designer in the contract furniture business in Barrie, Toronto and Windsor, Lisa moved into the non-profit sector first with Canadian Blood services and then into hospitals. After relocating back to Barrie, Lisa wanted to be part of something where she could be creative and work with people and in 2016 she joined the Habitat Huronia team.

Lisa considers herself a serial renovator, power tool enthusiast, DIY’er and Interior Designer. Lisa has dreams for the ReStore and she is continually making changes to make your shopping experience easier, convenient and more fun and allowing more room for your donations.

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tasha hodsdon

interim manager of family services

Tasha grew up surrounded by design, building, and renovating. At the University of Toronto, she furthered her understanding of housing needs and the role of NGOs in community development. She established her passion for charity work early in life, and over the past 17 years, she has been involved in non-profit coordinating of donors, donations, and recipients. Habitat Huronia is a natural fit for her experiences. When she is not at work, she is focused on spending time with her spouse and their two wonderful daughters.

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