Jessica Charron is a registered Social Worker and is currently studying to obtain her Masters in Social Work.
Jessica’s role as Coordinator of Tenant Advocacy & Community Support consists of advocating and providing supports for the tenants of Windsor Family Homes. This kind of support assists tenants to maintain successful tenancies with our agency.
Jessica also provides support to the community through offering assistance to walk in clients, homeless individuals, or those utilizing the food bank who may be looking for support in the community. She facilitates a program open to all youth in the community, Nourishing Young Minds, to educate youth on the importance of both physical and mental health.
Jessica aspires to continue the growth of the support programs currently taking place at WFHCP and help make a positive impact on the tenants and also the community.
Samantha Chesney graduated from the Executive Administrative program at the Toronto School of Business. After graduation she accepted a position as a receptionist/bookkeeper with an accounting firm, where she worked for the next ten years.
In 2007, Samantha moved to Windsor and started her career at Windsor Family Homes as the Finance manager, later becoming the director of finance.
Samantha is passionate about serving the community and hopes the future for WFHCP will see more properties added to the portfolio. Her hope is to one day see an end to homelessness in Windsor.
After a lengthy career in the hair industry and running her own successful business, Danielle decided to switch gears and follow her passion of helping the community. Having once utilized the services of a food bank, Danielle has a strong understanding of the poverty crisis Windsor faces. She is motivated to work alongside the amazing staff and volunteers providing dignified and empathetic front-line support by giving food to those in need.
As a mom of two young children, Danielle is determined to set an example of compassion and love -for all people- to her children and demonstrate that one person (along with the incredible team at WFHCP) can truly make a difference in people’s lives.
Danielle is excited to bring her personality and service-industry experience to the Kids First food bank and play an integral role in the day-to-day operations, recruiting donations and supporting the volunteers.
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Laurie Harrison is an active community member, always looking for new ways to give back to the city where she lives and support the local organizations within it.
Her passion lies with helping those who require assistance in the community. She has made it a personal mission through her social media community pages to educate as many people as possible on how the community can support the work of local charities, non-profits and organizations, regularly using social media for her Promotion through Participation initiative.
Laurie’s role as Administrative Support will combine her many years working with food banks, her education in public relations and media convergence, her experience in event planning, her knowledge of social media and media relations and her community involvement to assist in the mission of Windsor Family Homes & Community Partnerships.
Laurie is eager to learn new skills and will continue taking the latest workshops and training courses to succeed in her role of running the day-to-day activities of the Kids First Food Bank, promoting the mission, work and needs of WFHCP, organizing fundraisers and events and building strong relationships with valuable donors and volunteers.
Laurie is excited to take on her new role with Windsor Family Homes & Community Partnerships.
When people experience some form of trauma in their lives, it is not uncommon for them to become disheartened and demoralized at their situation and the world itself. Trauma often leads to difficulties in dealing with everyday tasks and situations, and in turn results in problems with living situations, placing many at risk of homelessness. The families and individuals that I serve come from diverse backgrounds, and all have unique needs. The commonality in all, is their need for kindness, generosity and a listening ear.
I am aware that different strategies need to be employed when administering assistance to individuals and families in our community and I aim to engage others with a caring heart and distinctive perspective while striving to lessen the burdens that others carry.
My background is in accounting, although my younger years had me in the gaming industry and customer service. I seem to have come full circle as my role here at WFHCP has expanded to community development and the like.
Angela Yakonich is the Executive Director at Windsor Family Homes and Community Partnerships, a social housing agency providing affordable housing and support programs to more than 120 families in Windsor, ON.
Angela holds a vital role, representing WFHCP, as an experienced affiliate of like-minded community members in the crusade to combat poverty, promote justice and end homelessness. In her role she helps to create more affordable housing, advocates for supports in housing to aid in tenants maintaining successful tenancies and to decrease the amount of people who are food insecure in our community.
Angela graduated with Honours from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor of Arts in Family and Social Relations. Coupled with a diploma from Fanshawe College in Hospitality and Event Management, Angela’s education offers a broad spectrum of expertise in community relations. Since graduating, she has gained extensive experience in the non-profit sector, continually upgrading her training, taking on leadership roles and sitting on various committees and boards. Her roles have included: Provincial Manager for Life With a Baby, a program of Healthy Start Healthy Future; Volunteer Programs Coordinator with the Welcome Centre Shelter for Women and Families; Program Coordinator at Blue House, which was a partnered program of AIDS Committee of Windsor, Welcome Centre and Legal Assistance of Windsor; Community Developer for the Homeless Coalition of Windsor Essex County as well as the Community Coordinator for HIFIS, a database developed and distributed by Employment and Social Development Canada. Angela has co-led two Point in Time counts, in partnership with the City of Windsor in her role as Community Developer.
Angela’s passion for ending homelessness did not end when her role changed from homelessness to housing. With extensive training with OrgCode, Community Solutions and the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, Angela has carried forth her values into her role in housing by working collaboratively with community partners as well as the City of Windsor in housing people from the By Names Prioritized List. Angela holds a position with the Built for Zero Canada team developed by the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness and sits on The Housing and Homelessness Advisory Committee with the City of Windsor. Angela has developed a passion for using “evidence based best practices,” when tackling strategies to end homelessness and the creation of affordable housing. She partners these practices with her education, experiences and training as an empathetic crusader for social justice.
Angela believes community engagement and collaboration is key in tackling social issues. She has used this belief to successfully implement new programs since her start at WFHCP in 2018. She strongly believes that a healthy body plus a healthy mind equals a healthy life. She has added a physical fitness component to the nutritional goals of the Kids First Food Bank with the addition of the Kids First Fitness Centre which was made possible through community partnerships.
Angela is proud to be a part of such an important agency, making a difference everyday in the lives of hundreds of people.