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Angela Yakonich

Executive Director

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.

Samantha Chesney

Director of Finance

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.

Sonny LaChapelle

Manager of Administration

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.

Danielle Couture-Atogwe

Coordinator of Tenant Advocacy & Community Support Programs

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.

All the best,
Danielle Couture-Atogwe

Terry Chesney

Maintenance Technician

Information coming soon.

Evelio Fernandez

Maintenance Technician

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Mili Jovanovic

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