meet our team

our board of directors

Habitat for Humanity Kingston Limestone Region Board of Directors is composed of community leaders who believe in the impact affordable homeownership brings to families in Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington.  The Board of Directors created a 2020 Vision which will double the number of homes built since 1994 by 2020.

Jacqui Collier, Head Chair

16 years experience as a Senior Sales and Marketing Manager for Tamarack Homes. She is a host of ‘Design Ideas with Jacqui’, a weekly interior design segment with CKWS TV. With a love for building houses and an excitement to be part of a team who strive to build homes as well as hope, Jacqui is grateful for this opportunity to give back to the community.

James (Jim) Lynch, Vice Chair

After a 30+ year career in Federal, Crown Corporation and Municipal Government, Jim is now the proud owner of Trademark Building Solutions Inc. Jim has an extensive background in Commercial Construction and Construction Management, as well as Engineering Technology. Habitat for Humanity Kingston Limestone Region is an opportunity for Jim to share his knowledge, skills and mentorship thus providing housing opportunities to families.

Paul Andrews, Board Member

Owner of a boutique law firm here in Kingston providing comprehensive services to clients in a variety of areas, such as family law, estate and civil litigation. With a long-standing interest in the issue of affordable housing, Paul strongly believes in a “hand-up” rather than “hand-out” approach.

Sylvie DesHaies, Board Member

After starting her real estate career in Ottawa, Sylvie has served on various committees as well as Director on the Board of Directors, and Vice-President of the Ottawa Real Estate Board.

As a Director on the Board of Directors, Sylvie has extensive experience directing and assisting with Kingston Interval House, an emergency shelter and second stage housing facility for women, children and youth experiencing violence. This experience has led Sylvie to expand her range of kindness and join as a Director on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity Kingston Limestone Region.

Tina Hinch, Board Member

With 26 years of experience working in the Financial Services Industry with Royal Bank, Tina’s passion to help families become homeowners began with her first RBC Build Day in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Canada. Since that moment, she has assisted in organizing several build days with the staff and is excited to work on the Board of Directors alongside an exceptional team making a difference for local families.

Ellen Henderson, Board Member

A Ph.D. in Political Science from Queen’s University with over 30 years of experience as a Marketing Director in strategic communications and marketing at the federal level. Ellen has become a devoted Habitat supporter starting at Habitat for Humanity Ottawa. She supported Habitat Homeowners fulfill their sweat equity hours, and encouraged a partnership with Corrections Canada to promote the participation of federal inmates on build sites across Canada.

Gary Savage, Board Member

Proud Owner Operator of Savage Consulting and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Queen’s University, Gary is a successful leader in areas such as business development, management, and training. His work as an Operations Manager at the Chief Firearms Office and extensive training in Environmental Investigation, Gary has gained exceptional teaching experience. He now is looking forward to helping give back to a community that shaped his life.

Vincent (Vince) Cinanni, Board Member

Senior Web Developer with iSTORM New Media. Vince has a passion for community engagement and currently sits on the Committee of Adjustment for the City of Kingston and recently ran in the Municipal Election. Vince participates as a member of Parent Council for Rideau Public School and volunteers time at the Memorial Centre Farmers Market.

Chris Scott, Board Member

Chris is a devoted member of the Kingston community with over 20 years of experience working for the Kingston Police Force. Along with working as a Deputy Chief of Police, Chris continues to give back to the community and make an impact by being involved with multiple community outreach programs including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kingston and the Kingston Angel Tree Program.

Jamie Benn, Board Member

A Trent University Bachelor of Science graduate with more than 20 years of leadership experience within the not-for-profit sector and the Canadian financial services profession, Jamie is a devoted leader for Freedom 55 Financial. His guiding belief in our responsibility to give back to our communities is reflected in his outward focus on creating partnerships within his community.

Leo Ragusa, Board Member

Current member of “100 Men Who Care”. Leo is the Co-owner of The Mortgage Professionals, and is involved with a wide variety of community organizations. Homebase Housing, Pathways to Education, Boy and Girls Club, Kingston Music Library, and the MS Society, to name a few. Leo is one of the founders who formed Helping Hand Kingston, which provides turkey dinners to area families during the holiday seasons.

our staff

Habitat for Humanity Kingston Limestone Region’s day to day operations are run by a group of determined and passionate individuals who work towards building stability, strength and self-reliance in Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington.

Cathy Borowec

Chief Executive Officer

teresa zhang volunteer coordinator, office manager kingston limestone region

Teresa Zhang

Programs Manager

deb vangelder bookkeeper kingston limestone region

Deb vanGelder

Director of Finance

Bill Dahl

Programs Coordinator

Erin Haworth

Community Engagement Manager

Dane Sabourin

Construction Manager

Thomas deHaan

ReStore Operations Coordinator

Gary Lees

ReStore Manager

Tegan Boyce

ReStore Volunteer Coordinator

Devon, Maggie, Sydney, and Annabelle

Administrative and Construction Assistants

our community ambassador

“Having long represented the fine people of this region, I care deeply about ensuring their well-being and access to affordable housing for all families. It is for this reason that I am deeply passionate about Habitat for Humanity Kingston Limestone Region, and their model of helping Homeowner Partner Families realize the dream of owning their own home, which brings communities together, and further strengthens them. I encourage you to join me and adding to the great fabric of our region through the support of Habitat for Humanity.”

Peter Milliken is no stranger to actively supporting his community. His exemplary record of service to Canada, particularly as the longest-serving Speaker of the House of Commons in our nation’s history, is simply inspiring. He will be representing Habitat Kingston at numerous events in the future and furthering awareness of how communities can come together to support local families.

The Honourable Peter Milliken

PC, OC, FRSC, Habitat for Humanity Community Ambassador

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