Meet Our Board of Directors
Cam McDonald – Executive Director
Cam has been the Executive Director of Right at Home Housing Society since 2008. He is proud to be part of meeting a key housing need in our community, and being part of such a successful organization. Cam also participates on the executive of the Alberta Public Housing Administrator’s Association, and the Alberta Network of Public Housing Agencies. Previously, he was president of the Edmonton Coalition on Housing and Homelessness, and a member of the Housing Committee on Mayor’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness. Cam was born and grew up in Edmonton, and graduated from the University of Alberta.
Anne Stevenson – Board Chair
I have had the pleasure of serving on the Board for the past five years and acting as Board Chair for the past three. A proud Edmontonian, I spent ten years studying and working afield, including six years overseas in the UK and West Africa. I returned home to Edmonton in 2012 and current work as a city planner. Throughout my travels and in my professional career, I have come to see housing as the key to healthy and successful communities, and am inspired by Right At Home’s vision to provide a safe and secure home for all Edmontonians.
John Walker – Vice President
I am a long- time resident of Edmonton and am married to Jane who is an educator and former school vice principal. My professional career of over 40 years has been spent in the design professions and the construction industry, half in the private sector and half in the public sector. I am the founder and president of Hill Walker Inc., Project Management Consultants. My commitment to affordable housing is based on the belief that housing is essential to the development and preservation of the family, the fundamental building block of society. In addition to our interest in affordable housing, my wife and I have been deeply involved in education reform in Edmonton, having established the Cogito program in Edmonton Public Schools and Aurora Charter School, also in Edmonton.
Ahmed Shoaib – Treasurer
I have been on the Board for more than one and a half years. I am a professional Chartered Accountant and work as a Senior Accountant at Fountain Tire Corporate. I have volunteered with E4C for the last two years helping Canadians (mostly seniors, new immigrants, and single parents) with a modest income to prepare and file their individual income tax and benefits returns. I have a great interest and passion to eliminate homelessness in Edmonton. I feel very sad when I see people sleeping on sidewalks. I want to contribute with the organization where resources are used more efficiently to accommodate vulnerable humans.
Tristan Kruschke – Secretary
I have been honoured to serve on the Board for the past year. Conscious of the need for supportive and affordable housing in Edmonton, I was drawn to the Right at Home Housing Society and the chance to apply my background in residential construction towards the needs of others. I am passionate about empowering people to build homes for themselves, and I strongly feel that this organization has been successful in serving that purpose. Born and raised in Edmonton, and a University of Alberta graduate, I currently make my living serving with the Government of Alberta.
I served on the Board from 2000-2007, and rejoined the board in 2015. I have supported the organization since its inception. I am retired from a career as aconsultant in organizational development to corporate and non-profit sectors. I also worked as an adult educator and organizer for The Social Justice Commission of the Archdiocese of Edmonton. I am a member of the Geriactors and Friends, an intergenerational theatre company. I have served on the boards of various organizations in the past including Fair Vote Canada, Friends of Medicare and the Alberta Mycological Society. I believe every person has a right to safe and affordable housing. It is incumbent on society to ensure that the most vulnerable people are provided for and enabled to help themselves.
I have been lucky enough to be involved with the Board since 2013. Being an immigrant myself, I understand first-hand some of the challenges that individuals may face when looking for affordable housing in our city, and also what it can mean to those individuals when stable affordable housing is available to them. In my day job, I am a municipal lawyer, and in my spare time, I love spending time outdoors with my family and exploring everything that Edmonton has to offer. I am excited to offer my skills to the Board.
I joined the Board in 2017. I have been working in the property management industry for the last ten years. Currently, I work as a property manager for a retail centre in Edmonton. I am passionate about affordable housing because I believe that it improves the quality of life in our communities. Having affordable, safe, and sustainable housing allows individuals and families to achieve their full potential by allowing more financial freedom to facilitate better health, education and employment opportunities, and recreational pursuits. I am looking forward to working with the Board.
I joined the Board in 2017. I believe supporting affordable housing is essentially a moral choice. The security granted by having a home to sleep in cosumerate to an income opens up realms of possibilities for individuals but most importantly families. This stability allows people to chase dreams, make a difference in the world or simply recharge to ensure they can care for others around them. As a father and husband it is the least I can do to offer my time and abilities to supporting Right At Home and those families that may not have been as fortunate to have as solid a starting point that I received in my youth. Hopefully, I am leaving behind to my children and neighbors the principles that I witness in Right At Home of empathy, gratitude and offering support to other individuals, not because it is easy, but because it is the right thing to do.
When not volunteering with Right At Home or spending time with my family I am applying my economic development and project manager skills at the City of Edmonton, reading fiction, exploring different parts of the city or playing rec hockey…poorly.
I joined the board in October 2017. I am a Registered Social Worker and I retired from Addictions and Mental Health Services, Edmonton Clinic in July 2017. Over the past 10 years I have worked with my addictions and mental health colleagues to provide housing and housing supports to adults in the Edmonton Region. I have worked all my career to assist individuals and their families with challenges in meeting their needs of everyday living for affordable housing, nutritious food, good health care (mental and physical), education and training, good employment and affordable transportation.
Shani Gwin is a Métis woman passionate about elevating Indigenous voices across Canada. Shani provides public relations support to several Indigenous communities and organizations to change the conversation on Indigenous narratives in the media and general public.
Shani is passionate about supporting her community. She volunteers her time as a media relations specialist for Ambrose Place, sharing the stories coming from one of Canada’s most successful social housing projects for Indigenous persons. Shani Gwin just recently joined the board for the Right at Home Housing Society. The board was a natural fit for her to continue supporting her community by supporting low income Edmontonians with safe, affordable and supportive housing