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.
Stuart Kehrig – Board President
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 commensurates 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.
Elizabeth Reid – Vice President
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 a consultant 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.
Giovanna Baldoz – Treasurer
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.
Tristan Kruschke – Secretary
I have been honoured to serve on the Board since 2017. 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 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 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.
John Kolkman has been a long-time supporter of the Right At Home Housing Society. Having lived in the McCauley neighbourhood since 1978, John has seen the positive difference that safe, good quality affordable housing makes in the lives of disadvantaged Edmontonians. John has decades of experience working as a public policy researcher in both the public and non-profit sectors. He retired in 2020 after working for the Edmonton Social Planning Council as a Research Coordinator and Associate for fourteen years. His work at the Council focused on finding solutions to a wide range of low income challenges including affordable housing.
I have been a Board member since 2019. It is deemed both a privilege and a pleasure to make some of my time, and all my skills, available to assist Right at Home Housing in its endeavors to strengthen communities in Edmonton. Having a shelter, being employed, and able to provide food on the table, boosts self-esteem, which contributes to community building.
I’m a Registered Professional Planner (RPP), and have served on the Board of the Alberta Professional Planners Institute. My last day job before retirement in early 2021, was with the City of St. Albert, the city which I also call home. Born and raised in South Africa, my experience include working for a research institute; for municipal, metropolitan and national government institutions, and 12 years as a business owner in a planning and architectural practice.