John Newman has volunteered with Habitat for 4 years mostly at the ReStore and joined the board in August 2014. Since retiring from his career as a petroleum engineer in Calgary, John and his wife, Louise have lived in Courtenay. John officiates soccer and basketball, is a volunteer ESL tutor. He enjoys sports and outdoor fitness activities.
Hans H. Urdahl
Hans grew up in the Comox Valley and graduated from Highland Senior Secondary in 1985. He attended North Island College before transferring to the University of Victoria in 1986. Hans went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria, his Master of Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma, and his Juris Doctor from Queen’s University. Hans also earned his Graduate Diploma in Korean Language from Sogang University. When Hans completed law school in 2005 he articled with Cook Roberts in Victoria. He continued to work for Cook Roberts after his call to the Bar, later taking positions with the Ministry of Finance, Appeals and Litigation Branch and the Attorney General, Legal Services Branch, before relocating with his family to the Comox valley and joining Ives Burger.
Katja joined the Habitat VIN Board in January 2012. She has extensive knowledge and experience in Not-for-Profit Finance Management and Accounting. She was employed at St. Joseph’s Hospital for 19 years and currently works for the Vancouver Island Health Authority as the Manager of Finance and Transition Services with a secondment to St. Joseph’s Hospital. While working, she earned her CGA designation (CPA) and also has a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Laurentian University. She joined Habitat VIN to “give back” to the community and to help Habitat VIN reach its full potential as it grows to provide more homes to eligible families in the Comox Valley and Campbell River. She feels privileged to serve on the Board and to work with a diverse group of Board Directors who are as enthusiastic and passionate about Habitat as she is.
John has been in the financial industry for 22 years as of Feb 2015. His background is residential financing and small business management. John is currently a Mortgage Specialist with the Royal Bank of Canada. John has been on the Board for 8 years this June with Habitat and has seen a lot of change with the affiliate over those years. What attracted John to Habitat was the people concept. Habitat creates an opportunity for someone to change their life with a unique partnership. Habitat is a great organization, like many others out there. But the true hero’s are the families that step up to grab hold of the opportunity to partner with Habitat VIN. That is what makes Habitat great.
Amy is a resident of Campbell River with a passion for community sustainability. Through her role as an HR (Human Resources) Manger for The Home Depot, Amy has worked to achieve the company’s strategic community partnership objectives within the vision of Habitat for Humanity for both Campbell River and Comox Valley. Her coordination efforts with Habitat Building and Women Build projects and The Home Depot volunteer workforce have instilled a deep respect for the positive impact Habitat for Humanity has had on local families in both communities. Amy brings 20 years of HR expertise to the Board. She obtained a Commerce Degree specializing in HR and Marketing from the University of Saskatchewan and her career spans the fields of Engineering, Mining, and Retail. Her true passion is creating great workplaces where people feel valued, included, and are thriving to become leaders in their own lives. She believes in engaging the hearts and minds of team members in order to achieve amazing results. Amy is pleased to continue to support Habitat for Humanity as a member of the board and through “building houses” keeping the North Island an amazing place to live…one home at a time.
George is a Mechanical Engineer who retired to Campbell River in 2012 after a 38-year career in Pulp and Paper and the Construction Materials industries. He has been volunteering at the Campbell River Restore for 3 years and participated in the Hilchey Rd build. He joined the HFHVIN Board in the fall of 2015. George also volunteers with the Vancouver Island Society for Adaptive Snow Sports at Mount Washington. He and his wife Ellen enjoy many outdoor activities including skiing, hiking, camping and paddling.
Denise joined the VIN Habitat Board of Directors as part of her commitment to community development. Her interests in assisting people to reach up and improve their own and their family’s lives has been met in her volunteer efforts on Habitat builds across the country. Denise brings experience from the financial and risk management industries. She looks forward to working with the board to continue the impact Habitat has on the community.
Angela grew up in the Comox Valley, and graduated from GP Vanier with Honours in 1994. Her post-secondary education started by attending North Island College to earn the Business Diploma and Computer Information System Certificate, transferred to UBC Okanagan to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, and finally UBC Sauder School of Business to attain a Mortgage Broker License. Angela started her career in the mortgage industry in 2005 and purchased the local Mortgage Centre office in 2012, which she has since re-branded to The Mortgage Centre – Your Island Mortgage Team, expanding to two offices and several mortgage agents. After volunteering with many local Habitat Builds, Angela wanted to get more involved and lend her business finance expertise to the organization, thus joining the Habitat VIN Board in September 2016.
As a long time resident of Campbell River, Chris is eager to assist with Habitat by leveraging connections to assist those in need. He enjoys giving back to his community and does so through volunteer roles including: Campbell River Minor Hockey Association, the City of Campbell River Community Services, Recreation & Culture Commission. In his day job as an Employer Service Coordinator with North Island Employment, Chris’ focus is helping to connect individuals with work and helping employers find and attract talent. Chris is a proven and experienced leader in Retail Management and Human Resources through strong people development with a focus on business growth initiatives balanced with operational excellence.
James Kane joined the Habitat for Humanity VIN Board in January 2017. James moved to Vancouver Island from Ontario during 2016 and is a designated accountant (CPA, CA) in Campbell River. Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, he attended Lakehead University where he completed his Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Accounting with a minor in Finance. James has experience meeting the assurance, accounting and taxation needs of individuals, not-for- profit organizations as well as many other types of entities. James is proud to be a part of Habitat for Humanity VIN and looks forward to volunteering his time within the organization as well as in Campbell River/VIN. He feels honoured to be a part of such a great cause and involved with such a dynamic Board of Directors.