Anne is the inaugural Executive Director for London Cares. Anne has over 15 years of leadership experience in the social services sector. She’s spent her career in housing, children’s mental health, and the Violence Against Women sector.
Anne was inspired to join London Cares because of the organization’s entrepreneurial spirit. The compassion, dedication, and hard work of the London Cares team and the resiliency of London Cares’ participants continues to reinspire her every day. Anne believes in giving a voice to those who are most misunderstood and marginalized in the community. An advocate of working within systems to influence and effect social justice change, she loves innovation and finding unique ways to address issues.
In her downtime, Anne re-energizes by spending time with family, reading, relaxing, and dreaming/planning her next travel adventure. Anne’s penchant for disruption extends beyond her professional life, especially when it comes to getting into mischief with her grandchildren.
Chantelle is the Director of Service at London Cares. Her portfolio includes oversight of Street Outreach, Resting Space, and the Housing Stability Program.
Chantelle decided to get involved with London Cares because she believes in the unique strengths of every individual. She stays at London Cares because she wants to work somewhere that addresses the complex and root causes of homelessness while working with individuals in a dignified way. It is not an easy job, and you must do it with love.
Chantelle is big on spending time in her community and with friends and family. She has a love for animals, travelling, and nature.
Season is the Manager of Housing Services. She oversees a team of housing stability workers who provide intensive case management support and a team of housing selection workers who provide support with securing housing for our participants.
Season strongly believes that housing is a human right and that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity, respect, and compassion. She enjoys her role at London Cares because it provides the ability to use a whatever-it-takes approach to supporting those most vulnerable in her community. She is passionate about the work being done at London Cares and will always continue to push for and create systems change.
Season is a lover of plants, strong coffee, naps on the weekends, and spending time with her friends and family.
Carlos is the Manager of Outreach Services at London Cares. He oversees Street Outreach, the Coordinated Informed Response program, and Resting Space programs. Carlos holds a Bachelor of Social Work from King’s University College, with a minor in Social Justice and Peace Studies.
Carlos is passionate about working with individuals experiencing untreated mental illness, substance use issues, and ending homelessness in our community. He hopes to support individuals experiencing homelessness through the London Cares approaches of Housing First, harm reduction, and low-barrier supports. Carlos joined London Cares because he believes everyone has the right to housing, dignity, and respect.
When not working, for self care Carlos likes to recharge by enjoying the outdoors, going camping, snowboarding, walking his dog, and spending time with friends and family.
Nick is the Director of Finance and Operations. For the last decade, Nick has been working in finance in both non-profit and business environments. Prior to his endeavours in finance, Nick was a math and science teacher.
When Nick saw London Cares’ need for a full-time financial officer, he knew he wanted to be part of the team. He respected the hardworking team at London Cares and knew the team was filled with great people who care about London’s most vulnerable community members.
Nick is a father of two girls and spends most of his spare time with his wife and daughters. If he’s not with his family, he’s probably watching the Toronto Maple Leafs, football, or Star Wars.
Kate is the President of the Board of Directors of London Cares. Kate spent over 10 years working at Queen’s Park as both a senior political staffer and senior level policy advisor in the civil service. Kate worked for a number of ministries across the government, with a special focus on social and labour market policy, as well as intergovernmental relations. Kate has also spent time working at the municipal level of government for the City of London. Kate currently works for the Dean of Science at Western University focusing on industry and government.
Kate fundamentally believes that housing is a basic human right and the core values that London Cares represents with their community-level work. Kate is passionate about social services and working to improve services that protect our society’s most vulnerable. Kate believes London Cares in an unbelievable organization doing critical work in our community.
Kate moved back to London with her family six years ago. She is an avid runner, a mom to two beautiful boys, and the owner of a very anxious rescue pup named Egg.
Nicole Rush is a naturopathic doctor in London with a private practice in Old South. She has a special focus on mental health and fatigue. Nicole is the founder of Forest City Community Acupuncture Clinic, a geared-towards-income acupuncture clinic that was in operation from 2014-2018. Nicole feels strongly about the importance of providing quality and compassionate health care to all people, regardless of life circumstance.
Housing is a fundamental need for optimal health and London Cares vision and action to make housing accessible from a barrier-free model is exemplary. The work they have championed in our city is changing the landscape and providing hope that all our residents can one day be housed. Nicole is pleased to be on the board of directors during this transformative time.
In her personal life Nicole is a wife, mother and avid cyclist/gardener/outdoor enthusiast.