STAFF

David Howard

Co-Founder & CEO

David is co-founder and CEO of Homes for Heroes Foundation.  In 2016 David saw a need for a solution to end the issue of Veteran homelessness. After receiving feedback from over 200 Veterans on what they felt was important in a program dedicated to ending the issue of Veteran homelessness,  Homes For Heroes Foundation was created.  David works with our staff, Board of Directors, patrons, and local planning committees in directing the charities growth across Canada. David have been working within the Canadian Veteran community for the last 20 years and is committed to helping those that have served Canada.

Cameron Diggon

Vice President & Director of Fund Development

In his capacity as Vice President and Director of Fund Development, Cameron Diggon is responsible for securing the funds necessary to sustain and grow Homes For Heroes Foundation.

Cameron is a Veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, starting his military career in 1968 as a gunner with the 57th Field Regiment RCA, before attending at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario. After graduating he served as an Armoured Corps Officer with the 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise’s) and the Canadian Airborne Regiment in Canada, the Royal Canadian Regiment in Cyprus (’74-’75), and the Royal Canadian Dragoons in West Germany.

Cameron has served in senior leadership positions with a wide variety of Canadian charities and not-for-profits, including the Royal Military Colleges of Canada Foundation, the Calgary Military Museum Society, the 78th Fraser Highlanders Historical Society, the Calgary Polo Club, and the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires – Southern Alberta.

Debra Armstrong

Director, Social Services

Debra Armstrong has spent the last twenty years leading non-profit organizations throughout Alberta. With a degree in Social Work from the University of Calgary, Debra has spent her career advocating on behalf of underrepresented and vulnerable populations. She has built strong teams that serve as a resource and guide individuals as they navigate through difficult situations. The opportunity at H4HF will allow her to build upon her experiences and bring about healing, protection, and empowerment to homeless Veterans across Canada.

Jacqueline Howard

Director, Planning and Development

Jacqueline Howard has been with the Homes For Heroes Foundation since its inception. Jacqueline plays a key role within our team guiding the development of our Veterans Villages across Canada. From land acquisition, village design, municipal approvals, to construction, Jacqueline is committed to developing unique and vibrant urban villages for those that have served and protected Canada. Jacqueline is active within the community and serves as Secretary for Canadian Legacy Project, a national charity supporting our Canadian Veterans.

Ms. Howard has worked in the field of Planning for more than twenty years. Prior to joining H4HF, Jacqueline worked with Stantec Consulting, TELUS, Rogers Wireless, and the Government of Saskatchewan.

Judy Dean

Financial Controller

Judy Dean has been a part of the Homes For Heroes Foundation from its inception and is the senior team member responsible for all financial matters within the organization.

Judy’s background in accounting, operations, and project management provided her with the necessary experience to transition into the non-profit arena providing support to all the team members as required.

Judy is proud to be part of this amazing team whose goal is to end homelessness for our Canadian Military Veterans.

Kendahl Cowan

Program Manager, Calgary Veterans Village

Kendahl Cowan is the Program Manager at the Calgary Veterans Village. Previous to joining Homes for Heroes, Kendahl spent 8 years working in various housing programs across Calgary’s homeless sector, and holds an educational background in Social Work from Dalhousie University. Kendahl is responsible for the on-site operations of the Calgary Veterans Village, as well as connecting our Veterans to community services that can provide various types of support. Kendahl is passionate about community endeavors of all sizes and takes pride in her career of helping Calgarians end their experience of homelessness.

Mikhael Toms

Mikhael Toms

Program Manager, Edmonton Veterans Village

Previous to joining Homes for Heroes, Mikhael managed the Edmonton Covid Rapid Response Collaborative and worked in the social housing sector helping vulnerable people such as visible minorities, those suffering mental health conditions, and socio-economic challenges.

Mikhael is responsible for the on-site operations of the Atco Veterans Village and connecting our Veterans to community services that can provide various types of support. Mikhael is also a veteran and passionate about raising awareness about mental health conditions complicated by multiple forms of post-traumatic stress from military operations. Mikhael also sat on the Edmonton Coalition on Housing and Homelessness (ECOHH) board, engaging Edmonton and other stakeholders in discussing initiatives to end homelessness.

It takes a village to build a village.

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