STAFF

David Howard

Co-Founder & CEO

David is co-founder and CEO of Homes for Heroes Foundation. David was instrumental is getting the charity started and is the driving force in spearheading the charities growth across Canada. Homes For Heroes aims to help those who were willing to give their all to protect us and maintain our freedoms and get them back to a place where they feel supported & engaged. David works with the Homes For Heroes staff, Board of Directors, patrons, and local planning committees in directing the Homes For Heroes Foundation. 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.

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.

Kyle Clapperton

Director, Veteran Village Operations

As Director of Veteran Village Operations, Kyle is responsible for the operational management of the Homes for Heroes Foundation villages. Prior to joining the Homes for Heroes team, Kyle’s work has focused on employee well-being, including occupational health and safety, physical and mental wellness programs. Most recently he has worked in project management, assisting Canadian organizations through the COVID-19 pandemic to implement workplace rapid screening programs.

Kyle is also an active member of the Army Reserves in the Canadian Armed Forces, serving as an Infantry Officer. He has commanded the Calgary Highlanders, instructed at the Canadian Army Command and Staff College and currently is the Commanding Officer of the Royal Regina Rifles. He served overseas in Afghanistan in 2007 as a trainer and mentor to the Afghan National Army at the Kabul Military Training Centre and he returned to Kabul in 2010, working at the Afghan Command and Staff College.

Kyle is honored to serve and support those that have served Canada through the incredible work of the Homes for Heroes Foundation and is committed to the vision of ending homelessness amongst Canadian Military Veterans.

Judy Dean

Director of Finance

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.

Maritza Korzo

Project Accountant

Maritza Korzo recently joined the H4HF team as Project Accountant within the Finance team. She brings her broad financial experience to the team to support the rapid growth of the organization’s activities.

Maritza grew up in Peru. Her mother is a retired Marine and so Maritza understands firsthand the demands of life within a military family. Maritza is currently working toward completion of her CPA designation. Maritza is thrilled to be part of the team and work in support of our Veterans.

Kendahl Cowan

Veteran Services Manager, ATCO Veterans Village, Calgary

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.

Mark Winkelman

Case Worker, ATCO Veterans Village, Calgary

As a case worker, Mark conducts intake assessments, creates plans of assistance, and provides counsel to our residents during life’s challenges. He also assists residents in accessing various resources such as community and government assistance and retraining programs, legal aid, and healthcare.

Prior to joining the team at Homes for Heroes, Mark was a supervisor at the Calgary Food Bank for 12 years, coordinating its nation-wide distribution network. Passionate about social justice, he is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work degree at the University of Calgary. He is honoured to be working at Homes for Heroes, as it was the Canadian Forces that saved his father’s family by liberating their hometown during World War II.

Beth Bieda

Veteran Services Manager, ATCO Veterans Village, Edmonton

Beth is honoured to be one of the Veteran Service Manager’s with Homes for Heroes Foundation at the Edmonton Veterans Village. She joins H4HF with an educational background of Social Work from Mount Royal University and since has gained years of experience working with various populations, including vulnerable seniors, students, youth in the justice system and victims of crime.

Beth brings with her numerous years of Social Work experience and a passion for working with the homeless community throughout the City of Edmonton. She has provided advocacy and support to clients needing access to services for various complex challenges including housing, mental health, substance use, income support, and domestic violence. Beth is both honoured and humbled to play a role in H4HF’s mission to end Veteran homelessness.

Delia Pirie

Case Worker, ATCO Veterans Village, Edmonton

Delia joined the ATCO Veterans Village in Edmonton as a Case Worker after completing her social work practicum placement with Homes For Heroes, and graduating with her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Delia works with our residents, assisting them in achieving their goals and in creating a plan for learning or reigniting the skills they need for independent living, with a focus on building community and healthy relationships.

Delia brings lived experience with eight years as reservist and sixteen years of regular force service, retiring in 2018. With two tours in Afghanistan, 2006 and 2013, she understands the culture of the Canadian military and how to translate that into post service programs and lifestyle. In addition to her desire to ensure all veterans have hope for healing, homes, and independence, Delia is energized by hiking, road trips, her family, and her beloved dog Cassie.

It takes a village to build a village.

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