About Us

Julie Roberts

Executive Director

Julie Roberts has been with Community Builders since 1999 and has given leadership to the organization since 2008. Julie is passionate about promoting equality and opportunities for marginalized people. She has lead Community Builders in its focus to develop innovated, affordable housing strategies to assist with the crisis of homelessness in Vancouver.

Julie credits her upbringing in East Africa for contributing to her commitment to working in areas of poverty, both in Canada and around the world. Julie is also a trained paramedic and has used her medical skills both in Canada and to assist when natural disasters hit internationally. It's through this work that Community Builders established a presence in Haiti after the devastating Earthquake in 2010.

Julie has dedicated her time in the last two decades to helping people in need. She works tirelessly towards these goals having values of compassion and respect for all person and brings a spirit of openness to the Community Builders network.

    Shauna Semenowich

    Operations Manager

    Shauna has been part of the Community Builders team since 2014. She currently oversees HR and operational management for all of Community Builders' housing centres in Vancouver. Shauna is passionate about giving a voice to those who don’t have one and acts as an advocate for her own daughter who was born with a rare genetic disorder in 2002. She knows ASL (American Sign Language) and has a long history of involvement and volunteer experience with non profits that support children with disabilities. Shauna brings a great sense of integrity and professionalism to Community Builders' work environment, and her positive outlook places her in a good position to lead staff and coordinate operations.

      Emil Nuhic

      Accountant

      Emil joined Community Builders in 2016, drawn by organization's strong mission and people involved. Emil holds B.A. in Finance, and has more than 15 years of accounting experience in various industries from manufacturing, retail to IT, and now in non-for-profit sector.

      Emil manages Community Builders Group's financial functions, making sure that financial operations run smoothly, aiming at improving operational efficiency and providing meaningful financial info for the management.

        Sir Backs

        Director of Tenant Support

        Sir is responsible for leading Community Builders' Tenant Support team with a high level of insight and professionalism. Her valuable prior experience in the medical and mental health sectors enables her to skillfully guide and train our network of Tenant Support Workers as it provides a range of tailored support services to the residents of each housing centre. Sir fully embraces Community Builders’ philosophy of empowering members of the community to create their own paths to wellness, as well as fostering a spirit of openness and inclusion for all staff and residents.

          Lauren Ireland

          Human Resources Manager

          As a Human Resources Manager, Lauren oversees recruitment, professional development and leads core HR functions across all Community Builders Group. She joined the team in 2019 and began to incorporate her extensive knowledge from her MBA background and previous operational management experience in the resources and environmental sectors. She is passionate about helping others and regularly volunteers at charitable events.

            Kirsty Stevens

            Assistant Operations Manager

            Kirsty comes from a background in management with over 5 years of experience. Originally from Australia, she lived in 3 different countries where she gained important international knowledge and practice. She brings a lot of joy and positive approach, which helps her lead and communicate with staff, partners and service providers.

              Matt Weigel

              Property Manager

              Matt leads the Property Management team and supervises conditions and standards at all of Community Builders housing and shelter sites. He brings to the team a background in engineering and a broad organization experience in many fields.  Safety, staff support and high standards are the priority of the Property Management department.

                Patrick Buckley

                Shelter Manager

                Patrick joined the Community Builders team as the Shelter Manager. His vast knowledge of mental illness, addiction and homelessness stems from his career as a registered mental health nurse in Ireland, and these skills have been instrumental in his leadership of Community Builders three shelter sites which provide temporary housing to 120 Vancouver residents. After his  relocation to Vancouver, Patrick immediately knew that he wanted to devote his time and skills to marginalized persons whom face multiple barriers in everyday life.

                His desire to give a voice to those ignored and stigmatized by society continues to fuel his passion in working with homelessness. Patrick is a firm believer that people should be given the opportunity to have a helping hand in life, especially when they need it most.

                  Gosia Krzykwa

                  Office Manager

                  Gosia organizes and oversees all administrative procedures and helps ensure smooth flow of information within the organization. Before relocating to Vancouver, she spent a couple of years traveling the globe and that was this particular experience that made her realize she wanted to use all her skills and qualifications to work for a cause and, most of all, to help other people. Her vast experience in managing administrative departments in international companies and an eye for detail help her excel at providing the highest level of organization and support.

                    Board Members

                    Dr. Bryan Jones - President

                    Ali Paton - Secretary

                    Kane Morgan - Treasurer

                    Emily Beers - Director

                    Caleigh Ashe - Director

                    Jennifer Hawkins - Director