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 and Human Resources 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


      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.

        Vicki Baines

        Office Manager

        Vicki oversees general daily administrative duties, manages payroll and seeks new funding opportunities. Her experience in non-profit and governmental organizations has provided her with useful insight into the complexities underlying social injustices such as poverty and homelessness. She strives to use this perspective and contribute to the impact of Community Builders’ essential work through the finer details of her responsibilities as Office Manager.

          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.

            Board Members

            Dr. Bryan Jones - President

            Ali Paton - Secretary

            Kane Morgan - Treasurer

            Emily Beers - Director

            Caleigh Ashe - Director

            Jennifer Hawkins - Director