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About New Hope Non-Profit Dwellings

New Hope Non Profit Dwellings (Durham) Inc. is a non-profit corporation with 118 units located at 139 Mary Street North, Oshawa. The Corporation is governed by a Board of Directors which consists of 9 volunteers from the Durham community. The Board of Directors hires a Property Management Company who ensures the daily operations of the building run smoothly and meet the service needs of the tenants on a contract basis.

Market Rental Amounts:

  • Bedroom - $760.00
  • Bedroom - $861.00
  • Bedroom - $979.00

*Additional fees include $40.00 cable, hydro based on use. Parking $20.00 initial spot/month, $25.00/month for additional spots. Smart Card for Laundry. Rates as of April 2016.


  • Michelle Davis, President (Bio follows)
  • Andrew Hammond, Vice President (Bio follows)
  • Roger Ramkissoon, Treasurer (Bio follows)
  • Robert Arthurs, Secretary/Privacy Officer (Bio follows)
  • Shirley Weagle, Director (Bio follows)
  • Don Jones, Director (Bio follows)
  • Sean Fraser, Director (Bio follows)
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Board of Directors:

Michelle Davis, President

Michelle holds a Social Work degree with a minor in Public Administration from Ryerson University in Toronto. She is a strong advocate in the field of community health and safety promotion within the public housing sector. With 15+ years’ experience, Michelle provides strategic guidance on matters pertaining to community safety and crime prevention through social development initiatives for at risk communities with highly vulnerable populations in Toronto. Michelle takes an anti-oppressive, social justice approach to her work and comes with extensive experience both in Canada and the United States. She has been recognized for her expertise in community engagement, stakeholder relations, individual and family counseling, advocacy, governance, strategic partnerships and community health promotion. In addition to being the President and Chair of New Hope Dwellings, Michelle currently serves as a board member with the Denise house (a shelter for abused women) as well as with Durham Children’s Aid Society (DCAS).

Michelle is a mother who is highly motivated and enjoys balancing her energy among work, church, family and volunteering.


Andrew Hammond, Vice-President

Andy as a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and History from Bristol University in England and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He has worked in England, South Africa and Canada and retired in 2012 as a senior executive at CMHC. He now runs his own financial planning business.

Andy joined the New Hope Board in 2014 and is looking forward to contributing to the success of the organization.

Andy and his wife live in Ajax and have three grown daughters and three wonderful grandchildren. Andy is an avid supporter of English soccer and played the game himself for over 45 years.


Roger Ramkissoon, Treasurer

Roger is a seasoned finance professional with considerable experience in the banking, health care and non-profit sectors. He has served in various leakership roles in Canada and abroad and adopts a “hands-on” approach to financial management. His experience in treasury management, policy development, budgeting and corporate governance blends well with the needs of the New Hope Board as the organizations embrace change and accountability. Roger has been involved with various boards and board committees for over a decade and has significant experience working with diverse communities including seniors and children. He has been recognized for his ability to lead multidisciplinary teams while seeing the big picture impact of financial decision making.

In his spare time, he balances family life, church and continuing education. Roger holds an MBA from Heriot Watt University (Scotland) and is a graduate of the Institute of Canadian Bankers and the Association for Financial Professionals (Canada). He is currently completing his CGA designation.


Robert Arthurs, Secretary/Privacy Officer

Robert studied Human Resources at Ryerson University in Toronto. His work experience focuses on delivering results through service management. He presently works in the property management field and volunteers on several non-profit boards.

His background has concentrated in security management, policy and planning and team development. His interests include music, photography, travel and home improvement.


Shirley Weagle, Director

Shirley Weagle’s career spans more than 25 years as a legal assistant, predominantly in patent prosecution, including electrical and mechanical, as well as life sciences, with more recent experience in condo management. She is best known for her energetic personality, integrity, commitment and genuine compassion for all, and has a true love for people and a real sense of community which gives her an opportunity to connect on a deeper level.


Don Jones, Director

Don is a professional housing operations manager with over 30 years’ international experience. He has managed social housing in the United Kingdom and Canada. Don has an expertise in housing services management. This has involved building strategic partnerships with Municipal Housing, Health Authorities and joint working initiatives with Social Services for tenants with special needs. He brings solid leadership with focus on performance improvement and accountability. When Don isn’t at the round table or with family, he can be found in the community volunteering with youth and providing guidance, physical education and character building skills during self defense training.


Sean Fraser, Director

Sean obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from York University. He obtained his Law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. Sean was called to the Bar in Ontario by the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1996.

Sean was attracted to the area of criminal law because he believes it is, arguably, the most challenging and indeed the most interesting field of legal practice. He has conducted many trials, ranging in charges from impaired driving to aggravated assault. Sean has first hand experience at how encompassing the legal profession can become in one's life, and that is why he pursues other interests such as playing squash, weight training and spending time with his adored cats. Sean also has a passion for reading works that are unrelated to criminal law, but which nonetheless examines important issues that are worthy of reflection.

Sean now specializes in criminal law. He is a firm advocate of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, as he believes defence lawyers are first and foremost constitutional lawyers since they strive to protect the very rights guaranteed to all Canadians by the Charter. Sean is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Durham Region Law Association.


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