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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)
  • Roger Ramkissoon, Vice President (Bio follows)
  • Andrew Hammond, Treasurer (Bio follows)
  • Shirley Weagle, Secretary/Privacy Officer (Bio follows)
  • Janice Bowser, Director (Bio follows)
  • Robert Arthurs, Director (Bio follows)
  • Faarah Ibrahim, 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.


Roger Ramkissoon, Vice-President

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.


Andrew Hammond, Treasurer

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.


Janice Bowser, Director

Janice has served on the New Hope board since June 2010 and is currently part of the team that makes up the Board recruitment committee. She draws on more than 10 years of experience in property management and 7 years business experience. She currently works as an administrator for a non-profit senior’s building in Oshawa. Prior to her current position, Janice owned and managed a successful marketing and graphic design firm in the Peterborough area that included such clients as the City of Peterborough, Peterborough District School Board, Ontario Motel Association and General Electric. After selling her business and gaining a diploma in career counseling, she joined a local non-profit organization; working first as a career counselor concentrating on labour adjustment and business development; then moving into managing several adult training projects for both the Provincial and Federal governments.

When she isn’t glued to the TV watching Coronation Street, you can find her browsing thrift stores for great deals.

Janice and her husband reside in Oshawa and are supporters of the Second Chance Wildlife Sanctuary, Northumberland Humane Society and the World Wildlife Fun.


Faarah Ibrahim, Director

Faarah has completed her Bachelor of Art’s degree with honors in Sociology and Anthropology at York University. Recently completing her masters in Anthropology her thesis focused on the mobile phone in terms of social etiquette and individuals between the ages of 50-60 years old. She also focuses on how the mobile phone affects these particular individuals regarding family time and the concept of addiction.

Faarah currently works as a Wealth Operations Officer at TD Waterhouse as a member of the New Accounts and Transfers team. Her focus is to provide legendary partner response in regards to policies and procedures. She dedicates herself to their partners in Direct Investing, Private Investment Advice, Private Investment Counsel, Financial Planning as well as TD Canada Trust. Her target is to create a welcoming environment where partners can call for advice and be provided the best solutions available to create opportunities build business and ensure satisfaction and efficiency. She takes an active effort to take ownership and anticipate the needs of partners and by extension clients. At her job she is dedicated to providing The Wealth Promise, instilling and delivering confidence, which in turn will influence a legendary client experience!

In regards to her hobbies, she enjoys watching Television shows such as Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder and Game of Thrones. Faarah also loves reading and watching movies in her spare time and going to the gym.


Shirley Weagle, Secretary

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.


Robert Arthurs, Director

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.


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 Fraser has been a practicing Criminal Defence lawyer with Risen, Inch & Fraser for the past 17 years, and he continues that work presently. His office assists people in a number of different regions, but the bulk of their work is here in Durham. During his time with that firm, Mr. Fraser has defended people from all walks of life, including a substantial number of folks who are financially vulnerable. It is, unfortunately, not uncommon for him to assist clients whose legal problems are exacerbated somewhat by housing issues. It is this reality that gave rise to Mr. Fraser’s interest in giving back to the community in a manner that he hopes will help address the very pressing need to ensure that affordable housing is available to all those in need in Durham Region, and made available to them in a manner that respects their dignity.


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