Board of Directors

Our board members are dedicated to providing sound organizational leadership and strategic governance.

Heinz Probst - President Board of Directors

PRESIDENT

Heinz Probst

Retired Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Niagara Fruit Grower

Heinz worked 32 years for the Ontario Provincial Police, and during that time helped farm 22 acres of mixed fruit. Such a large endeavour required farm workers and that need inspired Heinz to join the Board of the Farm Labour Pool for 6 years. His dedication, leadership and genuine social concern was not left unnoticed, and as a result, was recruited to join the Employment Help Centre by Andrea Vandenberg and Rudy Masswohl.

Since 2000, Heinz has served on the EHC Board of Directors, and while proactive on all committees, he applies his knowledge and experience primarily to personnel and finance.

Heinz is passionate about helping animals through the Humane Society, sitting on several committees with his church and, of course, working with this great Board of Directors and EHC employees.

Outside of his community involvement, Heinz loves to grow Hostas, garden and still have time to travel.

Ron Wing - Vice President Board of Directors

VICE PRESIDENT

Ron Wing

Regional Niagara Community Services, SAEO Division

Ron is presently employed by the Niagara Region as a Social Assistance and Employment Opportunities – Ontario Works job developer and brings his labour perspective to the Employment Help Centre board.

As a member of CUPE Local 1287 since 1975, Ron has contributed within various staff and elected positions at the local, Ontario and National levels. He currently serves on CUPE Ontario Division’s Social Services Co-ordinating Committee and formerly on CUPE Trades Committee.

Ron brings a wealth of knowledge to the EHC from a substantial labour and employment background and as a former 3-term board member with the Niagara Workforce Planning Board.  He has also served as an officer with the Lincoln and Welland Regiment.

Jackie Crawford - Secretary Board of Directors

SECRETARY

Jackie Crawford

Coordinator Mentorship PLUS, Brock University

Haris Basic - Treasurer Board of Directors

TREASURER

Haris Basic

Financial Planner, RBC

Haris Basic is one of the newest members of the EHC Board of Directors.  He is married and is raising his family in the Town of Lincoln.  Haris will be bringing many skills and experience to the Board that he developed while studying abroad.  Mr. Basic is currently employed as a Financial Planner at the Royal Bank of Canada in Grimsby, Ontario.

Sean Foley - Past President Board of Directors

PAST PRESIDENT

Sean F. Foley

Retired Barrister/Executive Director of Community Legal Assistance

Along with being a founding member of the Employment Help Centre, Sean is a former civil servant, United Nations official and lawyer.

Sean retired in 2007 from Niagara North Legal Assistance, which he helped establish as a no-fee for service legal aid community legal clinic in 1982. This was exclusively a poverty law practice, solely representing the poor and disadvantaged, two thirds of whom were either physically or mentally disabled.

In 1998, he was awarded the Law Society Medal (LSM) for his work with County Law Libraries and advocacy for the Disabled. This top honour is given to only five members out of 45,000 lawyers in Ontario each year.

Apart from his significant contributions to the community, Sean sings with Chorus Niagara.

John Dunstall - Board of Directors

John Dunstall

Self Employed

John is also an Alderman for the Town of Grimsby council.

Jill Nicholson - Board of Directors

Jill Nicholson

CEO, Lincoln Public Library

Jill has been a member of the Employment Help Centre Board since 2011. She is currently CEO of the Lincoln Public Library and has previously been employed at the libraries in Region of Waterloo, Ajax, Leamington, Markham, Ottawa and Nepean.

Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in French, a Masters in Library Science and a mid career Diploma in Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario.

She is active in both professional library organizations such as the Ontario Library Association and the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries and in the community with the Niagara West Adult Learning Centres and the Literacy Council of Niagara West, the Region of Niagara Culture Committee and Lincoln Lamplighter Tour.

Alejandra Wichartz

Alejandra Wichartz

Government Relations Advisor, Brock University

Alejandra has worked for Brock University since 2010. Prior to that, she spent nine years working in the field of employment and human resources. Coupled with her current role as Government Relations Advisor at Brock, she brings extensive experience building and cultivating strategic relationships and partnerships, developing and executing strategy, and working closely with individuals to support their success. In her various capacities, Alejandra has developed a network of relationships within all levels of government and with organizations across Niagara.

Privileged to be a resident of Niagara, Alejandra is passionate about contributing towards the region’s prosperity. Since 2015, Alejandra has been a member of the Grimsby Economic Development Advisory Committee (GEDAC), a group that advises Grimsby Town Council on matters that impact economic development and tourism. As part of the EHC, Alejandra aims to support the Centre’s mission to strengthen, through its services and supports, the community of Niagara West.

Mayor Doug Joyner - Board of Directors

Douglas Joyner

Mayor, Township of West Lincoln

His Worship Douglas Joyner is currently serving his second term as Mayor of the Township of West Lincoln and his second term on Niagara Regional Council.  As a Regional Councillor, Mayor Joyner currently serves on the Niagara Peninsula conservation Authority, as well as on the following Niagara Region Committee’s; Planning and Development Committee, Public Works Committee, Public Health & Social Services Committee, and the Niagara Region Accessibility Committee.

For the two-year term (2015-2016), Councillor Joyner is extremely honored to have been elected as Co-Chair for the Public Health and Social Services Committee, aligned to the Community Services portfolio.  In Community Services, the Niagara Region manages and delivers a range of social programs, most of which are mandated, funded, and regulated by the Provincial Government.

His community involvement includes: newly appointed member to the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara (KFCACN) Board of directors, appointed member to the West Niagara Employment Centre (EHC) Board of Directors, President of West Lincoln T-Ball, past member of West Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, and he is an active member of St. Martins of Tours Catholic Parish & St. Lukes Anglican Church.

And finally, Douglas is married to Barbara (RN) (nee Crawford of North Pelham) and they have three children, Rebecca, Alexander, and Dante. Life is Good in West Niagara!

Carolyn Hoxie - Board of Directors

Carolyn Hoxie

Self Employed

Noor Mufti - Board of Directors

Noor Mufti

Noor calls Niagara his “home” and has been living in Niagara since 2004. Graduated with an Honours Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Goodman School of Business, Brock University, Noor is a Human Resources professional (CHRL) and has completed Queen’s Leadership program.

Throughout his career, Noor took on several management and leadership roles such as Business Consultant, HR Coordinator, Interim Director of HR and Program Supervisor and served a number of organizations in various capacities and augmented those organizations’ value proposition. Noor currently works for Community Living – Grimsby, Lincoln and West Lincoln and provides oversight and leadership to its Employment Services programs designed for people with a disability.

Noor’s passion lies in Human Resources, Leadership, Change Management and the Social Profit (for-benefit) business model. Noor is a great supporter of economic development in the rural communities in Niagara and advocates for creating employment opportunities for the disadvantaged people in the community. Noor joined our board in September 2017.

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