Habitat Niagara Appoints New CEO
The Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity Niagara is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Carl as its new Chief Executive Officer. Carl succeeds Alastair Davis, who retired in June after more than 12 years at the helm of Habitat Niagara.
“These are big shoes to fill,” says Board Chair Paul Miller. “Alastair Davis was the face of Habitat in Niagara for more than twelve years. We are thrilled that someone of the calibre of Mark Carl will be part of our team, building on Alastair’s legacy and leading us to the next level.”
Prior to joining Habitat for Humanity Niagara, Mark served as Executive Director of the Hope Centre in Welland, overseeing its evolution from a financially challenged emergency shelter to a vital agency with a focus on transitional and permanent affordable housing. In addition, he transformed the Hope Centre into a social service hub, attracting several community partners to co-locate within the growing organization, which allowed the community to access seamless, wraparound services in a safe, welcoming environment. Mark initiated building improvements, creating a new soup kitchen and common area, thereby increasing client access to meal programs. More recently, Mark secured $3 million for an additional 20-unit supportive housing program and has established corporate partnerships that will allow for continuous improvement of this hub model.
Mark has served as a City Councillor in Welland since 2010, and has a strong record of community involvement, contributing time and expertise to both the Welland Downtown BIA and North Welland BIA, as well as serving on the Economic Development Committee and as Chair of the Niagara Region Social Service Hub committee.
The experience that Mark Carl brings with him to Habitat Niagara will build on the legacy established by Davis, that saw more than 30 Habitat homes built for local families in need of decent and affordable housing over the past 12 years, as well as opening two more ReStores in Fonthill and Grimsby, in addition to the St. Catharines ReStore.
Habitat builds strength, stability and independence for families through affordable home ownership and since beginning operations in 1993 in Niagara, has partnered with 68 local families and constructed 62 homes with plans to build as many as 42 more by 2022. “We have set an ambitious strategic direction to serve significantly more Niagara families,” says Miller. “We know that Mark brings the right skills and experience to help us achieve that goal.”
Mark is excited to work with the Board, staff, volunteers, donors and community partners in leading creative and innovative approaches so more families can afford the reality of home ownership. He has witnessed the enormous impact Habitat for Humanity Niagara has had on families in increasing access to education, developing greater community integration and improved overall well-being. Mark Carl officially starts as CEO of Habitat Niagara on August 7, 2018.