A LITTLE HISTORY
About Nazareth Community
The Nazareth House Family remains dedicated to providing an environment that welcomes the forgotten,promotes social re-integration for the marginalized,and encourages all to find their potential. With additional low-cost housing we hope to continue the traditions of Nazareth House and remain a positive contributor to the well being of those who have lost their way
Our approach and methodology is recognized and respected as a preferred alternative to institutional care:helping those caught within the revolving door syndrome, or worse,the prospect of living on the streets-homeless.
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Board of Directors & Members
President – Fr. John Walsh
Roman Catholic Priest (retired) social activist, author, broadcaster, presently volunteers on 3 boards
Member – Robin Burns
I am currently retired, but still have my hands in many business ventures. I have been married to my wife Frances for 47 years, with three children, Tracey Lee; husband Greg, Randy with wife Sue, and Todd with wife Diane. I am blessed with nine grandchildren, five girls and four boys, my true” Hall of Fame”. I played Professional hockey for ten years, turning pro with the Montreal Canadiens in 1967 and played for several minor league teams as well as three NHL teams, Pittsburgh Penguins, Kansas City Scouts and Colorado Rockies. Post hockey I helped start the Lange and Micron skate companies and in 1984 started ITECH Sport Products and sold after twenty years to Mission Sports of California, at the time of sale Itech was the third largest hockey company in the world, behind Nike and Reebok. I am presently working with and serving on the Board of directors of several charities including Youth unlimited of Quebec, Executives available, Procure, for the awareness of Prostate cancer, Shriners annual golf tournament as Co-Chair, Father John Walsh’s annual celebrity golf tournament where proceeds go towards the funding of Nazareth House and this year Our New Anne’s house, serving on the Board for both, plus numerous speaking engagements for several other charities. Great to be retired.
Member – Dominique Voyer
I am a proud Montrealer, loving our city despite the potholes, construction cones and traffic jams. I was given the opportunity to join the Board ofDirectors at the Nazareth House in 2012. As Father John had said « there aren’t too many young ladies who ask to be apart of this Board! ». I have been affiliated with the Nazareth House for over 5 years, dispensing medication to most of the residents as well as being a first line health care professional at their disposal. I am honoured to play a small role in the work that takes place at the Nazareth House by advocating the rights of some of Montreal’s most marginalized citizens, particularly those who struggle with mental health and addictions. This is not a sexy cause – we have no cute puppies to help us draw at the heartstrings. By helping these men and soon enough women at Anne’s House, we will make life better for some of the isolated and mentally ill members of our community. Making our world a better place for another human being? Now that’s sexy!!!!
Member – Dr. George Michaels
I have been a lifelong Montrealer. I am a graduate of McGill University Medical School and have been practicing family medicine as well as teaching at McGill for more than 25 years. In 2012, after a year-long battle with a life threatening illness, I decided to refocus some of my renewed energy towards community service. Having been a long-time friend of John Walsh, it was a clear choice to accept an invitation to join the Board ofDirectors of Nazareth House. BIO FOR NAZ I have always felt I was a fellow traveler with the homeless. I have no permanent home. Someday I hope I will. I have traveled many roads. The truly sacred is found in the fragile and broken lives of women and men who teach the world that we are one humanity so fragile and broken. My faith and hope are in the mystery of love I find all around me but nowhere more tangible than at Nazareth House and soon at Anne’s House.
Member – Louis Gascon
I am a graduate of Loyola High School and College, McGill University Law School and was called to the Quebec Bar in 1971. I retired from active practice in May 2014. I served the community as Warden of St Veronica’s Parish, Director and President of the Foundation of Catholic Community Services, Director of The Pillars Trust Fund and also Director as Past President of Royal Montreal Curling Club. I am also a Director of Placement Potentiel Inc. a not for profit corporation whose mission it is to employ the handicapped and find meaningful occupation for approximately 95 such persons under Placement’s continued participation and supervision. I was recently invited to join the Board of Directors of Nazareth House and accepted after due reflection and in the hope of learning and participating in Nazareth House’s mission under the leadership and guidance of Father John Walsh in his crusade to assemble and assist the needy and neglected members of our community.
Member – Wendy De Souza
Executive Assistant of Fabrique John Brebeuf, and planning manager for geographical study at the Montreal Archdiocese
Member – Chip McIntyre
Financial Advisor, RBC Dominion Securities.
Member – John Corker
President and founder JCOR construction, volunteer project manager for Anne’s House.
Member – Jack Emrich