Senior Leadership Team

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Maria Zegarac, Executive Director

Maria is dedicated to fostering a collaborative work culture where uniqueness and diversity are embraced and celebrated.  Her passion to be the voice of and advocate on behalf of the most vulnerable community members has been the driving force behind her commitment to the not-for-profit sector.  

Maria is a Chartered Professional Accountant and has held senior roles in various social service organizations focused on providing support to vulnerable community members.  She brings a strong governance background which was attained both in supporting Boards and serving on various Boards over her career.  

Maria believes in leading with purpose and inspiring an excellence in service delivery with the goal of remaining person centred in all organizational decision making.

Julie Vail, Director of People and Culture

Julie is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and Certified Human Resources

Leader (CHRL) with more than 20+ years of experience in operational and transformational HR.  For the past 15 years, Julie has held several senior HR leadership roles in the not-for-profit sector working in social service organizations that provide health care, mental health, and other support services that positively enhance the lives of vulnerable persons served.

As our Director of People & Culture, and a strong advocate of values-based organizations, Julie is actively engaged, focused, and committed to organizational growth and development by supporting a diverse workplace and positive workplace culture where people feel respected, protected, and connected to each other. Under Julie’s leadership our HR strategic objectives include strategies for recruitment and retention, workplace health and wellness and investing in the development of the next generation of organizational leaders.

Steve Sicurella, Director of Finance

Steve comes to Hopewell with extensive experience in the charitable/not-for-profit sector managing very complex funding streams from all levels of government and within the Ministry of Children Community and Social Service and Ministry of Health portfolios.  In addition to his Finance expertise, Steve also brings with him demonstrated oversight and leadership in the areas of Information Technology, Facilities Management, BackOffice Support and Privacy.  In addition to his Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation, Steve holds a Certificate in Privacy Law and Information Management in Healthcare from Osgood Hall, Law School of York University. Steve’s strong affinity for the developmental services sector is evident not only through his previous roles in the sector but also in his volunteer work with Special Olympics Ontario.

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109 Surrey St E, Guelph,
ON N1H 3P7

Phone: (519) 836-9641

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