Our staff is the backbone of this organization. They provide compassionate support while keeping the environment safe for everyone staying here. Every day, CSC staff and volunteers work towards making a positive difference in our community and in the lives who come to The Bridges for support.
Wayne has been a Mental Health nurse for 16 years and has worked in both hospital and community settings. His last 9 years, including 15 months with the CSC, have been spent in Cambridge working with and advocating for those who find themselves homeless or precariously housed.
Since assuming his duties as Executive Director, Wayne has focused on community outreach, sharing the stories of those experiencing homelessness with students, business leaders, and community partners. As he continues to build bridges in Waterloo Region, Wayne also spends time ensuring the traits of support, respect, and kindness define the CSC culture.
HR and Program Manager, Ian Fitzgerald, has worked with Cambridge Shelter Corporation since 2009. In 2013 Ian transitioned to Supportive Housing where his natural empathy for those coming to The Bridges created a foundation of trust with those he supported. “When someone has been homeless for a long time it is almost a shock to the system to be housed again,” Ian explains. “My job was to be there to help them on their journey of restarting and healing. It was a privilege to watch growth before my eyes.”
As HR and Program Manager, Ian’s role is overseeing the delivery of services and supports. His previous positions within CSC give him a strong understanding of how best to realize our vision that “no one in our community will be homeless.”
Moe’s love of food started at an early age, with the inspiration of his mother’s simple rustic food and throughout his career it has bred a strong respect for hand crafted food as well as its origins. A lover of the outdoors and an avid gardener, he is passionate about sustainability and preserving the integrity of nature through his craft.
With the help of the Community Food Assistance Network of Waterloo Region, his committed team and dedicated volunteers, he is able to accomplish his principles of food. The best thing you can do for yourself, or another person is making them something good to eat. It doesn’t have to be extravagant, as the joy of cooking is witnessing, celebrating and sharing at the table.
Melissa discovered she loved mathematics and helping people at an early age, spending hours with her head in mathematics books in the evenings and weekends. Often, she would find herself helping other students only to be told to sit down, leaving the teacher to help the other students.
Melissa’s desire to give back and help people led to a part-time position at Cambridge Shelter in 2008. During this time, at the age of 38, Melissa returned to school life to follow her passion for Mathematics and Numbers, successfully completing a 3-year accounting program. Having earned this diploma, Melissa then became a full-time staff, moving through various departments before taking up the position of Financial Manager.
In her spare time, she loves reading and taking long hikes on local trails.
Iain was born just outside Glasgow, Scotland, immigrating to Canada and settling in Cambridge at a young age. Growing up, his family were avid sailors which gave him the opportunity to sail the California coast, Europe, the Great Lakes, and extensively through Georgian Bay.
Iain’s career in social services started in 2005, working with non-profit agencies supporting our community. He discovered that the work filled him with a sense of purpose which soon led him back to school to further his education in the addictions and mental health field and the learning has not stopped, both inside and outside of the classroom.
After graduation, Iain worked for an agency in Northern Ontario as a consultant and counselor in the addictions field but was eventually pulled back to his home community of Cambridge. Not being familiar with the addiction agencies in the KW Region, he jumped into the region’s first Emergency Overflow Shelter program which offered him the opportunity to work front line with the street community. When the contract ended, Iain continued to do front-line work with the YWCA in Kitchener and The Bridges here in Cambridge.
Iain eventually left The Bridges to pursue more learning in the addiction and mental health field with the House of Friendship’s residential addictions program.
When the Cambridge Shelter Corporation posted that they were looking for an Operations Manager, Iain met with the leadership team and staff here at Bridges and realized quickly that this passionate and driven team was something that he wanted to be part of.