Board of Directors

Meet Zerin's Board of Directors

Paul Fitzgeorge


Now retired after working as a Senior Account Executive/Consultant, I have been involved since 2006 with Zerin because affordable housing is a great need in our community. For me it's more than bricks and mortar. It involves assisting in the development of communities where people can live together in peace, help one another and experience hope and joy. I am excited about and committed to Zerin's plans to build more affordable housing units in London and beyond. I am willing to speak with anyone interested in Zerin's mission.

Ron Rowbottom

Vice President

Married with three children and two grandchildren. I spent my working career engaged in the Environmental, Health and Safety field for global 500 companies. My education is a jurist doctorate degree focusing on environmental and social law. Now that I am a retiree my goal is to use my time to engage in organizations, like Zerin Development Corporation. Its mission is to assist individuals in alleviating poverty and enhancing persons' standard of living. Zerin, as an affordable housing non profit corporation, exemplifies the goals I have set for involvement in my retirement.

Jared Thompson


I spent the past 15 years providing accounting services to owner-managed businesses and not-for-profit organizations. Originally joining the Zerin Development Corporation’s Board of Directors in 2008, I stepped back in 2011 to serve on the Zerin Place Management Committee for several years before rejoining the Board of Directors in 2018 as Treasurer. I am proud of the work that Zerin is doing to help ease the shortage of high quality affordable housing in and around London.

Tosha Densky


I am a community developer, social work educator, and academic counsellor in London Ontario. Much of my work has centered on increasing community health and well-being through systems advocacy, collaborative leadership and community capacity building. My passion for community social work, research, and evaluation has led to a number of initiatives both nationally and internationally aimed at improving health equity for individuals and communities experiencing poverty. Most recently, I joined Kings University College as the Programs Liaison for the School of Social Work, where I hope to inspire future generations of social workers as social justice advocates. I joined Zerin because they are actually doing something to relieve poverty by providing housing for those in need.

Ryan Hanna


I am a full-time student who recently graduated from Western University. Currently attending Osgoode Hall Law School, I am working toward obtaining my Juris Doctor degree. I began with Zerin in early summer of 2018, and I personally am interested in working toward equality and increased opportunity for those commonly discriminated against. Being involved with Zerin has allowed me the opportunity to do exactly that, by providing affordable housing to those in need through collaboration and a little hard work.

Kerry Richards


I serve in the role of President of Canada East Mission for Community of Christ. My past work experience includes a business executive and Vice President in orthotics, as well as a National Director in Canada. After I married, I lived as a tenant and superintendent in Zerin's first housing project, a 15 unit building in Toronto. It was a wonderful experience being in a diverse community, including refugees who escaped from repressive regimes in Central and South America. My involvement with Zerin has continued over the years, including serving a term as President. I have seen volunteers from the church and the community give freely of their time and talent in service to house those in need.

Scott Scherer


I have spent most of my life as an artist. Early on I was heavily involved in music until I set it down in 2000. I worked as a plastic artist until 2008 when once again I returned to music and picked up the guitar. I am currently a music student. By joining Zerin's Board I want to help with the fundraising and social media efforts. I am excited to be a part of an organization with a clear vision and I fully support its mission to develop affordable housing for those in need in our community.

Dar Shepherdson


I serve in the role of Bishop of Canada for Community of Christ. My past work experience includes hospital administration, specializing in finance, audit and information systems. I am blessed to be involved in a church that works for peace and justice for all, works to abolish poverty and end needless suffering. Zerin's mission transforms good intentions into action and I am honoured to be a part of that mission. We strive - To live a life that has meaning. To treat all people with dignity and respect. To encourage people to share their giftedness with others. To work hard and give full value. To create a Caring Community where there was none.

Nellie VanLeeuwen


As a retired Chartered Professional Accountant I am eager to share my many years of experience in corporate and not-for-profit enterprises with the Zerin Board of Directors. My prior participation with charities dealing with marginalized individuals and families will inform my work with Zerin as we "build a caring community”.


Stained glass window designed by Scotty Giffen depicting a mountain, at Zerin Place Senior Apartments in London Ontario, an affordable housing development in London Ontario by Zerin Development Corporation. A 4th floor sitting place to quietly reflect, read or visit, at Zerin Place, London Ontario, an affordable housing development by Zerin Development Corporation Zerin Place Seniors Apartment, view from the parking lot. Zerin Place Seniors Apartments - an affordable housing development in London Ontario by Zerin Development Corporation Photo of a large gathering. Official opening ceremony at Zerin Place on December 1, 1985. London Ontario. Development site where new housing project is being constructed at 440 Clarke Road in London Ontario. Photo of church in Autumn. Community of Christ, Woodfield Congregation in London Ontario Photo of lounge. Large lounge at Zerin Place for visiting, reading or watching videos. Photo of building from front entrance. From this view of front of building Zerin Place resembles a mountain. Zerin Place Seniors Apartments in London Ontario, a Zerin housing development. Photo of tractor on construction site. Construction of foundation/ground floor units at Zerin Place - an affordable housing development project in London Ontario Development site where new housing project is being constructed at 440 Clarke Road in London Ontario. Mailboxes at Zerin Place Seniors Apartments, an affordable housing development project by Zerin in London Ontario Zerin Place Seniors Apartments - Plaque presented for 20 years tenancy.

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