Board Members

Board Members are an integral part of Neighbour to Neighbour Centre. Their support, guidance and drive help staff make informed decisions and plan future programs and events at Neighbour to Neighbour.

Katherine M. Livingstone


Katherine has been involved with the Neighbour to Neighbour Board for the past seven years, the last two as President. Over the past thirty five years she has been involved in various community organizations in Ottawa, Port Credit and Hamilton. In her professional life she spent 33 years as an assistant and Deputy Crown Attorney in the Ottawa, Halton and Hamilton regions before retiring in 2015. She is presently a part time member of the Ontario Parole Board and the Licence Appeal Tribunal. She lives in Hamilton.

Steve Kartonchik

Vice President

Steve Kartonchik is the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for ADFLOW Networks and has been a N2N Board member for the past 4 years.
A graduate of the co-operative program from the University of Waterloo, Steve is a Bachelor of Mathematics with minors in Computer Science and Marketing. Over the course of his career in the software industry, Steve and his teams have consistently outperformed expectations by working as problem solvers for end users who need access to better information…on their terms.

A Hamilton native who grew up in a “working poor” family, a combination of support and guidance from others plus his education has helped Steve break free from constraints that otherwise might have limited the achievement of his goals in life. As a strong believer in both the power of education and that every individual should have the opportunity to succeed and prosper, Steve began financial support for N2N over 20 years ago and was humbled by the opportunity to join the Board of Directors.

Steve was introduced to N2N by a past Board President who has remained a strong and committed N2N supporter; similarly, Steve views his commitment to N2N as one that will continue long after his Board term comes to an end.

Peter Wehmeyer


Peter is the owner and President of two businesses in Hamilton in the construction sector. As a result of growing his businesses he has a lot on insight on strategy and thinking about growth of the organization.

Peter lives in Hamilton with his wife and daughter and is committed to our community and the success of Neighbour to Neighbour for long term leadership in the City of Hamilton.

Denise Provencher



Dan Holstein


Dan is an entrepreneur with over 20 years of business experience, and currently owns ActionCOACH business coaching in Stoney Creek.  Dan and his team help business owners build profitable, sustainable businesses that work without relying on the business owner. Despite being an electronics technologist by training, Dan’s passion is for serving people. He is a long-time fund raiser and rider in the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer, and in addition to serving on the board of the Neighbour to Neighbour Centre, Dan is also a director on the board of the Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce. 

Dan lives in Beamsville with his wife and two children. He is also an aviation geek and pilot in training. Dan is super excited for the opportunity to serve on the Neighbour to Neighbour board. 

Sony Poulose


Sony is currently Pharmacist/Owner of Shoppers Drug Mart at Upper Sherman and Stone Church location on Hamilton Mountain. Sony also serves as Elected Council Member at Ontario College of Pharmacists. Sony has received several awards for his pharmacy and community services such as Bowel of Hygea in 2014 and Exceptional Achievement in Academics and Research in 2015 from the Ontario Pharmacists Association.

Sony is very active in community organizations such as the Hamilton Malayalee Samajam and Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton.

Yohana Otite


Yohana Otite is a Human Rights and Equity Officer at Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. She also served as the Executive Director of Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion (HCCI) and as a Program Manager of DiverseCity onBoard Hamilton. Yohana immigrated to Canada in 2017 from Ethiopia. She has a Masters degree in Literature from Addis Ababa University. As a communications professional, she has served in different non-profit organizations in Hamilton and abroad advocating for causes like youth mentorship, reproductive health rights and newcomer settlement and integration. She is passionate about advancing equity and inclusion in Hamilton through community engagement. Yohana is also a council member at Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council and City of Hamilton advisory committee for Immigrants and Refugees. Yohana lives in Hamilton with her spouse and two children.


Marlene M. Atlas


Marlene Atlas has been involved with Neighbour to Neighbour for over 10 years, serving as Director (2006-2007), Vice President (2007-2008), and President (2008-2011) in her first term and commenced a second term in 2017.  She has worked on many projects for the agency, including the start up of the Hamilton Community Food Centre, the Board Manual, drafted policies, and is currently involved in governance matters related to the Board’s role.

Since coming to Hamilton in 2000, Marlene has been active in Parent Council, Home and School, and has been on the Education Committee at Temple Anshe Sholom which she chaired from 2006 to 2009.

Marlene’s background is in securities law; she was at the Toronto Stock Exchange (1981-1988), where she became Director of Regulatory Policy. She worked on the start up of futures trading, development of options and futures products, and a variety of policy and regulatory issues including soft dollar deals and disclosure requirements. She then joined the international law firm Baker & McKenzie as head of the Toronto Securities Department (1988-99) where she was involved in listings, mergers and acquisitions, take over bids, options and futures, regulatory matters and governance issues.  She subsequently started her own securities practice acting on transactions as well as governance and policy issues, and consulted for the Investment Industry Regulatory Association of Canada.

A member of the Law Society of Ontario, Marlene is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School (LLB) where she spent summers and a semester at Parkdale Community Legal Services.  She graduated from McGill University (BA,Canadian Studies, summa cum laude), and is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (silver medal).

Ralph Button


Ralph Button is a retired business owner living in Stoney Creek. A lifelong learner, he earned certification with the Canadian Institute of Management at McMaster University and also Master Advertising Specialist with Promotional Products International in Dallas Texas.

After 17 years with Chipman Chemicals in various management roles ending as Manager of Logistics and Communications he partnered in the launch of Battlefield Promotional Advertising in 1988. The company was selected as the Business of the Year in 1995. The sale of the business after 26 years allowed Ralph to retire and spend more time in his community interests. He is an avid woodworker and fishing hobbyist.

Over the years he served a leadership role on the Canada Flag Day committee and the local chapter of the Canadian Public Relations Society, is a past member of St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, is a past-president of the Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce, a past director of his industry association and a director and past president of the Rotary Club of Stoney Creek. He was selected as Stoney Creek Citizen of the Year in 1994.

Ralph and his wife Susan have 4 adult children and 5 grandchildren.

Ann Higgins


Ann is a Senior Consultant in the Adult Regional Care program at Hamilton Health Sciences and an Associate Professor at McMaster University. She has held a variety of roles in advanced nursing practice and healthcare leadership with a focus on strategic planning, quality improvement, clinical and operational best practices, and research.

 A strategic goal of the leadership at Hamilton General Hospital, Hamilton Health Sciences is to become a recognized anchor organization in the local community they serve. Part of Ann’s portfolio is to support this goal by identifying opportunities and developing community partnerships aimed at addressing the social determinants of health.

 Ann brings this experience and her passion to N2N, as well as solid Board experience, having served on the Board of Directors for several non-profit agencies both in BC and Ontario.


Paul Dowhaniuk


Shubha Sandill


Shubha Sandill is a past entrepreneur, a passionate community activist and currently an Instructor in the Law and Society programme at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at York University, Toronto. She holds a Ph.D in Urban Geography and a Masters in Globalization Studies from McMaster University. Her research focuses on social inequality, global gender justice and socio-legal and policy reforms through gender and diversity mainstreaming. Shubha is an award winning academic and a regular presenter at the Oxford Women’s Leadership Symposium in UK. Her research has been widely published in journals such as American Journal of Academic Perspectives and Canadian Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP) – Policy Options.

Given her passion for advancing women’s leadership and political participation, Shubha has been involved with many different political and community organizations in Toronto and Hamilton area in various roles. As the past Fundraising chair for both Hamilton West Ancaster Dundas Federal as well as Provincial Liberal Associations, she capitalized on fundraising opportunities through community partnerships, donor relationships and event planning. As a board member for Fieldcote Expansion Fundraising Committee she has managed to successfully promote their campaign through partnerships with different stakeholders and local community.

In an effort to combine the grassroots activism with political activism, Shubha also acted as an advocate for poverty alleviation as a committee member with Hamilton Oraganizing for Poverty Elimination (HOPE). In her current role on the Board of Directors for Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC), Shubha continues to capitalize on her experience in fundraising, partnership building, anti-oppression analysis, communications and public engagement. In her new role on Board of Directors for Neighbour to Neighbour Shubha is looking to continue focusing on her passion for social justice advocacy.

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