meet our staff

Meet Our Office Staff

Katie Blunt, Executive Director

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Katie Blunt is the Executive Director at Habitat for Humanity Sault Ste. Marie and Area. At work, she leads a highly motivated team in the implementation of the organization’s strategic plan with the overall goal of creating affordable housing for families that face barriers to traditional homeownership.

Katie graduated from McMaster University in 2015 with a Master’s Degree in Political Science. Before her work with Habitat, Katie worked in various community-oriented roles including fundraising for the British Red Cross, coordinating the Community Adjustment Committee with the City of Sault Ste. Marie, and facilitating social enterprise development across northern Ontario with NORDIK Institute.

One of her most significant personal achievements is volunteering in Ghana, Africa at a children’s home where, in collaboration with volunteers from across the globe, farming land was purchased to provide the home with a sustainable source of food.

Katie has contributed to Sault Ste. Marie by helping to organize the Jane’s Walk Festival, assisting in the start-up of the Algoma Community Foundation, and participating on various committees such as the Cultural Vitality Committee.

Derek Paquin, Director of Operations

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Derek Paquin is a sales and operations management professional with over 30 years experience in management, customer service, relationship building, human resource, health and safety, and special event organization with an education background in Business Administration.

Derek possesses strong interpersonal, training, and coaching skills to work well within a team environment and is a self-motivated individual who enjoys the challenges of working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment where change is constant.

Derek joins Habitat for Humanity Sault Ste. Marie and Area’s team following 22 years in the building materials supply chain for the construction industry, specifically focused on residential and commercial development sales and operations management.

Outside of work, Derek can frequently be found traveling with his wife Anna, enjoying the sports and academic activities of their two daughters, Kayla and Alyssa.

Joe Mackenzie, Finance & Risk Manager

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Joe Mackenzie is the Finance & Risk Manager at Habitat for Humanity Sault Ste. Marie & Area. He has been with the organization for 10 years. He graduated in 2010 from Algoma University with a degree in accounting.

Outside of work, Joe loves playing hockey, watching the Soo Greyhounds, and going out for lunch. Most of all, however, he loves his family. Joe lives with his wife, Desiree, and his two sons, Max and Miles. As a Sault Ste. Marie resident all of his life, Joe is proud of the work that Habitat for Humanity does for the community.

Chelsey Foucher, Fundraising & Marketing Coordinator

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Chelsey graduated from Carleton University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies (B.CoMS) Honours degree with high distinction. A Sault native, Chelsey returned home after completing her studies with ambitions of using her experience in writing, social media, event planning, graphic design, videography, and photography to better her community.

After landing a one-year marketing and communications internship at Habitat in February of 2020, Chelsey caught “Habititis” (as it’s called in the biz) and worked her way into the role of Fundraising & Marketing Coordinator for the organization where she aims to help Habitat – and the families we serve – grow and thrive.

Through an awareness of intersectionality and the myth of meritocracy, Chelsey hopes to promote social justice and equity for all people in her personal and professional life.

Outside of work, Chelsey can usually be found watching true crime documentaries on Netflix while snuggled up with her chihuahua, Waldo.

Maelyn Doxtater, Family Services Intern

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Maelyn Doxtater is the Family Services Intern at Habitat for Humanity Sault Ste. Marie & Area where she works alongside the Family Services Committee.  She is looking forward to developing culturally appropriate homeowner education modules for Indigenous Habitat Homeowners, as well as helping families in need.  Maelyn believes wholeheartedly in Habitat’s mission, and that it is possible with hard work and dedication.

Maelyn was an active part of the Canadian cadet program for nine years, where she reached the provincial level of winter biathlon and was an avid member of the combined pipes and drums band.

While Maelyn currently lives in Sault Ste. Marie, she is a proud Ojibwe and Mohawk from Six Nations reserve located near the city of Brantford, Ontario. She believes that with her knowledge and experience, she can bring forth great opportunities for both Habitat for Humanity and her community.

Outside of work, Maelyn enjoys being outdoors, listening to music, and getting creative with arts and crafts.

Meet Our ReStore Staff

Sean Bishop, Assistant ReStore Manager

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Sean Bishop is a manufacturing and operations professional, with over 20 years’ experience in a variety of industries. Sean brings a strong focus in human resources, lean manufacturing, health and safety, and industry-leading employee relations techniques. With an education in Environmental Studies, Sean aims to enrich Habitat’s proper handling practices and policies.

Sean joins Habitat for Humanity after leading manufacturing projects from creation to a fully functioning production line. Sean exhibits a variety of interpersonal skills and strives to enhance the team dynamics within the ReStore’s Donation Centre with his coaching methods.

Outside of work, Sean can usually be spotted on a bike – either on the road or down a trail. Other down-time is spent at his trailer on St. Joseph Island, enjoying the beach and fresh water.

Kelsey Rankin, Marketing & Outreach Intern

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Kelsey Rankin is the Marketing and Outreach Intern for Habitat for Humanity Sault Ste. Marie & Area. As a 2022 graduate from Toronto Metropolitan University (previously known as Ryerson University), Kelsey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in The Creative Industries.

During her schooling, Kelsey was a part of an interdisciplinary program that blended design, media, communication, cultural, and business studies to investigate the creative fields from the perspective of management and entrepreneurship.

Kelsey has now traded in the big city lifestyle with the intention of using her creativity, experience, and education to give back to the city that she has always called home. A strong believer in the power of positivity, Kelsey hopes to uplift anyone she has the pleasure of working with!

Outside of work, Kelsey can be found relaxing lakeside at her cottage, on the golf course, or catching up with family and friends.

Victor Barreto de Oliveira, Digital Lead

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Victor graduated from Sault College in 2019 with a Diploma in Digital Film Production. Victor was born in Brazil and moved to Canada with ambitions of pursuing higher education and established his life here in Sault Ste. Marie.

Victor joined Habitat as an Office Assistant in June of 2022 before transitioning into the position of Digital Lead, where he will help the ReStore implement a new POS system and revitalize its e-commerce platform. Victor came to Habitat after assisting other local businesses with automation and business analysis.

Outside of work, Victor can be found at home, playing video games, watching movies, or pursuing certificates and knowledge that will help him on his professional journey.

Karen Lapointe, Sales Associate

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Karen is a lifelong resident of Sault Ste Marie and a 2010 graduate of Sault College’s Personal Support Worker Program (achieving a 4.0 GPA with distinction!). Karen has done many renovations herself, giving her knowledge of materials and tools needed to assist ReStore customers who are shopping for their DIY projects. Karen loves to see customers’ excitement when they find "their treasure" of the day and seeing people smile.

Outside of work, Karen is an avid outdoors person with a love of sports and a passion for fishing. She was on the Soo Y Dolphins swim team and has competed in various swim meets. Karen really enjoys weekend downhill skiing. She also has a love for many four-legged animals, having the fortune of owning a few Golden Retrievers over the years (one of her favourite breeds!).

Kassidee Odber, Sales Associate

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Kassidee is a 25-year-old Sales Associate at the Habitat ReStore. She was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Kassidee believes in Habitat for Humanity’s mission and values, and that, by working at the Habitat ReStore, she is helping make her community a better place. In her free time, Kassidee enjoys being outside and hanging out with her friends, family, and dog.

Jordan Meiklejohn, Donation Centre Supervisor

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Jordan is the Donation Centre Supervisor at the Habitat ReStore. Jordan has many years of retail and personal experience working with people in the community and loves working with the public. They believe that working together and having a great team makes the workplace better.

Jordan was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie and is the eldest of six siblings. Outside of work, Jordan enjoys outdoor activities and taking care of their various pets.

Jordan is incredibly grateful to be a part of the Habitat for Humanity team and can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Michael Flemstrom, Donation Centre Assistant

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Born of Ojibwa/Cree descent on a fly-in reserve Northeast of Thunderbay, Mike moved to the Sault in 1976 where he entered the working world at six years old, delivering newspapers for The Sault Star. Mike has worked many other labour-intensive jobs over the years and attended postsecondary school. Despite all of the skills he’s picked up, he notes that he still manages to learn something new every day.

Mike started volunteering and working at the ReStore part-time in 2015, noting that he felt it was a good way to participate in his community.

Outside of work, Mike has helped his family by offering unpaid health care since his early thirties. Mike enjoys the outdoors, walking, and spending time with family.

Kevin Possamai, Donation Centre Assistant

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Kevin Possamai lives with his parents, who own a Construction Company that Kevin loves to help out with. Kevin is a member of Community Living Algoma. He loves and does many Special Olympics seasonal sports.

He was a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity ReStore before being asked to join the team as a staff member. Kevin loves to come to work and interact with the staff. He is so happy to meet new people and always ready to help the customers. Kevin “came alive” with the opportunity that Habitat for Humanity has given him. To learn more about Kevin, you can watch his short film by clicking here.