Bob Crawford spent 42 years as a Queen’s University professor and administrator. He joined Ryandale when he became more aware of the issues of poverty and homelessness in Kingston, and was invited to attend a board meeting and to visit the Transition House.
His hope for Ryandale is that it will grow and enable more individuals to move from homelessness to independent living.
Shortly after graduating from St. Lawrence College in 2006, Kingston Campus, Dave started working with Ryandale. He now manages one of Ryandale’s transition houses.
“Ryandale is a place of hope and optimism. If you have neither upon arrival, may you leave with both”.
Jane joined Ryandale in 2019 after spending two years as the operations manager at St. George’s Cathedral and seeing the need for better access to support services in Kingston. As Ryandale’s Operations Administrator, she hopes to help Ryandale achieve its mission of providing safe housing and access to services for the largest number of people possible.
Kaylyn Bell is a Queen’s University graduate. She joined Ryandale in April 2020 after learning in class and in the community about the mental, physical and emotional impacts of poverty and homelessness on individuals and families. She wants to improve the housing situation in Kingston in her role as a board member, and specifically to explore how Ryandale can support clients long-term and address the evolving needs of the community. She hopes every individual who visits Ryandale feels welcomed, accepted and respected and has a sense of community while transitioning to independent living.
Katie Osborne is a Logistics Officer with the Canadian Armed Forces. After years of watching family members and close friends struggle with mental health, addiction and homelessness, she decided she wanted to make a change and discovered a call for volunteers to the Ryandale Board.
Her hope is to help as many people as possible get back on their feet and become happy, productive and contributing members of society.
Shelley Thompkins is a Portfolio Assistant with BMO Wealth Management. She joined Ryandale shortly after returning to Kingston after having lived in other cities for a number of years. She has always had a strong desire to give back to her community, with a strong focus on helping those who are less fortunate.
John retired from a uniform policing and criminal investigations career in 1995. He has lived in Kingston since 2000. John’s career exposed him to the worst in people, but also to the very best in people. He is a strong advocate for problem-oriented policing and for neighbourhood capacity-building. He is a colleague of the founders of SafeGrowth: a strategy that has proved successful in reducing crime in some of the most troubled neighbourhoods in the United States. He believes in the work Ryandale is doing, and is thankful for this opportunity to contribute.
Friends of Ryandale
- Scott Woodall – advisor
- Gary Hogarth – webmaster
- Tim Barber – advisor