Our Staff

Kit Hickey - Executive Director   

Kit  has spent her career tirelessly advocating for co-op and non-profit housing. Her passion is development however she is qualified in all aspects of management including human resource management, accounting, business planning and government relations. Kit is the President of the New Brunswick Non-Profit Housing Association, Treasurer of the local chapter of the Women's Empowerment Network, member of the Housing Working Group of the Business Community Anti-Poverty Initiative, and Secretary/Treasurer of the board of The One Change Inc. among others.


Chris Caines - Technical Services Co-ordinator

Chris oversees the upkeep of over 600 units in the greater Saint John area. He co-ordinates all aspects of development and renovations for our projects; his vast skill set and knowledge sets him apart from the rest. Chris is an integral part of the Housing Alternatives team. 


    Allison Ferris - Client Services Co-ordinator 

    Allison is responsible for all aspects of office administration, human resources and client satisfaction at Housing Alternatives. She is part of the Housing First Saint John team, works directly with the newly amalgamated Unified Saint John Housing Co-operative as well she supports a number of non profit housing boards of directors in our portfolio. She is the current New Bruswick Director and Vice President on the Cooperative Housing Federation of Canada (CHF Canada) board of directors. Allison also delivers workshops for CHF Canada and the New Brunswick Non Profit Housing Association (NBNPHA).


Mary Beth Watt - Client Services Officer / Outreach Worker

Mary Beth is responsible for marketing our many units, matching potential residents to the right-fit unit. As an outreach worker Mary Beth is part of the Housing First Saint John team and provides much needed support to participants in our Organized Departure and Housing First programs, providing extra assistance in obtaining housing for those coming from unstable situations. She is also a certified instructor with  CHF Canda and NBNPHA.


Ben Appleby - Outreach Worker 

Ben is the team lead on our Housing First initiative and an outreach worker with the Organized Departure Program. He serves as the community chair of the Community Council on Homelessness as well as sitting on the board of Outflow Ministries. Ben’s passion is to improve the quality of life for Saint John’s hardest to house and has earned recognition throughout the community for his hard work in this area.


Rose St. Pierre - Accounts Receivable Clerk

Rose is responsible for the accounts receivable.  She plays an important role in our excellent customer service and is often the voice at the other end of the line when you call our office.



Ellen LaFleur- Administrative Assistant 

Ellen is the person who greets you when you enter the doors of Housing Alternatives. She is truly gifted when it comes to interacting with our customers with warmth and knowledge both in person and on the phone.


Kevin McAulay - Maintenance Co-ordinator

Kevin oversees the maintenance services for all of our properties, over 600 in all. This includes exterior and interior inspections and getting all units ship shape for potential residents. Kevin’s long experience and easy-going manner are appreciated by his staff, our many service providers and our clients.


Jonathan Smith & Stephen Casey -  Maintenance Technicians

Quick, professional service provided by Jonathan and Steve each and every time they arrive at one of our apartments to carry out a repair. 


Guy Bernatchez - Painter

Guy is responsible for the interior painting done in our buildings.  His quiet, steady manner and superior work ethic allows us to have units ready in record time, with the quality of work unsurpassed.


Denise MacRae & Lolie Daley - Janitors - Maintenance Services

Denise and Lolie are familiar, friendly faces to many of our residents. They roam the city, providing excellent custodial services to all of the properties in our portfolio. Their hard work and commitment is a big part of why we continue to attract new residents to our many properties.


Stefen Caines Carpenter, Maintenance Services

With new property management contracts and development, the need for carpentry services became evident. Stefen's excellent work and attention to detail allows us to continue to deliver the highest quality of service to our many residents.