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Markham Inter-Church Committee for Affordable Housing

About MICAH:

MICAH was established in 1988 as a non-profit corporation to address the need for Affordable Housing in Markham. MICAH is an affiliation of churches in Markham, members of which believe we are called to live the Gospel ideal by providing affordable rental housing for lower income residents. Member churches support MICAH through initiatives to raise start-up funds and by serving on boards. MICAH works jointly with all relevant government funding programs and has successfully completed three affordable housing projects.

MICAH appreciates continued support from its founding member churches and invites other congregations, organizations and individuals to become members of MICAH, and to work with MICAH to address the serious need for affordable Housing in Markham.

Our Mission:

Establish non-profit residential accommodation in the City of Markham, exclusively for persons of low income, senior citizens primarily of low or modest income and disabled persons primarily of low or modest income.

Educate, engage, and inform the community of the need for the development and construction of affordable housing.

Our Vision:

Motivated by justice and through the work of the Church, educate, promote and contribute to the reduction of poverty in Markham.

Our Values:

  • Building on Faith – we believe in our faith as the foundation and motivation for our organization.
  • Housing our Community – we believe in the commitment to ensure safe, adequate and affordable housing.
  • Sharing the Responsibility – we believe in working with the federal, provincial and regional governments, the City of Markham and our community partners to achieve our goals and improve our community.
  • Justice for All – we believe in the dignity of all people and the treatment of our neighbors with compassion, fairness and integrity.

Members of the Executive Board

Mike Clare

(Grace Anglican Church)
Member since Nov 10, 2012

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Carolyn Stephenson

Vice President
(Grace Anglican Church)
Member since Oct 13, 2005

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Iain Marshall

(St. Andrew Presbyterian Church)
Member since Oct 14, 2010

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Barbara Ribble

(Wideman Mennonite Church)
Member since Jun 9, 2012

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Board Directors


Anne Nicholson (Grace Anglican Church) - Member since October 14, 2015
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Ilon Bergshoeff (St. Andrew United Church) - Member since June 9, 2012
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Kim Murray (Rouge Valley Mennonite Church)
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Louise Greco Conforti (St. Justin Martyr Church) - Member since December 14, 2012
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Taucha Inrig (Rouge Valley Mennonite Church) - Member since November 10, 2004
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David Smith - Member since March, 2017
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Member Church Representatives



Rev. Peter Vanker

Bethesda Lutheran

Adlin McFarlane

Grace Anglican Church

Velma Beesley

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

David Wallace

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

David Banfield

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

Lawrence Tod

St. Andrew’s United Church

Diane Olmstead

St. Justin Martyr Parish

Ruth Fuyarchuk

St. Justin Martyr Parish

Madelyn Volpe

St. Patrick’s Parish

Veronica Kcomt-Wong

St. Patrick’s Parish

Pamela and Tom Roth

St. Patrick’s Parish

Ron Blackmore

St. Patrick’s Parish

Cynthia Joseph

St. Patrick’s Parish

Ian Taylor

St. Philips on-the-Hill

Natalie Doucet

St. Luke’s Catholic

Anne Amore

St. Luke’s Catholic

Ian Fraser

Thornhill United Church

Dawn Hayes

St. Patrick’s Parish

Rohit Sethi