Team

Advisors

Mukhtar Latif

Mukhtar Latif

Former chief housing officer
City of Vancouver

Mukhtar Latif

Mukhtar Latif

Former chief housing officer

City of Vancouver

As head of Vancouver’s housing department from 2013 to 2017, Mukhtar introduced several innovative models, including Canada’s first public housing project in a moveable modular structure on leased vacant land. Before moving to Vancouver, he worked for two decades in the U.K. as a project manager and development director for non-profit housing agencies, and then as a consultant at global property firm Savills. Mukhtar is guiding Anhart Homes’ development team through property acquisition, planning and development of new properties. 

Access to affordable housing is the foundation of empowering you to build your life.

Ralf Schmidtke

Ralf Schmidtke

Former CFO
Polygon Homes Ltd.

Ralf Schmidtke

Ralf Schmidtke

Former CFO

Polygon Homes Ltd.

As chief financial officer at Polygon Homes Ltd. from 1980 to 2009, Ralf Schmidtke had an integral role in building one of British Columbia’s most prolific residential development companies. He currently serves as a director on the board of Anhart Community Housing Society and has travelled to Africa to observe and participate in health and agricultural initiatives with Anhart Global Villages.

Keith Gordon Wiebe

Keith Gordon Wiebe

Co-founder
Anhart global network

Keith Gordon Wiebe

Keith Gordon Wiebe

Co-founder

Anhart global network

Keith Wiebe is co-founder of Anhart Global Network, Executive Director of the Anhart Community Housing Society and CEO of Anhart Homes CCC Ltd. Keith works with business-minded community leaders and investors to expand cost-effective, self-sufficient affordable housing in all regions of Canada. For the last 40 years, Keith has been working with social impact investors in the areas of affordable housing, social enterprise development, and sustainable villages.

We Canadians could accomplish many things for our nation if we use the tools we already have, albeit in a different way.

Consultants and Staff: Housing

We work with communities to build affordable housing across Canada

Marcie Good

Marcie Good

Writer-in-residence
Wayfinding Communications

Marcie Good

Marcie Good

Writer-in-residence

Wayfinding Communications

Marcie Good first came to the Dodson Hotel in 2004 as a magazine writer and learned about tenant empowerment, bottom-up organization, and random interactions. The Power of Many, published in Vancouver magazine, was one of several pieces she wrote about people in the Downtown Eastside through a 17-year career as a writer, editor and documentary maker for various regional and national media. She is now helping Anhart tell the stories of building affordable housing and supporting community development around the world.

I love seeing people move into one of our buildings and make it their own.

Vy Nguyen

Vy Nguyen

Chief Operations Officer
Anhart Community Housing Society

Vy Nguyen

Vy Nguyen

Chief Operations Officer

Anhart Community Housing Society

Vy and her team at Ducks in a Row provide executive services to Anhart’s network of entities. She first came to Anhart with curiosity about material on the website about complexity theory. She was familiar with the theory from her studies in neuroscience and philosophy at UBC, and interested in how the concept could be applied to business and international development. In recent years, she has travelled to Africa and Vietnam to meet with social entrepreneurs and to expand the Sustainable Villages program. Vy is currently focused on Anhart Investments, which structures investment opportunities based on Anhart’s entrepreneurial and lean business model for sustainable positive social impact.   

It is immensely rewarding to see how social and economic inclusion can empower individuals and families in a world in which the benefits of global prosperity have not been equally distributed.

Crystal Wiebe

Crystal Wiebe

Chief Financial Officer
Anhart Community Housing Society

Crystal Wiebe

Crystal Wiebe

Chief Financial Officer

Anhart Community Housing Society

Through her C3, Rylee O’Connor, Crystal provides accounting services and executive financial oversight to community-based organizations including Anhart. Over her career she has worked as an ESL teacher in El Salvador, a sound engineer in Los Angeles, a bookkeeper, and tenant support worker for Community Builders in Vancouver. She developed a tenant support database that organizes and documents all building operations and has allowed Anhart to scale housing operations across multiple sites. 

I’m happy that I can do something in a practical way to help people that haven’t had advantages in their lives. 

Christine Wang

Christine Wang

Manager of Operations
Smart Ant Solutions

Christine Wang

Christine Wang

Manager of Operations

Smart Ant Solutions

In her role with Smart Ant Solutions CCC Ltd., a housing consultancy that finds new partnerships to further the goals of Anhart’s housing program, Christine develops and maintains budgets, manages finances and administration, reaches out to potential investors, and finds funds and grants. She lived in China and Australia and attended high school in Canada. She graduated with a degree in History from University of California, Los Angeles, and then began working for Anhart.

 

The benevolent mission of Anhart — building privately developed affordable housing — is unique in a capitalist world. It helped me gain perspective and reminds me of my responsibility to society.

Sheri King

Sheri King

Bookkeeper
Rylee O'Connor Business Services

Sheri King

Sheri King

Bookkeeper

Rylee O'Connor Business Services

Sheri King has 25 years of experience as a bookkeeper and office manager, and previously worked for a company in the construction industry. She has three children and lives in Rosedale, BC.

Ariana Vasconcelos

Ariana Vasconcelos

Tenant Services Administrative Manager
Anhart Community Housing Society

Ariana Vasconcelos

Ariana Vasconcelos

Tenant Services Administrative Manager

Anhart Community Housing Society

Ariana Vasconcelos manages tenant matters, coordinates the tenant-led community, develops and maintains budgets, and liaises with vendors and service providers. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MBA focused in human resources management from universities in Brazil. She worked as an administrator for the State Government of Acre in Northeastern Brazil for more than eight years.

 

Anhart has made a difference in my life as a resident and as a professional.
I love to see the satisfaction of families who find with us the opportunity for decent and affordable housing.

Heather Marshall

Heather Marshall

Indigenous Outreach Coordinator
Anhart Community Housing Society

Heather Marshall

Heather Marshall

Indigenous Outreach Coordinator

Anhart Community Housing Society

Heather connects with Indigenous nations to learn their specific housing needs and explains Anhart’s affordable housing models with the desire to see an Indigenous/Anhart partnership fulfill their housing needs. Her MA (UBC School of Planning) focusses on the empowerment of Indigenous Cultural Centres including the inherent need for repatriation of Indigenous cultural objects from museums. Heather’s BA is in political science (SFU). She volunteered for ten years for CISV, an international cross-cultural children’s organization, and is a published author. She has been head of the humanities department in the Republic of Cyprus and taught at the Open Learning Agency and most recently at UBC.

Yin-Shan Chan

Yin-Shan Chan

Project Co-ordinator
Anhart Community Housing Society

Yin-Shan Chan

Yin-Shan Chan

Project Co-ordinator

Anhart Community Housing Society

Yin-Shan started as an intern with Anhart Community Housing Society. She is thrilled by the benevolent mission of the organization and decided to continue this meaningful work with Anhart after her internship. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration in Malaysia, a postgraduate diploma in North American Business Management from Capilano University, and will be completing a UBC Certificate Program in Business Analysis in 2021. Yin-Shan is currently focused on providing project management support to Anhart’s affordable housing programs and initiatives.

Partners: Global Villages

Makongo Vova Mazolele

Makongo Vova Mazolele

Regional leader
Goma DRC

Makongo Vova Mazolele

Makongo Vova Mazolele

Regional leader

Goma DRC

Makongo Vova Mazolele has worked with Anhart since 2011. He graduated with a degree in commercial and administrative sciences and taught business management as a professor at a university in Goma. With his first business loan from Anhart, he set up a kiosk in Bukavu selling electrical supplies. This business was so successful that Anhart gave him a second loan to open another kiosk in Goma. He has also completed several community projects including five maternity clinics and a school. He and his wife Mamy Cirezi have five boys.

Erick Ernest Mgalama

Erick Ernest Mgalama

Regional leader
ENP Tanzania

Erick Ernest Mgalama

Erick Ernest Mgalama

Regional leader

ENP Tanzania

As the regional leader in Tanzania, Erick has helped establish more than 35 CBOs in different villages. He visits all of them to help entrepreneurs create and carry out their business plans. Under his direction, the regional resource center (ENP TZ) has established various agricultural enterprises including a wheat farm in Rukwa and a chicken farm in Mbeya. He also operates the Fyengelezya model farm—raising chickens, pigs and turkeys and hosting CBO leaders from other villages who can stay at the guest house and learn business skills.

Jackson Nahayo

Jackson Nahayo

Regional leader
Gasenyi, Burundi

Jackson Nahayo

Jackson Nahayo

Regional leader

Gasenyi, Burundi

Jackson Nahayo was born in the village of Mugimbu, Burundi. In 2017 he published a book called Nahayo: They left me for dead, which tells the story of how he was kidnapped at age 6 by rebel soldiers, escaped and journeyed to the Congo and eventually Zambia, where he met a Winnipeg family who adopted him. When he was a teenager, the family went back to Canada and he completed high school and then a nursing degree at University of Manitoba. He returned to Burundi and established the Ubuntu Clinique. Now he is working with Anhart to create business initiatives to make the clinic sustainable. As a regional leader for Anhart, he helps other CBOs carry out their business plans.

Simon Nambafu

Simon Nambafu

Business and community development leader
Uganda and Tanzania

Simon Nambafu

Simon Nambafu

Business and community development leader

Uganda and Tanzania

Simon Nambafu oversees the SVI program, mentoring local partners to develop their social enterprises, health clinics and schools. He first connected with Anhart in 2011, when he was operating his tourism company True Grasses Safaris in Uganda. In partnership with Anhart he founded the regional resource centre, ENP Uganda, and developed a poultry farm on a four-acre property with a coffee and banana plantation and a farmhouse. He has supported community-based social enterprises and women’s education, and in 2018 he completed the development of a vocational school for women called Kisarawe Community School. On the grounds of the school are several social enterprises including a brick-making operation, a chicken farm and a cashew plantation.

Board of Directors, Anhart Community Housing Society

Vy Nguyen

Vy Nguyen

Secretary

Vy Nguyen

Vy Nguyen

Secretary

Vy and her team at Ducks in a Row provide executive administration services to Anhart. She first came to Community Builders in 2014, curious about material on the website about complexity theory. She was familiar with the theory from her studies in neuroscience and philosophy at UBC, and interested in how the concept could be applied to social housing and international development. In 2018 she travelled to Vietnam to meet with social entrepreneurs and to expand the SVI program for Anhart Global Villages.

Ralf Schmidtke

Ralf Schmidtke

Former CFO
Polygon Homes Ltd

Ralf Schmidtke

Ralf Schmidtke

Former CFO

Polygon Homes Ltd

As chief financial officer at Polygon Homes Ltd. from 1980 to 2009, Ralf Schmidtke had an integral role in building one of British Columbia’s most prolific residential development companies. He currently serves as a director on the board of Anhart Community Housing Society and has travelled to Africa to observe and participate in health and agricultural initiatives with Anhart Global Villages.

Crystal Wiebe

Crystal Wiebe

Treasurer

Crystal Wiebe

Crystal Wiebe

Treasurer

Through her C3, Rylee O’Connor, Crystal provides accounting services and executive financial oversight to community-based organizations including Anhart. Over her career she has worked as an ESL teacher in El Salvador, a sound engineer in Los Angeles, a bookkeeper, and tenant support worker for Community Builders in Vancouver. She developed a tenant support database that organizes and documents all building operations and has allowed Anhart to scale housing operations across multiple sites.

Keith Wiebe

Keith Wiebe

Founder
Anhart global network

Keith Wiebe

Keith Wiebe

Founder

Anhart global network

Keith Wiebe is co-founder of Anhart Global Network, Executive Director of the Anhart Community Housing Society and CEO of Anhart Homes CCC Ltd. Keith works with business-minded community leaders and investors to expand cost-effective, self-sufficient affordable housing in all regions of Canada. For the last 40 years, Keith has been working with social impact investors in the areas of affordable housing, social enterprise development, and sustainable villages.