Compassion House Foundation Names New CEO

Bill Hnydyk, Board Chair

On August 1, 2019, the Compassion House Foundation Board of Directors and staff welcomed Michelle Okere as the new CEO. Michelle brings to the role extensive experience in fund development, marketing and communications; national, provincial and municipal advocacy and stakeholder relations; strategic and operations planning; and human resources. 
Michelle most recently served as Regional Manager for MADD Canada, where she oversaw all operations for the provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. In the spring, she moved to Edmonton with her husband, Enyinnah, after he accepted a leadership position with the Edmonton Police Service. 
Michelle’s experience in leading national, provincial and local non-profits as well as for-profit organizations spans over a decade. Her personal and professional achievements reveal a visionary leader with a commitment to self-determination and community-led social transformation. Michelle has been featured in Pink Magazine for her work with rural communities and recently received the Deputy Minister’s Award for Innovation for leading a cross-sector provincial anti-impaired driving campaign. 
Michelle is currently completing her Certified Fund Raising Executive certification through CFRE International. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Regina as well as a Diploma in Public Relations from the University of Victoria. 
Michelle is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Canadian Association of Gift Planners; and has served on the board of directors for both organizations. She was a member of the Regina Rotary and is currently looking for a new club in Edmonton.  
In her free time, Michelle trains as an Olympic lifter, enjoys the many trails along the River Valley with her dog and searches the city for the best cup of coffee.  
Please join us in welcoming Michelle to her new role.

  • Michelle Okere, CEO Compassion House Foundation