Connecting People and Building Resilient
Community:
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Meet the Staff

staffbiopicgladysGladys Flores, OCT
Children’s Programs Coordinator (currently on parental leave)

I am a graduate of the University of Guelph and received my Bachelor of Education from Trent University in Peterborough. It had always been my goal to work as a History/Geography teacher until I found the opportunity to work for Welcome Inn as the Coordinator of Children’s’ Programs. During my time here I have used my background in education to work with local youth and as a lifelong “
North Ender” I value the opportunity to give back to a neighbourhood that has given so much to my family and I. What I did not anticipate was how much I would benefit from becoming a part of the community here at Welcome Inn. I have found friendship, support, and gained personal and professional skills to better serve my community. It has been a joy and challenge.


suzanneSuzanne Foreman
Social Enterprise – Thrift Store Manager

If we haven’t met face to face yet, I look forward to doing so very soon as you help me find my footing with New Horizons and The Welcome Inn. I have been made to feel very welcome indeed, and aim to bring the very best of what I have learned in earlier roles with the YWCA, Wesley Urban Ministries, & The AIDS Network. Hamilton is home, and we each have something unique to contribute to our community, making a tapestry of what we share. When we meet, please tell me your favorite joke if you have one. Laughter brings relief no matter what ails us; and life is serious enough that we need to use whatever makes us smile to help get to the next step on the journey together. Be well, stay warm, & know you are never alone.


staffbiopicruthRuth Kaulback
Volunteer & Seniors Program Coordinator

My name is Ruth Kaulback and I live in the north end of Hamilton with my husband and two daughters.  We love our neighbourhood.  It is creative, vibrant and diverse.   One of our favourite things about our community is that it is full of surprises and never boring!  I enjoy gardening, reading, and spending time with friends at neighbourhood coffee shops…

I have always been drawn to Welcome Inn Community Centre and what it stands for.  I love how people are welcomed unconditionally….and how  everyone is encouraged to develop their strengths and gifts and to use them to see what could happen.  It is a place full of possibility….



Krista Rao
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Community Program Coordinator

I am a Hamiltonian born and raised!  I feel so privileged to be able to raise my family in this amazing city, specifically in the North End.  My creativity, love of community and my ability to see the potential in all, makes the North End an ideal landing spot for me.

My background is in Nursing, with a focus in Acute Mental Health, but have spent the last 8 years raising my two children.   Being creative is a major part of my life…  Knitting, sewing, bookbinding and paper craft are just a few of my hobbies.   I am so excited to combine my skills and creativity along with the skills and creativity that we have in our community to build an amazing space here at Welcome Inn. 

The importance of family and the idea of community as family has always been a huge part of the way I live my life.  From the moment I walked through the doors of Welcome Inn I felt like part of this community that feels like a big family.  A family that is so accepting and unique.  I am thrilled to be a part of the Welcome Inn team and look forward to all the possibilities to come!


jen_kJen Kellner
Executive Director

With a background in social services, community relations, photography, management and administration, I am excited to be welcomed by the staff, volunteers and community members in the new role of Executive Director here at Welcome Inn.  My passions of creating, connecting and organizing have blended together so that Welcome Inn feels like home.  I love living in the downtown and biking the trails near the harbour with the streamers on my handlebars flying.  Being at Art Crawls and Open Streets is a regular practice for me and it’s wonderful to see the community creating together.   I believe that welcoming and having an expansive table that includes everyone is important to the health of our community and am thrilled to join this quirky and lovable community.


43_tom-wittreichTom Wittreich, B.A, B.Ed., OCT
Children’s Program Coordinator

As a native Burlington resident, I have spent the last eight years going to school, volunteering and working in Hamilton which I hope qualifies me as a proud Hamiltonian! After graduating from McMaster, I went on to receive a degree from Brock University in education. While I was in school I began volunteering with the LAF program here at the Welcome Inn and five years later I’m still here! I fell in love with the people and the neighborhood and hope to stay for many more years to come. When I am not at the Welcome Inn, I love watching the Toronto Raptors play and occasionally strum my guitar.