Kristi Fairholm Mader has extensive experience in non-profit and social enterprise sectors in both rural and urban communities. Her passion is working with organizations to innovate to create greater social impact. Prior to working with Ready to Rent BC, Kristi was a Director at Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN), and previously Program Manager for Social Enterprise at Canadian Mental Health Association, Vancouver Burnaby.
She brings her experience gained from 10 years with Red Cross’s RespectED violence prevention program as a curriculum developer and master trainer to the field of homelessness prevention. Kristi lives in Victoria with her husband and two children.
Andrew Holeton is Ready to Rent's Director of Operations and Program Development. Building on a background in small business management, Andrew Holeton has worked in the community and social enterprise sector for 18 years in operational, developmental, policy and advocacy roles. Following a decade of frontline experience in BC and Ontario, his past positions include management roles in employment services, skills training, and youth programs. After serving as Director of Social Enterprise with the Learning Enrichment Foundation in Toronto, Andrew and his wife moved to Victoria in 2015. Prior to working at Ready to Rent, Andrew was a Program Director with the Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria. Andrew lives with his wife and daughter in View Royal.
Kristi Rivait brings a wealth of leadership experience within non-profit organizations and the political arena. She is the former Executive Director of Oaklands Community Centre and previously, the Director of Fund Development for Vision Vancouver. She is excited to be part of the Ready to Rent team because she is passionate about evolving effective non-profit organizations to increase their scale of impact, both from inside the organization and at the systems level. The transformative education Ready to Rent provides helps the individual find and keep housing, the landlord have successful tenancies and is a key component within a broader homelessness prevention framework.
Kristi believes having a stable home is the imperative step to unlocking the potential in adults, in kids and for society, Kristi lives in Saanich, BC with her two kids.
Jess Bowers-Ching has been involved in community building and social justice work for the past 12 years. From interning at Human Rights Watch as well as Food First, a grassroots Institute for Food and Development Policy in California to working in homelessness prevention and food security, at Our Place and Pacifica Housing in Victoria, Jess is committed to building sustainable, healthy communities. As the Program Coordinator at Ready to Rent Jess is passionate about building a strong network of Ready to Rent Community Educators to build housing stability and homelessness prevention.
Kate Lambert is the Strategic Program Manager at Ready to Rent BC. She has worked in housing and related fields for over twenty years, first in the UK, now in BC. She has worked in many different environments including corrections, supportive recovery, shelters and now housing education. Kate currently focuses on keeping Ready to Rent up to date, accurate and relevant to participants. She also works with graduates on keeping their accommodation.
Susana Guardado is the Director of Education and Training at Ready to Rent BC. Susana has been working in the field of Community Development for the past 20 years. She has worked internationally and locally with marginalised and vulnerable populations, developing programs that foster community voice and engagement. Susana is a skilled content and process facilitator with a keen interest in transformational adult learning practices. Currently, she enjoys incorporating her new-found passion: visual facilitation, and exploring how visuals can deepen conversations and understanding. She is a dedicated community builder, working across differences and across cultures, creating connection with diverse stakeholders.
She is originally from El Salvador and has called Canada home since she was 17. She is a lover of world music and can be found enjoying Victoria’s many outdoor music festivals. Susana is keen to learn pretty much anything – and when time permits will sign up for any variety of classes.