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UP History & A Tribute to the Founding Members

“Born in tents and cardboard boxes…raised in a community”

In the summer of 2001, a group of youth activists and homeless individuals formed a tent city in a downtown park to raise public awareness of a desperate situation. The community experience that developed led to the initiation of the Unity Project – a shelter service with a peer-supported community model. With the support of hundreds from every walk of life and a generous grant from the City of London the Unity Project was able to purchase and open its facility in the heart of Old East Village in London Ontario. Since then, Unity Project has been a consistent contributor in providing vital social services for London and area and helped thousands of men and women to approach stability and restore wellbeing.

We honour the founding members for their determination and fight for an enormously important cause; and thank them for forming the values, mission and goals that Unity Project continues to abide by – respect, cooperation, interdependence and compassion.

Founding Members

• Elizabeth Antunes
• Rachel Ayres
• Julie Baumann
• Thomas Cermak
• Kara Downer
• Jessica Fortney
• Brandon Gratt
• Jesse Greener
• Simona Irwin
• Rob Kosegi
• Kurt Kostuk
• Charlene Lazenby
• Matt Leyes
• Ashley McDonald
• Mike McGregor

• Jeremy McNaughton
• Larry McNaughton
• Trevor McNaughton
• Nathalie Moynagh
• Matti Paquiz
• Aaron Pellerin
• Ron Rhiel
• Tom Sierzenski
• Ron Sinnamon
• Susan Smith
• Brett Watson
• Candy Watson
• Wayne Watson
• Sandy White
• Luke Woodyard