Welcoming Mark Aston as our new Executive Director

Mark Aston_casual headshot_July 2019_resized We are pleased to welcome not-for-profit leader Mark Aston to the Covenant House team.

Mark has dedicated his career to taking action against poverty and homelessness and brings a unique passion and specialized knowledge to Canada’s largest agency serving youth who are homeless, trafficked or at risk.

More about Mark
Mark has more than 20 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector. First as Executive Director and, later, as CEO of Fred Victor, he transformed the organization into one of the leading agencies addressing homelessness and poverty in Toronto. He brings a shared focus of respect, compassion and unconditional love to the work we do supporting youth who are exploring their potential and transforming their lives.

In 2014, he founded the Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness, a volunteer organization comprised of 50 organizations focused on ending chronic homelessness in Toronto.

Mark was drawn to Covenant House for our reputation for excellence. “Covenant House is known for its life-changing programs, services and people. I’m proud to lead the charge at such a highly regarded organization,” he said.

Planning a path forward
After many years of supporting the adult homeless population, Mark is keen to support our young people.

“Chronic homelessness often starts at an early age—without the proper supports, individuals can see their whole life trajectory shaped by their first experience with homelessness,” he said.

“I truly believe we can put an end to homelessness. And if we’re going to achieve this goal and address the hardships associated with homelessness, we have to start with youth.”

Mark also looks forward to connecting with our community of donors. “I know very well the impact that donors can have. Together, we can support youth as they overcome challenges to build a life of meaning.”

Mark took on the role of Executive Director on July 8, 2019.

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