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February 14, 2024


Habitat Greater Ottawa Welcomes New CEO

Ottawa, ONTARIO – The Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa is pleased to announce the appointment of Sara Cooper as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective February 20, 2024.

Cooper brings over 20 years of leadership experience in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. Following an extensive career at United Way East Ontario, she has built a proven track record in executing forward-thinking strategies and innovative business models that yield tangible, lasting results.

“We are thrilled to welcome Sara Cooper as the new CEO of Habitat Greater Ottawa,” said Scott Stevenson, Chair of the Board of Directors.

“Sara is an exceptional leader with a wealth of experience and knowledge in change management, organizational effectiveness, and community engagement. She is well positioned to guide Habitat Greater Ottawa to its next phase of growth and impact in Ottawa and surrounding communities.”

Cooper expressed her enthusiasm for joining Habitat Greater Ottawa, stating, “I am honoured to lead such a dynamic organization that for over 30 years has transformed communities through building safe and decent homes for local families.”

“I look forward to working closely with the Habitat team, our partners, and the community to serve more families and address the vital need for affordable housing in the Greater Ottawa Area.”

Cooper will take over from Hazzem Koudsi, who has served as Interim CEO of Habitat Greater Ottawa since  November 2023 and is returning to his CEO role in Habitat Prince Edward Hastings.


About Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa

With the help of local Habitat families, donors, community partners and volunteers, Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa builds affordable homes that provide a solid foundation for local families.

Habitat Greater Ottawa’s homeownership program offers more than just housing; it sets families up to be successful homeowners who are invested in their homes and in their community. The benefits of owning a long-term stable Habitat home are many. They include reduced reliance on social housing and food banks, better educational, financial and employment outcomes and improved health and overall wellbeing for families.

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For more information, please contact:
Sandra Oey
Senior Manager, Communications & Marketing
Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa