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Hamilton ACORN

Check out our Hamilton ACORN leaders


Veronica Gonzalez

Mountain Hamilton Co-Chair

Veronica joined ACORN in 2019 after experiencing health and safety issues in her own apartment and wanting to see improvements in her housing complex on the Mountain. Since getting involved with ACORN, Veronica has fought for tenant justice in her community and at City Hall.

Marnie Schurter

Mountain Hamilton Co-Chair

Marnie joined ACORN during the founding organizing drive of the Mountain Chapter in 2018. Marnie recently retired as a Library Clerk with Hamilton Public Library. She is passionate about building a strong community for tenants living on Hamilton’s Mountain.

Zechariah Hockridge

Mountain Hamilton Secretary / Treasurer

Zechariah Hockridge joined ACORN during the COVID19 pandemic after reaching out with concerns about renoviction in Hamilton. Zechariah is passionate, caring, and willing to go above and beyond for the wellbeing of others. Having experienced episodic homelessness, Zechariah is passionate about preventing homelessness and tenant displacement.

Dayna Sparkes

East Hamilton Chair

Dayna lives with her family in the Red Hill neighborhood. She joined ACORN in 2019 and right away got involved in helping organize in her East Hamilton townhouse complex to fight renoviction. Dayna has been a leader in Hamilton ACORN’s city wide and provincial housing campaigns, Internet for All and modernizing EI.

Elizabeth Ellis

East Hamilton Co-Chair

Elizabeth joined ACORN in 2018 when she suspected her new landlord was trying to renovict her and her neighbors. Elizabeth has been a leader in Hamilton ACORN’s campaign against renoviction, helping run resist renoviction workshops, delegating at City Hall about her experience and supporting members in defending their homes. Elizabeth works in Hamilton as Personal Support Worker.

Christine Neale

Downtown Hamilton Chair

Christine joined Acorn in 2022 due to ongoing issues with the owner of the apartment building where she lives. She has had an ongoing LTB claim since 2019 and is still waiting for a decision. Another issue that the tenants of the building were dealing with brought Christine to ACORN. Affordable housing has always been an issue near and dear to Christine's heart. 'Rent or Food?' should not be a question people have to ask. Christine has been retired since 2018 after working at a law firm for 13 years.

Explore the latest from Hamilton ACORN

The Hammer: City of Hamilton offers some support to renters’ push for Ontario to track heat-related deaths

Posted September 30, 2022

Support tenants living at 274 Kenilworth Ave N in Hamilton!

Posted September 28, 2022

The Hamilton Spectator: From one election to the next, Hamilton’s housing crisis in focus

Posted September 22, 2022

Hamilton Spectator: Skyrocketing rents ‘absolutely unsustainable’ for Hamilton tenants

Posted September 19, 2022

National Observer: If province won’t protect renters from extreme heat, municipalities must, advocates say at campaign launch

Posted September 13, 2022

CBC News: Residents and tenant advocacy groups asks city to implement maximum heat bylaw in Hamilton

Posted September 8, 2022

Global News: Tenants rights group calls on city of Hamilton to implement maximum heat bylaw

Posted September 8, 2022

CHCH News Coverage – Beat The Heat Rally, Sept 7 2022

Posted September 8, 2022

Hamilton Spectator: ACORN members demand bylaw to help tenants deal with extreme heat

Posted September 8, 2022

Hamilton ACORN demands max heat bylaw!

Posted September 7, 2022

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