Susan Zambonin is the new CEO of Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region

Currently the non-profit organization's COO, she takes over from the departing Sarah Budd as of October 4

Susan Zambonin, the new CEO of Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region. (Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region)
Susan Zambonin, the new CEO of Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region. (Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region)

Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region has announced Susan Zambonin will be the non-profit organization’s new chief executive officer effective October 4.

Zambonin, who is currently the organization’s chief operating officer, has been involved with Habitat for Humanity for 18 years. She was previously chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity Kingston Limestone Region and Habitat for Humanity PEI, and also served as executive officer of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association in PEI.

A Rotarian and volunteer, Zambonin has won several awards, including a Paul Harris Fellow from the Rotary Club of Charlottetown and an International Outstanding Contribution Award, Mentorship Award, and Award of Excellence from Habitat for Humanity Canada.

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“With Susan’s extensive leadership experience, construction knowledge, and determination to build more affordable homes, we are confident that we can help more families across the Peterborough and Kawartha Region achieve affordable homeownership,” says Jill Bennett, chair of the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region, in a media release.

“Susan has a proven commitment to Habitat’s core values, helping over 110 families into affordable homeownership through 66 builds in Canada and four global village builds.”

Zambonin will take over from Sarah Budd, who announced in July she would be leaving the chief executive officer position on October 1.

Budd led Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region for almost 15 years, overseeing the organization’s inclusion of the City of Kawartha Lakes and the County of Haliburton in its service area, the expansion from one ReStore to three ReStores, and Habitat for Humanity Canada’s first-ever multi-residential development at Leahy’s Lane in Peterborough.

“The board would like to thank Sarah for her amazing contributions and commitment during her time as CEO,” reads a media release. “Most recently, her leadership and vision were instrumental in managing the organization through the pandemic and moving the organization from a builder of single-family homes to a developer of multi-residential communities.”