Staff Of Shamrock Co-operative Homes Inc.

Darlene Slater - General Manager

    Darlene was first hired as our General Manager of Shamrock Cooperative Homes in 1990 and worked diligently until September 2016 when she moved away to Fallon, Nevada with her husband Greg Slater.  During her time away she starting working for Clean Harbors in the Office until the end of March 2018. 

She came back to Canada at the beginning of April 2018 and was hired back to Shamrock on April 23, 2018. 

Darlene's responsibilities are:


Property Management - Darlene is responsible for the management of all co-op property. This includes making sure that the necessary repairs are done, maintaining adequate records, and generally ensuring that the co-op is in good shape.

Supervision of Staff - Darlene is responsible for the supervision of all Shamrock staff, both permanent and temporary. She advises and helps the Board hire and supervise temporary staff like the Day Camp Coordinator and leaders for the Shamrock Summer Day camp.

General Administration - Darlene is in charge of the general day to day administration of the Co-op. Her duties in this area include ensuring that the legal and corporate obligations of the co-op are met, acting as agent of the Board of Directors in implementing Board decisions, and overseeing budgetary, financial and investment decisions in conjunction with the Board and Finance Committees.

Subsidy Administration - Darlene also administers the geared to income assistance program. She is responsible for processing subsidy applications, income verification and ensuring that all requirements for assistance are met.

Accounting - Unlike other co-ops where a separate bookkeeper is employed, Shamrock is lucky, in the sense, that Darlene does all the required bookkeeping for the co-op. Her duties include revenue collection, accounting, disbursement, and audit preparation. In addition, Darlene monitors housing charge arrears, does the bi-weekly payroll and generally ensures that the co-op is in sound financial management.




Recipient of the 2009 award for Outstanding Community Worker to the Waterloo Region Housing Coalition 

Recipient of the 2007 award for Outstanding Contribution to the Co-operative Housing Movement in the Central Ontario area. (COCHF)

Recipient of award for 20 Years of Dedicated Services to the co-operative housing movement in Ontario

Recipient of award for 25 Years of Dedicated Services to the co-operative housing movement in Ontario

Recipient of award for 30 Years of Dedicated Services to the co-operative housing movement in Ontario


Other Interests - Darlene's involvement in the co-op sector is not only limited to Shamrock Co-op. Her involvement in the Co-op sector includes the following:


       Past president and Treasurer - Co-operative Staff Association of Central Ontario (CSACO)

       Chair - Interim Steering Committee

       Member - Access Site's Committee

       Member - Housing Coalition Committee

       Invited Member - Integrated Delivery Service Committee

       Co-op Rep - The Waterloo Region Community Housing Advisory Committee

       Accounting, Pablo Neruda Non Profit Housing

       Member of WRCHAC and Income and Testing Sub-Committee and RGI Project Team

       Director - New Generation Co-op Staff Representative




Emily Smith - Assistant Administrator


    Emily has been with Shamrock Co-op since July of 2011. Her duties include management of the Greenback Incentive Plan records for all households at Shamrock, routinely inspecting the grounds to stay on top of maintenance/upkeep issues, composing most of Shamrock's flyers and other mailings/notices, as well as the general office duties involved with administrative assistant positions. A former member of the Co-op, she is frequently involved in Shamrock's Social events when "off the clock" - volunteering her time and effort to functions such as the Summer BBQ, Christmas Dinner, and other various gatherings. 


    A graduate of Seneca College's Library and Information Technician Program in Summer 2011, Emily has also previously done administrative work with CSACO and multiple other local co-ops during her employment with Shamrock. At this time, she is serving as Interim Executive Director for COCHF from March - December of 2020 when she is not at Shamrock.