Executive and Board Leadership
Wanda MacDonald Chief Executive Officer – ext. 3375
Scott Miller Corporate Services Director – ext. 3366
Caroline Desrochers Primary Health Care Services Director – ext. 3509
Michele Hynes Children and Family Services Director – ext. 3320
Janice McFarlane Mental Health Services Director – ext. 3511
Dawn Lyons Community Health Services Director – ext. 3306
Board of Directors
John James, President
John has a BA in Political Science from York University. He grew up in Toronto and joined the RCMP in 1996. John has been posted in British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Nunavut. He currently works at the RCMP Ottawa Headquarters and has varied police experience, including: General Duty, Serious Crime, Detachment Commander, Tactical Team, Crisis Negotiation, and has instructed at the Canadian Police College. John’s experience also includes backpacking to some fifty countries. He has held a variety of volunteer and Board roles across the country including work with the Scarborough Distress Centre, several Adult literacy organizations in BC, Ontario and Nova Scotia, Youth Softball organizations, Big Brothers, and Pathways to Education Program. He currently sits on the Board of the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Emily Comor, Vice-President
Emily is a family law lawyer and mediator. She holds a both B.A. and M.A. in Social / Cultural Anthropology from the University of Toronto. Emily has worked as a lawyer since 1994 including as a panel member with the Office of the Children’s Lawyer (Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General) since 2000. Her current volunteer work includes membership in the Ottawa High Conflict Forum (OHCF), through which she organized a successful conference in spring 2014. Additionally, Emily developed, in collaboration with clinicians, a presentation for the OHCF to educate lawyers, judges, and law students about the effects of high conflict on children and the means by which to minimize that impact.
Kathirasem Subramaniam, Secretary/Treasurer
Kathirasem “Kathi” arrived in Ottawa four years ago after working for nearly 30 years in multinational and global corporations in Malaysia and Beijing. His experience spans the fields of human resource development, operations and financial management, and adult education. His corporate governance responsibilities stem from having reporting relationships to boards and participating in internal audit committees. Kathi is currently a Senior Program Officer in the International Student Management Program at the World University Service of Canada (WUSC), where he oversees a portfolio of 60 international students at 10 university campuses throughout Canada. Kathi holds a Masters in Training and Human Resource Management from the University of Leicester, U.K. He volunteers with Citizen Advocacy, a charitable organization, where he is a Volunteer Advocate for a person with disability, and has also worked with PQCHC previously as a member of the ITP Advisory Committee.
Stéphane works as Director of Centre for Global and Community Engagement at the University of Ottawa since 2010 where she promotes the value of social responsibility and community service and encourages students to get involved in their community. Stephane has over 25 years of experience in international development, new business development, project management, and community-based work. Stéphane worked for Accreditation Canada for 4 years and CARE International for about 13 years. She has traveled extensively to Africa, Asia and Latin America. She also lived and worked in Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Stéphane also cumulated experience in the public and private sector. A native of Montreal, Stéphane has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a M.Sc. in Management.
Stephanie lives in the PQ catchment area and works for Industry Canada as a National Senior Insolvency Analyst. She is active in her community as vice chair of the Parent Council at her children’s school and is also a member of the executive committee of a competitive swim club. While pursuing her education, she worked at Christie Lake Camp (now Christie Lake Kids) for nine years. She has also been involved in the Christmas Exchange of Ottawa Carleton and was a Big Sister and Group Leader with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa. Her experience also includes work as a child and youth worker at Chamomile Country Project working within a residential group home..
Katherine Cole Akinlolu
Katherine works at Health Canada as a Senior Policy Analyst in the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch. She has been in the public service for five years within the Health Portfolio. With an M.A. in Native Studies from Carleton University (2005), and eight years as a research consultant for Indian Residential Schools, Katherine is passionate about Indigenous issues and relations. A resident of the PQ catchment area, she has been active in the community as chair and multicultural coordinator on her children’s School Council and is also a volunteer with her children’s soccer club. Together with her partner, a Nigerian-born writer and musician, she has two young and athletic boys. She is an avid cyclist and enjoys being active in and around Ottawa, which has been home since 2002.
A native of Quebec City, Gerry began in his career in the pharmaceutical industry in 1983 with Beecham Laboratories, based in Ottawa. Gerry has been with Consumer Health Products Canada since 1993, where he has held a variety of portfolios, with progressively increasing responsibilities in communications, professional affairs, research and government relations. Some of the key projects that Gerry has led include the multi-stakeholder consensus conferences that led to the implementation of the National Drug Schedules, implementation of the MethWatch program to prevent the diversion of over the counter cold medicines into the manufacture of methamphetamine, and a broad range of economic and consumer research studies demonstrating the value of self-care to the health of Canadians and the sustainability of the healthcare system. As a long-time resident of Ottawa West, Gerry has been active in the community as a volunteer with the March of Dimes, a coach with the Ottawa Pacers speed skating club and as a member of the Ontario Speed Skating Association’s Coaching Committee.
Geoff is the Manager of the Population Health Initiative at the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). In this role, Geoff provides strategic advice, operational leadership and collaboration towards the development of analytic reports and performance measurement tools to support health system stakeholders in advancing health equity for priority populations. In addition, Geoff provides secretariat support to CIHI’s Advisory Council on Population Health, an external advisory group of health system leaders who provide guidance and advice on CIHI’s population health program of work. Prior to joining CIHI, Geoff worked for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for almost 10 years. During his time at CIHR, Geoff held various leadership positions including Research Officer to CIHR’s inaugural President, Senior Advisor to national health research and policy initiatives, and Manager of the 2011 international review of CIHR’s performance and impact. He is also an active mentor to undergraduate science students at Memorial University of Newfoundland through the Science M@tters alumni mentorship program.
Patricia (Trish) Ferguson
After graduating with a degree in Criminology and Psychology from the University of Ottawa Patricia Ferguson has gone on to complete 20 years of service with Ottawa Police Service. Currently she is the sergeant within the Sexual Assault and Child Abuse (SACA) Section. Her experience with the Ottawa Police Department ranges from patrol, human resources, recruiting, school resource officer, traffic, community service, and investigation – including elder abuse, general investigations and SACA cases. In addition to her duties as sergeant, she is a member of the Critical Incident Stress Management Team and a Facilitator of the internal Feedback Training course.
Jill is presently the Deputy Chief of Operations Support for the Ottawa Police Service (OPS). She oversees the Emergency Operations Directorate which includes Tactical, K9, Major Events, Traffic Enforcement & Escorts, Pandemic and Business Continuity. She also oversees all criminal investigators, Communications Centre, Courts and the Victim Crisis Unit. She sits on the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Counterterrorism and National Security as well as the Victims Committees. Since October 2014, she has been leading the transformative change project ‘Service Initiative’ at OPS. Jill is a lifelong resident of the catchment area and has 4 children.
Eddie is an Information Technology professional with more than 20 years of experience in technology, banking, logistics, business process operations and higher education industries. In his current role as Manager of Network Services at Carleton University, Eddie is responsible for delivering a highly available, secure and cost-effective network infrastructure to support administrative, academic and research functions of the University community. He is currently President of Rotary Club of Nepean-Kanata and a Member of Advisory Committee at Algonquin College, Computer Technology Program.
Bessa has been an activist all her life. She is committed to community-based work, believing that this is how and where real change happens. Her career in social work began on the front lines, first in child protection and then in street-based work (for an anti-poverty organization in Boston). In the early 1970s, she joined the faculty at the School of Social Work at Dalhousie University, and came to Ottawa (Carleton University) in 1991. In graduate school (Cornell University), she discovered participatory research and evaluation as a way to bring together research and evaluation, community-based work and activism. Over the years, Bessa has also had the privilege of working internationally, primarily in Latin America and Africa. Though she officially retired in 2005, she continues to teach, conduct research and actively support community-based groups and organizations. She has been associated with Pinecrest-Queensway CHC over her career in Ottawa, sending students for placements here, and involvement in some of our community health work. She is currently a member of the Advisory Committee for the Safe People Project at PQCHC.
Lee Farnworth, Past-President
Lee is a retired educator. Born in Italy, Lee came to Canada as a young child. She has lived and taught overseas with CUSO as well as in secondary schools in Hamilton and Guelph. She coordinated the Women in Trades & Technology Program and taught Political Science and Diversity/First Nations Issues with the Police and Public Security Institute at Algonquin College for 24 years before her retirement in 2011. Lee has been involved in community development in several different capacities and has been engaged in political activities at all three levels of government. She was President of the Carleton Heights Residents Assoc., a Hydro Commissioner and City Councillor for the City of Nepean, sat on several city committees including the City of Ottawa Health and Social Services Advisory Committee, on the Board of Villa Marconi Long Term Care, and is past president of the Nepean Housing Non-Profit Corporation. Lee has a strong commitment to social equality, diversity and the importance of community development both at a personal and professional level.
Peggea Bounda, Youth Intern Position
Peggea is a student majoring in Human Rights at Carleton University. He also works as a mentor for the Centre for Initiatives in Education (CIE) program at Carleton University, where some of his duties requires participating in class discussion, supporting the instructor with class content, distributing daily news and making sure that the students taking part in the program are well informed about the many resources offered to them by the CIE and throughout campus. He is also employed as a Program Coordinator for the City of Ottawa in one of their many centers (Michele Heights), and during summer works as a Camp Coordinator. Peggea’s goal, as a Youth Intern on the Board, is to reach out to the youth to help them understand the services offered in the area, as well as engage them in taking action in their communities.