Executive and Board Leadership
Christopher McIntosh 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 Housing and Mental Health Services Director – ext. 3511
Board of Directors
Emily Comor, President
Emily is a family lawyer, mediator and children’s lawyer. She has lived in the PQ catchment area for over 20 years. Prior to attending law school, Emily obtained an M.A. in Social / Cultural Anthropology from the University of Toronto and travelled extensively in South Asia and the Middle East. In addition to her commitment to PQ, Emily is co-Chair of the Ottawa High Conflict Forum (OHCF), a group that strives to educate professionals and others about the effects of high conflict on children and find means to minimize that impact. Her previous volunteer work included serving on the board of Harmony House women’s shelter and The Children’s Centre daycare as well as managing her son’s competitive basketball team for many years.
Gerry Harrington, Vice-President
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.
Patricia (Trish) Ferguson, Secretary
Having spent her formative years in the outskirts of Montreal, Trish moved to Ottawa for university in 1990 and has made it her home since. After graduating with a degree in Criminology and Psychology from the U of O, she went on to begin her lifelong career goal of policing. With 22 years completed as a proud member of the Ottawa Police Service, she is currently a Staff Sergeant and working on a transformative change project within the organization. Her experience with the Ottawa Police Service ranges from patrol, human resources, recruiting, school resource officer, traffic, community service, sexual assault and child abuse investigations. Trish is a peer supporter in the police service as a member of the Critical Incident Stress Management Team and is active in her community as well as fulfilling her status of permanent amateur athlete on a variety of local teams.
Jill Skinner, Treasurer
Jill is presently the Deputy Chief of Operations for the Ottawa Police Service (OPS). In this role she oversees all members in uniform and in her 36 years of policing has had a diverse experience in most areas. She sits on the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Counterterrorism and National Security and the Victims of Crime Committees. Since October 2014, she has been leading the transformative change project ‘Service Initiative’ at OPS and has developed strong change management skills from this task. Jill is leading this service delivery change to focus on community and partnership opportunities and recognizes the significant value that Community Health Centres (CHC’s) can play in our community’s future. Jill acquired her M.A in Leadership from Royal Roads University in 2013 and supports life-long learning. Jill is a lifelong resident of the catchment area and has 4 children and 6 grandchildren.
Kathi arrived in Ottawa seven years ago after working for over 25 years in multinational and global corporations in Malaysia and China. His experience includes the areas 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 was in academia for 12 years, and as a Program Director for the Business Department he developed networks within the business community and created internships and job placement opportunities for graduating students. When Kathi was with World University Service of Canada, he worked on the International Student Management Program facilitating government sponsored scholarships and overseeing international students at universities and colleges throughout Canada. Kathi holds a Masters in Training and Human Resource Management from the University of Leicester, U.K., and is a member of Human Resource Professionals Association (HRPA) and Career Professionals of Canada (CPC). He is a Volunteer Advocate for a person with disability at Citizen Advocacy, and a Mentor (employment and networking) for new Canadians at OCISO. He previously volunteered with PQCHC as a member of the ITP Advisory Committee.
Adrienne is a community activist/advocate and high school educator. Her organization, 3Dreads and a Baldhead (founded in 2000), provides opportunities for people in Black communities to transform their lives by maximizing their physical, mental, spiritual, and economic potential. From 2004 – 2014, 3Dreads and a Baldhead, created and organized the annual Black Youth Conference (BYC) on the last Friday of February. The BYC is a forum for Black youth to empower their vision for black communities and the world. The BeMore Academy was a positive consequence of the annual conference, providing a safe space for black youth to transform their #BeMoreCommUNITY. Adrienne is also well known in Ottawa as one of the four co-hosts of Black on Black, a public affairs radio show which broadcasts every Saturday morning on the University of Ottawa’s radio station, CHUO 89.1 FM.
Katherine Cole Akinlolu
Katherine works at Health Canada in the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch. Since joining the public service in 2011, she has been at Health Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. 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 boys. She is an avid cyclist and enjoys being active in and around Ottawa, which has been home since 2002.
Cathy is happily retired after a long career in the federal public service. She was involved in the development and implementation of social welfare and income security programs and practiced law with the Department of Justice specializing in Charter, Human Rights and Privacy Law during her career. Cathy’s passion has shifted to the delivery of health and home care services, due in part to her experience as the sole caregiver for an elderly parent with multiple, complex health issues who wanted to age in her own home. To recognize the exceptional care given by Centretown CHC to her parent, Cathy volunteered on the Board as a member and then Chair. During that time Cathy came to more fully appreciate the important role that community-governed health care centres play in the communities they serve. Cathy was recently appointed to the Champlain LHIN Patient and Family Advisory Council where she hopes to contribute towards improving home care for seniors and ensuring a more coordinated patient and caregiver experience-particularly for high needs patients and those who are more vulnerable. Cathy also enjoys volunteering in the classroom through the Ottawa Network for Education as well as teaching piano to young students with the Heart in the City Piano Program.
Delia has committed her career to public and administrative law since her call to the Ontario Bar in 2003. After obtaining a BSc Honours in Biotechnology from the University of Ottawa, she graduated from Queen’s Law School, where she was awarded the prize for Public Law. In 2012, she received her LLM in Administrative Law from Osgoode. Delia worked for several years as an Industry Canada Policy Analyst on pharmaceutical and gene patent issues before joining the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board as Legal Counsel. In 2017, Delia was appointed as a part-time lawyer member of Ontario’s Consent and Capacity Board. Delia’s ongoing dedication to law, education, and public policy is evident through her volunteer work with the Orleans Preschool Board of Directors and the Women’s Legal Mentorship Program at the University of Ottawa. In addition to her professional interests Delia is passionate about the arts and culture and has organized writers events and volunteered for the Ottawa International Writers Festival. Born in Winnipeg, Delia has made Ottawa her home.
Wayne is a published writer and lives to travel. He has been a social worker for over twenty five years, and is currently with schools within the Ottawa Catholic School Board. He was nominated for the Director of Education Award in 2011. He has also worked with the Ottawa District School Board and in child protection in Ottawa, Toronto and Melbourne, Australia. Wayne has also been with the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa Carleton as a cultural worker, youth worker, and employment counsellor where he helped high risk youth develop life skills and provided crisis services. He has lived in the west end for almost twenty-five years.
Mete is passionate about social justice and community development. His career path spans production planning, teaching and research in international development, legal translation and community interpretation. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Industrial Engineering from Bogazici University (Istanbul, Turkey), BA (Hons) and MA in Sociology and PhD in Political Science from University of Bergen (Norway). Mete has been living in PQ catchment area since 2001 and is currently working as an accredited translator and interpreter at all three levels of government. An avid cyclist, cross country skier, community farmer and baker, Mete’s volunteer work focuses on advancing the cause of sustainable cities, increased access to nutritious food and growth of cross-cultural learning in producing healthy and affordable food. He has been a start-up farmer at Just Food community farm in Blackburn Hamlet and a member of Healthy Transportation Coalition. Mete has been one of the key contributors to the establishment and growth of Bayshore Park Community Garden and Oven.
Parm is a stroke survivor, having suffered a Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis in 2015, from which she continues to recover. In addition to being committed to serving the community in which she resides, Parm is also working on rehabilitation from the stroke. Prior to her stroke, Parm was a committed public servant who started as a educator, and whose career path brought her to remote corners of the world in a unique mix of humanitarian and border security work. Parm holds a BA (double major in history and sociology) and a B.Ed (social justice) – from UBC. Parm served in Egypt as a humanitarian officer with IRCC. Prior to this, Parm also served over three years in Pakistan with IRCC, overseeing management of Canada’s immigration program, which included reuniting families and processing refugee applications from both Pakistan/Afghanistan. Parm’s efforts in Pakistan have been recognized many times. She received ‘Exemplary Contribution Under Extraordinary Circumstances’ Public Service Commission Award for going above and beyond the call of duty in leading Canada’s response to the massive floods that devastated Pakistan during the latter half of 2010. Parm also received various (internal) departmental awards including the M. Crichton Intelligence (Memorial) Award for ‘outstanding contribution’ towards the CBSA Intelligence program. Parm believes her family inspires her fighting spirit. Parm is a member of Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA).
John James, Past-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.