OCTEVAW is managed by a Board of Directors composed of twelve members and the Executive Director.
By day I am President & Principal Planner of Doyle & Associates Consulting Services. I specialize in event management; project management; communication strategy development; fundraising program development and implementation; marketing and social media planning.
With a smile on her face my Mother always said, like her I was born a feminist, the only difference was in the 1920’s there was a different name for it. A name not worth repeating. Growing up I fought to be heard as a woman coming into the workforce, asserting myself as a working mother, then single mother.I had volunteered at CHEO in my teens, in my 20’s and 30’s for my kids interests, in my 40’s for Meeting Professionals International (finishing with my term as Board President) to give back to the communities that had supported me and my family and my career. In my 50’s I want to give back and I want to make it count, make it happen. At this stage I want to give back to a community that has always been there for me, for all women, fighting for the end of violence against women. I believe that I can bring strong leadership to the Board. This includes listening to all who are sitting at the table and to all of our members and community at large. I want to help move OCTEVAW into the future by moving toward a strategic approach to reaching our objective of ending violence against women. To quote OCTEVAW’s founder: “Our herstory is a testament to our determination not to let the issue of violence against women and all its manifestations fall into the background.” As Chair of the OCTEVAW Board, recognizing where we’ve come from I would be honoured to work with you to see how far we can go.
KELLIE FONG SECRETARY
TREASURER, Director of Finance
Ten years ago, Kellie moved to picturesque Ottawa from the bright lit city of Toronto. She has spent the last 18 years involved with a number of non-profit organizations and initiatives, including, the establishment of a support network for queer East Asian youth living in Toronto, the successful campaign that sought government redress for the Chinese Head Tax, and through Ladyfest Ottawa organized events focused on empowering women. She continues to work on highlighting discrimination and racism in our communities and is excited to be joining OCTEVAW. When Kellie is not in a board meeting, she is a mouse pushing civil servant for the Department of Finance. During her spare time she is a member of an adult Lego group and enjoys reminiscing the days when nothing was considered childish.
Director of Special Projects
Valérie is a VAW Counselor and group Facilitator at the Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre. With nearly 10 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector, Valérie has worked with many minority groups in cross-cultural settings, inclu
ding with survivors of violence, refugees, migrant workers, at-risk youth, etc. Before orienting her professional career towards front-line work, Valérie worked in HR and volunteer management with humanitarian aid and international development organizations such as Médecins Sans Frontières, CUSO International and the Red Cross.
Valérie is trilingual, and holds a Master of Science in Sociology from the University of Amsterdam, and her academic work on migrant children has been published and presented internationally.
A proud Feminist, Valérie firmly believes in gender-equality has been sitting on OCTEVAW’s Frontline committee for over a year. She sees involvement in the board as an excellent opportunity to contribute to positive change in Ottawa.
Co-Director of Membership Outreach and Engagement
Sylvie Charbonneau, a Human Resources Advisor at Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, holds a degree in communications from the University of Ottawa (2003), a degree in psychology from the University of Montréal (2007) and an MBA from the University of Quebec in Montreal (2014), was actively involved in community work for eight years. In 2007, she led, in her capacity as project coordinator, a Pan-Canadian project launched by the Public Health Agency of Canada. With the support of a Canada-wide advisory committee, Ms. Charbonneau developed a resource kit on domestic violence designed as a tool to create the conditions required to fight this type of violence. From 2008 to 2014 she was the General Manager of the Centre Halte-Femmes, a women’s centre, where she saw not only to the smooth operation of the Centre and its Nouvelle Étape transition apartments, but also mentored and supervised the team of workers and acted as delegate and representative of the Centre. In addition, Ms. Charbonneau was named a member of the interim Board of the Montréal North health organisation, Montréal-Nord en Santé. She sat on that Board’s Governance Committee tasked with completely redefining the organisation’s integrated approach. In 2009, she was chosen as a member of the Mentoring Committee of the Regional Council of women’s centres for Montréal-Laval and participates in the development of the project Un Rayon de Soleil for young single mothers in Montréal North.
Co-Director of Communications
Rosella Chibambo is a digital communications strategist and freelance writer. A trained journalist, Rosella has reported from Calgary, Ottawa and throughout East Africa.
Her professional and activist work is primarily focused on diversifying representation and creating space for traditionally marginalized voices in mainstream and alternative media. She has worked with OCTEVAW before, teaching a workshop on feminist social media making and developing the kNOw More guide for parents and guardians on talking to teenagers about sex, relationships and consent. She has served on the board of directors for two years and is now a Co-Director of Communications. She hopes to continue this important work as OCTEVAW continues to grow.
Director of Human Resources
IPeter Jupp has worked as a police officer for 19 years in a varied career that has included assignments in Patrol, Partner Assault, Sexual Assault & Child Abuse Section, High Tech Crime, and Major Investigations. His interest and passion for victim advocacy began as a rookie when he attended his very first call on a Christmas Eve night shift, and arrived in time to stop a domestic assault in progress and arrest the perpetrator. Further work with the Victim/Witness Assistance Program at the courthouse as a volunteer scribe confirmed his interest in that sector of policing and led to investigative work, followed by supervision and case management of DV and subsequently Major Cases involving serial & predator crimes. Peter currently holds the rank of staff-sergeant and is the officer-in-charge of Dispatch and City of Ottawa 9-1-1 Services. Prior to working as a police officer Peter spent 7 years with the Bank of Nova Scotia’s provincial office engaged in loan-loss recovery and financial restructuring projects. His formal education is in economics (Carleton University) and a Bachelor of Policing degree (Charles Sturt University). Peter started with OCTEVAW’s Justice Committee in 2008 as an agency representative for the OPS Partner Assault Unit. In 2010 he assumed chair duties, continuing with OCTEVAW as a community member. Peter has a strong belief in volunteerism and community service and is committed to help in the fight against VAW in any capacity. To further those goals he is counting on your support for his nomination to the board of directors in 2014.
Director of Volunteer Management
Je suis née à Montréal et j’ai passé six années de ma tendre enfance à vivre outre-mer dans les Émirats, le Pakistan et l’Inde. Je suis revenue au Canada en 1987, et j’habite maintenant à Ottawa. Après avoir travaillé pour la Banque Royale du Canada pendant seize ans comme conseillère financière, j’ai décidé de changer de carrière pour donner suite à la passion de toute ma vie, soit de travailler plus particulièrement dans le domaine des crises associées aux femmes et aux enfants. En 2014, j’ai reçu un diplôme avec mention d’honneur à titre de travailleuse sociale. À l’heure actuelle, je suis en quatrième année à l’Université Carleton pour finir un baccalauréat en travail social et un programme de certificat au Collège Algonquin en gestion de crise/psychologie de l’homme. Mon intérêt continuel à travailler pour des enjeux féministes a contribué à mon grand désir de consacrer mon temps et mes compétences d’une façon significative et productive, en faisant du bénévolat pour des causes qui soutiennent les femmes. En 2011-2013, j’ai agi comme bénévole pour le programme de Surveillance judiciaire de la COCVFF. Ces deux années de bénévolat m’ont donné un aperçu de la victimisation des femmes dans le système juridique et sur le plan institutionnel, ce qui doit changer pour soutenir les femmes. De plus, mon intérêt dans les inégalités systématiques vécues par les femmes musulmanes m’a incité à m’inscrire comme membre de l’Ottawa Muslim Women Association. Cette association aborde souvent ces enjeux par des discussions et examine les questions avec la diversité des lentilles culturelles parmi les femmes. Je continue de faire du bénévolat pour les Ottawa Victim Services comme travailleuse de soutien des victimes surtout pour aider des femmes aux prises avec des crises familiales et pour fournir à ces femmes un soutien pendant leurs comparutions en cour. À l’heure actuelle, je travaille à temps partiel pour la Turner Syndrome Society of Canada comme adjointe de programme, pour les jeunes filles et les adolescentes en fournissant un endroit sécuritaire pour les discussions et des activités pour aider ces jeunes filles à apprendre des techniques générales pour composer et s’adapter; la formation est axée sur les problèmes médicaux et les compétences sociales.
Co-Director of Communications
Abigail Kidd engages in sexual violence prevention, disability justice, reproductive and sexual health, and activist work in Ottawa. While she was completing her M.A. in the social sciences, Abigail worked for the Graduate Students' Association at Carleton University as their Sexual Assault Outreach Coordinator. Within this role, she worked to ensure that the Carleton community was educated about sexual violence prevention, understood consent, and had access to sexual health resources. She organized and facilitated major events, co-created campaigns, and engaged in community outreach efforts. Abigail is also trained as a Sexual and Reproductive Health Professional through Planned Parenthood Ottawa. Currently, Abigail facilitates a workshop for Venus Envy focused on disabilities and sexuality. The workshop aims to address ableist notions and misconceptions, and to offer exciting toys and resources for making sex more accessible. Abigail also works full time as a Union Education Officer for CUPE 2204, a union local that represents non-profit childcare centres in Ottawa. Abigail aims to ensure that anti-oppression and anti-violence are central to all her professional and personal work.
Director of Fundraising
Barbara Laskin is President of Meta4 Creative Communications, a firm that specializes in writing and editing, strategic communications, facilitation, and outreach and engagement. She is also a Senior Associate with TPA Consulting Inc. a firm whose mission is to provide high-quality advice in strategy, governance, organizational performance, and performance assessment. A former Head of Dance at the Canada Council, Barbara has a long history of involvement with the arts and culture community throughout Canada as a cultural bureaucrat, consultant, board member of numerous local and national arts organizations, and communications advisor. Barbara currently serves as Executive Director of the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation, and as an adjudicator for two tribunals: the Law Society of Upper Canada and Ontario’s Consent and Capacity Board. She is Chair of 10 Gates Dancing, a company led by renowned choreographer Tedd Robinson.
Director of Governance
Ann-Marie O’Brien is a clinical social worker and educator with a broad range of administrative, clinical, and academic experience. Ann-Marie graduated with a MSW from Wilfrid Laurier University. She has a certificate in mental health law from Osgoode Hall Law School, and has been an instructor in this program since 2008. In 2016 Ann-Marie attained certification in Prolonged Exposure Therapy, from the Centre for Treatment and Study of Anxiety, University of Pennsylvania.
Previously, Ann-Marie has held board positions with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, and the Ontario Association of Social Workers. She has served on the Ministers Accessibility Standards Advisory Council. Currently, Ann-Marie is the lead for Women’s Mental Health at The Royal. She is also on the board of Mothercraft, and Ottawa Coalition to End Human Trafficking.
Co-Director of Membership Outreach and Engagement
Laure Prévost has a Bachelors in Women's Studies and International Development from McGill University, a Masters in Applied Ethics from K.U. Leuven in Belgium and Law degrees in Common Law and Civil Law from McGill University. Before studying law, Laure worked in politics on Parliament Hill and served on the board of Maison d'amitié, a francophone shelter in Ottawa. Laure is now the director of the legal services Centre for francophone women of Ontario, a centre spearheaded by Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes.