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COA Board of Directors 2013-2014

Director - John Johnson
John E. Johnson


John E. Johnson is a leader in elder law and practicing partner in Ottawa in the areas of family law, estate planning and administration, and estate and family litigation. He is active in the community and involved in several professional activities and organizations. These include: The Advocates Society; Ottawa Estate Planning Council; University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law; Canadian Bar Association; County of Carleton Law Association; and Law Society of Upper Canada.  He is also a former instructor of the Bar Admission Course in family law, corporate and commercial law and estate planning.  John Johnson is a partner with Nelligan O’Brien Payne and leader of the Estate Planning and Administration practice group.

Kathy Yach

Past President

Kathy Yach has served as Co-Director of City View Centre for Child and Family Services since its founding in 1974. This Centre offers day care and home care programs, summer camp, outreach programs, a toy lending library, and other services to support families. She has also taught at Algonquin College in the Early Childhood Education program, and sat on many community boards and councils, including as a trustee to the Ottawa Board of Education for twelve years. She has received several awards, including the Queen's Jubilee Award, in recognition of her community service and innovative initiatives for children and family services.


Director - Yvan Jacques
Yvan Jacques


Yvan Jacques graduated from the University de Montréal with a Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences (BASc) and from the Université de Sherbrooke with a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). Yvan has had a distinguished career as a Québec public servant and has held the position of Assistant Deputy Minister in the Québec Ministry of Agriculture and Food. He is the founding President of the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute. A member of several professional associations and director of several academic institutions, private companies and corporations, Yvan participated in a number of International Joint Economic Committees and led technical trade missions to several countries. He was the Founding President of the Québec MBA Association. He is a Commander of the Order of Agronomic Merit from l'Ordre des agronomes du Québec.


Director - Diane Breton
Dianne Breton


Dianne Breton is an active and committed volunteer to seniors and their families. In recognition of her dedication, Dianne was awarded the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award on October 22nd, 2007. She has served on the Board of The Council on Aging of Ottawa since 2002 and has held the positions of Secretary and Vice-President. Dianne has also served as a Board member at the Glebe Centre and Chair of the Abbotsford Seniors' Centre Committee. She is currently President of the Causeway Foundation and has been their Board President. More recently, she is Chair of the Ottawa Seniors' Transportation Committee and is the Council on Aging of Ottawa's representative on the Seniors' Advisory Committee, City of Ottawa.


Laurence BryLaurence Bry

Laurence Bry graduated from The University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor in History & Political Science.She began her career working in Public Relations in Montreal before working on Global advertising accounts for the Publicis Group in Paris. She is member of several professional organizations and was President of the Anglo- American Group of Provence for 3 years before returning to Canada in late 2012.

Laurence intends on bringing her communications experience to the Council.

Claire Caron


Claire Caron is an educator by profession. Through her professional commitment, she developed a leadership style that was appreciated by everyone. As Head of Modern Languages Department at high school level, Claire helped develop the provincial French curriculum. Her extracurricular activities led her to work with students, parents and professors from Ottawa and Carleton University. She was awarded the Director of Education Commendation, a testament to her commitment of excellence to everyone.

Ms. Caron is committed to her volunteer work with seniors at the Council on Aging of Ottawa. Her time and energy volunteering fills her need to help in the community. At this time she sits on various committees and is responsible for coordinating volunteer’s activities. Always on the lookout she keeps herself inform to better defend causes that she cares about.
Specialist in the teaching of French as Second language, Ms.Caron has a Bachelor of Teaching from University of New Brunswick and a Bachelor of Education from University of Ottawa.

Patricia Cocker

After retiring from full-time employment early on 2006, Patriciao Cocker, a Certified Financial Planning Professional , as well as a Certified Professional Consultant on Aging, has spent the last number of years helping many clients with their personal financial organization. While the focus of her business has been on income tax preparation, including final and estate taxes, she also assists clients with credit counselling, organization of their financial assets and liabilities, as well as helping those who have lost a loved one with the paperwork that follows.

Her current volunteer activities include working with the Infant Stimulation Program at the Children's Aid Society, as well as involvement with her church.


Larry Doshen

Larry Doshen graduated in Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan. He served for several years in the Canadian Forces in the fields of air operations, human resources and intelligence. He is a graduate of Canadian Forces Staff College and National Defence College. Since retirement from the Canadian Forces, he has been a management consultant with clients in both government and the private sector. He is a partner in The Zeta Group Inc., a firm specializing in emergency preparedness and management.

Larry has been a volunteer board member in a number of organizations including The Rehabilitation Centre Volunteer Association, the Strathcona Branch of The Royal Canadian Legion, and the Senior Citizens Council of Ottawa Carleton. He assumed presidency of the Senior Citizens Council in June 2013. He is a member of the “Building an Age-Friendly Business Community” Working Group of the Council on Aging of Ottawa’s Age Friendly Ottawa project.


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Robert Millaire



Allan retired from the Canadian Forces after a 38-year career as an officer and lawyer.

His most recent appointments included Director General Canadian Forces Grievance Authority, Deputy Judge Advocate General/ Human Resources and Deputy Legal Advisor and General Counsel in the Department of Justice Office at National Defence. He was a
member of the Canadian Forces Pension Advisory Committee from 1997 to 2000.

As a member of FSNA’s Ottawa Branch, Allan has been an active member of the Branch’s Board of Directors and served as President of the Ottawa Branch from 2007 to 2009.
At the national level and as Third National Vice-President, he has played a leading role in modernizing FSNA By-laws and governance.

Allan has a law degree from Dalhousie University, a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University and a Diploma in Legislative Drafting from the University of Ottawa. He is a graduate of the NATO Defence College and the Rotman School of Management’s Advanced Program in Human Resource Management.

Allan was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2004 and awarded the Order of Military Merit in 2005 for his contribution to the progressive development of military law. He is a founding member of the Ottawa circle of the Honens Foundation of Calgary, which sponsors an international piano competition and the career development of aspiring concert pianists.

Allan is married to Ricky Fenske. They have one daughter, Jessica. As a family, they are avid travelers, golfers, and skiers.

Professor Allan Moscovitch


Allan Moscovitch is a Professor of Social Work at Carleton University where he has been a member since 1975. His research and teaching has focused on social policy and the Canadian welfare state. He is the author and editor of several books and many articles on the history of social welfare and on contemporary social policy issues. In 1977 he was one of the founders of what became the Canadian Review of Social Policy. He was coordinating editor during most of 1991 to 2002. He was also one of the founders of the journal Studies in Political Economy, of which he was the editor from 1978 to 1983.

During 1988-9 he was Director of Planning for the Social Services Department of the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton. From 1990 to 1992, he was the Chair of the (Ontario) Minister's Advisory Committee on Social Assistance Reform to the Minister of Community and Social Services where he worked with four ministers during his period as advisor on social assistance reform. During 1994-5 he completed (with Andrew Webster) a monograph on social assistance and Aboriginal Peoples for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. From 1994 to 1999 he was Director of the School of Social Work at Carleton University. While Director, he served as the Chair of the Ontario Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work where he led their efforts to bring about new provincial social work legislation. He has also been active on many community boards both locally and nationally.

Kimberly Peterson
Kimberly Peterson is an innovative, strategic, client focused health care professional with over ten years’ experience at the senior leadership level overseeing the introduction of new programs and demonstrating excellent skills in change management, participative leadership and the development of learning organizations. She has worked as the Director of Client Services and VP of Clinical Care of the Champlain CCAC since 2007.  She sits on the Inner City Health Board and is a founding member of the Champlain Hospice palliative Care Program Council.  Much of her career has been focussed on assisting seniors to maintain or enhance their health.

Ms. Peterson holds a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing from the University of Ottawa and a Masters of Continuing Education from the University of Calgary.

Director - Nicole Robert
Nicole Robert


Nicole Robert has been Executive Director of Geriatric Psychiatry Community Services of Ottawa since 1995. GPCSO is a bilingual community mental health program which serves seniors who have mental health problems or are suffering from dementia, providing assessment, support and care planning to avoid unnecessary hospitalization and placement. She has a Nursing degree and an MBA from the University of Ottawa, is extensively involved with many community health and francophone service organizations, and is also a Citizenship Judge with the Court of Canadian Citizenship.

Dr. Patricia Marsden-Dole



Patricia Marsden-Dole retired from the Canadian Foreign Service in 2003 and has since been actively engaged in several organisations dealing with issues related to aging.

She was a board member of the Ottawa chapter of the federal retirees association (FSNA) for seven years, and has been with the Interfaith Network for Isolated Seniors since 2005, Board member of the Centretown Citizens Community Association and founder and chair of the Seniors Committee of that organisation. She is also the volunteer social justice coordinator for the Archdiocese of Ottawa which engages her in many issues and groups advocating on issues related to poverty, affordable housing, the dignity of those in prison, palliative care, etc. She has just completed her doctorate at Saint Paul University on a subject related to the culture of aging in an aging society.

Dr. Terri White -Lobsinger

Dr. Terri White Lobsinger is a results oriented policy researcher and knowledge broker. She has 20 years of domestic and international work experience serving all levels of government and non-profit organizations. Nine of these years were spent internationally, in Kenya, Tanzania and Bangladesh.

Dr. Lobsinger’s primary area of specialization covers health policy and research.  Other areas include privacy of individual information in relation to electronic health records, home care services, education and libraries, poverty alleviation, women and primary health care.

A variety of substantive, methodological and leadership skills feature among Dr. Lobsinger’s professional experience.  Her substantive skills generally relate to the non-profit sector, namely non-profit administration, governance, strategic planning, project proposal development, financial reporting, and fund development.  She also has significant experience related to project proposal writing targeted to the federal government, and project management by the federal government.

Qualitative research numbers among her methodological skills, while her broad-based leadership skills have been developed through her work, including her extensive Board and volunteer work.



COA Staff

Executive Director

 Sarah Bercier


Executive Assistant
Lise-Michèlle Bouchard

Director, Francophone Projects
Lucie Chênevert

Director, Community Partnerships
Bonnie Murphy

Program Director, Age Friendly Ottawa
Maureen Forsythe

COA Organization Chart

COA Organizational Chart

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2014- present John Johnson
2011-2013 Kathy Yach
2009-2011 Dr. Lise Chislett
2007-2009 Dr. Roland Lecomte
2005-2007 Dr. Glenn Drover
2003-2005 Carol Burrows
2002-2003 Al Loney
2000-2002 Joan A. Skene
1998-2000 David K. Bernhardt
1997-1998 Georges Latour
1995-1997 Marian Chapman
1993-1995 Sylvia Goldblatt
1991-1993 Germain Aubut
1989-1991 Margaret Wade Labarge
1987-1989 Sr. Gisèlle Richard
1985-1987 Fred W. Price
1982-1985 Dr. John J.O. Moore
1980-1982 Don W. Simpson
1978-1980 Marjorie Mann
1975-1978 George Jackson