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COA Board of Directors 2013-2014

Director - Cal Martel
Cal Martell
Cal Martell is a leader in health service delivery and planning with more than 35 years of progressive experience at regional and provincial levels. Following completion of his undergraduate education in psychology at Carleton University, he worked with children with developmental and mental health needs. He has focused primarily on seniors' health service delivery and planning over the past 23 years, maintaining a diverse portfolio in health administration spanning inpatient, ambulatory and community services.

Cal served as Clinical Director for Geriatrics and Family Medicine at the Ottawa Hospital and Director of the Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario. Under his leadership, the RGP was recognized as the Community Builder of the Year by United Way/ Centraide Ottawa in 2009, and he was also recognized individually by his peers and colleagues with a lifetime achievement award for his exemplary leadership and commitment to seniors' health services.

Director - John Johnson
John E. Johnson
1st Vice-President
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.

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.

Lise Chislett

Dr. Lise Chislett has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and was director of the Student Counselling Service at the University of Ottawa for several years. She has been involved with many community and professional organizations, including Tel-Aide outaouais, and the Accreditation Panel for Doctoral Programs and Internships in Psychology of the Canadian Psychological Association. At the Council on Aging, she was Chair of the Comité des affaires francophones and president of The Council on Aging from 2009 to 2011.  She is now the Chair of the Age-Friendly Ottawa Steering Committee.

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.

Director - Dr. Marjorie Hinds
Dr. Marjorie Hinds
Dr. Marjorie Hinds is a specialist in the field of teaching and professional development of teachers. Over the past 40 years, Marjorie has held many portfolios including department head, vice-principal, and principal in both Newfoundland and Ontario. In addition to her key innovative research work with teacher professional development through action research, Marjorie continues to make a difference in the field of education through her publications in peer reviewed journals. She was recently acknowledged by the College of Teachers of Ontario for her research on the challenges facing beginning, mid-career and experienced teachers.

In the Ottawa community, Marjorie has been instrumental in involving schools in the CHEO telethon, in Junior Achievement, and in Science Fair programs. In her adopted hometown of Rockland she serves as Chair of the Building Committee for St. Edith Stein Parish. Having served on the Strategic Planning Committee, the Fundraising Committee and the Bulletin Committee at the Council on Aging for the past two years, Marjorie welcomes the new challenge as Chair of the Development and Resources Committee.

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.

Trudy Sutton
Trudy Sutton

Trudy Sutton has worked in the housing and homeless service sector in Ottawa for thirty years. Since 1997, she has served as Executive Director of Housing Help, a non-profit agency providing assistance to people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, to access and maintain appropriate and affordable housing. She served on the Board of Geriatric Psychiatry Community Services of Ottawa for eight years, and has chaired the Steering Committee of the Alliance to End Homelessness for four years. Since 2008 she has also been chairing The Council on Aging of Ottawa's Housing Committee.

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.

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.

Inspector Tessa Youngson-Larochelle
Inspector Tessa Youngson-Larochelle has twenty-five years of policing experience that includes work with drug investigations, street crimes unit, youth gangs, planning and research, break and enters, sexual assault and child abuse, ViCLAS (computer system to identify serial crimes and criminals), and Court case management. Seventeen of these years have been at the supervisory level.

Inspector Youngson-Larochelle was recently promoted to the rank of Inspector with the Professional Standards section and Quality Assurance section of the Ottawa Police Service Executive Command. Her responsibilities involve providing leadership, decision-making, facilitation of staffing issues, as well as oversight and application of risk management initiatives under the umbrella of Quality Assurance. She is a confident communicator who engages others in discussion to openly share perspectives and understanding. Her community engagement includes serving as Media Team Co-Lead for the Ottawa Police Gala and Board Member with the Ottawa Victim Services beginning in February 2010. Her formal education includes an Honours Degree in Physical Education and she is also functionally bilingual in English and French.


COA Staff

Executive Assistant
Lise-Michèlle Bouchard

Director, Francophone Projects
Renée Chartier

Director, Community Partnership Committees
Bonnie Murphy

Program Director, Age Friendly Ottawa
Maureen Forsythe

Administrative Assistant

COA Organization Chart

COA Organizational Chart

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2013- Cal Martell
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