2017-2018 Board of Directors

Board Members

Catherine St.Louis, President

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Catherine is the only sibling to her brother Paul, who has a developmental disability.  A graduate of Carleton University, Catherine has worked for Public Works and Government Services Canada, for 16 years. She raised three children as a single parent, and was a caregiver to her parents in their declining years. As a young adult she became increasingly involved in advocating for her brother. In 2012, she became his full time caregiver. Through these roles, she has developed a unique perspective and in-depth knowledge of Ottawa’s programs and services, how to access them, and achieve optimum solutions.  Catherine is keen to be involved with Families Matter Co-op and looks forward to sharing her journey, and learning from others, as they work together to effect changes for those with special needs in our community.

Stephanie King, Vice-President

Stephanie has been working with individuals with an intellectual disability and their families since 1993. She is also an aunt and advisor to a wonderful nephew who has an intellectual disability. Her educational background includes: DSW Diploma, B.A. in Psychology, B.Ed. Elementary, Intermediate qualifications, and specialist qualifications in special education and english as a second language. Stephanie is presently a special education teacher in the Community Living Program at Glebe High School. Stephanie has given workshops to parents, teachers and individuals with an intellectual disability on transition planning, educating for the future, and literacy for individuals with an intellectual disability. She is always willing to share her resources, time and support to individuals with a disability, their families and fellow educators.

Vania Karam, Treasurer

Vania is a native of Ottawa. She has board experience as both President and Treasurer and volunteers her time with an array of organizations including CPA Canada's Financial Literacy Program and the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program. She works for the Government on small business issues, including social enterprise. She brings to this role her experience and knowledge of accounting, finance, economics and risk. She also operates a small tax preparation business. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CGA) and a Certified Risk Manager. She values perseverance and empowerment and is a firm believer that with hope, hard work and a bit of luck, you can do anything. It is these values that drew her to Families Matter Co-Op.

Marlene Morrow, Secretary

Marlene Morrow is a mother of 2 boys and stepmother to 4 girls and a boy. These 7 children range in age from 22 to 33. She has had her hand in a few different pots since she graduated from the Child and Youth Counselor course at Algonquin in 1981. Over the years while raising her children, Marlene worked in various positions for several local organizations that provide day programs or residential care for developmentally and physically disabled adults: Robert Smart Centre, OCAPDD, Christian Horizons and ICSS.  She has been an Educational Assistant at OCDSB and until her early retirement in 2015, Marlene had been a Child and Youth Counselor on the psychiatric ward at CHEO since 2003.  She has now started a business Orange Heart which supports Adults with Disabilities as well as Seniors. On the Board of Directors for Families Matter Co-op, she is looking forward to being in this community again, as she has really missed it. She is interested in helping out with fundraising events and any other areas where she can be useful.

Shana Davis, Director

Shana has a Bachelor of Arts with a specialization in Communications from the University of Ottawa and a Master's of Industrial Relations from Queen's University. After working as an HR Advisor for a major Bank, Shana decided to switch gears by joining the family business in 2008 where she currently works as the Administrative Director. Her background in HR and business administration has given her a passion for community involvement and social enterprising. Shana also has a love for dance and has spent some time volunteering as a dance instructor teaching ballet and creative movement to children. Shana enjoys her work with FMC and looks forward to continuing learning about what matters most to families and working on issues relating to housing, employment and meaningful community involvement.

Josée Turgeon, Director

Josee Turgeon was born and raised in Ottawa.  She worked for Air Canada for 19 years as an on ground ticket agent.  Josee’s natural ability to empathize with people as well as her strong sense of client service helped her to transition to a successful career in Social Services 13 years ago, with the City of Ottawa.  Her social services portfolio has included; housing, child care subsidy and Ontario Works.  She has worked as a team lead and recently was promoted to coordinator.  She is passionate about helping those in need and has a vast knowledge of services and programs in the Ottawa area.  She also has been a personal mentor to a friend’s special needs sibling and is part of his support network. She is a graduate of the Social Work Program at Algonquin and graduated on the honor roll. In her spare time, Josee enjoys travel, painting, yoga and spending time with her daughter.

Christine Snow, Director

Christine Snow is a Registered Massage Therapist, and has been in private practice for the last 26 years. She is a mother of three. Her oldest child is 20 years old, and has a developmental disability. Chris has been a member of the Board of Directors of The Social Network for Youth, an organization that offers social programming for youth and adults with Developmental Disabilities, for the last five years. In preparation for her son leaving high school and entering his adult life, Chris has been networking and gathering as much information as possible, to help her son design a meaningful life for himself. She has come to realize the importance of networking, sharing information and supporting one another in this process. Chris is keen to use her personal experience, dedication and commitment to these issues to contribute to The Board of Directors of Families Matter Coop.

 

Meet the Staff

Jeff Bond, Executive Director

Jeff studied Non-Profit & Volunteer Sector Governance and Management at Carleton University.  His career spans over 20 years in the not-for-profit sector.  He spent a little over 10 years as the Manager of Programs and Training with Volunteer Canada, Manager of Programs with Volunteer Ottawa and most recently as the Owner and Chief Consultant of Red Acorn Consulting which designs and introduces solutions to help businesses and non-profit organisations cultivate exceptional working environments, build strategic relations and increase impact and productivity.

 

 

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