2018-2019 Board of Directors

Board Members

Stephanie King, President

Stephanie was born in Kitchener Waterloo and has lived in Ottawa since 1990. She 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., and specialist qualifications in Special Education and English as a Second Language. Stephanie is presently a teacher in the Community Living Program at Glebe Collegiate. Stephanie has given workshops to parents, teachers and individuals with an intellectual disability on a variety of topics including: 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, the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, and the Ethics Practitioners' Association of Canada. Vania is also on the City of Ottawa Accessibility Advisory Committee.  She works for the Government on the Canada Infrastructure Bank file.  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.

Josée Turgeon, Secretary

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.

Catherine St.Louis, Director

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.

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.

Lisa Whittleton, Director

Born in Tokyo, Japan into a diplomatic family, Lisa lived abroad throughout her childhood but always called Ottawa home. After attending the University of Guelph and graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences, she worked with the federal government, including positions in the Deputy Minister and Minister's Offices at Health Canada. She left the public service in 2014 to become a financial advisor, specializing in helping families navigate and understand the complexities of financial planning for people with disabilities. Her extensive knowledge and expertise on government programs and social services ensures that a person with a disability can maximize what is available to them without jeopardizing their eligibility in income and asset-tested programs. She was named Financial Services Person of the Year (Orleans Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards) in 2014; and, was the recipient of the Leading Women, Building Communities Award in 2016.

In her spare time, Lisa loves to travel the world and play with her dog, Jake, in the backyard of her Orleans home. Her interests include gardening, crafting of all kinds, and reading a great book.

John Boyce (Director)

Born in the Nation’s Capital, John is father to two boys. His youngest, Robert, has a developmental delay. Through his career, he has been an Electrician, Millwright, Project Manager and is currently a Facilities Manager for Lumentum, a high-tech company in Ottawa.

John has always had an active volunteer life.  For many years, he was involved in Scouting as a youth, leader and the Council Commissioner for Voyageur Council. He served as Vice President, President, and Past-President for the International Facilities Management Association.  He currently is on the Board of Directors for Social Networking for Youth, which gives opportunities for special needs youth and adults to socialize in the community with each other like other teenagers. John looks forward to working with Families Matter Co-op to investigate other avenues to support the families, and to creating new opportunities for growth, and care.


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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