President Executive, Governance, City Negotiation
A native of Ottawa, Linda fell in love with community work when she was a teenager. Her very first volunteer commitment was just over the river from Old Ottawa South (OOS)—as a Candy Striper at the Riverside Hospital. Since that time, Linda has made community work a priority and has worked with many charities and not-for-profit organizations at the local and national levels.
Linda’s most significant contributions have been to the National Capital YM-YWCA where she was a fitness leader, trainer, and supervisor for almost 20 years. She’s also a Past-President of the Big Sisters of Ottawa-Carleton and the Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability – she served on both Boards for well over 10 years. Her love of OOS led her to join the Board of OSCA in May of 2012 – first as Vice-President and now as President since May 2013.
Professionally, Linda helps her clients plan for life after work. She is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) with Investors Group Financial Services Inc. Linda has been assisting clients in the areas of retirement income planning, wealth management, and estate planning for over 18 years.
Linda has lived in OOS since 2003 when she and her husband, Mazen, fell in love with Robertson House – one of OOS’s heritage homes. Thus began their journey of restoration and renovation and their love for OOS grew stronger. Linda’s interest and commitment to the future of OOS took a giant leap forward, when daughter, Sarah, joined the family in 2012. Linda looks forward to continuing to play a leadership role with OSCA.
Lise's previous volunteer experience include work for the Canadian Mental Health Association in Ottawa and the Daily Bread Food Bank in Toronto. She is enthusiastic about working collaboratively with the other members of Old Ottawa South to make it an even more walkable, accessible, and enjoyable community.
Lise is a sustainability professional with over 16 years of experience in strategy, marketing, environmental sustainability, and project management. She recently joined Sustainable Development Technology Canada in the role of Manager, Projects.
As a relatively new resident to Old Ottawa South, she has an appreciation for how vibrant and yet sleepy the neighbourhood can be. She has even developed a slight green thumb if for no other reason than to keep up with her neighbours and their beautiful gardens.
HR Task Group
Kelly has lived in OOS for close to 10 years and, together with her husband, are raising their three children in this community. She was raised in London, Ontario but feels at home in OOS and is fortunate to be living in such a vibrant and close-knit community.
A management consultant, Kelly is responsible for the Ottawa Planning and Performance practice at Interis Consulting where she has worked with a number of federal departments on complex strategy, policy compliance and business transformation assignments in the public sector.
Outside of work, Kelly can be seen coaching soccer or in the winters volunteering at the Edelweiss Ski Club.
Kelly’s children attend Francojeunesse and Franco-Cité.
Lizane moved to Ottawa more than three years ago and is grateful to have discovered Old Ottawa South and everything that it has to offer her family. Originally from Montreal, Lizane has had the opportunity to live in many cities across Canada working in marketing for small companies and large multi-nationals such as Coca-Cola. Recently she has changed her career path and started her own company as a marketing consultant. Lizane is in her 1st year on the board and looks forward to both learning and contributing as much as possible from both her professional background as well as her personal experiences living across Canada. In her spare time, Lizane enjoys running along the canal, biking in Gatineau Park, skiing, gardening and running after her two young boys.
Caroline and her family moved to OOS from Toronto 10 years ago and they have never looked back. Her two children attend Hopewell Avenue Public School. She is a lawyer and manager with the federal Department of Justice. She has served on many boards, including the Boards of Directors of Capital Daycare Centre and Glebe Parents Daycare. Most recently, she has served in various volunteer capacities with the Ottawa Internationals Soccer Club and New Star Children's Theatre.
Caroline wants to serve on the Board and help out on the Committees to give something back to the Firehall, OSCA programs and the OOS community that have been so important for her and her family. She is particularly interested Planning and Zoning and Traffic and Safety issues.
Since graduating in 1995, Ahmed has worked as a senior project manager and project architect for many construction projects in Canada, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. Along with this solid architectural experience, Ahmed is a project management professional (PMP), a leadership in environmental efficient design accredited professional (LEED AP bd+c), a Project Management Institute Schedule Professional (PMI-SP), and has completed multiple graduate programs in project management. As a project manager, Ahmed recently completed two major projects that he is proud of, Export Development Canada headquarters (EDC) and the Parliament Hill East Tunnel project.
I moved to Old Ottawa South in 2010 and we really love the community. It is priceless to live in a community with great neighbors and friends, perfect location and great parks and facilities. My two kids, Adam and Jena love attending OSCA’s summer camps and consider the fire hall and its staff an extension of our home. I look forward to serving the community as part of OSCA’s board and to many years to come living in Old Ottawa South.
Christine has lived in Old Ottawa South with her husband since 1997. Their two children, now in high school, have participated in many Firehall programs through the years.
Christine has a B.Sc.(Physics) and an LL.B. from Dalhousie University, and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. She is a federal public servant and has worked in the areas of intellectual property and innovation policy for more than twenty years.
Christine has volunteered with various organizations in the community, including the Hopewell School Council for twelve years. She is also a member of Hub Ottawa and a supporter of the Ottawa Tool Library.
A retired senior public servant, Michael worked in a number of federal departments dealing with science and technology, industrial development and consumer protection issues. For over 8 years he was also the Chair of the Committee on Consumer Policy at the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Michael has a BA (Hons.) in history, politics and economics from Trent University and an MA (Econ.) and Ph.D. in government from the University of Manchester in the UK and has written books and articles on public policy issues.
In 2002 he was awarded the City of Ottawa’s Whitton Award for community service, in 2012 the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for public and community service, and in 2014 the Public Service Award of Excellence for Outstanding Career which was presented by the Governor General.
Janet has lived in a number of Ottawa neighbourhoods over the years, and has been a resident of OOS for nearly a decade. She has been very active in the community, and has volunteered her time in support of many neighbourhood initiatives such as support for children with special needs at Hopewell Public School, raising awareness of community safety, and advocating for better infill guidelines for Ottawa communities.
Janet is an occupational therapist and post-doctoral fellow with the Canadian Institute of Health Research at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Her research interest is focused on health equity and health literacy, particularly with disadvantaged populations.
Janet, her husband Scott, and their three children have enjoyed the vibrant, connected and family-friendly neighbourhood of OOS, and love its “village in the city” feeling and incredible public spaces. They continue to be active participants in community sports, the Firehall Community Centre, the OTLBC, and Brewer and Windsor Parks.
Andy, his husband Paddy and his beloved dog Angus have loved Old Ottawa South for years! Working in the Glebe and Old Ottawa South for years as a Realtor, Andy found the charm of the houses and the feeling of community something that he wanted for his family, and something that reminded him of home. Originally from Manchester in the UK (in a small village called Ainsworth), Andy trained as a professional Singer & Dancer and worked professionally for years in the West End & travelled the world as a Singer on cruise ships. Feeling such a sense of pride in where he lives and works, Andy couldn’t think of anything better than giving back to a community as wonderful as Old Ottawa South.
Planning and Zoning Committee Chair
Steve Mennill first moved to Ottawa South fifteen years ago because of the diversity, strong sense of community and great quality of life that this neighbourhood has to offer.
Steve has been involved with OSCA for most of that time, having served on OSWATCH, Finance Committee, Special Events Committee and Firehall Redevelopment Committee, and was treasurer of OSCA for over ten years.
Steve and his family have also participated in many, many OSCA programs over the years. In fact his eleven and fourteen year old kids think of the Firehall as their second home in Ottawa South!
Steve has a strong interest in community planning and development issues, having worked as an urban planner for several years, and now works in housing finance.
He hopes to continue to contribute to toward OSCA's goal of making this an even better community, and in particular intends to focus on advancing the work on a community design plan for Old Ottawa South.
Michelle Nguyen moved into the Old Ottawa South community as the owner of Hair Republic Beauty Lounge in 2011. The growth and support of the community allowed Michelle’s business to flourish. In addition, she was able to become a commercial landlord.
Michelle’s other purpose and passions lie in building strong community oriented businesses with lasting partnerships.
Evan and his family recently moved from Southern Ontario to the Old Ottawa South neighbourhood. This community had obvious appeal for its walkable mix of cozy homes, leafy parks and urban amenities. When he isn’t out walking his kids to Hopewell School or eating snacks at one of the local bakeries, Evan can be found working as a Program Manager in Ontario’s drinking water sector.
Richard is a long-time resident of Old Ottawa South. He has recently retired from full-time work and runs his own company which offers services focused on increasing effectiveness at the personal and organizational levels.
Richard has a broad base of experience flowing from work with the federal government, with the Public Policy Forum, with Saint Jerome's University, as a consultant, and as a volunteer with organizations such as the Community Foundation of Ottawa. He also holds licenses with global training companies to deliver award-winning leadership development programs.
Emilie Taman has lived in Old Ottawa South for 10 years, with her spouse Michael Spratt, their three children and, most recently, their puppy, Dexter. She has been involved with OSCA for several years both as a member of the Board and a keen participant in Firehall programs. Emilie is an unrelenting community activist who has implicated herself in a number of municipal issues, including as co-Chair of Bookmark the Core, a citizens’ group interested in the new Central Library project. Emilie teaches at the University of Ottawa and co-hosts a justice and politics podcast called The Docket.
Program Committee Chair, Executive
Michaela has been a resident of Old Ottawa South for twelve years. She, her husband and her three children love all that this great community has to offer and spend a lot of their time at Brewer Park, Douvris, Sunnyside Music School, the pubs, the library, and at the OTLBC.
A dedicated community member, Michaela volunteers frequently at Hopewell School and as a coach with various local sporting organizations. At OSCA, Michaela has served as the Chair of the OSCAR Editor Employment Committee, as a member of the Executive Director Hiring Committee, on the Executive Committee (as Secretary and Program Chair Representative) and in 2017/2018 she will serve again on the Executive but this time as the Co-Chair of the Programs Committee.
Michaela holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering with a Management Science Option and a Master’s of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship.
Erik Van der Torre
When Erik and his family moved to Ottawa from Vancouver in 2009, the moving agent that showed them around the city told them that they should probably live in Old Ottawa South. They took his advice and feel they could not have made a better decision.
In Vancouver, Erik worked as a Marketing Researcher and loved working with local businesses and organisations to help them better serve their communities. When his wife accepted a position in Ottawa, they decided that Erik would become the primary caregiver to their three young children. During that time, Erik has been an active member in the community and spent some of his time volunteering in and around the community.
From October 2014 to June 2015, Erik chaired the Hopewell Avenue Public School Every Leaf Counts campaign. This committee raised well over $200,000 to build a new primary school yard, after all the trees in the old yard were destroyed by the Emerald Ash Borer and the play structures were condemned and slated for renewal by the OCDSB. The Every Leaf Counts campaign showed Erik once again what an amazing community OOS is, as parents, school staff, community members, and local businesses rallied behind this cause and together built a beautiful new yard. In his role on the OSCA board, Erik hopes to continue to use his drive and passion for community building.
When Connie and her husband moved to Ottawa with their two kids in 2012, they knew immediately that they wanted to live in Old Ottawa South. Since then, the family has enjoyed many of the programs and events the Firehall has to offer, and their dog Oscar highly approves of Windsor Park's off-leash area.
Connie has a Master's degree in history and is a historical researcher and writer at Know History Inc. In a former life, she was a corporate communications associate for large consulting and insurance firms in both Vancouver and Toronto. In 2016, Connie volunteered with a neighbourhood refugee support group to bring a young man to Canada from Iraq; and every April, she is a judge at National Capital History Day, a history competition for highschool students from across the province. She is excited about contributing to the OSCA Board's goal of continuing to ensure that Old Ottawa South is the best place to live in this city.