The board of the Ottawa South Community Association is made up of 20 volunteer directors. The board meets every third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm at the Firehall (260 Sunnyside Avenue) from September to June. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please contact osca [AT] oldottawasouth [DOT] ca to request a place on the agenda. Non-board members are welcome to sit on committees.
Susan has lived in Old Ottawa South since 1984. She is a graduate of McGill University. She taught in the public school system in Montreal and worked as a senior business and systems analyst and consultant in the IT industry, both in Montreal and in Ottawa. She has a long history of volunteerism and has been active hosting annual neighbourhood block parties. She has actively opposed development projects in OOS. Upholding the established zoning rules and bylaws are important to her.
Chair, Nominations Commiteee
Kelly has lived in OOS for close to 10 years and, together with her husband, is 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.
Senior Engagement Group, TBA
Anna is a long time resident of Old Ottawa South and seeks your support to provide the Senior Perspective at OSCA’s board meetings. Anna is a retired social worker and previous co-chair of OSCA’s Planning and Zoning Committee. Recently, she was instrumental in co-founding “Senior Watch Old Ottawa South”, our local watchdog for seniors. This watchdog forged links with Abbotsford, Age Friendly Ottawa (AFO) and its sub-committee “Age-Friendly Pedestrian Safety & Walkability Committee”. Anna supports AFO’s mission “Age-Friendly Communities promote the Health, Safety and Active Participation of Seniors”. She will seek support from the newly elected OSCA board to endorse “Senior Watch Old Ottawa South” as a new sub-committee. This committee intends to support OSCA’s other sub-committees when needed. Anna has a proven track record of enthusiasm, diligence and team approach in her objectives.
Ilia Fabbri came to Canada from Italy when she was a child and has lived in the ‘Old Ottawas’ for over 30 years. This is her second year on the Board and she has brought the ever popular Women’s Day Event to the community for three years running. Ilia also volunteers frequently at Hopewell School where her two children attend. After various years working for the Federal Government, living in various cities across Canada, she realized that the 9 to 5 gig was not her calling and that Ottawa is the best city in which to raise a family. Ilia and her husband therefore returned to Ottawa and became a Real Estate Agent with Royal LePage. Ilia loves spending time with her family, loves her job and loves her neighbourhood. She also loves the company of good friends, homemade food, sun and sea, and 80’s music.
Christine is a federal public servant and has worked in the areas of intellectual property and innovation policy for more than twenty years. She has a B.Sc.(physics) and an LL.B. from Dalhousie University, and is a member of the Law Society of Ontario. She is also the founder of ImpactHours.org, a free website that connects individuals aged 55+ with Ottawa non-profits for short-term, skill-based volunteer opportunities. Christine joined the OSCA Board in 2016 and is a member of its Program Committee. An active volunteer in the community, she is also a member of Senior Watch Old Ottawa South. She has lived in Old Ottawa South with her husband since 1997. Their two children, now in university and high school, have been involved with many Firehall programs through the years, in participant and counsellor capacities.
Michael and his wife Phyllis have been residents of Old Ottawa South for over 40 years and raised two sons here. Michael has been on the OSCA Board since 1998, having served as OSWATCH Chair, Vice-President and recently as chair of the HR working group. He served as President from 2002 to 2013.
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, the OTLBC, and Brewer and Windsor Parks.
Co-chair, Program Committee
Brad Lafortune is a new member of the Old Ottawa South community and first-time business owner, having opened Function Physiotherapy on Bank Street in February 2018. Brad has always been dedicated to community engagement and has volunteered for the University of Ottawa, the Métis Nation of Ontario, and provides workshops at schools throughout the Ottawa region. Brad’s desire to remain involved has led him to positions such as Vice-President of Communications with the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa and President of the Physiotherapy Student Association. Brad currently sits as a board member of the Aboriginal Education Committee of La Cité collégiale.
Treasurer, Chair, Finance
Travis has recently moved to Old Ottawa South and is excited to help the community. As a Chartered Professional Accountant, Travis has held a wide variety of roles in finance and operations ranging from being President of Learning Tree Canada to owning businesses as an entrepreneur. Travis presently is the General Manager of Carleton University Students’ Association, which owns 4 businesses, 8 service centres and has approximately 200 employees. Given many students live in Old Ottawa South, he sees value in providing a link between student initiatives and advocacy and the residents of Old Ottawa South.
Governance and the new ONCA
Joy chose to live in Old Ottawa South in 1985, and has been a home owner and resident since then. During her 30+ years living in the neighbourhood, she has become acquainted with many neighbours, learning their views about the local issues which concern them. Joy’s neighbourhood is very important to her, and her values include a strong sense of community. As a long-time resident, Joy is familiar with the infrastructure, facilities and services in this neighbourhood, and their accessibility. She has observed how these have developed over the 30+ years she has lived here. It is important to her that this community continues to build on the foundations established by past volunteers in OSCA. Joy’s education and ~35 year career as a scientist (BSc, MSc) and private-sector intellectual property lawyer (LLB) facilitate her ability to listen and to understand relevant technical and legal / governance issues. For more than 10 years, Joy served in a volunteer capacity on the Board of Directors and ultimately as President of a corporation which owns and operates a family camp on a not-for-profit basis. Her responsibilities included policy making, legal and regulatory compliance, and oversight of management and finances and programming.
Co-Chair, Program Committee
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.
Chair, Traffic and Safety Committee
Sue is currently the Co Chair of the OSCA Traffic and Safety Committee and has been a member of this committee for three years. She has lived in Old Ottawa South since 2004. Her interest is in the well-being of the whole community and in particular, remaining as the Chair (or Co-chair) of the Traffic and Safety Committee. Sue is retired from the federal government (Department of Canadian Heritage - most recently as Director of International Sport) and before that taught in the Faculty of Physical Education at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Sue’s undergraduate degree is from the University of Toronto, Master’s degree from the University of Alberta and Doctorate from Ottawa University. Sue believes that her experience working on the policy side of government and serving on many Boards and Executives at all levels could be useful in meeting some of the challenges currently facing the OSCA Board and the community. Sue is a lifelong volunteer. Her specific interest has been in the sport of field hockey where she volunteered at the community, provincial and international levels for many years. She is also a keen walker, hiker and kayaker and an enthusiastic participant in OSCA’s Stronger for Longer classes.
Luc has been a proud resident of Old Ottawa South since 2011. He and his spouse were attracted by the neighbourhood’s character, beautiful parks and its urban laid-back vibe and wanted to live and raise their children in this unique community. Luc is a Professional Engineer, working in the construction industry for over 15 years, spending a majority of his career in building engineering consulting. In 2017, he joined the National Research Council where he works as a Technical Advisor with the Construction Research Center.
Luc joined the board in 2018 to engage with other OSCA members and OSS residents on issues that affect the neighbourhood and hopes to contribute to shaping the community, its landscape and how it's being developed for current and future generations.
Traffic and Safety, Green Dreamers, Chair Communications
Winnie Pietrykowski is a member of OSCA’s Traffic & Safety Committee (T&S), Co-Chair of OOS’s Green Dreamers, frequent contributor to OSCAR, former OSCA Board Member and Chair of the T&S Committee. Winnie has lived in OOS for over 30 years on Ossington Avenue, Pentry Lane and currently on Sunnyside. Since retiring from the federal public service in 2010, she has become a devoted grandmother, volunteer and community advocate. Winnie has working and volunteer experience with not-for-profit organizations, independent community enterprises, and 20 years of service with the federal government. Because of her training in communications and telecommunications policy, Winnie had the good fortune in the 1990s to work with the Community Access Program which was instrumental in rolling out public Internet access across Canada by creating partnerships at the local, municipal, provincial and federal levels of government. It was in many respects her “dream” job because it gave her the opportunity to meet Canadians from all walks of life and helped solidify her belief that innovative societal changes often begin at the grassroots level.
Michaela has been a resident of Old Ottawa South for thirteen years. A dedicated community member, Michaela volunteers at Hopewell School, as a coach with various local sporting organizations, and at the Ottawa Food Bank. She has extensive board experience which includes 14 years on the board of a publicly traded company and 7 years on the board of EO Ottawa. This will be her 6th year on the OSCA board. At OSCA, Michaela has continually been an active and engaged board member. She has served as Program Chair, Secretary, Chair of the OSCAR Editor Employment Committee, as a member of the Executive Director Hiring Committee, as a member of the Special Events Committee, and on the Executive Committee. Michaela holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering, a Master’s of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship, and Certificates in Basic Pastry and Basic Cuisine from Le Cordon Bleu.
Co-chair, Planning and Zoning
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.
Traffic and Safety Committee
Brian has lived in Old Ottawa South since moving here from Toronto in 2003. Over the years he has lived in several cities in Ontario, Manitoba and the US, and considers Ottawa, especially OOS, the best of all. Since his retirement in 2009 he has become involved in several local volunteer projects with the overall objective of contributing to and preserving the community atmosphere of his neighbourhood. He has been a member of the Traffic and Safety Committee for four years and has served two terms as Co-Chair of the Committee and as a member of the Bo ard of Directors. He is also a co-founder of the “Green Dreamers” group whose objective is to beautify landscape plantings between the bridges on Bank, and thus contribute to traffic calming. Brian attended the Universities of Guelph and Manitoba and holds a Ph.D. degree in Plant Science. During his 45 year career he worked in several agricultural and environmental research capacities for provincial and federal governments, and industry in North America, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Also for ten years, he was self-employed as a Regulatory and Government Affairs consultant before completing his career as a Study Director with Agriculture Canada, on the Experimental Farm. He is an avid gardener and has converted his “home space” into an edible landscape. As well, he manages a garden on Bank St which provides fresh produce to the free meal programs at the Centre 507 “drop-in” Centre. Brian is also a member of Southminster Church where he has served in several capacities and is presently Chair of the Worship Committee.
Co-chair, Planning and Zoning
Laura has lived in Old Ottawa South for a quarter-century and her love for its unique qualities has only grown over time and as her life has become more and more entwined with fellow OOSers. Laura is a Florida registered architect and is a volunteer member of Development Watch Southminster. By actively participating and sharing her time, skill set and passion, she hopes to contribute to keeping our neighbourhood great as it grows, changes and evolves. As our city grows, Old Ottawa South will also grow in order to continue to thrive. Our community association can help us to grow in the right direction by working to ensure that growth reflects the character of our community, respects its zoning by-laws and enhances our neighbourhood.
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.