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OSCA Board Profiles 2016-2017

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a place on the agenda. Non-board members are welcome to sit on committees.

Linda Hancock

Linda Hancock OSCA board presidentPresident 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 Beutel, Executive

Lise BeutelLise'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. 

Kelly Campbell, HR Task Group

Kelly Campbell 140Kelly 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 Castonguay, Program Committee

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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.


Kate Charland, Special Events

KateCharland sKate Martin Charland is originally from Halifax and has been an Old Ottawa South resident for over 10 years. This is her second year on the Board and she is a member of the Special Events and Nominations Committees. In addition to Special Events activities such as the adult Halloween Dance Party, Kate has also been a part of a group of Old Ottawa South ladies who have organized OSCA's popular November parties including: 007 A Spy Party, The Night Circus, and the Mad Men party.Kate is a teacher by training and holds a Master of Education in Educational Administration. She currently volunteers at Hopewell Avenue Public School where her children Emma and Angus attend. She is also involved with event planning outside the neighbourhood and was most recently a member of the leadership team responsible for planning the annual Bust a Move Breast cancer fundraiser for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. Kate also writes a regular party planning and social etiquette blog called "Simply Sociable".

 Pamela Dakers

Pamela Dakers OCSA Board member

Pamela has called Old Ottawa South home for about 15 years.  Her two children attend Hopewell Avenue Public School and both have participated in countless Firehall programs since before they could walk.  Professionally, Pamela has worked in high-tech industry for most of her career and in 1997 helped to establish Fibics Incorporated, a successful research and development microscopy engineering company in Ottawa.  Having recently joined the board, she is grateful to have an opportunity to be able to give back to the community by working with the OSCA board.

Ahmed Elsayed, Planning and Zoning

AhmedElsayed sSince 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 Franklin

Christine Franklin 3857 smChristine 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.


Nick Galletti, Communications Chair, HR Task Group

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Nicholas is a strategic communications and content marketing expert who has lived in Old Ottawa South for three years. Nicholas helps organizations deliver value to their audiences through creative content, digital strategy and media outreach. He is also an economist and international relations specialist who holds MBA degrees from Cornell and Queen’s Universities. Nicholas has travelled widely and has directed major projects in Latin America, Africa, Asia and North America. His strengths include strategic planning, public policy, digital media and marketing communications. Nicholas is fluent in English, French and Spanish.


Matt Hart, Program Committee, HR Task Group

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Matt and his family have lived in Old Ottawa South for the past eight years and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. Originally from Halifax, Matt has been on the board since October 2013 and enjoys the opportunity to contribute to this wonderful neighbourhood.

Matt holds two degrees in business and has had success in numerous sales and marketing roles. Most recently, he sold his stake in an IT Recruiting company where he ran the recruiting department.

Having sat on the Program Committee for the past year, Matt has appreciated being able to assist the Firehall team with decisions regarding the great programming options that they offer to the people in our neighbourhood. His other volunteer commitments in Ottawa have revolved around his three children with Matt taking on commitments coaching baseball and soccer. Prior to moving to Ottawa, he served on the 2B Theatre Company’s board in Halifax.

In his spare time, Matt enjoys skiing, sailing, crossword puzzles, and watching his beloved Toronto Blue Jays.


Michael Jenkin, Executive, City Negotiation, HR Task Group Chair

MichaelJenkin sMichael Jenkin has lived in Old Ottawa South with his wife Phyllis since the end of 1977 and raised two sons here.  Michael joined the OSCA board in 1998-99 and has served as chair of OSWatch, as Vice-President and then as President from 2002 until 2013 during which time the Firehall was renovated and expanded. Over the last year he has assisted with the planning for a new service level agreement with the City.

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 Jull

Janet Jull OSCA board memberJanet 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.

Brenda Lee, Special Events Committee Chair

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Brenda Lee was born and raised in Renfrew, Ont. She attended Brock University, in St. Catherines Ontario, for her B.A. in Child Development. After receiving this degree she moved back to Ottawa to attend Algonquin College for her degree in Early Childhood Education. Brenda worked as a nanny in Old Ottawa South for six years before starting her own home daycare, which she currently runs. She feels it was perhaps one of the best decisions of her life, second only to making a home with her partner, Christopher Heilmann.

Brenda has lived in Old Ottawa South for over 17 years. She has sat on the OSCA board intermittently over these years, has been involved in Firehall Renovation Fundraising, the Program Committee, has taught courses at the Firehall, written articles for the  OSCAR, but mostly has spent these years involved in Special Events and is  currently the chair of the OSCA Special Events Committee.

Brenda was awarded a Whitton Award in 2002 for her volunteer efforts, but she feels the real award is being a part of such a vibrant and wonderful community. Having spent so many years in childcare and in the running of events for OSCA, she has literally watched a generation grow up around her. She feels blessed to have been a part of this and to have grown children stop her on the street to say "hello" and to share their memories of growing up in OOS.

The moment she heard the Beatles sing "In the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make" she felt she had heard a universal truth. Brenda hopes that by giving back to her community she, in some small way, emulates that truth and passes it forward for future generations. 

 Dana Levac, Finance Committee Chair, City Negotiation, Executive

DanaLevac sTreasurer

Dana Levac has been involved with OSCA since October 2013, and is currently the Treasurer along with serving on a numerous committees.   Professionally, Dana is a Chartered Professional Accountant and currently works in the Management Consulting practice of the KPMG in Ottawa.  Dana and her family have lived in Old Ottawa South since January 2011; a community they have cherished since the day they moved in.  She is delighted to be “giving back” to this wonderful community through her involvement with the OSCA.


Jacqueline Littlewood, After 4 Committee

JacquelineLittlewood sJacqueline has lived in OOS for approximately 5 years with her young family.  With two children in school at Hopewell P.S. next year, and ever-deepening roots in the neighbourhood, Jacqueline wanted to make a more personal contribution by joining the OSCA board.  As an experienced public servant, Jacqueline brings to the board expertise in research, strategic analysis, communications, and project management.  Jacqueline has a passion for good food, great design, green spaces, and connecting kids with nature. 

A native of small-town Alberta, Jacqueline grew up with a strong sense of community and civic duty. Jacqueline first lived in OOS—on Sunnyside Avenue —when attending Carleton University to obtain her M.A. After several years abroad, Jacqueline returned to Ottawa to pursue a career with the federal government.  Brewer Park, the river, and the great sense of community drew Jacqueline and her husband back to OOS when they started a family.  Jacqueline is looking forward to being a board member and making OOS an even better place to live. 


Steve Mennill, Planning and Zoning Committee Chair

Steve Mennill 140Steve 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. He is now co-chair of the planning committee.

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 if 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.

Evan Pilkington

Evan PilkingtonEvan 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 – his professional background and relevant experience on LinkedIn



Michaela Tokarski, Program Committee Chair, Executive

Michaela Tokarski OCSA Board member

Michaela has been a resident of Old Ottawa South for eleven years. She, her husband and her three children love all that this great community has to offer including Brewer Park, the amazing gelato, Sunnyside Music School, the myriad pubs, the library, and the pool at the OTLBC.

A dedicated community member, Michaela has been an active volunteer with the Ottawa South Committee for Refugee Sponsorship. She has intermittently been on the OSCA board serving as the Chair of the OSCAR Editor Employment Committee, acting as a member of the Executive Director Hiring Committee, serving on the Executive Committee as Secretary and in 2016/2017 will serve again on the Executive but this time as the Chair of the Programs Committee. She has also coached ringette, ultimate Frisbee, and has volunteered frequently at Hopewell School.

Michaela holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering with a Management Science Option and a Master’s of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship. You can also view Michaela’s professional background and relevant experience.

Brian Ure, Traffic and Safety Committee Co-Chair

Brian Ure OCSA Board Member








Erik Van der Torre

Erik Van der TorreWhen 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.