Growing up in Europe and Canada, as well as spending a year living in India, Christy has always had a passion for culture and what builds strong communities. In her early teens she began volunteering as an integration aid for children with special needs and came to see the vital role a community centre has in serving as the hub of the community in a variety of ways.
Having pursued a career spanning over 25 years in community and recreation Christy has built an extensive experience base in recreation and enrichment, community outreach, special events and fundraising.
Christy spent her high school years in Ottawa, attending St Pius X high school before moving to Montreal for university. After graduating from Concordia University with a BA Honours in Political Anthropology, she returned to Ottawa for two years to pursue graduate studies in Cultural Anthropology and Mediation at Carleton University. Christy returned to Montreal and began working as a coordinator for the YMCA. Soon after she was approached by a local parent’s group to plan and launch a recreational/enrichment program for elementary school aged children. For 16 years Christy was the Executive Director of that program, while continuing her community involvement by volunteering on local boards. During that time she also graduated with a BA specialization in Psychology, and completed a certificate in non-profit management at Mount Royal University.
Since June 2012 Christy has been the Executive Director of OSCA. The association has seen much change since Christy began, and she looks forward to further growth and expansion, the launch of exciting new programs, special events and community initiatives.
Preschool, Children & Youth Program Program Director
Sarah was born and raised in the small town of Killaloe in the Ottawa Valley. Being inspired by her mother, a school support counsellor, she realized she wanted to work with children. At 19, she started working for the Madawaska Valley Association for Community Living as a counsellor for their special needs camp. The next year, Sarah directed the camp and coordinated a charity golf tournament that helped to fund it. Since then, she’s also helped to coordinate recreation programs at the MS Society in Ottawa and at the Jack Purcell Community Centre.
Sarah attended the University of Ottawa, and graduated with a Honours Bachelor with Specialization in Human Kinetics and Minor in Biology. While doing her bachelor’s, she developed a love for coaching, sport psychology, and community development. She went on to do a Master of Arts in Human Kinetics, also at the University of Ottawa. Her thesis explored how Special Olympics coaches help their athlete to develop essential life skills. Sarah hopes to be able to integrate her experiences and her education to develop more amazing programs for OSCA.
In her spare time, Sarah plays hockey, softball, volleyball and has recently taking up curling. You may also see her strumming her guitar or banging on a set of drums. She loves to attend concerts, travel, and dabble in photography.
Preschool and Child Program Coordinator
Darcy has been working with children for over 20 years in Ottawa. After returning from Loyalist College in the ECE program, Darcy coordinated several programs for preschool and school-aged children at other community centres around the city.
He’s been at OSCA for a decade and has greatly enjoyed his time in OOS. You may know Darcy from the programs he has coordinated here, including Everything But The Kitchen Sink JK-SK Camps, the JK-SK After-Four program, and many preschool programs around the Firehall. He’s also been heavily involved in helping at special events such as Fall Fest, the Porch Sale, and Breakfast with Santa.
Darcy has recently taken on coordinating episodic recreation programs for school-aged children after school.
In his spare time, you might catch Darcy playing his guitar and performing for others at different events. He also enjoys travelling, playing hockey and going camping during the summer.
Preschool Instructor Grade 1-4 After 4 Coordinator
Katherine has a diploma in Early Childhood Education and has a passion for working with children of all ages and stages.
She began working at the Firehall one morning a week 12 years ago in what it is now known as our Busy Kids playgroup.
In November 2015 she joined the our after four program as the coordinator of the grade 1-3's. Her creative side can be seen in the crafts the children create in her programs.
You will often catch her and a crew of children making decorations for the centre in the lobby area of the Firehall.
Gr. 4-6 After-Four and Youth Night Coordinator
Lance was born and raised on the farmlands in Windsor, Ontario. He moved to Ottawa when he was nine years old, once again residing in the rural area around Ottawa. He prides himself on being a “country boy.” Lance attended St. Patrick’s High School in the Alta Vista area.
At eight years old, Lance started attending Christie Lake Kids summer camps. He believes that his experience at Christie Lake Kids changed his life and helped him be the person he is today. Eventually, Lance became a junior counsellor there once he was old enough. He worked his way up through the ranks and became their canoe instructor.
Camp was just part of Lance’s journey, however. He feels priviledged to have helped out at other organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, Little Ray’s Reptiles, and Tim Horton’s camps.
Lance’s mission is to make sure that every child and staff member has a great time at OSCA. Although OSCA is still new for Lance, he feels as though he’s family here; as such, he strives to put a a smile on everybody’s face who comes to the Firehall.
Communications and Marketing Coordinator
Natasha was born and raised in the Nation's Capital and has grown more and more passionate about the city over the years. She studied at the University of Ottawa and Algonquin College, completing her Bachelor's Degree as well as a Graduate Program Certificate. Natasha specializes in Communications and Events, and is thrilled to be able to contribute to community life in Old Ottawa South.
In her spare time Natasha enjoys cycling, recreational sports, and attending local events in the city. She is happy to be working with the team at OSCA, where her values align with the values that we have for the community.
Natasha discovered her passion for community involvement through her studies at Algonquin College in the Event Management program. She decided that she wanted to focus her efforts on the improvement of community programs and events. Thus she is working with the team at OSCA to create a fulfilling and enriching community in Old Ottawa South.
Program Guide Graphic Designer
Becca has lived in Old Ottawa South nearly all her life and is deeply attached to this community. She moved here with her family when she was 8 years old and attended Hopewell public school. After graduating from Glebe Collegiate she attended Carleton University and received her B.A. in communications. After graduating she found herself craving a more creative profession and decided to focus on photography and design. Becca decided to leave Ottawa for a couple of years to study at Sheridan College in Oakville, ON. When she completed her diploma she moved back to Old Ottawa South and pursued a career in photography and art.
Becca has worked as a corporate photographer for over 10 years. She has worked for a variety of clients around the city, including architects, builders and advertising agencies. Becca has been working as an artist since 2008, she has been very lucky to have had her worked featured by a variety of local news outlets, including Ottawa magazine, CTV news and the OSCAR.
Becca is an avid amateur gardener and is a member of the Brewer Park Community Garden, where she volunteers as the internal communications coordinator. She loves baking and cooking (especially when it’s with the produce grown in her garden plot). Becca has also sat on the board of directors for the Glebe Co-operative Nursery School as the communications chair.
Amy was born in the small town of Lesser Slave Lake in Alberta. Her family moved to Ottawa when she was a toddler. She is now thrilled to be raising her family here as well. After graduating high school at St. Peter high school in Orleans, Amy earned an honours diploma in Police Sciences and has also studied Business Administration at Algonquin College.
Amy discovered her passion for community involvement, recreational programming and volunteer work through her children’s participation in a small community sports and recreation organization. Amy has also developed a desire to help bring sports and recreational programming to families that face cultural, social, and financial barriers.
Amy came to us from a local private online high school, where she was hired in 2011 for her superior customer service skills. She grew from being an administrative assistant in their Student Services Department to running all the day to day functions of the school. Amy was the school’s Admissions Manager, Guidance Manager, Human Resources Manager, and Teacher Liaison/Manager. Amy hopes to use her extensive administrative experience to keep the OSCA office running smoothly and efficiently.
She is actively involved in parent council at her boy’s schools. In her free time Amy enjoys reading, walking, yoga, and camping.
Chris Lawson is a freelance writer and web producer who has lived in Old Ottawa South since 2008. A Toronto expatriate, Ottawa has been home since 1992. He produced his first website in 1996 and has been fascinated by computer-mediated communications since 1986 when 2400 BAUD modems were exotic luxury items. He’s an avid road cyclist and wilderness canoe tripper. He blogs at http://cmkl.ca/