The board of the Ottawa South Community Association is made up of 17 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to request a place on the agenda. Non-board members are welcome to sit on committees.
Virginia Asante is a senior policy advisor with Innovation, Science and Economic Development. Previously, she was a management consultant on international infrastructure development projects with an Ottawa-based consulting firm. She graduated from University of Toronto with an honours BA in philosophy and holds a graduate degree in ethics from the University of Ottawa. Virginia joined the OSCA board in 2019 as the Secretary and recently became chair of OSCA's new Diversity and Inclusion Working Group. She also volunteers on the yard committee with the Hopewell Avenue Public School council, and is the mother of three boys.
Treasurer, Chair of Finance Committee
Ben moved to Old Ottawa South from New York City in October of 2017 and started to look for ways to help out around the community right away. A Computer Science graduate of Dawson College, Ben has spent his entire career in the IT industry, with the majority at Pegasystems Inc, a Boston based software company. He has held several roles in the organization, mainly focusing on technical sales and product marketing. Ben also serves as the Chief Technology Officer of Genvironment Inc, an Ontario-based, youth-led sustainability consulting not-for-profit organization and is passionate about doing everything we can to ensure a bright, clean and safe natural environment for future generations to enjoy. When he is not working, Ben spends his time with his wife and two children - you can catch him playing in the sand at Brewer Park, swimming at Windsor or simply walking around the neighbourhood with kids in tow, looking at what's going on.
Member of Planning & Zoning Committee
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.
SWOOS (Senior Watch Old Ottawa South)
Anna has lived in Old Ottawa South for 40 years and raised her children here. She is co-founder and member of OSCA’s Senior Watch Old Ottawa South (SWOOS), our local watchdog for seniors. SWOOS concerns itself with “Age Friendly” walkability, social connections, housing and health issues. A retired social worker with a wide variety of front line experiences, e.g. Indigenous communities and with homeless people. Anna worked for 25 years in local hospitals in the fields of mental health, crisis intervention, rehabilitation and palliative care. Anna emigrated from her native Netherlands in 1970 and is co-chair of the local chapter of the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Netherlandic Studies (CAANS).
Co-Chair of HR Committee, Member of Communications Committee
Although new to Old Ottawa South, Eli Duern is finding ways to take an active role in supporting the community. He currently sits as Co-Chair of the newly formed HR Committee, and contributes as a member of the Communications Committee. Following a career in hospitality, Eli went back to school to study Public Relations at Algonquin College. His studies led him to work at BioTalent Canada, a growing not‑for‑profit focused on skills development for Canada’s health and bioscience sectors. His current role is Marketing and Communications Project Manager. When he’s not out walking his four‑legged community ambassador, Eli can be found photographing the world around him.
Past President, Acting Chair of Operations Committee, Member of HR Committee
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.
Member of Operations Committee
Michael enjoyed a successful career in engineering and management. However, he believes he failed at Retirement. After 6 years of not wearing a watch, Michael started a new job at the same time as the pandemic lock-down. That and family are occupying Michael’s time these days. He’s happy to be on the Board for one more year.
Chair of Governance Committee, Member of Nominations & Elections Committee
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.
Chair of Nominations & Elections Committee, Chair of Traffic & Safety Committee, Member of Governance Committee
Sue is currently the Chair of the OSCA Traffic and Safety Committee and the Nominations and Elections Committee. She has lived in Old Ottawa South since 2004. Her interest is in the well-being of the whole community and in particular making the community’s streets and sidewalks safer for all. Sue 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 and Recreation at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Her 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 is useful in meeting some of the challenges currently facing the OSCA Board and the community. Sue is a lifelong volunteer. Her specific sport interest is the sport of field hockey where she held executive positions at the community, provincial and international levels for many years. She is also a keen hiker, cyclist, kayaker, reader and opera lover.
Ingrid is a federal public servant, with almost 20 years of experience in strategic communications, policy development and intergovernmental and Indigenous affairs. She has university degrees in political science, journalism, and environmental education and communication. Her federal government career began in Yellowknife, NWT, where she lived for four years. This experience gave her a great love of the Arctic and interest in northern issues. Prior to being a public servant, Ingrid was a journalist for almost 10 years, including as an editor at The Globe and Mail. These days, Ingrid is also a proud mom of a young son who has been very active in Firehall programs, and he hopes to one day be a Firehall counsellor. Ingrid has lived with her family in Old Ottawa South for most of the past 10 years, and currently lives on Sunnyside Avenue. Another of her passions is community environmental action, and she is one of the founders, in 2020, of the Enviro Crew of Old Ottawa South, an active group of OOS residents who are tackling environmental issues by leading local projects. Her goal is to revitalize OSCA's environment committee and foster connections with like-minded local groups and residents to spur effective local environmental action. She is also on the Board of Directors of Able2 (formerly known as Citizens Advocacy of Ottawa), which supports individuals with disabilities who are living independently. Ingrid loves animals, however, her son will not let her get a pet, so she must be content to enjoy her lovable neighbour cat, Gary.
Vice President, Chair of Communications Committee
Winnie Pietrykowski is Vice President of OSCA and Chair of the Communications Committee. She has lived in Old Ottawa South for over 30 years and has served as Chair of OSCA’s Traffic & Safety Committee, and co-Chair of OOS’s Green Dreamers. Winnie loves to write and is a frequent contributor to OSCAR, OOS’s monthly community newspaper. Since retiring from the federal public service in 2010, Winnie has become a devoted grandmother, volunteer and community advocate. Her volunteer and work experience includes not‑for‑profit organizations, independent community enterprises, and 20 years with the federal government. Because of her training and education in communications and telecommunications policy, Winnie had the good fortune in the 1990s to work with the federal rollout of public Internet access across Canada. This initiative was made possible 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.
Member of Communications Committee
An OSCA Board Member for the last year, Andrew and his family have enjoyed living in Old Ottawa South since 2018 when they moved to Ottawa from Brussels, Belgium. Being a part of this community has reinforced in Andrew the importance of building strong relationships supporting what is local. As the communications director with the Canadian Teachers' Federation, he wants to continue offering his expertise and experience to help OSCA best connect with the people who call this neighbourhood home.
Member of Operations Committee
Shehryar and his family have lived in Old Ottawa South since 2003. He has worked internationally for many years, and is currently at Global Affairs Canada. Shehryar joined the OSCA board in 2019, and sits on the Operations Committee and the Windsor Park Fieldhouse working group. He writes occasionally for The OSCAR.
Janet moved to Old Ottawa South 7 years ago after spending 20 years living in Washington, D.C. Janet has worked in the media and communications industry for many years including: CTV, Global, CBC, Fox News Service, Reuters, ABC Australia and the International Red Cross based in Russia. Janet's love of politics and covering political issues has led her to her latest assignment, Managing Editor at iPolitics. When Janet saw the request for help with OSCA, she reached out, it was time to help her local community association. When not covering politics or spending time with her family or at the rink, Janet can be found strolling through Windsor Park with her dog Boomer.
President, Member of HR Committee, Member of Nominations & Elections Committee
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.
Member of 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 Board 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 of Planning & Zoning Committee
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 an Ontario and Florida registered architect and a volunteer member of the Federation of Citizen Association’s Planning and Zoning Committee. 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.