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. With a career spanning more than 25 years, 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. Phone: 613-247-4946
Sarah was born and raised in the small town of Killaloe in the Ottawa Valley. At 19, she started working for the Madawaska Valley Association for Community Living as a counsellor for their camp for adults with special needs. 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, graduating 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 complete 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 taken 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. Phone: 613-247-4946
Matthew grew up in Hamilton, Ontario. In his teens he began volunteering with several organizations in the hopes of discovering a passion to pursue as a career. Volunteering with organizations like: Free the Children, Mount Hamilton Youth Soccer Club, Rotaract, Green Venture and the YMCA, Matthew learned first hand the importance and impact of volunteerism for both the community and individual. He finished highschool with the goal of pursuing teaching.Matthew moved to Ottawa to do an undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa. At the end of his degree he decided teaching was not for him. After University he began working at Dovercourt Recreation Association. It was here experienced non-profit recreation and became captivated by working in a non-profit and recreation setting. He is excited to be working with OSCA and hopes to help facilitate volunteerism in the community.In his spare time Matthew is an avid hiker and runner. He enjoys watching and playing a variety of sports, and is a staunch supporter of the Montreal Canadiens. Phone: 613-247-4946
Luke was born and raised on the east coast of Canada in the small town of Quispamsis, New Brunswick. He moved to Ottawa in autumn 2009 after graduating high school to attend Carleton University. After realizing Psychology might not be the right path for him, he left Carleton and enrolled at Algonquin College to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management. During his 4 years at Algonquin he worked at the historic Lord Elgin Hotel in downtown Ottawa. After graduating with honors he continued to work in the accommodation sector for a couple of years and has now joined OSCA looking for a new challenge and a change of scenery. He is excited about the new direction and looking forward to becoming a part of the community. Outside of work, Luke enjoys frequent exercise such as heavy weightlifting several times a week and cycling wherever possible. He also has a passion for the arts: he has played piano and guitar for many years and has recently developed an interest in sketching and watercolor painting. Phone: 613-247-4946
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 and Child Program 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.
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. Phone: 613-247-4946
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 https://cmkl.ca/.
Erik van der Torre
Communications and Marketing Coordinator
Erik and his family moved to Ottawa in 2009. Not knowing much about Ottawa at all - Erik was born and raised in the Netherlands - they still count their lucky stars they ended up in Old Ottawa South all those years ago. Since his arrival, Erik has been an active and engaged member of the community; he has been a member of Hopewell Avenue Public School’s council for several years, served on the OSCA board for 2 years, is an active member of OSCA’s Traffic & Safety Committee, and he was the chair of the Every Leaf Counts campaign, which raised over $200k for the complete renovation of Hopewell Ave PS’s Primary Yard. Erik also writes the monthly Business Beat column for the OSCAR. Erik holds a Masters in English and a PhD in Linguistic Science from Leiden University. Following a brief career as a Forensic Speech Scientist at the Dutch Forensic Institute, Erik switched things up and began a career in marketing research. For several years he served as Research Director at a boutique marketing, strategy, and research firm in Vancouver, BC. Since moving to Ottawa, Erik has been juggling various roles, including, but not limited to, stay-at-home-dad, community volunteer, and freelance marketing research professional.