Natasha Poushinsky (Board President)
Natasha has extensive experience in bringing together diverse stakeholders to develop and achieve common goals and objectives. In addition to her experience working in the provincial government in the area of communications and issues management, over the last ten years she has built her own business, consulting throughout the region on health care projects. Providing governance, strategic and operational support to various organizations, networks and government departments, Natasha has worked in the areas of mental health and addictions, primary care, housing, hospitals, palliative care, and chronic disease. Some of her main competencies include facilitation, project management, and program implementation. She has a long history of volunteerism in the Ottawa community, working with children and youth, as well as vulnerable populations. Natasha has been involved with Options Bytown for over a decade, and is currently serving as Vice-Chair.
Kutty Duhamel (Board Member)
Katya (Kutty) Duhamel has worked in IT security at Check Point Software Technologies for the past ten years. Most recently, she completed her PMP designation. As a teenager, Kutty was inspired to engage in community service after working at a camp supporting economically disadvantaged kids in the Ottawa region. Since then, Kutty has demonstrated her commitment to volunteering and community improvement through her involvement with Options Bytown as well as multiple Ottawa charities and fundraising events. Kutty is passionate about youth mental health services, cancer research fundraising, and ensuring safe housing for all. She has been on the board since 2013 .
Shanley Matthews (Board Vice President)
Passionate about supporting those most vulnerable in her community, Shanley spent nearly a decade working in youth care, from emergency shelters to group homes and resource centres, both in Winnipeg and Halifax, before moving to Ottawa in 2008. Since then, she has worked as a policy analyst with the federal government, covering a range of social issues from social finance and social innovation to public pensions, immigration and aboriginal affairs. Her interests also extend beyond Canada’s borders, having provided policy advice on Canada’s mission in Afghanistan. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Manitoba, and a Master’s degree in International Development from Dalhousie University. Shanley joined Options Bytown as a volunteer in 2012, and continues to teach baking to tenants at the Gilmour building on a monthly basis. She has been a member of the Options Bytown board since 2012.
Margaret Singleton (Board Secretary)
After nearly 40 years working as a professional in social and supportive housing in the UK and Ottawa, Margaret is now retired, while maintaining an ongoing interest in the sector. Former GM of Ottawa Community Housing and Executive Director of Ottawa Salus, former President of the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association, as well as a former Board Member of the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association, and of Daybreak Housing, Margaret brings a breadth and depth of experience to Options Bytown. She was also directly involved in the multi-agency planning group that created Options Bytown. Margaret was educated in the UK and holds a degree in Politics and Philosophy from Oxford. She joined the Board in June 2014 and is currently serving as board secretary.
Glenn Wasson (Execitive Member at Large)
Glenn is a 28 year member of the Ottawa Police Service and currently leads the investigative branch of West Division. Throughout his career, he has seen first-hand the challenges faced by many in the Ottawa community suffering from addiction and mental health issues that contribute to homelessness. Along with Glenn’s extensive policing experience, he brings to Options Bytown many years of experience from other Boards and advisory committees, advocating for members' rights and supporting youth mental health. Glenn holds a Bachelor of Policing degree as well as numerous certificates in leadership, incident command and labour relations. Glenn has been an Options Bytown Board member since 2013.
Jenny Paterson (Board Treasurer)
Jenny was a member of the executive team at the Canadian Payments Association (CPA) for 23 years. As the VP, Corporate Services and CFO she led finance, human resources, facilities and project management teams through periods of rapid change and growth. Jenny played a key role in the smooth transition of the organization from a small to mid-sized organization and was an instrumental player in a number of significant projects. Prior to joining the CPA, Jenny gained experience in a number of industries as an audit manager at KPMG. Her clients included property management and development, construction, not-for-profit, charity, public sector and health care. Jenny retired from the CPA in December 2015. She is currently working on a part-time basis with the Business Sherpa Group as a virtual CFO. Jenny has a passion for hiking and cross-country skiing, enjoys curling and golf, and is a committed runner and gardener.
Ethan Sinclair (Board Member)
Ethan has been practicing as projects development lawyer with Bennett Jones in Ottawa since the Spring of 2014. Prior to relocating to Ottawa, Ethan spent 5 years practicing law in Calgary, Alberta. In his practice as a projects lawyer, he works with project owners and contractors through all phases of project implementation. His practice also involves advising various for-profit and not-for-profit corporations on corporate governance matters. Ethan is passionate about serving and supporting members of the community who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. He was one of the founding volunteers of Calgary Legal Guidance's Homeless Outreach Program, and over the years has volunteered in various capacities for a number of shelters, community organizations and professional associations.
Benedict Wray (Board Member)
Benedict is a recent arrival to Canada having worked for several years as a lawyer in Britain. He is called to the bars of Ontario and England. He has been involved in charities and non-profits for some years, acting as a long-standing volunteer advocate and later board member of a pro bono legal charity in London, as the Editor-in-Chief of an academic journal, and more recently as a Director of Abbeyfield Canada, a seniors housing charity.
Dan Borris (Board Member)
Dan is a Field Manager with over 20 years experience at Enbridge Gas Distribution. His team is responsible for the safe and reliable delivery of energy to customers in Eastern Ontario. Dan is a strong advocate for the mentoring of young workers and he strives to bridge the skills gap between new and experienced employees. Dan is actively involved in his community. He joined the Options Bytown Board of Directors in September 2016. He also participates in the annual Christie Lake Kids Camp Workday, the Canoe for Kids fundraiser and he is the past workplace Chair of the United Way campaign. In his spare time you may find him planning his next motorcycle adventure, keeping fit at the gym or relaxing at home with his family.
Lorraine Bentley (Executive Director)
Lorraine has been the Executive Director of Options Bytown since 2000. She has both Canadian and international experience in researching, planning and implementing housing and community support services for the most vulnerable populations. She believes that access to housing and services is a key component of social inclusion for people with special needs. As the Chairperson of Housing Plus: The Ottawa Supportive Housing Network, she is an advocate for supportive and affordable housing solutions to help end homelessness. She holds a Masters degree in Urban Planning from the University of Waterloo and is a past recipient of the World Health Organization’s award for health systems research.