Shanley Matthews (Board 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.
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.
Ross Hynes (Board Member)
Ross enjoyed a widely varied 35 year career in Canada’s Foreign Service, representing Canada in eastern Europe, Africa, Asia and the United Nations, and serving in several executive and ambassadorial roles in Ottawa and abroad. He comes to Options Bytown with extensive experience in international and domestic human rights, humanitarian and development cooperation, and environmental and social policy, as well as in the management and oversight of government, UN and civil society programmes and organizations. He now divides his time between family and volunteer community and civil society pursuits.
Zoe started her career working in the field of international development, spending four years living and working in Namibia, Zimbabwe and Uganda. Upon returning to Canada, she joined the federal government where she has worked on a range of domestic and international policy issues, including homelessness. In 2010, Zoe returned from a year’s posting to Afghanistan, where she served as the development advisor to Task Force Kandahar. She holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University, and a Master’s in International Development from the University of Manchester. Zoe joined the Options Bytown board in 2017.
MiculiaAs a first generation born in Canada on his paternal side of the family, Mitchell is appreciative of the multitude of life chances he has been fortunate to experience. These experiences have instilled in him that honesty and hard work are rewarded, and the belief that one should be involved in their community. Mitchell views these experiences as opportunities, by which he has learned that resilience and resolve will result in success. Mitchell places importance in “giving back” to others. Boy Scouts of Canada, Habitat for Humanity, and local sports organizations are examples of organizations for which Mitchell has given of his time. Mitchell is currently a Director of Human Resources of a Federal Government Department and joined the Options Bytown Board of Directors in June 2017.
A career public servant, Annie Carruthers joined the Canadian Federal Government as a policy analyst in 1993. She has since worked in four different ministries, focusing on areas related to cultural policy, violence against women, anti-racism, and Indigenous relations. In the past, Annie has served on the boards of non-profits in the Canadian book sector, and volunteered in community radio and as a crisis intervention counsellor for victims of sexual assault. She joined the Options Bytown Board of Directors in 2017, driven by her belief that a safe home and a welcoming community are fundamental building blocks to the health, healing, and wellbeing of individuals. In addition to being passionate about the eradication of homelessness, Annie is interested in issues related to food security, including nutrition, community gardening, reduction of waste, and the sharing of food as a way to reduce hunger and build community.
Catharine joined Options Bytown Non-Profit Housing Corporation as Executive Director in the spring of 2017. She has over 20 years of professional experience in the areas of housing, mental health, harm reduction, community development, and organizational leadership. Her work is rooted in the unwavering belief that safe and affordable housing is a basic right for all people, and quality, supportive housing helps people not only survive, but thrive.