Board of Directors
Planned Parenthood Ottawa’s leadership is a volunteer board.
Marnie Mitchel, Co-President
Marnie is a pharmacist and public health professional whose career has focused on underserved and vulnerable communities. She has practiced in rural and remote communities including Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and on First Nations reserves. She also has experience in the global south, working to establish HIV treatment and prevention programs in Zimbabwe and Lesotho. Since 2007, she has worked for the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada. In addition to her role with Planned Parenthood Ottawa, she also serves on the Carlington Community Health Centre Board of Directors.
Laura Colella, Co-President
Laura is a lawyer and has been a member of the Quebec bar since 2005. In addition to her LL.B., Laura has diplomas in civil and commercial mediation as well as in special education, and is a mediator certified with l’Institut de médiation et d’arbitrage du Québec. She currently works with the federal government, in the field of criminal and administrative law and is a founder of La Boutique Juridique, a firm that offers legal and mediation services in Quebec. Over the years, she has been deeply involved in her community, both in Montreal and in Ottawa. She has worked with numerous non-profit organizations, sitting on boards of directors and offering strategic and legal advice. Laura is a bilingual relationship builder with extensive political and communications experience. Her focus is building a strong community through civic engagement and she also sits on the national board of CPAWS.
Alex Hosselet is a marketing, communications, and business strategy professional with many years working in education and non-profit. He is the Marketing and Communications Manager with MediaSmarts, a national education nonprofit, as well as a board and committee member of several other non-profits. He brings his skills and passion to Planned Parenthood Ottawa because of his firm belief in the need for feminist, pro-choice sexual and reproductive health programs and services in the community. He is wildly fond of cats.
Steve is a linguist, teacher and biologist by training. He has spent most of the past two decades at the House of Commons as a policy and legislative advisor and then as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Official Opposition. His areas of focus are justice and human rights, international affairs, and finance. He is involved in the Gatineau education community as a parent representative on the local school governing board and sits on the Wright neighbourhood residents’ association (ARRQW).
Sarah Rodimon, Secretary
Sarah is a PhD candidate and sociology instructor whose work focuses on the intersections of health, feminist activism and social justice. Her doctoral research explores the uneven distribution of abortion care in New Brunswick and addresses the central role of feminist, pro-choice activists in expanding access to abortion across the province. Sarah manages the AIDS Activist History Project (AAHP) at Carleton University, a research team dedicated to uncovering the rich history of activist resistance against the stigmatization and criminalization of people living with HIV/AIDS in Canada. Over the years, Sarah has worked closely with a number of pro-choice and reproductive justice organizations in Canada, and has also played an active role in the student movement through her work with Local 78 and CUPE 1281 at Carleton University.
Kathryn’s an experienced project manager and has worked on a number of projects in health, governance and international development in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. Currently she works specifically with health quality assessment programs and partners with presence in more than 25 countries as a Program Manager for Health Standards Organization (HSO). Prior to that, she headed up the International Programs team at Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) and focussed on media development programs than encouraged balanced reporting on human rights and governance issues.
Bilan Arte is the daughter of Somali refugees that fled civil war in the early 1990’s to resettle in Canada. She is the first person in her family to complete post secondary education, and in 2015 was elected to serve the first of two terms as the first National Chairperson of Canada’s largest student organization, the Canadian Federation of Students. Currently, she is the National Women’s and Human Rights Representative of the Canadian Labour Congress.
An experienced communicator and a passionate social justice and equity activist, Bilan is a proud feminist who cares deeply about education and accessible pro-choice reproductive health services and resources.
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