Planned Parenthood Ottawa’s in-house staff
|Executive Director (Interim)||Chris Farley Ratcliffeemail@example.com|
|Medical Abortion Access||Ariane Wylie, Coordinatorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Community Outreach||Nitsuh Mekonnen, Coordinatoremail@example.com|
|Pregnancy Options Counselling||Jessa Millar, Coordinatorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Office Coordinator||Diba Hareeremail@example.com|
|Education and Training||Ceara McIntyre, Coordinatorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Reproductive Coercion||Samya Lugoma, Coordinatoremail@example.com|
Chris Farley Ratcliffe – Executive Director (Interim)
A father of three, Chris first got involved with Planned Parenthood Ottawa as a community sexual health education volunteer. He has since served as board chair and is in his second term as the Interim Executive Director. Previously Chris has supported physician recruitment in eastern Ontario, served as an advisor to the Minister of Health and Long-Term care and managed a textbook store.
Ariane Wylie – Medical Abortion Access Coordinator
Ariane is often described as the office thesaurus because her brain is crammed full of sexual health facts. She loves making information relevant and accessible through activity-based workshops that help people to translate knowledge into health-enhancing behaviours. As the Medical Abortion Access Coordinator, she is responsible for recruiting and supporting new medical abortion providers in Ottawa and beyond. Outside of work she spends her time chasing after a giant, dog-shaped ball of fluff named Thunder.
Nitsuh Mekonnen – Outreach Coordinator
Nitsuh is passionate about human rights and strongly believes in the importance of respecting sexual and reproductive rights for human dignity as well as for physical and emotional well-being. She uses her human rights and social justice training in her outreach work to assess the barriers that hinder the realization of sexual and reproductive rights of marginalized groups. She is an an introvert who claims to fall in love with the city of Ottawa everyday. She often spends her spare time with her family in Ottawa and virtually communicating with her extended family and friends in Ethiopia.
Jessa Millar – Options Counselling Coordinator
Jessa is a passionate and dedicated proponent of holistic mental and sexual health, human rights and societal prosperity. Her feminist, client-centred, anti-oppressive and trauma-informed framework has been shaped by her psychology studies, and her years working locally and internationally on women’s and gender-based issues with non-profit organizations. An active volunteer of Planned Parenthood Ottawa since 2013, Jessa has had the opportunity to take on many roles within the organization, including options counselling, community education, office support, event planning, proposal writing, and facilitating the recruitment and training of new volunteers as PPO’s Training Coordinator during the spring of 2016. When not at Planned Parenthood Jessa can be found smiling her way around Elgin Street talking to everyone about everything.
Diba Hareer – Office Coordinator
A firm believer in the work of grassroots organizations, Diba is committed to supporting the changemakers and survivors. Since 2010 she has been involved with Medica Afghanistan, an Afghan women-led organization working to eliminate violence against women and improve the quality of women’s lives.
Diba has written about the influence of traditions and cultural norms on girls withdrawal from school in Afghanistan. She has also written about the need for culturally specific services for immigrant women in Canada who flee domestic abuse. Diba is able to communicate in Farsi/Dari, English, Pashto, and Urdu.
Ceara McIntyre – Education and Training Coordinator
Ceara was born and raised in Ottawa, and has been involved with Planned Parenthood Ottawa for over a year now in various capacities. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Social Work at Carleton University and identifies with an anti-oppressive, intersectional framework. In the past, Ceara has worked as a tutor with Carleton University’s Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities, and with the Ottawa Carleton-District School Board as a tutor. Currently, Ceara is striving to make every workshop she delivers learner-centred, and is finding ways to adapt Planned Parenthood Ottawa’s workshops to meet the sexual and reproductive health needs of a variety of populations including: people with disabilities, Indigenous folks, and low-income youth. In her spare time Ceara likes to turn down her teacher voice and introvert, preferably while petting a cat or drawing in her bullet journal.
Samya Lugoma – Reproductive Coercion Project Coordinator
Samya is interested in carving out spaces that promotes the voices of marginalized folks through an intersectional approach. Her passion for creating better access to services stems out of her experience as a young African immigrant born in Congo (Kinshasa) and raised in Edmonton. She has worked with diverse advocacy and community agencies raising awareness on the crisis in Congo, youth engagement as well as sexual violence in the context of war. This work lead her to supporting survivors of sexual assault in her community through peer to peer counselling with the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa. As a full spectrum community doula, Samya is enthusiastic about improving support services through bridging the gaps between violence against women and sexual and reproductive health.