Planned Parenthood Ottawa’s Team!

Our Staff

Jaisie Walker (they/them)

Jaisie Walker (they/them)

Executive Director

Raised in the highlands of Scotland, Jaisie is a queer, trans community organizer, researcher, and non-profit leader currently living in unceded Algonquin territory (Ottawa, Ontario). Jaisie brings forth over eight years of experience in non-profits, policy development, and grassroots organizing, as well as internationally recognized scholarship in gender and sexuality studies.

They previously held the role as a Researcher Manager in Health Policy at a national Indigenous advocacy organization where they lead and supported national research relating to First Nations, Metis, and Inuit health priorities, particularly at the intersections of perinatal health, sexual and reproductive health, and racism in the healthcare system. Jaisie’s work is also guided by their many years of frontline experience working in domestic violence shelters, harm reduction housing, disability support, sexual health centres, and 2SLGBTQ+ education.

They are grounded by the frameworks of reproductive justice, gender justice, harm reduction, and trans liberation. When they’re not working, Jaisie volunteers as a board member for Interval House Ottawa and loves playing trivia, growing, foraging, and cooking food, thrifting, watching Scandi-Noir, and Scottish country dancing!

Bridget Dueck (she/her)

Bridget Dueck (she/her)

Options Counselling Coordinator

Born and raised in Mi’kma’ki (Nova Scotia), Bridget is a cis-gender, Mi’kmaw woman currently living on the unceeded Algonquin territory in Ottawa.  Bridget brings her passion for pro-choice activism to the team and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from the University of Ottawa.

Bridget started her journey through pro-choice activism at her university’s campus. Through her activism, Bridget gained critical experience in team building, leadership, coordination, and empathetic communication.

Bridget is guided by her anti-oppressive, client-focused, trauma-informed lens to support clients and others around her.

Bridget speaks English, and French and is currently studying Mi’kmaw. Outside of work, she enjoys sewing, crocheting, video games, reading, and playing Dungeons and Dragons.

 

Ceara McIntyre (she/her)

Ceara McIntyre (she/her)

Education Coordinator

Ceara was born and raised on unceded Algonquin Territory in Ottawa and is a white-passing, mixed race, cisgender queer woman. Ceara has been involved with Planned Parenthood Ottawa since 2016 and has a degree in social work from Carleton University.

When working with people she aims to use an anti-oppressive, post-modern, and client-centred approach that supports individual autonomy while challenging systems of oppression. She is passionate about gaining a better understanding of the social, political, and economic forces that influence the lives of those she works with.

From working in other non-profits and within the school system of Ottawa, Ceara has experience in system navigation, crisis counselling, and providing education support, specifically to youth. Ceara speaks English and with support from her colleagues is learning French. In her spare time, Ceara likes to turn down her teacher’s voice and spend time cooking or cuddling with her cat Lucy.

Léa Gareau (they/she)

Léa Gareau (they/she)

Curriculum Developer

Born and raised on unceded Algonquin territory, Léa brings years of involvement in grassroots community work to the SRHR & education work they currently do.

By using a youth-focused, trauma-informed, and anti-oppressive approach, she seeks to create and support spaces and resources for learning, and unlearning, about healthy relationships and SRHR, making education on these integral topics more accessible to all.

Léa speaks French and English fluently and intermediate Spanish. On her days off, they love to play video games, go out hiking, garden, and cook/bake for loved ones and community members.

Em D'Orazio (they/them)

Em D'Orazio (they/them)

Communications and Fundraising Coordinator

Em D’Orazio was born on unceded Algonquin territory and was raised on the unceded lands of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Lenape, Attawandaron and Wendat Nations in Southwestern Ontario.

They graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Journalism (Honours) and minor in Women’s and Gender Studies.

They are extremely passionate about community care and education in ways that are accessible and engaging for everyone, through all possible platforms.

In their free time, Em loves to read, create textile art, spend time outside, and make and share meals with loved ones.

Steph Mar (she/her)

Steph Mar (she/her)

Reproductive Coercion Project Coordinator

Steph is a queer Woman of Colour and member of the East-Asian Diaspora with mixed Chinese, Ukrainian, and Slovakian heritage residing on unceded, unsurrendered, occupied Algonquin Territory.

Her understanding of reproductive justice, gender based violence, and embodied autonomy is grounded in abolitionist ecologies that interrogate the carceral logics of colonial institutions and cultivate systems of radical care that aim to prevent harm whilst re-imagining alternative ways to meet communal needs.

Drawing on her academic background in human rights, social justice, and political science, along with experience in research coordination, outreach, and crisis intervention, Steph seeks to creatively re-define spaces of healing and in doing so, build sustainable networks of support and knowledge exchange invested in collective liberation.

Outside of work, Steph loves to buy books and never read them, paint for her friends, play her ukulele, thrift, overthink and take naps.

Our Board of Directors

A board of directors (BOD) is a governing body responsible for overseeing the organization’s high level activities. BOD’s are made up of different people, known as “directors”.

Within the BOD there is an executive committee made up of “Officers” that take on specific specialized roles. Our organization’s executive committee is typically composed of two co-presidents, a treasurer and a secretary. Our board meets at the end of every month and discusses our organization’s high level decisions. If you’re interested in getting involved in our board, see our Volunteers page!

Kathryn LeBlanc (she/her)

Kathryn LeBlanc (she/her)

Director

Kathryn is a communications consultant and the founder of LeBlanc (& co.) Communications. Her communications strategies have guided local and national non-profits, grassroots organizing, and political campaigns. As a former Parliament hill staffer, she has worked on communications, campaigns, and policy work for the past 6 years. Kathryn was a founding staff member of the Enchanté Network, where she served several leadership roles, including Director of Communications and Policy; and Interim Executive Director.

Kathryn’s passions for 2SLGBTQI+ community issues, and the field of sexual health and reproductive rights, have led her to work on a variety of campaigns, including the 2018 campaign for comprehensive sex education in Ontario and on successful government relations efforts to secure funding for 2SLGBTQI+ organizations.

Kathryn grew up on the East Coast but currently lives in Ottawa, Ontario on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin territory.

Jade Sullivan (she/her)

Jade Sullivan (she/her)

Director

Jade Sullivan is a feminist geographer and intersectional activist currently learning, loving, and living on unceded and unsurrendered Mohawk territory, also known as Montreal (Tiohtià:ke). After completing a BA (Hons.) of Geography and Women’s Studies at the University of Ottawa, she focused her activism on creating safe and sustainable spaces for marginalized people, using an anti-oppressive transformative feminist lens. By day, she works as a data analyst for the Canadian Centre for Community Justice and Safety Statistics at Statistics Canada and, by night, she the Advocacy and Communications Officer at Feminitt.

She is learning to use the knowledge from her Black feminist foremothers and the politics of pleasure and care, to reframe her feminist future. On her time off she is usually painting, baking gluten-free treats, gardening, recording for her podcast, or trying to get cute pictures of her cat, Princess.

Vandonna Budhai (she/her)

Vandonna Budhai (she/her)

Director

Vandonna is a performance measurement, evaluation, and intersectional research advisor for the government of Canada, working on skills development programming for Canada’s labour market. She holds a combines honours in communications and women & gender studies, and a masters in public administration. She has extensive research experience focusing on sexual health and gender-based violence, as well as internal management experiences such as corporate reporting and strategic planning. Vandonna was born and raised in Toronto before moving to Ottawa in 2011. She is a proud Guyanese and an even prouder dog mom.

Corina Crawley (she/her)

Corina Crawley (she/her)

Director

Corina is a cis-woman who grew up on Kenien’kehaga (Mohawk) territory, known as Montreal. Corina completed her Masters in Social Work at Carleton University and has been based in Ottawa, learning from workers as a researcher and educator, for 20 years. Before that, she was a bartender, crisis counselor, and office worker. Her work currently focuses on resisting privatization, conflict resolution, equity, and leadership development and she is learning about organizational design. Corina is a parent to two fantastic teenagers who teach her important lessons every day.

Darby Babin (they/them)

Darby Babin (they/them)

Director

Darby is a queer, non-binary, feminist academic. They have a BA Honours in Law with a concentration in Transnational Law & Human Rights, as well as a Master’s in Legal Studies where they completed a thesis on gender-based violence and feminist pedagogy. Darby has a background in sexual assault support, gender-based violence education, and feminist research. They are currently working on their PhD in Feminist & Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa.

Katherine Muldoon (she/her)

Katherine Muldoon (she/her)

Director

Dr. Muldoon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Ottawa, a Senior Research Associate at OHRI, and collaborating researcher at ICES. She specializes in social epidemiology with context expertise in sexual and gender-based violence, sexual reproductive health, and sex and gender-based analyses. She has a PhD in Epidemiology from UBC, Masters in Public Health from Simon Fraser University, a BSc in Psychology from McGill University and, completed a Post-doctoral Fellowship at Columbia University with the Mailman School of Public Health. She has worked as a consultant with the United Nations, sits on the Ottawa Police Service Violence Against Women Advisory Board, and is a Content Expert with PHAC on gender-based violence.

Courtney Rock (she/her)

Courtney Rock (she/her)

Director

A community builder and storyteller, Courtney Rock has over 12 years of professional fundraising experience. Currently, the Director of Development for the Perley Health Foundation, she works to share the impact donors make in the lives of those who live, work and visit Perley Health. Passionate about her community, Courtney is proud to be a part of such an impactful organization as Planned Parenthood Ottawa.

Lyra Evans (she/her)

Lyra Evans (she/her)

Director

Lyra Evans is an environmental chemist, long-time LGBTQ, homeless, and education activist, and the first openly trans school board trustee in Canada. She has experience on the Audit committee at the OCDSB, as well as having worked and volunteered for local non-profits including Ottawa Dyke March, *Kindspace, the Youth Services Bureau, and Etc. Youth.

Beth Palmer

Beth Palmer

Director

Beth is a government relations consultant who helps organizations work with the federal government. She has previously served on the Board for the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre and SHORE Centre in Kitchener-Waterloo, and has been lucky to learn from these organizations’ amazing leaders. Beth’s PhD in Canadian history explored the feminist pro-choice movement in Canada from 1969 to 1988. 

Kate Headley

Kate Headley

Director

Kate is a senior communications manager with the Ottawa Real Estate Board. With extensive experience in writing, media relations, issues management, and social media, she is passionate about giving change a voice. Born and raised in Ottawa, she holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Ottawa and a public relations diploma from Toronto’s Humber College. Follow her on Twitter: @mscommunikate. #abortionishealthcare

Heather Wilson

Heather Wilson

Director

Heather has a heart for adventure and a head for spreadsheets. As a young student she moved from the UK, where she grew up, to the land now known as Canada. In fact, her first ever job in Canada was with the Planned Parent Federation of Canada, and she is grateful to be involved in such a meaningful way with the work of Planned Parenthood again.

Heather graduated law and has passionately taken on roles in social justice, and federal and provincial politics. As a proud feminist the promotion and advancement of women’s rights and equity have been central themes throughout her professional and personal life.

After a two-year hiatus in Jamaica with her family, Heather returned to Canada to take on a role in Operations and Finance with the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada. She is now the Executive Director and leads by the example nature gives us – empowering others to thrive.