Planned Parenthood Ottawa’s Team!

Our Staff

Jaisie Walker (they/them)

Executive Director

Raised in the highlands of Scotland, Jaisie is a queer, trans community organizer, researcher, and non-profit leader current 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 the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) 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 guided by their frontline experience working in domestic violence shelters, harm reduction housing, disability support, sexual health centres, and 2SLGBTQ+ education. 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)

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-oppresive, client-focused, trauma-informed lens to support clients and others around her. 

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

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 is currently completing her bachelor of social work at 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)

Curriculum Developer

Léa is a gender-queer white settler, with Polish and French roots, born and raised on Algonquin territory.

Drawing from years of involvement in grassroots community work, including as a volunteer of Planned Parenthood Ottawa since 2018, Léa is excited to bring their knowledge and passion for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) to their work.

By using a youth-focused, trauma-informed and anti-oppressive approach, they seek 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 and cook/bake for loved ones and community members.

Em D'Orazio (they/them)

Communications & Fundraising Coordinator

Em D’Orazio has an educational background in Journalism and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies, with additional certificates in Social Media and Project Management. They are extremely passionate about community care and education in ways that are accessible and engaging for everyone and through all possible platforms.

Em has been a Communications Coordinator and Social Media Manager at a number of organizations, including the Rideau River Residence Association and CKCU-FM Radio Carleton (Canada’s oldest community-based campus radio station) where they also work as host and producer. Additionally, they have worked as Fundraising Coordinator for CKCU-FM and as a Volunteer for Ottawa Foodbank and Octopied Mind.

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!

Katheryn LeBlanc (she/her)

Katheryn LeBlanc (she/her)

Director

Kathryn is a communications consultant and principal at LeBlan (&co.) Communications. Her communications strategies have guided local and national nonpforits, grassroots organizing, and political campaings. As a former Parliament hill staffer, she has worked on communications, campaigns, and poolicy work for the past 6 years. Kathryn was a founding staff member of the Echanté Network, where she served several leadership roles, inclusing Director of Communications and Policy; and Interim Executive Director.

Katheryn’s passions for 2SLGBTQI+ community isasues, and the field of sexual health and reproductive rights, has lef her to work on a variety of campaigns, inclusing 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 unsurrended 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 spoaces for marginalized people, using an antio-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 of 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 experience such as corporate reporting and strategic planning. Vandonna was born an raised in Toronto before moving to Ottawa in 2011. She is a proud Guyanese and 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 worksers 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, leadership development and she is learning about organizational design. Corina is a parent to two fantastic teenagers who teacher 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 speacializes 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 Publid 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 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. Passtionate about her community, Courtney is proud to be a part of such an impactful organization like Planned Parenthood Ottawa.

Lyra Evans (she/her)

Lyra Evans (she/her)

Director

Lyra brings a combination of lived experience, as an openly trans woman, and Board experience, as a public school board trsutee. Lyras has experience with community relations, policy, bylaws, and has sat on the Audit Committee (Strategic Risk Management) and Budget Committees, amongst many others.