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-oppressive, 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 & 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.

Fa’Ttima Omran (she/her)

Communications and Volunteer Coordinator

Fa’Ttima was born on unceded Algonquin territory in Ottawa. She completed her undergraduate degree at Carleton University in the Law and Legal Studies program in 2014 and a Masters in Women and Gender Studies in 2017.

They have researched disability and employment access through the AODA alongside disability and sexuality and mental health. She holds experience in non-profits, government, policy, mental health outreach, volunteer management and communications. She aims to bridge the understanding of reproductive justice into practice at PPO to build upon relationships and developing culturally competent SRH content with anti oppressive frameworks.

Fa’Ttima speaks English, and is intermediate proficiency in French growing in increasing French capacity with collegues. 

Ashley Deng-Yu Chen (she/they)

Committees Coordinator

Ashley Deng-Yu is originally from Kaohsiung, Taiwan and currently resides in Canada after her graduate studies in anthropology at the University of Ottawa.

Ashley is experienced in office support, operation copywriting, and project coordination. As a Committees Coordinator, she aims to incorporate her academic training in person-centred research with her work at Planned Parenthood Ottawa to best support the committee members and her colleagues.

Ashley speaks Mandarin and English fluently and is doing her best to pick up some French as a newcomer. Outside of work, she enjoys talking about her veggie garden, her cat Atti, and international politics.

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 typically 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!

Bilan Arte (she/her)

Co-President

Bilan is a Black, Muslim feminist living and working in the unceded and never surrendered traditional territories of the Anishinabewaki and Omàmìwininìwag people. Bilan is a seasoned activist and organizer with over a decade of experience in grassroots and youth lead movements, including her most recent work in human rights advocacy and labour rights. In all aspects of her life, Bilan is fueled by her passions for social justice and equity. She is currently pursuing a masters of arts in public administration with a specialization in feminist and gender studies at the University of Ottawa, and in her volunteer time, she is the co-president of the board of directors at Planned Parenthood Ottawa, and sits on the National Executive Board of Oxfam Canada. She also recently became a Hooyo – the Somali word for mother- which has ignited her solidarity and care for the rights of black birthing people everywhere. 

Heather Wilson

Treasurer

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.

Kate Headley (she/her)

Director

Kate is a senior communications advisor at Export Development Canada. With
extensive experience in writing, media relations, issues management and social media, she is passionate about giving change a voice. She is also a board member with Dress for Success Ottawa, an organization that empowers women to achieve professional and economic success. Follow her on Twitter: @mscommunikate. #abortionishealthcare

Hallie Stacey-Sullivan

Director

Katheryn Sheppard (she/her)

Co-President

Kathryn has more than 10 years experience in program design, development, delivery and evaluation. She has led projects focussing on health, governance and media development in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. Currently, she is the Director, Health Systems – International Accreditation at Accreditation Canada/Health Standards Organization (HSO). She works specifically on strategic solutions to build and license tools and services to improve healthcare quality on a systems level. She has worked for Accreditation Canada/HSO since 2014, working on a number of portfolios which include managing projects to build national licensing and accreditation programs, building software solutions and managing its global program partners, with reach in more than 30 countries. Prior to that, she headed up the International Programs team at Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) and focussed on media development programs that encouraged balanced reporting on human rights and governance issues.

Maria Glavin (she/her)

Staff Liaison

Maria was born and raised in Newfoundland. After completing her Masters in Public
Policy from McMaster University in 2010, she moved to Ottawa and began working as a Legislative Assistant for a Member of Parliament. Passionate about progressive movements and politics she has worked on multiple elections all across Canada from the municipal to federal level as well as the 2016 Australian federal election working in climate action. Since moving to Ottawa in 2017, Maria currently works as an Outreach Officer in Caucus Services for New Democratic Party Leader, Jagmeet Singh. Maria is a proud feminist and cares deeply about reproductive rights. In her free time you can find her planning her next trip, reading a good book or spending time with the people and community she loves.

Kathryn LeBlanc (she/her)

Director

Kathryn was a founding staff member of the Enchanté Network, where she has since served in several senior management roles. As a former Parliament hill staffer and an experienced nonprofit professional, she has worked on communications, campaigns, and policy work for the past 6 years.

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

Serena Rivard

Director