Planned Parenthood Ottawa’s Team!
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)
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)
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
Katheryn Sheppard (she/her)
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)
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)
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.