Kathryn Sheppard – Co-President

Kathryn’s an experienced project manager and has worked on a number of projects in health, governance and international development in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.  Currently she works specifically with health quality assessment programs and partners with presence in more than 25 countries as a Program Manager for Health Standards Organization (HSO). Prior to that, she headed up the International Programs team at Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) and focussed on media development programs than encouraged balanced reporting on human rights and governance issues.

Bilan Arte – Co-President

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Bilan Arte is the daughter of Somali refugees that fled civil war in the early 1990’s to resettle in Canada. She is the first person in her family to complete post secondary education, and in 2015 was elected to serve the first of two terms as the first National Chairperson of Canada’s largest student organization, the Canadian Federation of Students. Currently, she is the National Women’s and Human Rights Representative of the Canadian Labour Congress.

An experienced communicator and a passionate social justice and equity activist, Bilan is a proud feminist who cares deeply about education and accessible pro-choice reproductive health services and resources.

Alex Hosselet

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Alex Hosselet is a marketing, communications, and business strategy professional with many years working in education and non-profit. He is the Digital Marketing Manager with United Way Ottawa, as well as a board and committee member of several other non-profits. He brings his skills and passion to Planned Parenthood Ottawa because of his firm belief in the need for feminist, pro-choice sexual and reproductive health programs and services in the community. He is wildly fond of cats.

Steve Moran, Treasurer

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Steve is a linguist, teacher and biologist by training. He has spent most of the past two decades at the House of Commons as a policy and legislative advisor and then as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Official Opposition. His areas of focus are justice and human rights, international affairs, and finance. He is involved in the Gatineau education community as a parent representative on the local school governing board and sits on the Wright neighbourhood residents’ association (ARRQW).

Sarah Rodimon, Secretary

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Sarah is a PhD candidate and sociology instructor whose work focuses on the intersections of health, feminist activism and social justice. Her doctoral research explores the uneven distribution of abortion care in New Brunswick and addresses the central role of feminist, pro-choice activists in expanding access to abortion across the province. Sarah manages the AIDS Activist History Project (AAHP) at Carleton University, a research team dedicated to uncovering the rich history of activist resistance against the stigmatization and criminalization of people living with HIV/AIDS in Canada. Over the years, Sarah has worked closely with a number of pro-choice and reproductive justice organizations in Canada, and has also played an active role in the student movement through her work with Local 78 and CUPE 1281 at Carleton University.