Planned Parenthood Ottawa’s in-house staff

Department Name  Staff Ext. Email
Executive Director Elliot Chapple 301
Medical Abortion Access Ariane Wylie, Coordinator 303
Pregnancy Options Counselling Jessa Millar, Coordinator 100
Communications Coordinator Diba Hareer 304
Education and Training Ceara McIntyre, Coordinator 306
Curriculum Developer RJ Jones 401

Elliot Chapple – Executive Director

Elliot is a transgender man with a diverse background in community organizations, academia, and government. He has extensive experience in strategic planning, policy, with robust research experience, proven grant-writing success, and a strong management history. Elliot is the former Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Health Centre (PPNLSHC), and has moved to Ottawa from St. John’s.

Ariane Wylie – Medical Abortion Access Coordinator

Ariane is often described as the office thesaurus because her brain is crammed full of sexual health facts. She loves making information relevant and accessible through activity-based workshops that help people to translate knowledge into health-enhancing behaviours. As the Medical Abortion Access Coordinator, she is responsible for recruiting and supporting new medical abortion providers in Ottawa and beyond. Outside of work she spends her time chasing after a giant, dog-shaped ball of fluff named Thunder.

Jessa Millar – Options Counselling Coordinator

Jessa is a passionate and dedicated proponent of holistic mental and sexual health, human rights and societal prosperity. Her feminist, client-centred, anti-oppressive and trauma-informed framework has been shaped by her psychology studies, and her years working locally and internationally on women’s and gender-based issues with non-profit organizations. An active volunteer of Planned Parenthood Ottawa since 2013, Jessa has had the opportunity to take on many roles within the organization, including options counselling, community education, office support, event planning, proposal writing, and facilitating the recruitment and training of new volunteers as PPO’s Training Coordinator during the spring of 2016. When not at Planned Parenthood Jessa can be found smiling her way around Elgin Street talking to everyone about everything.

Diba Hareer – Communications and Office Coordinator

A firm believer in the work of grassroots organizations, Diba is committed to supporting the changemakers and survivors. Since 2010 she has been involved with Medica Afghanistan, an Afghan women-led organization working to eliminate violence against women and improve the quality of women’s lives.

Diba has written about the influence of traditions and cultural norms on girls withdrawal from school in Afghanistan. She has also written about the need for culturally specific services for immigrant women in Canada who flee domestic abuse. Diba is able to communicate in Farsi/Dari, English, Pashto, and Urdu.

Ceara McIntyre – Education and Training Coordinator

Ceara was born and raised in Ottawa and has been involved with Planned Parenthood Ottawa since 2016. She is currently completing her bachelor of social work at Carleton University and aims to use an anti-oppressive, post-modern, and client-centred approach when working with people. Ceara has experience in system navigation, crisis counselling and providing education support, specifically to youth. She is also passionate about finding ways to create sustainable structural changes that support communities experiencing oppression. In her spare time, Ceara likes to turn down her teacher voice and spend time cooking or cuddling with her cat Lucy.

Ayan Ali – Reproductive Coercion Coordinator

Ayan has a dedicated background in anti-gender based violence as a front-line and peer support worker. In their current role, Ayan seeks to bridge the gap between the anti-gender based violence and sexual & reproductive health sectors in Ottawa through knowledge sharing and working to determine a cohesive community response to sexual and reproductive coercion. They continue to be passionate about approaching sexual & reproductive health through an intersectional, trauma-informed and inclusive framework. Ayan is dedicated to working with service providers and Ottawa community members to make sure services reflect everyone’s needs.

RJ Jones – Curriculum Developer

RJ Jones is Saulteaux–Cree, originally from Treaty 1 territory in Saskatchewan and is currently living on Algonquin Territory in Ottawa. He is a Two Spirit, Non-Binary and Queer multimedia artist, educator and full-spectrum Indigenous doula. RJ is an experienced facilitator and educator and has been invited to give workshops and keynotes across Canada. He also has a non-profit working experience of over 6 years and has worked alongside Indigenous and 2SLGBTQ+ communities and within sexual health. RJ’s facilitation practice is rooted in cultural safety, harm reduction, trauma-informedness and decolonizing stigma. RJ works hard to indigenize his practice by bridging his cultural and facilitation knowledge and has been invited across Canada to give workshops and keynotes. RJ’s passion for learning, 2SLGBTQ+ advocacy and sexual health has led him to opportunities such as serving as the President of Kind Space, being a board member at Assembly of Seven Generations (A7G) as well as working with Planned Parenthood Ottawa as the Curriculum Developer. In his free time, RJ enjoys sloths, bridging communities and Indigenous futurisms.