Planned Parenthood Ottawa’s in-house staff

Department Name  Staff Ext. Email
Executive Director Elliot Chapple 301
Curriculum Developer Léa Gareau, Coordinator
Pregnancy Options Counselling Jessa Millar, Coordinator 100
Education and Training Ceara McIntyre, Coordinator 306
Communications and Volunteer Fa’Ttima Omran, Coordinator 304
Committees Coordinator Ashley Deng-Yu Chen

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.

Léa Gareau- Curriculum Developer

Léa is a young gender-queer activist born and raised in 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, Léa seeks 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. On their days-off, they love to play video games, go out hiking and cook/bake for loved ones and community members.

Jessa Millar – Options Counselling Coordinator

Jessa is a passionate proponent of holistic mental health with special focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights. Her feminist, client-centred, anti-oppressive and trauma-informed framework has been shaped by a decade of experience offering education, counselling, and advocacy services, through local and international non-profit organizations, to individuals facing gender-based violence, issues relating to their gender, sexual orientation, and/or their sexual and reproductive health.Prior to coming on as the Counselling Coordinator in 2018, Jessa was an active volunteer with Panned Parenthood Ottawa offering Options counselling, community education, event planning, grant writing and office support services from 2013 – 2018. During that time she was also hired on a short-term contract to facilitate the annual 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 enjoying the outdoors with her dog, scouring thrift shops, or curled up with book.

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.

Ashley Deng-Yu-Chen  Committees Coordinator

Ashley Deng-Yu Chen is originally from Kaohsiung, Taiwan and currently resides in Canada after her studies of 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.

Fa’Ttima Omran  Volunteer and Communications 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.

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