Board of Directors

Meet our volunteer Board of Directors

Margaret Tansey

Margaret Tansey

Chair

Margaret has dedicated her career to building bridges between those persons and families experiencing mental health and addiction challenges and those who care for them in an effort to overcome the pervasive stigma that exists.

She received her BSN from the University of British Columbia and her MSc(A) from McGill University and was awarded the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner credential from the University of Toronto

Margaret is a member of the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre Board and Chair of their Quality of Life and Safety Committee. .

Margaret also serves as a director on the Governance Committee.

John Peters

John Peters

Vice Chair

John is a Principal with Jaimac Risk Management Inc. With over 24 years of experience as legal counsel, John has extensive legal knowledge and experience in the areas of insurance and employment law as well liability related issues

John has received the Gordon F. Henderson Award from the County of Carleton Law Association (2007) and the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers from the Governor General of Canada (August 2017).

John also serves as Chair of the Human Resources Committee.

Robin Sellar

Robin Sellar

Treasurer

Robin is currently the Managing Partner of Sellar Consulting, successfully providing governance, risk management, performance management and assurance services to public and private sector organizations.

She has significant governance experience and currently serves on a number of paid and volunteer Boards as Chair of the Audit Committee and/or Treasurer.Robin is a Chartered Accountant, a US CPA, CIA, and holds a Kellogg MBA from Northwestern, Illinois.

Robin also serves as Chair of the Finance Committee.

Murray Knowles

Murray Knowles

Board Member

Murray Knowles is a current Police Inspector in the Ottawa Police Service. He has worked in many areas of law enforcement and recognizes the power of community partnerships. His involvement with the Shepherds of Good Hope began in 1987 as a constable on patrol working in the Market area.

Murray also serves as a Director on the HR Committee.

Maureen McKeown

Maureen McKeown

Board Member

Maureen entered the Novitiate of the Grey Sisters of the Immaculate Conception in Pembroke Ontario in 1963. In the fulfillment of her duties, Maureen taught elementary grades. She trained as a radiation therapist and worked at the Ottawa Cancer Centre for the subsequent 20 years.

Since retiring in 2001, Maureen has been a daily volunteer at the Shepherds of Good Hope, Good Day Workshop.

Maureen also serves a Director on the Governance Committee.

Susanne Laperle

Susanne Laperle

Board Member

A leader and a coach, Susanne has been recognized for transformational change and is a trusted advisor and resource for senior leaders in her current capacity as an executive coach with Optimum Talent International in Toronto and Ottawa.

She is a graduate of the Rotman School of Business with a Masters of Business of Administration and completed her ICD – Directors’ Education Program.

Susanne also serves as a Director on the HR Committee.

Laurel Johnson

Laurel Johnson

Board Member

Laurel is employed with the Department of Justice Canada, as General Counsel and Director of the Legal Issues Coordination Group for the Public Safety, Defence and Immigration Portfolio. Prior to joining the federal government, she practiced labour and employment law in private practice.

Laurel is an avid athlete and certified yoga instructor, with a particular fondness for cross country skiing, yoga, stand up paddle boarding, swimming, running and trail and road biking. She has two sons and enjoys family time at her cottage in the Ottawa Valley.

Laurel also serves as a Director on the HR Committee.

Terry Blake

Terry Blake

Board Member

Terry spent 20 years as a Chief Financial Officer for subsidiaries of multinational financial services companies. Now retired, he is involved in various governance, education and leadership mentoring initiatives.

Terry now dedicates time to volunteering his services on several Ottawa-based NPO Boards.
Terry graduated from University of Windsor in Finance and Economics and. received his Chartered Director designation in 2016.

Terry also serves as Chair of the Governance Committee.

Tom Burrow

Tom Burrow

Board Member

Tom is an accomplished senior financial services professional operating two lines of business: a mortgage agent with Mortgage Brokers Ottawa and a senior foreign exchange consultant with Knightsbridge Foreign Exchange.

Tom is very active in the community as a member of the Kiwanis Club and as Founder and President of a local whisky club, the Ottawa Whisky Guild. He has served on several Boards.

Tom also serves on the Finance Committee.

Catherine Danbrook

Catherine Danbrook

Board Member

Catherine has 35 years of health care experience, including more than 25 years in leadership positions in both community and hospital organizations.

Recently retired after 7 years as CEO of Community Care Health Network in Kawartha Lakes, she has held positions including Vice-President Clinical Programs at the Ottawa Hospital, Chief Executive Officer of the Rehabilitation Centre of Ottawa, and Executive Director of the Ottawa-Carleton Regional Home Care Program.

Cathy holds a Masters of Health Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, both from the University of Ottawa and is a certified health executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders.

Stephen Ball

Stephen Ball

Board Member

Stephen is an experienced executive with expertise in business operations, corporate development, sales, marketing and public relations. A high achiever with demonstrated capacity to exceed corporate expectations, lead teams and initiate and execute strategies to deliver results. Stephen has the ability to identify business opportunities and risks based on market knowledge and research. He is an effective communicator able to present new ideas and opportunities and achieve consensus from partners and stakeholders.

Stephen is President of the Ottawa Gatineau Hotel Association and is exceptionally active in community engagement, serving on several Boards.