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Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation Team

Deirdre Freiheit

Deirdre Freiheit

President & Chief Executive Officer

As President & CEO Deirdre leads a dynamic and innovative organization that serves the needs of many of the most vulnerable adults who are homeless and/or vulnerably housed in the City of Ottawa.

Deirdre has been a leader in the not-for-profit charitable health sector for over two decades.

Deirdre is Chair of the Board of Directors for the Alliance to End Homelessness. She works hard to raise awareness in all areas of our community about housing and homelessness. She strongly promotes the impact of charities’ contributions to communities and the crucial role they play in creating a caring and compassionate society.

613-789-8210 ext. 235 // dfreiheit@sghottawa.com
 
Executive Assistant, Gillian Fernie
613-789-8210 ext. 234 // gfernie@sghottawa.com

Leanne Brown

Leanne Brown

Manager of Philanthropic Relationships

Leanne is a definite people person with strong communication and leadership skills. She is passionate about engaging donors in the cause to show them the impact and outcomes they can have in the lives of others. A lifelong volunteer; she fell in love with nonprofits as a child and has served in many volunteer leadership roles prior to switching her career to non-profit management 8 years ago. She has since earned her Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and Certified Volunteer Administrator (CVA) designations.

A lover of anything outdoors; outside of the office you can find Leanne on cycling paths, hiking trails, ski hills, or even using her handmade paddle to navigate her canoe on a new adventure.

613-789-8210 ext. 241 // lbrown@sghottawa.com

Amber Bramer

Amber Bramer

Marketing and Communications Manager

Amber is a natural relationship builder and communicator. She is passionate about social justice advocacy and communications that are anchored in real lived experiences. Amber brings years of non-profit and Parliament Hill experience as well as administrative, research and communications skills to her role as Marketing and Communications Manager.

As a lifelong student, Amber aspires to continue to learn and grow as a professional communicator and community advocate.

613-789-8210 ext. 223 // abramer@sghottawa.com

Gail McGuire

Gail McGuire

Development Associate

Gail offers a wealth of administrative and fundraising experience in all aspects of management. Her professional experience encompasses fundraising, organizational assessments, recruitment, training & team management, standards development and contract management. Gail is accustomed to working in integrated team environments at the local, national and international levels. She has been involved in special projects and international conferences for the federal government, provided support to federal Ministers of the Crown and has worked with various health associations, Foundations and social service communities.

613-789-8210 ext. 221 // gmcguire@sghottawa.com

Chris O'Gorman

Chris O'Gorman

Communications and Grant Writing Coordinator

Chris is an enthusiastic team player who brings passion, creativity, and drive to all of his work. He is a skilled communicator with a background in journalism and years of experience in administration, retail management, and communications.

He’s a wiz at using innovative design tools to connect people to the great work being done at Shepherds of Good Hope and loves sharing the inspiring stories of clients, volunteers, and staff through social media. He has a passion for prose that comes in handy when writing grants to showcase the important work of Shepherds of Good Hope.

613-789-8210 ext. 229 // cogorman@sghottawa.com

Maureen Forrester

Maureen Forrester

Special Events and Donor Relations Coordinator

Maureen loves raising money for worthy causes by hosting amazing fundraising events that guests won’t stop talking about. She is passionate about creating personal connections and learning from people of all walks of life.

Maureen brings experience working with other locally based non-profits, including the Ottawa Food Bank and Ecology Ottawa. When she’s not planning the next big event, Maureen likes to spend time outdoors and volunteering.

613-789-8210 ext. 237 // mforrester@sghottawa.com