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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

David Gourlay

David Gourlay

Director, Philanthropy

David’s career is characterized by a passion for people, relationships and building the community he was born, raised and lives in – Ottawa. David had a 10+ year in the private sector following a first 15-year career in the Government of Canada and the City of Ottawa.

David’s commitment to community is important to him and he has served on the Board of Directors for the Ottawa Public Library, the Ottawa Community Housing Foundation and is currently a Director at the Ottawa Sport Council. David established the Ottawa Champions Baseball Club and proudly co-founded the Miracle League of Ottawa to provide children with special needs a fully accessible and inclusive baseball facility in Orleans.

In June 2009, David received an Ottawa Business Journal “40Under40” Award and in 2014, David became a Member of the Order of Ottawa as recognized by Mayor Watson for his contributions to the local community.
David lives in Kanata with his wife Danielle and their daughter Sophia.

dgourlay@sghottawa.com
 

Meighan Hartley

Meighan Hartley

Senior Manager of Annual Giving

Meighan is the senior manager of annual giving.

613-789-8210 // donate@sghottawa.com

Meg LaPlante

Meg LaPlante

Special Events & Donor Stewardship Coordinator

Born and raised in Ottawa, Meg grew her passion for events through working and organizing student events at Carleton University. After graduation in 2013, she went on to complete her graduate certificate in Event Management at Algonquin College. Since completing the program, Meg has been involved in planning conferences and signature events for national organizations representing doctors, judges and healthcare professionals.

Meg has a passion for helping others and enjoys building relationships with those in our community. Volunteering has always been a big part of her life and she is currently an active member with the MPI Ottawa Chapter and serves on a handful of committees.

When she’s not in the office, Meg enjoys going to local craft markets, venturing to new restaurants in the city and spending time with her mini bernedoodle Sadie. 613-789-8210 // donate@sghottawa.com

Erin Pottier

Erin Pottier

Data and Gift Processing Coordinator

Erin is the data and gift processing coordinator for the Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation.
613-789-8210 // donate@sghottawa.com