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

Neil M. Leslie

Neil M. Leslie

Vice President Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation

As Vice President of Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation, Neil brings with him a wealth of experience in the health and social services communities and more than 35 years as a professional fundraiser.

As a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals he sits as chair of the selection committee for the Ottawa’s Outstanding Fundraising Executive of the Year award and sits on the Board of Directors of the Estate Planning Council. Neil uses his dynamic leadership style to drive the fundraising objectives for the Foundation.

613-789-8210 ext. 247 // nleslie@sghottawa.com

Gail McGuire

Gail McGuire

Administrative Coordinator

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

Trina St. Croix

Trina St. Croix

Donor Relations Manager

With years of experience in donor relations, Trina St. Croix does her utmost to give every donor the attention and experience they deserve. Combined with her expert knowledge of the leading fundraising software, Raiser’s Edge, and her understanding of industry trends, Trina plays a key role in the advancement of the Foundation’s vision and mission.

Trina looks forward to you giving her a call to speak about the incredible work done at Shepherds of Good Hope.

613-789-8210 ext. 225 // tstcroix@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

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