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.


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

Kelsey Kaye

Kelsey Kaye

Gift Processing Coordinator

Originally from Nova Scotia, Kelsey comes to Shepherd’s of Good Hope with a life-long passion for non-profit work, and could often be found helping out at her family’s non-profit organization, The Bay of Fundy Marine Resource Centre. After moving to Ottawa in 2013 to earn her bachelor’s degree at Carleton University, Kelsey developed skills in fundraising and event planning through the Student Philanthropy Association and Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority.

When she’s not crunching numbers in the office, Kelsey enjoys running a personal finance blog and spending time with her miniature dachshund Zoë.

613-789-8210 ext. 225 // kkaye@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