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.


Meighan Hartley

Meighan Hartley

Senior Manager of Annual Giving

Born and raised in Alberta, Meighan has been a community-oriented individual from the get-go. With support from her family, she even ran her first fundraiser at the age of 8.

Since relocating to Ottawa in 2002 to obtain her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Ottawa, Meighan went on to develop and hone her fundraising skills by completing her post-graduate studies in Volunteer and Resource Management at Georgian College. Having spent the last 16 years in the non-profit and charitable sector, Meighan is committed to supporting the Ottawa community in her professional life, while lending her spare time to various efforts and initiatives across the region. She has spent the last six years on the Board of Directors for The Orleans Preschool, and has provided support for other volunteer committees covering a myriad of causes.

Meighan has always enjoyed working in the realm of donor relations and annual giving. This is her preferred niche, as it allows her to focus on her own passions of writing, storytelling, and relationship building, while connecting donors to projects that strongly align with their personal interests.

613-789-8210 // mhartley@sghottawa.com

Sara Rad

Sara Rad

Manager of Major Gifts and Legacy Giving

Sara is passionate about the Ottawa community we work, live and play in and brings a compassionate nature that aligns well with our Mission and Vision. Her passion for the community started at an early age which lead her to complete her Master of Arts in Sociology from Carleton University.

To align her passion of fundraising with the community she also completed a Fundraising Management Certificate through Ryerson University. Following her schooling she gained first hand knowledge in fundraising through the charitable sector where she worked on a series of key fundraising initiatives in Major Gifts, Annual Giving, Events and much more.

On her time off she enjoys biking around the city or you can find her with her snowboard on the hills.

613-789-8210 // srad@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

Database and Gift Processing Coordinator

Erin grew up in a small town outside of Algonquin Park and moved to Ottawa in 2010 to complete her Bachelors of Psychology at the University of Ottawa. Here, her thesis work focused on the intersectional impacts of local housing interventions, which helped to create a passionate interest in finding lasting, sustainable, and community lead solutions to homelessness. Erin has worked in various client-facing roles with those experiencing homelessness for the last 7 years. She is now excited to support donors and the impact they make toward ending homelessness as the Database and Gift Processing Coordinator with the Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation.

613-789-8210 // donate@sghottawa.com