Board of Directors

The Board’s role is to provide direction to the Centre on behalf of the community. Board members provide leadership and support the Centre to ensure it meets its goals. They oversee the organization and work with the Executive Director who performs operational duties. The Board extends its support for collaboration by working in partnership with staff and the community to carry out the Centre’s mission.

Board Members 2018-19

Sacha Baharmand, President, (Term - June 22, 2017 - June 2019)

Sacha is a lawyer with the Department of Justice Canada.  Prior to joining the public service, he conducted and managed litigation in the Federal Government as well as private practice both in Ottawa and in Toronto.  In his current role, he helps craft access to justice policy, drawing upon his particular expertise relating to official language minority communities.  Sacha is a proud francophone member of the Centretown CHC Board of Directors, having been first elected in 2015.  He has gained considerable experience in community governance and leadership notably as a member of the Board of CHEO-OCTC, as a former member of the Board and Chair of Carlington CHC, as well as being an active volunteer with both Entraide budgétaire Ottawa and the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre.  He is a firm believer in health equity and of the concept that good health is much more than a visit to the clinic.  It is something that begins in our homes, schools, workplaces and communities.  These shared values are the source of his passion for Centretown’s work and why he is grateful for the privilege to continue to serve on its Board.

Mike Bulthuis, Director, (Term - June 19, 2018 - June 2020)

In April 2017, Mike became Director of Making the Shift, a Youth Homelessness Social Innovation Lab, an initiative co-led by the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (COH) and A Way Home Canada.  Over 15 years, in professional and voluntary capacities, Mike has worked in various positions at the intersections of policy, research and community practice.  Prior to joining the COH, Mike served for 3.5 years as the Executive Director of the Ottawa Alliance to End Homelessness, after spending over ten years with the federal public service (2002-2013) in policy and reporting units addressing homelessness, social infrastructure and Canada’s cities. He has also offered policy support as a consultant with the national Vibrant Communities Initiative and the City of Ottawa’s Community Development Framework. From 2006 to 2011, Mike engaged in doctoral studies in social geography, following an earlier completion of an MA, Political Science, with a focus on Canadian and European social policy. Mike has lived in Ottawa since 1999, after growing up in Hamilton, Ontario.

John Fletcher, Director,  (Term - June 22, 2017 - June 2019)

John started volunteering for CCHC’s diabetes education program and for the “Back to Basics Cooking” program, which has helped him manage his own diabetes. He now volunteers for many CCHC programs where he loves to fundraise, organise events and support the Centre wherever possible. He is First Nation from his mother’s side and he also volunteers at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health where he enjoys exploring and understanding his culture and heritage. He has 32 years of experience in the airline industry, both overseas and in Canada. He has experience and skills in all aspects of business management and processes to aid the Center. He has an open and honest approach and is exceptionally patient and has strong negotiation skills. He is familiar with the LGBTQ community and supports the Centre’s programs and services.  His recent work with Elections Canada as a Recruitment Officer was exciting and rewarding. He is currently doing some contract work for Statistics Canada and still pursuing his dream of starting up his own tour travel company.   He is proud to be a part of an excellent group of individuals who work at the Centre and service the community. He gets a buzz when people say, "Oh you are a board member at Centretown, it’s an excellent place!” The milestones in accomplishments is a great credit to the centre.

Justin Holness, Director,  (Term - June 19, 2018 - June 2020)

Native Hip Hop Artist, Justin made history for being the first artist to drop a verse in the senate on National Aboriginal Day June 21, 2016.  Justin is the Owner/Founder of TR1BE Academy, a company that provides a creative environment for Indigenous people to express themselves and their heritage through all forms of art, music, and fashion. By joining the board, Justin aims to provide support to the Indigenous youth community and help to Indigenize Canada by acknowledging, learning, and celebrating Indigenous people with in Canada.

Chantal Krantz, Secretary,  (Term - June 22, 2017 - June 2019)

Chantal is a bilingual Centertown resident. She has worked at Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) for the past 25 years and is currently the Manager of Development and Rehabilitation. She brings expertise in complex care coordination, system navigation and spearheading collaborative partnership to support vulnerable populations. Chantal has been a volunteer on the CCHC Board of Directors for the past 3 years and has previous experience as Chair of the board for the Parent Resources Center in Ottawa. She is most passionate about teamwork and partnering with community to improve care for children and youth, integrated system of care, client engagement/consultation to resolve complex problems.

Patrick Ladouceur, Vice President,  (Term - June 22, 2017 - June 2019)

Patrick, (!uottawa/members/1682/profile) is a PhD Student at the University of Ottawa's School of Social Work (September 2017 +). He holds a Masters of Social Work (uOttawa - August 2017) and an undergraduate degree in Political Sciences and Law (uOttawa - April 2015). His research interests include: social justice and social work, community services, domestic violence and violence against women. Patrick is also active and passionate in the following fields: bilingualism and francophone communities, LGBT*Q+ issues, harm reduction, social equity and the labour movement. Before starting his graduate studies, Patrick worked and volunteered in community development for almost 10 years. He currently sits on the City of Ottawa French Languages Services Advisory Committee, as a board member for the Centre d’intervention et de prévention en toxicomanie de l’Outaouais (CIPTO), as President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees local 2626 and is a Member of the Feminist Anti-Violence (FemAnVi) research collective. Patrick was first elected to CCHC’s board in June 2015.

Andrea Perna, Director,  (Term - June 22, 2017 - June 2019)

Andrea moved to Ottawa in September 2009 from Montreal, Quebec to pursue her graduate studies in health research. She obtained a Master’s degree in Neuroscience from Carleton University and a PhD in Population Health from the University of Ottawa. Andrea is currently working as a Research Associate at the Bruyère Research Institute where she is coordinating a research project that aims to enhance equitable access to community health and social resources to help individuals achieve their health goals. Andrea began volunteering at the CCHC when she first moved to Centretown 6 years ago. She is proud to share the Centre’s values of diversity, equity and respect.

Valerie Repta, Director,  (Term - June 19, 2018 - June 2020)

Valerie works as a clinician-researcher. She has master’s degrees in psychology and social work, and has worked in social service and health care settings, both directly with clients and at the system/provincial level to provide evidence-informed practices to improve mental health care services. She values connecting direct intervention services with research and evaluation practices to improve client outcomes. Valerie has collaborated on new community and health care initiatives to support developing partnerships between sectors. She has lived in the CCHC catchment area since 2009 and is proud to share the Centre’s values of engagement, inclusion, advocacy and diversity.

Charlie Thompson, Treasurer,  (Term - June 19, 2018 - June 2020)

Charlie has worked in several roles related to public policy and public health in both political and non-partisan roles. Most recently, he has worked in healthcare advocacy and policy at HealthCareCAN - a non-profit organization that represents healthcare organizations on federal policy issues. These include antimicrobial stewardship, healthcare cyber security, and advancing principles of Reconciliation in healthcare among several others. In a previous life, he held positions at the Ontario Legislature and at Canada’s parliament in roles closely connected to the health portfolio at federal and provincial levels.   Charlie has been based in Ottawa for the past seven years and enjoys close ties to the Centretown community both as a resident and as a CCHC patient. He holds a BAH in political studies from Queen’s University as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health from the University of Auckland, and he is on the precipice of defending his graduate thesis towards an MSc in Health Systems at the University of Ottawa. His research concerns reimbursement decision-making for medications in Canada’s provinces.

Chris Sorfleet, Director,  (Term - June 19, 2018 - June 2020)

Christopher is currently the Director of Quality, Patient Safety, and Risk Management at Bruyère Continuing Care.  In his current role, he is responsible for numerous corporate activities including: the enterprise risk management program, the accreditation process through Accreditation Canada, critical incident investigation and reporting, patient/resident and family satisfaction surveys, privacy and access to information, corporate policies and procedures as well as ongoing quality improvement activities. Christopher has an active interest in promoting partnerships between patients, clients and families to improve patient experiences with healthcare.

Julie Turcotte, Director,  (Term - June 22, 2017 - June 2019)

Julie is a bilingual (FR/EN) Registered Nurse (RN) who received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2007, when she moved to Ottawa to work as an oncology nurse. She is currently working in the public health sector as a Public Health Nurse. Her many roles have included working in:

  • Sexual health and harm reduction as a clinic nurse and case manager for reportable infections;
  • Project management for priority public health campaigns;
  • Youth mental health as a case manager, group facilitator, and health promotion counsellor, and
  • Mental health promotion and suicide prevention.

She is a bilingual trainer of safeTALK suicide-alertness workshops, a keen conference presenter, and has authored a National resource for Mental Health Caregivers. Julie is passionate about client-centred health approaches, meeting people where they are at, and empowering others through social connectedness, health promotion, and knowledge exchange. Julie has lived in Centretown for the last 7 years.

Dave Zackrias, Director,  (Term - June 19, 2018 - June 2020)

Staff Sergeant David Zackrias believes that inclusion is key to public safety, and that celebrating, encouraging and respecting diversity makes Ottawa safer and stronger. A twenty-year veteran of the Toronto and Ottawa Police Services (OPS), he heads up the Ottawa Police Diversity and Race Relations Section, helping to build cohesion between Ottawa Police and the community.

Staff Sergeant Zackrias, who immigrated to Canada from India with his family at the age of 15, is passionate about building strong inter-community relationships whether he’s on or off the job. He serves as a board member with CCHC and volunteers as a Conflict Coach with Community Mediation Ottawa.

Alexandre Mayer, Staff Representative,  (Term - June 22, 2017 - June 2019)

Anita Ruzansky, Staff Representative,  (Term - June 19, 2018 - June 2020)

Terms of Reference for Board Action Teams