About

Heal From Within Our Mission

We inspire hope and healing for people in the Ottawa Region grieving the loss of a loved one

Our Values

Empathy | Patience | Kindness | Compassion | Courage | Companionship | Self-Care

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BFO Ottawa volunteers accept the Mayor of Ottawa's Community Builder Award in 2019

History

We have been operating in Ottawa since 1978 when two mothers came together through a common experience of losing a child.

We are part of a provincial network : Bereaved Families of Ontario.

Our Wonderful Office Staff

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Jane Davey

Bookkeeper

Jane has been involved with BFO Ottawa since 2004 following the death of her daughter Emily. She is a grief support facilitator, Program Manager and a previous Board member. Jane retired as a financial analyst after spending her career at Calian and The Ottawa MacDonald Cartier International Airport Authority.

Nicole Frenette

Office Manager

Nicole joined our team in February 2021. Nicole is a fully bilingual, experienced administrative professional who has strong organizational, communications, and computer skills and experience. She has previously worked for the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa, Bruyère Continuing Care, and the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre, among other positions. She manages administrative projects to support our programs and Board priorities.

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Sarah Wolfe

Program Manager

Sarah joined BFO in April 2022 as Program Manager, and is also a grief support facilitator. She participated in BFO’s programs after the death of her father Brian in 2015. She has professional and lived experience in social services, grief work and crisis intervention. Sarah is committed to maintaining the safe and comfortable space BFO offers the community to grieve and heal.

Our Dedicated Board of Directors

Sean O’Brien

Treasurer

Sean retired from a successful career with Bell in project management in 2019. He joined the BFO Ottawa Board in May 2019 to support the organization that helped his family heal after the loss of their 20-year-old son in 2014.

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Micheline Lepage

Sponsorships

Micheline retired from a career in information technology in 2019. She joined our Board in January 2021. Micheline held positions with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC), among other companies. She participated in BFO Ottawa's programs after the loss of her son Bruce to cancer in 2014. She is a trained facilitator who supports others who have lost a child.

Erika Wagner

Fundraising

Erika is a trained event planner and fundraiser. Her career is in the non-profit industry. She has assisted BFO Ottawa with its annual events since 2015, and joined our Board in January 2021 to look after Fundraising. Erika is dedicated to continuing the programming BFO Ottawa provides for the community.

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Stéphanie Fragman

Stéphanie has joined the BFO Ottawa Board, bringing with her over 20 years experience in the non-profit sector. Since 2014, she has been the Director of family services at the Vanier Community Services Centre in Ottawa overseeing a wide range of children, youth, and family programs. She is fully bilingual and has lived experience with bereavement having lost her spouse in 2001.

Sandra MacDonald-Rencz

Sandra comes to the BFO Ottawa Board from a career in the health care system, spanning from direct patient care to senior leadership roles both within national non-government associations and government. Sandra has a degree in nursing, a graduate degree in education, is a Certified Health Executive, and has served on multiple charitable Boards in the past.

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