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

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


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


Jane has been involved with BFO Ottawa since 2004 following the death of her daughter Emily. She now pays it forward through helping others. She is a grief support facilitator and was previously Program Director and a 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.


Julie Ann Levett

Program Manager

Julie Ann joined our team in February 2021. Fully bilingual, Julie Ann is committed to providing grief and bereavement support in an atmosphere of safety, dignity, and respect. With a background in ministry, funeral, and cemetery services, she is a Masters candidate in theological studies at St. Paul’s University. Julie Ann is responsible for managing and improving our programs in both English and French.

Our Dedicated Board of Directors


Elaine Dean


Elaine joined our Board in May 2019 and became Chair in February 2021. She is committed to improving the long-term health and organizational capacity of BFO Ottawa. She is a business consultant, who previously held senior management positions in communications and marketing. Elaine volunteers her time in memory of her son Christopher Dean Moran, who she holds close in her heart.

Sean O’Brien


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.


Micheline Lepage


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.

Rebecca Ross

Program Management

Rebecca oversees BFO Ottawa's program management. She has over ten years of  experience leading communications in the not-for-profit and research sector. She is also a certified mindfulness meditation teacher and regularly facilitates BFO Ottawa's loss by suicide closed group. Rebecca is passionate about integrating mindfulness techniques and practices into the grief journey. She volunteers her time in honour of her brother John.


Erika Wagner


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.

Our Amazing Volunteers

  • Anne DeButte
  • Allene Lewis
  • Barb Duncan
  • Barb Hayduk
  • Clodelle Abdo
  • Cathy Crepin
  • Carl Dowsett
  • Catherine Paris
  • Christine Tomlinson
  • Cathy Trebinskie
  • Dina Bell-Laroche
  • Donna Sharkey
  • Donna Troop
  • Greg Atkinson
  • Gail Christy
  • Hilda Sabadash
  • Jadzia Romaniec
  • Kathryn Dunlop
  • Karen Gardner
  • Kathryn Harper
  • Linda Goldberg
  • Lynne Lajoie
  • Lisa Vadeboncœur
  • Lorraine Lefebvre
  • Mary McQuillan
  • Marion Rattray
  • Manii Aponte
  • Paula Naponse
  • Randy Sorenson
  • Samantha Medaglia
  • Susan Clarke
  • Sue Lefebvre
  • Tara McMaster