About Bereaved Families of Ontario – Ottawa Region

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

"Our ongoing commitment to all those involved with BFO Ottawa is to listen and learn and then lead through our actions in order to build and support an organization that is diverse, equitable and inclusive for all".

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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

BFO Ottawa


Program Manager & 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.

Our Dedicated Board of Directors

Micheline Lepage

Board Chair



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.

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Althea House

Board Co-chair

Althea is a nurse who comes to the BFO Ottawa Board from a career in the federal public service. Her nursing career has also included primary health in urban, rural and remote areas of Canada. She graduated from University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing/ Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner degree. Althea has volunteered with BFO since 2011 after the suicide of her grandson at which time she received tremendous support from BFO programming and staff.

Sean O’Brien

Treasurer, fundraising

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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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.

Barrie Marfleet

Barrie is currently retired and a now resident of Stittsville (Ottawa). Before retirement, he was the COO and Ontario President for the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) and prior to that, he was the Senior Business Development Manager for Ajilon Consulting.
Barrie is an active sailor and boating enthusiast. He enjoys playing the piano and the accordion and entertaining seniors. He also enjoys creative cooking.

Barrie photo 2023