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 became our full-time office manager in February 2021. Nicole is a fully bilingual, experienced administrative professional who has a 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 will be managing administrative projects to support our programs and Board priorities.
Julie Ann became program manager in February 2021, working three days a week. 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 will be responsible for managing and improving our programs in both English and French.
Doug has been with BFO Ottawa since he lost his wife to liver cancer in 2004: first as a participant and then as a facilitator. He joined the Board of Directors in 2010 and has held various positions on the Board since then. Today he coordinates liaison with BFO’s Provincial office and provides guidance to other Board members. Doug retired from the Canadian Forces after a 37-year career. He happily remarried in 2013.
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 with Bell, TELUS and United Way. Elaine volunteers her time in memory of her son Christopher Dean Moran, who she holds close in her heart.
Madeleine is a retired diplomat with 35 years of service at Global Affairs Canada. She joined our Board in January 2021 as Board Secretary. A Franco-Ontarian, Madeleine is committed to improving BFO Ottawa’s French language services. Madeleine previously participated in one of our closed groups after the loss of her daughter Annmarie in a terrorist attack. She has also organized our annual butterfly event.
Michel is a retired diplomat with 35 years service at Global Affairs Canada. He joined our Board in the summer of 2020 and in currently looking after Human Resources. Michel previously participated in one of BFO Ottawa’s closed groups after the loss of his daughter Annemarie in a terrorist attack.
Micheline retired from a career in information technology in 2019. She joined our Board in January 2021 to look after Sponsorships. 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.
Sean is BFO Ottawa’s Treasurer. Recently retired from a successful career with Bell, Sean 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.
Daniel has been involved with BFO Ottawa since 2015 following the loss of his father. He is a trained facilitator who supports youth, children and adults. Daniel joined our Board in July 2020 and currently looks after Marketing Communications. He has been involved in various community initiatives over the past few years, advocating for individuals with disabilities as well as underserved populations.
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.