Howard Whittaker – Executive Director: A seasoned businessman and advertising mogul with a soft spot for philanthropy, Howard joined the OCH Foundation two years into its existence. He brings to the table a wealth of knowledge and experience gathered from a lifetime spent in the private sector which creates a natural balance in the Foundation’s charity-centric philosophy. A happily married, proud father of two, Howard spends his days off hiking, camping and generally immersing himself in the great outdoors.
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Sharon Jollimore – Director Programs & Innovation: Sharon joins the Foundation as an experienced non-profit leader of national and grassroots health promotion initiatives to enhance the lives of children, youth and their families. She is passionate about recreation and sport and its potential to build social capital and improve community outcomes. Sharon has a love for nature and play which comes from her rural PEI upbringing. Her favorite activities are spending time on the water or roaming through the woods with her family and their Labrador Retriever.
Christa Allevato – Manager of Operations & Partner Relations: Christa is the Foundation’s little engine that could – and she has. Having been with the Foundation since its origin in 2012, Christa has worked tirelessly to find new opportunities for growth. She is an expert in event management, sponsorship acquisition and relationship crafting. Consider this – if you have ever been taken aback by one of the Foundation’s flawlessly planned events, thank Christa.
Ian MacKichan – Business Analyst & Program Developer: Ian joined the OCH Foundation in early 2016 to spearhead the sustainable growth and brand development of the Youth Futures program. Experienced in market research and strategic planning, Ian works to ensure that the Foundation’s activities stay grounded in sound, current market intelligence. As a firm believer in the power of social enterprise, he was excited to join in the OCH Foundation’s mission of overcoming systemic barriers in OCH’s communities.
Nahima Mohamed – Family Coordinator
Nahima completed her Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from the Université du Québec en Outaouais. However, her love for her community led her to work in community housing and recreational programs for the last 6 years. Nahima joined the Foundation as a Family Coordinator for the recLINK program. She works closely with recLINK families and OCH tenants at large. Having lived in OCH communities as a child, Nahima is excited to be linking children and youth to positive recreational opportunities.
Amal Elmi – Family Coordinator
Amal graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelors of Social Sciences with a Joint Honours in Sociology and Women Studies. She worked in community development for four years at Pinecrest Queensway Community Health Centre while working for community-based programs and supporting initiatives that address the needs of youth. Amal is passionate about providing meaningful opportunities to children and youth and comes with vast experience in front line work.
Tayra Lee Miller – Family Coordinator (Confederation Court)
Originally for Brisbane Australia where she was a trained Red Seal Chef. She is a recent graduate of the Community Justice Program at Algonquin College (2017) and is a certified High Five trainer.
“Tay’s” passion is working with the youth at Confederation Court who are attending the Keeping Youth Connected Program.
Qaziya Noor – Administrative Assistant