Meet Our Team

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.
(613) 518- 2097


Christa Allevato – Director, Resource Development
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.
(613) 716-6632


Caroline Kayll – Manager of Operations
Caroline brings 14+ years of experience helping to build stronger and healthier communities, through her various roles in the non-profit sector. These roles have included program administration for various community projects, Board and Executive relationship management, fund development and community outreach, in the health and social services, international development, and arts and culture sectors. She is a passionate believer in the strength of a caring, strong and engaged community – values which she wholeheartedly shares with the Ottawa Community Housing Foundation.
(613) 914-4505


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.

(613) 422-1555


AJ Blakely – Program Coordinator
AJ studied Health & Physical Education at Queen’s University and has since been rooted in community work in Kingston and Ottawa. With a background in delivering grassroots health promotion initiatives and community sport programs, AJ brings a passion for community building and inclusive sport. AJ is a lover of all types of movement, from their career as a varsity athlete, to hikes in Gatineau park, to hot yoga, AJ is thrilled to be sharing their passion and connecting youth with new opportunities.

(613) 422-1555 


Nev Farooqui  – Program Coordinator
Nev is passionate about helping others and loves giving back to the community through volunteering. After Nev graduated from Carleton University with a bachelors in psychology, she volunteered abroad and taught English as a second language to locals so that they could acquire work in tourism as it is one of the world’s largest industries. Nev loves to travel and experience different cultures. She excels in planning and organizing with great detail.

(613) 422-1555