Angela Bégin – Executive Director
Angela Bégin is a Social Work graduate of Carleton University and joined the team at Ottawa Community Housing in 2011. She developed the Volunteer Engagement Program at Ottawa Community Housing which in a typical year engages upwards of 1200 volunteers, benefiting from up to 5000 volunteer hours that assist with beautification and engagement in OCH communities. She earned her Council of Volunteer Administration Certification in 2018 and is involved with Volunteer Management boards at all levels. Locally, she is Past Chair of OAVR, provincially, Chair of the Membership Committee with PAVRO, and nationally she is Treasurer Director with VMPC. In her spare time, she’s a “Big Sister” with Big Brothers Big Sisters, an advocate for zero waste and going green projects; and a certified skydiving coach.
Traci Spour-Lafrance – Manager, Program & Operations
Traci joins the Foundation with a strong passion for making a difference. A gifted leader and experienced project manager, Traci is accomplished at bringing people together to achieve impactful results. Her passion for people brought her to the University of Ottawa, where she completed a degree in Social Work. Since then, Traci has committed to improving the lives of children, youth and their families by building strong relationships with community partners to take action and make a difference. Outside of work, you can find Traci spending time with her family and friends, keeping active or running her virtual yoga studio. A personal slogan that Traci lives by is to “Be the Change”; to always try to inspire others to be the change they want to see in their community, but most importantly within themselves.
Briar Gornall – Communications and Engagement Coordinator
Briar is passionate about creating opportunities for youth in the community through education, sports and recreation. She joins the Foundation with a background in Public Relations. She is excited about giving youth the opportunity to benefit from sports, recreational, and arts programs and the character skills they offer. Her favourite activities are playing hockey, watching hockey, reading, listening to music, and going on hikes.
Lindsey Ziebell – Program Coordinator
Lindsey is passionate about helping others and is committed to making a positive difference in her community. With a bachelor’s of psychology from Carleton University, she has been able to fulfill many community initiatives while working in the non-profit sector. Lindsey has experience working with children, youth and families in various settings. On a day off, you can find Lindsey on her boat, or watching football on Sundays.
Jennifer Poll – Administrative Assistant
Having grown up in Ottawa, Jenn has a strong connection to the community. She believes in inspiring others to be the best version of themselves and following their dreams. Jenn has been an administrative professional for many years. She also has a diploma in Radio Broadcasting, earned her Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management and is a Certified Human Resources Professional. Always trying to be positive and helpful, she likes to look on the bright side of any situation. Jenn loves nature and you can often find her spending time by the water fishing and boating and enjoying the outdoors with her family and friends.