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Staff

The Centre employs professionals from a cross-section of academic, health sciences, evaluation, research, knowledge exchange, communications and administration disciplines.

You can reach Centre staff by phone at 613-737-2297 and dialing their extension, or by e-mail Email

Samar El Faki

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Samar El Faki

Executive

The Centre’s executive sets our entire team up for success. They set direction, seek out emerging trends and work to inform practice and policy initiatives across the sector.

Michelle Hurtubise
Executive Director

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Michelle Hurtubise

Winter lover. Northerner. Book Hoarder. As the Centre’s executive director, Michelle oversees operations and works in partnership with stakeholders to implement our vision. At home her daughter is a patient test client for every new coaching that she’s learning.

Amy Boudreau
Director
ext. 3314

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Amy Boudreau

Big-picture thinker. Chocolate snob. Expert (yet reluctant) developer of policy and process. Amy leads the Centre’s planning and operations activities, ensuring everything we do – and we mean EVERYTHING – is tightly linked to our strategic plan. At home, she is the lone female in a house full of very well-dressed boys.
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Purnima Sundar
Director
ext. 3769

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Purnima Sundar

Lover of simplicity. Connoisseur of snacks. Master of diplomacy. Purnima leads all of the Centre’s knowledge exchange efforts, regularly showing up for meetings two minutes late bringing profuse apologies with her. She tests out new and innovative behaviour modification strategies on her two daughters, which she swears will work one day.
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Service area support

When an agency or community sees an opportunity to make things better, these are the folks who jump in and help them get the job done. Knowledge brokers build relationships and connect people with the right combination of evidence, training and coaching to support change that makes a difference to children, youth and families.

Melissa Jennings
Manager, Knowledge Mobilization (on leave)
ext. 3720

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Melissa Jennings

Tea aficionado. Book lover. Foodie. Melissa is a proud hockey mom, born and raised in Quebec's beautiful Eastern Townships. She has worked in the not-for-profit sector her entire career, with many of those years spent in program evaluation roles. In addition to cheering from arena stands, Melissa cheers on and supports Centre staff in the work they do with stakeholders across the province.

Sandra Huang Del Frari
Manager, Knowledge Mobilization
ext. 3327

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Sandra Huang Del Frari

Absolute jazz fan. Walkability pro. An impulsive multi-tasker and clumsy soul. With her experience in both the education and mental health sectors, Sandra supports mental health organizations throughout the change process with frontline engagement and consultation. When off implementation, you can find her trying to catch the perfect light with her D90 camera.

Jana Kocourek
Knowledge Broker
ext. 3310

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Jana Kocourek

Sports enthusiast. Early riser. Chocoholic. As a knowledge broker, she provides various supports and linkages to child and youth mental health agencies across the province. During off-hours, Jana can be found in hockey rinks coaching her daughter’s rep hockey team, or running after her toddler!

Kelli Dilworth
Knowledge Broker
ext. 3320

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Kelli Dilworth

Purple lover. Scrappy (but still beginner) left-winger. Perpetual paper piler. Kelli’s experience in children and youth rights, sexual/reproductive health and non-profit sector governance positions her to be an advocate for how big picture policy ideals can be translated into effective community-based practice. If you pass her on the highway as she commutes home, you will see her singing to the radio while she considers which one of her children will make her laugh first.

Kelsey Binkley
Knowledge Broker
ext. 3881

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Kelsey Binkley

Small town girl. Sports enthusiast. Equipped with a quick witted sense of humor. A true embracer of the simplicity of cottage living, Kelsey is happiest while seated around a campfire, surrounded by family, friends, laughter and music. A former Autism consultant, Kelsey truly understands the direct impact of bringing evidence-informed practices and practitioners together to improve mental health outcomes. She is a strong believer that life’s riches can be found in the people you surround yourself with each day, which makes working at the Centre an appropriate fit.

Renée Nossal
Knowledge Broker
ext. 3458

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Renée Nossal

Co-parent to two loving and creative little kiddos as well as a rowdy dog with perpetual energy. Renée in the field of child and youth mental health for the past 10 years. She loves to read, sew and attempt to cook. Her favourite part about working at the Centre is (hands down) the people!

Ann Barber
Quality Improvement Specialist
ext. 3483

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Ann Barber

Appreciator of fine tea and chocolate (though not necessarily in that order). A strong believer in the power of a good checklist. Loves to listen to and share a good story. Ann is probably best known for her compassionate and caring way with others. Outside of work, you can most likely find her surrounded by her family and friends involved in some active pursuit, and most often making a few new friends along the way. This natural ability to connect with people shines through as she supports agencies looking for ways to continuously improve the quality of their work with children, youth and their families, something close to her heart.

Kristina Rohde
Quality Improvement Specialist
ext. 3441

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Kristina Rohde

Logical thinker. Animal lover. Addicted to sweets. Outside the Centre, she can be found exploring the outdoors with her dog, deciding which Pinterest recipe to try next, or snuggled up watching the latest trendy TV show with her pet and human family. Kristina is particularly enthusiastic about using her research background in a complex healthcare environment along with her expertise in the field of evaluation, process improvement, and project management to be able to visualize improvements just about anywhere and shape a successful Quality Improvement Program at the Centre.

Evangeline Danseco
Performance Measurement Coach
ext. 3319

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Evangeline Danseco

Perpetually curious. Calm and joyful most days. Interesting mix of east and west. Evangeline loves chocolate, tea, gardening and likes to explore efforts that integrate mental, physical and spiritual health. You can do – she can help: she works with senior leaders in the sector to improve the performance and quality of our mental health services.
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Alejandra Dubois
System Planning and Performance Coach
ext. 3321

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Alejandra Dubois

Food enthusiast. Apprentice sculptor. Tireless traveler and map lover. Alejandra tends to hoard every piece of everything as it might come useful at one point. She brings to the Centre a background in nutrition, population health and health systems, services and policy research.

Cecilia Marie Roberts
Youth Suicide Prevention Consultant

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Cecilia Marie Roberts

Proud mother of three, story teller and lover of polka dots and stripes! Cecilia Marie is passionate about working with communities to mobilize around suicide prevention; she moved from Hamilton to Ottawa to take on her role as Youth Suicide Prevention Consultant. She believes in collaboration as a way for any community to demonstrate caring, commitment and compassion to address this significant public health issue.

Kamill Santafe
Youth Advisor
ext. 3329

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Kamill Santafe

Coming soon...

Nicole Sudiacal
Youth Advisor
ext. 3475

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Nicole Sudiacal

Purveyor of justice and equity. Closet bass clarinet player. Almost Cirque du Soleil gymnast. Nicole spends much of her time leading a youth advisory committee that focuses on newcomer and ethno-cultural youth issues, while juggling university and browsing the internet for the best flight deals. At the Centre, Nicole is trying to learn all of the lingo while sharing knowledge in the area of youth engagement.

Samar El Faki
Youth Advisor
ext. 3485

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Samar El Faki

Coming soon...

Program and product development

Services, events and products don’t just magically appear. These folks take a sector need and run with it – combing the evidence and producing top-notch products, processes and learning events that promote continuous quality improvement in child and youth mental health.

Heather Parsons
Manager, communications (on leave)
ext. 3327

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Heather Parsons

Coffee devotee. Chocophile. Cookie connoisseur. Heather brings her varied communications experience to her role here at the Centre. She is quickly learning the ropes and is ready to tackle commas, capitals and quotation marks!

Julia Armstrong
Project Coordinator
ext. 3426

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Julia Armstrong

Boot camp enthusiast. Closet cat-lady. Firm believer in the power of tea and warm socks. Before coming to the Centre, Julia exercised her passion for helping others in direct service roles by providing mentorship and care to young parent families. At the Centre, Julia is known for playing devil’s advocate and accomplishing a great deal when fueled by candy.

Tara McFadden
Project Coordinator
ext. 3581

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Tara McFadden

Passionately curious. Lover of live music. Prairie girl at heart. Tara’s childhood nickname, Tiafickett (Tara will fix it) exemplified at a young age her love for problem-solving and helping others. Before coming to the Centre, Tara used this passion in the education system assessing, supporting and advocating for students and their individual learning needs. At the Centre, she can be found in her office singing quietly to herself while coordinating a variety of projects.

Ashley Charbonneau
Program Associate
ext. 3361

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Ashley Charbonneau

Coming soon...

Laura Kelly
Program Associate
ext. 3469

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Laura Kelly

Mother of two beautiful busy boys. Outdoor and travel enthusiast. John Oliver superfan. At the Centre, Laura combines her background in Public Health and Evaluation with her passion for working with children and youth. She hopes to help the sector implement evidence-informed practices to create real change. When Laura’s not searching through databases and journals, she can be found searching for a great new restaurant and delicious meal.

Nicole Summers
Program Associate
ext. 3736

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Nicole Summers

Baking Guru. Adores all things Bovine. Free time is spent preparing for a zombie apocalypse by practicing axe throwing or making knives. Nicole has an ever growing passion for research and is always looking to get involved with new projects. She is excited to continue to make a positive impact for children and youth while working in the field of evaluation and evidence-informed practices. When she is not found researching or writing, she is likely binging on Netflix documentaries or hiking with her dogs.

Huma Muhammadi
Research Assistant
ext. 3731

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Huma Muhammadi

Coming soon...

Shruti Patel
Research Assistant
ext. 3376

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Shruti Patel

Coming soon...

Administration

Administration is the backbone of any organization. These are the folks who make sure we pay our bills, spend wisely, demonstrate our impact, and play nice with others – in person and online.

Heather Ennis
Manager, Communications
ext. 3332

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Heather Ennis

Former journalist. Lover of Niagara wine. Eternal optimist. Heather leads the Centre’s internal and external communication strategies, leaving a trail of capital letters and errant commas in her wake. An avid news and political enthusiast, her second love beyond her family is the CBC.

Pauline Carr
Manager, Administration
ext. 3315

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Pauline Carr

It’s all about the peeps and deets – a Centre veteran with a flair for HR, office management, plus keeping a safety radar on our ‘offsite’ digs preserves her work entertainment. Outside of work, tics to the National Arts Centre Broadway series, an annual winter hankering for a southern vacation getaway, and healthy family/friend networks keeps her foot loose and fancy free.

Tracey MacLaurin
Project Coordinator
ext. 3344

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Tracey MacLaurin

Calm/Cool/Collected. Keen Observer. Aunt extraordinaire. As a Project Officer and Facilities Manager at the Centre Tracey is continuously juggling multiple projects and tasks at the same time. Tracey is recognized for maintaining her calm and cool demeanor when situations get hot.

Jessica Trottier
Senior Administrative Assistant
ext. 3732

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Jessica Trottier

Health and wellness enthusiast. Passionate about people. Travel addict. Jessica, wears a number of hats at the Centre including orchestrating the procurement processes involving contracts, ensuring the health and safety of fellow colleagues and promoting the French language amongst peers. Once a psych major, Jessica is now working on fine-tuning her skills in project management. In her spare time, she likes to run, play a variety of sports and practice yoga.

Tammy Copp
Project Officer
ext. 3446

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Tammy Copp

Charitable. Dependable. Seriously silly. With the help of immaculate flowcharts, Tammy keeps both coworkers and stakeholders on track through their contracts. At home she is towered over by her teenage children, a football playing son and dancing daughter.

Alison McAfee
Contracts Officer
ext. 3328

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Alison McAfee

Mom to two busy kids. Podcast aficionado. Lover of pop culture, history and coffee. At the Centre, Alison is busy with all things procurement and contracts related. She also has a hand in facilities management. Alison started volunteering at CHEO around 15 years ago and they haven’t been able to get rid of her since. When not at work Alison can be found visiting the dinosaurs with her kids at the Museum of Nature, watching movies with her husband or enjoying walks with her stubborn dog.

Blake Davey
Operations and Performance Measurement Specialist
ext. 3313

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Blake Davey

Always eating. Fitness fanatic. Family and friends first. Blake completed undergraduate/graduate studies at Carleton University, before being employed as a statistical analyst and evaluator, both inside and outside of the child and youth mental health sector. In addition to research experience, Blake brings front-line mental health counselling experience to the Centre. When he’s not saving the world, he can be found at the gym, travelling the world or anywhere competitive endeavors are practiced.

Alex Almendrades
Communications Specialist
ext. 3318

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Alex Almendrades

Life has gotten a bit more hectic for Alex since the birth of his daughter. Coming from a background in Radio and Television, he's used to life being a bit hectic. His love of pop culture, art and graphic design have all spilled over into his professional life. Alex brings his unique perspective in communications and content marketing to the Centre in the quest to raise our profile. When not checking his phone 4 times an hour, Alex can be found at the gym, in the pool, or trying to convince his wife to let him buy a dog.

Geneviève C.Gagnon
Communications Specialist
ext. 3494

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Geneviève C.Gagnon

Coming soon...

Eric Wellman
Website Administrator
ext. 3326

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Eric Wellman

Father of three (including twins). Poker enthusiast. Problem solver. Eric comes from a background of computer science and interactive multimedia, and has been programming for more than 25 years. He keeps the Centre’s websites and databases running smoothly and our staff laughing constantly.

Mageya Castedo
Financial Clerk
ext. 3324

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Mageya Castedo

Lover of the arts. Mother of two daughters. Wishes to travel through time and space one day! Mageya's work involves getting into the detail of things, which she quite enjoys.

Allanna Dagley
Administrative Assistant
ext. 3316

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Allanna Dagley

Busy mom of three. Avid home chef, baker and cake decorator. Netflix junkie. When not in the kitchen or watching Netflix, you can find Allanna relaxing with her mom friends and a glass of wine, enjoying some fresh air, or juggling activities with her kids. Allanna has a background as a medical lab technician as well as seven years of experience in medical administration and is looking forward to what the future holds for herself.

Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health

695 Industrial Avenue, Ottawa Ontario, K1G 0Z1
Tel.: 613-737-2297   Fax: 613-738-4894
Email: centre@cheo.on.ca

 

Please note: We do not provide mental health advice, counselling or treatment.
If you, or if someone you know is in crisis right now, please call the Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868.

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