OCL’s Board of Directors
Ottawa-Carleton Lifeskills is led by a strong and dedicated volunteer Board of Directors. Our Board members bring many years of business and non-profit experience, which have proved invaluable to the growth and success of the agency.
Board President – Miriam Fry – Member since 2012
Vice President – Steve Grieveson – Member since 2015
Secretary – Pam Jackson – Member since 2005
Assistant Secretary – Joan Wilson – Member since 2015
Treasurer – Andrew Simboli – Member since 2016
Members at Large
Susan Bihun – Member since 2014
Michelle Bloodworth – Member since 2011
George Jacobson – Member since 2015
Jack Stilborn – Member since 2018
Jim Perkins – Member since 2019
Jocelyne Paul, B.A., CAE, has been with Ottawa-Carleton Lifeskills Inc. since 1994, first working as a front-line worker in one of OCL’s residential homes. Her dedication to supporting adults with developmental disabilities led her to other roles through to 2004, when she was named OCL’s Executive Director.
Jocelyne is actively engaged in advocating for and representing individuals with developmental disabilities at both the community and provincial level. Since 2009, Jocelyne has been a member with Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals with Special Needs (OASIS) as a board member (2009 – 2014) and as a member of the Communications Committee (2014 – present). In 2015, Jocelyne became a member of the Champlain Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) Advisory Committee, representing Ottawa Developmental Services and providing input to the Chaplain CCAC on its strategic directions and operational planning.
Ongoing professional and personal development is a strong focus for Jocelyne. In 2011, she successfully obtained her Certified Association Executive designation through Canadian Society of Association Executives. In 2013, Jocelyne was awarded the OASIS President’s Scholarship and in 2015, was selected to attend the Rotman Institute on Leadership and Management for the Ontario Public Service.
Director of Finance
Steve Bent has worked for OCL since 1994. As the Director of Finance, Steve is responsible for the development, maintenance and oversight of our budget, which currently sits at over $11 million dollars. Steve is a key organizer for the annual OCL charity golf tournament, which includes securing sponsors and donations for the silent auction.
Director of Human Resources
BRAD PURVIS, B.B.A., CHRL
Brad graduated in 1997 from the University of Ottawa with a Baccalaureate in Business Administration. He worked in the manufacturing sector at Boeing and Zomax before joining OCL in 2007. Brad has a broad range of experience in Human Resources in WSIB case management, recruitment, training and development, occupational health & safety, labour relations and budget preparation.
In 2014, Brad successfully obtained his designation in HR as a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRL) through the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario. Brad was recently promoted to the role of Director, Human Resources in April 2017. He currently sits on the Developmental Services Worker (DSW) Advisory Committee at Algonquin College that helps shape the excellence of the program.
Brad is committed to the continued development of a healthy workplace for all employees and recently helped launch an Employee Assistance Program that will provide supports & services to all employees. By supporting our dedicated staff, we help provide the highest level of care to all the individuals we serve.
Director of Operations
After graduating from high school in Ottawa, Kim Caron couldn’t decide what to study in post-secondary school. Her interests were wide and varied but she had a special place in her heart for helping people, especially those with developmental disabilities. She cites the influence of two of her neighbours: boys her age, each with developmental disabilities as helping her decide what she wanted to do as a career. Understanding this passion, Kim completed the Developmental Service Worker program at Algonquin College in 1989.
After graduation, Kim joined Ottawa-Carleton Lifeskills, first as a front-line worker in the organization’s Residential Program. She has since moved throughout the organization, working as a Management Trainee and Supervisor where she focused on everything from total care to behavioural group homes, day program, to home share as well as special projects.
In 2004, Kim became Program Director at Ottawa-Carleton Lifeskills.
Director of Strategy, Planning and Agency Performance
Tim Howe brings to OCL considerable experience in the health care sector, having held senior roles with the HAE Canada, Canadian Medical Association, the Ottawa Hospital Department of Anesthesiology and Canadian Blood Services. He has a reputation for delivering inventive strategies and focused solutions that benefit both communities and its constituents.
Tim’s first job after University was as the City of Fredericton’s first-ever Special Populations Facilitator, where he first gained experience advocating for persons with a disability. He and his team successfully advocated for fundamental change to ensure equal access to programs and services within the community. Their efforts resulted in the City of Fredericton receiving one of the first-ever National Access Awareness Awards.
Tim brings to OCL expertise in strategic planning, risk management, advocacy and partnership development.
Tim believes in giving back to his community and is currently an elected member of the Board of Directors for the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre. He previously served as an elected member of the Board of Directors with Bruyère Continuing Care and Personal Choice Independent Living.
Director of Business Development
Darlene Gollesch is an experienced Business Development leader with over 22 years of sales experience. Darlene began her career as a researcher for the Canadian Labour Market and Productivity Centre and as policy analyst for the Government of Canada. After working for the federal departments of Indian and Northern Affairs and Environment Canada, Darlene transitioned into the private sector working for several consulting firms.
In 1997, Darlene launched her sales career and spent almost 10 years selling IT solutions to the Government of Canada. Darlene’s ability to quickly understand a client’s requirements and assess potential sales opportunities contributed to her success as a Sales Executive. Her clientele has included commercial enterprises, government departments, special operating agencies, hospitals/health authorities and post-secondary institutions.
In 2006, Darlene joined the Conference Board of Canada as a Corporate Account Executive (sales). In 2015, she was promoted to Director, e-Library & e-Data Marketing and Sales. As the Director, she led a team of sales and customer service specialists who were responsible for growing the Board’s subscription business line and maintaining a high level of customer service.
In 2019, Darlene joined Ottawa-Carleton Lifeskills (OCL) in the newly created position of Director of Business Development. Darlene is a part of OCL’s senior management team and will be responsible for successfully delivering two key strategic directions identified in OCL’s Strategic Business Plan 2019-2024.
Darlene has a Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Laurentian University and a Master of Arts, Public Administration, Carleton University.
Kelly Ashe – Joined the team in 1997
Brent Barlow – Joined the team in 2003
Micheline Carriere – Joined the team in 1988
Andre Demers – Joined the team in 2002
Rebecca Detchon – Joined the team in 1999
Kurtis James – Joined the team in 2006
Chris Kennedy – Joined the team in 2010
Lesley MacIsaac – Joined the team in 2009
Marcel Walsh – Joined the team in 2003
Paul Whittle – Joined the team in 1997
Bonnie Wry – Joined the team in 1998
Andrew Spink – IT Manager – Joined the team in 2000
Tricia Camelon – Executive Assistant – Joined the team in 2008
Susan Chen – Payroll and Accounts Receivable – Joined the team in 2007
Patti Fee – HR Generalist – Joined the team in 2020
Coral Gorman – Scheduling – Joined the team in 2010
Charlene Montague – Finance – Joined the team in 2004
Yuhong Zhu – HR / Scheduling – Joined the team in 2017
OCL Direct Support Professionals
Working directly with those we support residentially and in our day supports, OCL has more than 200 front line staff. We are grateful for their dedication and commitment to the people in their care.