NROCRC is driven by a dedicated staff that goes the extra mile. Permanent staff are the foundation of NROCRC. Volunteers expand the range and scope of programming and services that our agency provides.
NROCRC is also a teaching centre and welcomes students from professional institutions for counselling internships and student placements.
Meet Our Board
President of the Board
Darryl Bilodeau is a long time resident of Ottawa and an associate lawyer and registered trade-mark agent with Morisawa De Koven Professional Corporation (MDK). His legal practice focuses on matters related to knowledge and technology-based companies, including drafting and reviewing shareholders’ agreements, commercial agreements, confidentiality and proprietary information agreements, employment and consulting contracts. He also regularly provides advice on strategies for licensing intellectual property, and obtaining Canadian trade-mark and copyright registrations. Darryl obtained a Bachelor of Engineering degree (electrical) with high distinction from Carleton University in 2002. He went on to earn his law degree from Queen's University in 2007. Darryl completed his articles with MDK, and became an associate with the firm upon his call to the Ontario bar in 2008.
Vela Tadic is a clinical social worker with the Bruyere Academic Family Health Team. For the past five years, she has provided counselling to patients and has been involved in family medicine resident teaching. Vela holds a Bachelor of Arts with honors degree from the University of Alberta and a Masters in Social Work degree from Carleton University. Passionate about creating an empowered and connected community, Vela has worked to achieve this through both her professional involvement and volunteer activities within the community. She initiated and organized a Compassion Fatigue Retreat for the clinic staff of the Bruyere Academic Family Health Team. Within work and the community, she has been Champion of the Chronic Disease Management and Health Promotion Committee, Chair of the Communications Committee, and a member of the Care of the Elderly Workshops Committee among other volunteer experience in various capacities with committees, and as a board member. She has been involved in social services work for the past twenty years including crisis intervention, families, youth, homeless as well as administrative positions. Her background includes involvement in interagency collaboration, project development, research, program evaluation, and presentations. In her spare time she is an outdoor enthusiast with her family and friends.
Jodi Jaffray is an Academic Manager at Algonquin College overseeing online programs in community, health, and police and public service areas. Jodi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Psychology complemented by Certificates in Social Work and Infant Mental Health along with a Master of Arts in Leadership (Health specialization). She and her family resided in Nunavut for 13 amazing years where, while raising a family of five children and working, she volunteered on boards at the community and territorial level in child care, education and literacy. During this time she also served her community as Justice of the Peace. Since relocating to Ottawa, Jodi has worked in children’s developmental services and in adult education at the college level. She brings to the board a strong knowledge of community services, board governance, and change leadership along with a passion for giving back to her community.
Martin Evison recently retired from Accenture’s one of the world’s leading Management Consulting organisations. He is a project manager with more than 20 years experience. During Martin’s career he was involved in many business transformation projects including the formation of the strategic plan and goals for the transformation. Some highlights of Martin’s career include: leading a post merger integration of two organizations that resulted in the creation of a successful new company; managing the most successful shared service implementation in the Federal Government; and assisting in the transformation of the administration of social welfare shifting the focus to a “hand up” from a “hand out”.
Jared Kitcher is a Senior Manager at Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Throughout his career, Jared has been part of the Accenture Canada Federal Public Service practice. He has been responsible for the delivery of large, complex, technology related projects that provide the underlying support for large business transformations. During his time at Accenture, he has twice led the Accenture Ottawa United Way Campaign, each year surpassing the fundraising goal. He was the lead for the Accenture Corporate Citizenship Committee (CCC) in Ottawa, which is responsible for all Accenture local charitable giving activities. For the previous three years and currently Jared acts as the CCC liaison for the greater Accenture community.
Naomi Cheah works as a research analyst at Employment and Social Development of Canada. She is passionate about health promotion, disease prevention, and social development. She obtained her Master's degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in 2013. She is a strong believer in leveraging evidence-based policy and environmental interventions and building public-private partnerships to achieve sustainable population-wide public health impacts. She has worked in various organizations, such as the federal government, law and consulting firms, non-profit organizations, research institutes etc. Naomi is a new Canadian and moved to Canada two years ago. She has greatly benefited from community, integration and employment services from various non-profits. Thus, she wants to contribute to the local community through volunteering as a board member. She has lived in four countries and is a world traveller, visiting more than 10 countries thus far.
Maureen Kennedy , RN MScN. in her professional experience as a community health nurse for over 30 years, has worked with a diverse population of families in the general population as well as in the Healthy Babies Healthy Children program and as a facilitator of prenatal classes for Ottawa Public Health. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing degree, is certified as a Lactation Consultant and has a specialty in Community Health Nursing. As a one time member and chairperson of the Ottawa Breastfeeding Committee she has worked with community partners to develop resources and to enhance breastfeeding services to residents of Ottawa. Her background includes presentations to public health staff, medical and nursing students and professional colleagues; program evaluation and research. Since 2007 Maureen has been employed as a clinical instructor in Community Health Nursing at the University of Ottawa and Algonquin College.
Maureen hopes to contribute to the work that NROCRC does through her knowledge and experience working with various community agencies and her interest and expertise in health promotion and disease prevention. As a community health nurse, her values align with NROCRC’s values, including the importance of addressing the social determinants of health, ensuring accessibility to services and enhancing individual and community capacity.
Raynold Wonder Alorse is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University. He is a winner of several prestigious awards, including SSHRC’s Canada Graduate Scholarship to Honour Nelson Mandela, Ontario Graduate scholarship, Kerr Ostrander Leadership for Tomorrow Award, and a Head of State award. He holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the Queen’s School of Policy Studies and a Bachelor of Arts (Joint Honours) degree in Political Science and Business (with a minor in Economics) from the University of Waterloo. Currently, Raynold is the Chief Returning Officer for the Public Service Alliance of Canada Local 901 (Queen’s University). He also gained policy experience as a Board Member with CFRC 101.9 FM (Radio Queen's University), and with Kingston Literacy and Skills (KL&S) as a Member of the Board and Treasurer.
Prior to starting his PhD program, Raynold served as a Senior Sector Policy Advisor at the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment/Ministry of Research and Innovation (Toronto). He also served as a Program Analyst in the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS). Prior to that, he was an Issues & Project Manager/ Executive Assistant to the Regional Director at Ministry of Community and Social Services/Ministry of Children and Youth Services (Kingston).