Board of Directors
Stacey Kirkpatrick, Chair
Stacey spent seventeen years working for the Federal Government in various roles including intellectual property management for the Canadian Hydrographic Service.
She has been a personal development coach for individuals and small business owners over the last decade. Stacey went on to complete a Masters in Counselling Psychology (MACP) and became a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and currently has a private practice in Kanata.
In 2018, Stacey was a co-author in the international best-selling book Women Who Impact. Stacey has volunteered with the Ottawa Mission’s Discovery University program, Family Services Ottawa in the Supervised Access Program and at Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre in the Peer Support Program, part of their Violence Against Women program.
After taking training with Voice Found, Stacey was drawn to the amazing work that the organization does and wanted to continue to support the founder’s vision.
SM Leduc, Vice Chair
Driven by the desire to foster collective healing and improve the standard of living of Indigenous peoples, SM is a researcher and government relations specialist with over a decade of experience working on complex Indigenous legal and social policy issues—including income assistance and health care, education, and housing and homelessness—both within the federal public service and non-profit sector.
SM is a Professional Officer with the Canadian Association of University Teachers where she advocates for academic freedom and explores issues of precarious labour and equity in post-secondary education.
SM is urban Ojibwe and a soft-spoken activist and survivor of sexual assault looking to bring her knowledge and personal experiences to Voice Found to advocate for better outcomes for Indigenous girls and women.
Tony Palermo, Secretary
Tony is an engaging journalist, ghostwriter, and copy editor who specializes in law enforcement, true crime, human interest and social issue stories. He tackles the difficult subjects and exposes the important life stories that need to be told.
With daughters of his own, he is a passionate advocate towards creating awareness about—and ending—domestic sex trafficking.
Tony has written articles and business copy for national consumer magazines, trade journals, newspapers, radio, government, and businesses and corporations of all sizes.
A former senior information technology analyst and federal corrections officer, Tony enjoys being a volunteer coach with his local t-ball/softball little league, and volunteers at other local festivals, community events, and organizations as his schedule allows.
He’s a real foodie who loves to cook and entertain. Stealing from the words of his favourite TV celebrity chef David Rocco, Tony explains his passion for food and being able to hold his own in the kitchen by saying “I’m not a chef, I’m Italian!”
Pouya Safi, Treasurer
Pouya is currently the Associate Director of the Professional Development Institute at University of Ottawa. He is also an adjunct Professor specializing in Finance, Ethics, Social Responsibility, Sustainability, Leadership and Management at the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management where he founded the school’s Finance Lab and Telfer Capital Fund, and introduced and developed a mandatory course on Finance Ethics. Prior to this, he managed the Office of Continuing Professional Development at the Faculty of Medicine and worked as a Financial Advisor for both Scotiabank and Edward Jones, where he managed a portfolio of high net worth clients and offered financial planning and investment advice.
Pouya holds an MBA from the University of Ottawa as well as an undergrad degree with a specialization in Finance.
In his free time Pouya loves to travel, having been to almost 60 countries, and is passionate about continuous learning and helping those around him through his volunteer mentoring and coaching of various initiatives at the University of Ottawa.
Stef Montreuil, Director
Stephanie has over 20 years experience in marketing and communications and was an early adopter of social media for good.
In 2011, she leveraged her experience and media training to become the spokesperson for Twestival Ottawa – one of Ottawa’s first large-scale tweet-ups. The event went on to raise over $13K for the Ottawa Hospital.
She is a bilingual Communications Executive of a non-profit association and brings a wealth of skills to the organization. In addition to communication, she has experience in PR, strategic planning, media training and has worked as a personal life coach.
Peter Hamer, Director
Peter Hamer is the Executive Director of the Ottawa Valley Family Health Team in Almonte, Ontario. The OVFHT is a group of 13 family physicians, a Dermatologist and 9 allied health professionals.
He is also a Practice Management Consultant, having worked with many medical groups over the past twenty years to optimize clinical workflow and adopt and enhance the use of Electronic Medical Records, (EMRs). Peter was the Project Lead for the adoption and implementation of Electronic Medical Records systems for the University of Ottawa Heart Institute – Associates in Cardiology and the town of Sioux Lookout in northern Ontario.
Peter is a regular presenter at OntarioMD’s Every Step Conferences and has presented at the Primary Care Today Conference, the Association of Family Health Teams Ontario’s Annual Conference as well as the Ontario Medical Groups Managers Association’s Annual Conference.
Stephanie Izzard, Director
A seasoned Human Resources professional, Stephanie has extensive experience helping organizations navigate their way through the ever-changing landscape of human resources.
Her professional experience spans over 20 years where she has been a valued senior contributor to organizational effectiveness in the public, private and not-for profit sectors. Currently she provides strategic HR consulting services to small and medium sized businesses on a vast variety of HR matters including HR programs, practices, policies, legislation and regulatory requirements.
Stephanie has served on several volunteer boards and committees,
most recently as Vice-chair for Daybreak Non-profit Housing. She holds a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation from the Human Resources Professional Association where she is an active member and currently sits as Chair of the Association’s Discipline Committee.
Stephanie also holds certificates in Alternative Dispute Resolution and attained her Executive Certificate in Conflict Management from University of Windsor, and Workplace Investigations Certificate from York University.
She successfully completed the Executive Certificate program from Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business in Strategic Human Resources Leadership. Stephanie is also a graduate of Algonquin College.
Frank O’Driscoll, Director
Frank has had a dynamic 30-year career bridging private and not-for-profit sectors and has served in a range of commercial and corporate roles in healthcare, technology, medical devices / biotechnology and beyond.
Most recently, Frank has fulfilled leadership roles in the healthcare quality accreditation field and has consulted with start-up’s focused on consumer digital health solutions.
Frank is passionate about health innovation, with an emphasis on the democratization of healthcare towards the goal of personal health enablement.
As a continual learner and to support his passions and health and social services stakeholders, Frank has recently earned a Master of Management degree from McGill University (International Master’s for Health Leadership) and has been granted the Certified Health Executive designation from the Canadian College of Health Leaders.
Katie Dolan, Director
Katie has 10+ years of destination marketing experience (represented the Capital of Canada with Ottawa Tourism) and just under a year experience at one of Ottawa’s biggest hotels (Westin Ottawa). She now works for PCMA – Professional Convention Management Association – as the Business Development Director for Canada. PCMA is the global leader for education for meeting planners, and has signed the code.
She is proud to work for an organization that is doing its part in helping combat human trafficking. She was inspired to get involved with the fight to end human trafficking after hearing Sandy Biback speak at a PCMA event a couple of years ago in Niagara Falls.
She has since helped get a local chapter off the ground in Ottawa with Meeting Professionals Against Human Trafficking and organized an educational event for meeting planners at the Westin Ottawa with Voice Found.
Volunteer work is no stranger to Katie; she has volunteered for the CHEO BBQ, a fundraising event for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, for just shy of a decade. She also is the founder and lead organizer for The Home Run, a run/walk that raised awareness for statelessness and funds for Refugee 613. This was the official opening event of One Young World in 2016.
Alison Pratt, Director
G(irls)20’s Girls on Boards Young Director
Alison has a long commitment to volunteer work and her community. While in her final years of High School, she created an event for middle school-aged girls that focused on developing skills to increase self-esteem and confidence. She also volunteered with St. Joe’s Supper Table, and traveled to Guatemala to facilitate learning activities at primary schools.
While completing University in Toronto, she was involved with a drop in center for marginalized people in the downtown core. She also studied abroad in Mexico where in addition to practicing her Spanish, she volunteered with a human trafficking safe house called ANTHUS (Asociación Nacional Contra la Trata Humana en la Sociedad).
Alison continues to volunteer today, by developing educational activities for the same schools she worked with in Guatemala. She is also in the process of completing her yoga teacher training, with hopes to one day share her passion of the practice with others.
Alison completed her iBA from York University’s Colège Glendon, and is currently enrolled in the Paralegal Program at Algonquin College. In the future, Alison hopes to work in the legal field to ensure that all people receive fair and just legal access.
Cynthia Bland, ex-officio
Founder | CEO
A survivor of child sexual abuse and commercial sexual exploitation, Cynthia’s recovery from the consequences of that abuse compelled her to take action – the result of which is Voice Found.
Prior to founding Voice Found, Cynthia enjoyed a successful career in sales, marketing and education in national and international roles.
Her leadership and innovation has been recognized by organizations and individuals alike.
Cynthia is a winner of the Wise 50 over 50 award, named a ‘KickAss’ Canadian and graduated magna cum laude from the school of life.