M.S.W., Community Development and Social Planning
Lorna has over 25 years of experience in developing and managing not-for-profit, community-based organizations and services. She has been the Executive Director of OHCC since September 2000, following four years as a Community Animator for the Southwest region of Ontario. Lorna has particular strengths in the areas of community development, community engagement, meeting and workshop facilitation, planning and organizational governance. She has a long history of volunteer activity, and is currently on the Board of Directors for the London Community Resource Centre. Previous to working with OHCC, she was Executive Director of the London Community Resource Centre from 1992-1996 and Director of Support Services for Woodstock & District Developmental services from 1979-1992.
B.A., Modern Languages; Certificate in Publishing; Project Management
Hélène is an experienced event and office organizer of not-for-profit organizations and small businesses with several successful start-ups. Under her leadership, the National Consultation on Career Development at the University of Toronto, became the largest bilingual international conference of its kind. She helped launch the Distress Assessment and Response Tool (DART) in clinics at the Princess Margaret Hospital when she was volunteering at the Healing Beyond the Body program. In Quebec, Hélène participated in starting up Covoiturage Québec, a not-for-profit organization having for mandate to foster societal changes of great magnitude. She brings her experience as a publication designer, copyeditor, French editor and proofreader in the healthcare, educational, and retail sectors.
M.E.S.,Social Justice and Film Studies
Karen has worked with OHCC since 2010, first as Program Asistant then expanding her role in 2014 to become the Administration and Finance Coordinator. In additon to coordinating the administrative and financial operations of OHCC , she supports the delivery of OHCC services by responding to inquries, assisting with webinars, compiling and reporting evaluation results and providing communication services. Karen's past experience includes Project Coordinator from 2005-2009 for the Clean Air Partnership, Teaching Assistant For Popular Culture 2P30 Popular Entertainment at Brock University. Apart from her work at OHCC she is a professional children’s entertainer. Over the past ten years she has sculpted thousands of dogs, motorcycles, nuclear power plants and butterflies out of balloons. As Boo the Clown she has transmogrified countless children into vampires, princesses, or monsters through face painting.
M.A., International Studies, Global Environmental Policy
Ben has worked and volunteered for a number of non-profits over the years. He has a variety of expertise ranging from program management and communications to volunteer coordination and fundraising. He is particularly interested in grassroots initiatives to help create more sustainable and healthy communities. His master's research focused on the role of local governments in addressing climate change and he currently writes for Sustainable-Collective.com on issues related to sustainability.
B.A., Environmental Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, International Studies
Jeff has more than 20 years of experience as an adult educator, community animator and facilitator. He has supported a wide range of organizations, partnerships and networks at the local, regional and provincial levels to plan, deliver and evaluate healthy community initiatives, uncover local assets, engage local leaders, set strategic directions, evaluate programs and monitor results. Jeff is trained as a facilitator using Asset-based Community Development, Appreciative Inquiry, Open Space and Transition Town processes. He is able to provide service in English and French.
Past employment experience includes being a Project Leader for Katimavik and Canada World Youth; 3R's Coordinator for the County of Lanark; Project Coordinator for the Eastern Ontario Model Forest (sustainable forestry); and Executive Director - Rideau Roundtable (watershed stewardship. Independent consulting contracts have included training sessions for Transport Canada, collaborateive strategic planning with four community health centes and evaluation and consultation services. Jeff has a broad range of volunteer experience, including Chair of the Overseas Placement Committee and the Nepal Country Liaison for Canadian Crossroads International, and facilitation services for non-profit organizations. He is also a professional musician and actor.
M.E.S., Community Involvement in Planning
Lisa has worked within the health, social, economic and environmental sectors doing community development and capacity building for over 20 years. Through her professional and volunteer capacities, Lisa has conducted consultations, workshop facilitation, and public speaking on topics such as organizational development, strategic planning, fundraising, and evaluation. During the time that she has worked for the OHCC, she has taken the lead on both the "Healthy Communities and the Built Environment" (HCBE) and "Creating Inclusive Community Organizations" (CICO) projects. Lisa is also a certified yoga teacher and has owned and operated a small restaurant. She has lived and worked in both rural and urban areas and currently resides with her family in the Haliburton Highlands.
M.H.Sc., Community Health; B.Sc. (Hons), Health Sciences
Joan is passionate about sustainable food system development and has developed a broad range of both practical and theoretical skills that relate to the various food systems components. Joan has 30 years of experience in the farm and food sector as a farmer, business person and community advocate. She has managed various projects and businesses and has worked within communities both as a food system developer and as a consultant to guide food systems development..