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ABOUT US

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Citizen Advocacy Ottawa is a small but powerful registered charity and is one of the few organizations that supports people of all ages across disabilities spectrum and their families – those living with physical, developmental, intellectual, mental health, age-related and multiple diagnoses challenges.

Charitable Registration
#13036 2817 RR0001

Citizen Advocacy Ottawa, founded in 1974, is one of the few agencies supporting people of all ages across the disability spectrum. We are a place where people with disabilities and their families feel welcomed, safe, not judged, able to speak their minds and where they receive the recognition, guidance and support they are seeking. At Citizen Advocacy Ottawa we recognize the resilience of individuals with disabilities and their families as they struggle for access to support and services. We look for innovative and creative ways to build healthy, safe and inclusive futures in our community.

 

We are an inclusive community that welcomes, values and supports the diversity, participation and contribution of its citizens, including those who live with disabilities and their families.

To deliver support and advocacy that will enhance quality of life, socially-valued roles and choice for people living with disabilities and their families.

The governance and operations of Citizen Advocacy Ottawa are inspired by the following values:

  • All people have a voice and will be respected and involved in making their own choices.
  • All people have abilities and contributions that can be shared and recognized in the community.
  • People with disabilities and their families will have access to the support they require as they move through life transitions.
  • Caring and meaningful relationships are the key to safety, security and a good life.
  • Intentional contributions of the community and individual citizens through freely-given friendship and support, ensure and safeguard the health, well-being, self-sufficiency and quality of life for people with disabilities.
  • Individual citizens are necessary to advocate for opportunities, possibilities and the safety of people with disabilities.

 

Citizen Advocacy will focus its resources on supporting people with disabilities and their families in creating a good life.

Independence: Citizens who are engaged as advocates and network members must be free to develop a primary loyalty to the person with a disability and to act as independently as possible in meeting and supporting the needs of that person.

Loyalty to the person: It is essential that citizens meet the person where they are and move in the direction chosen by the person.

Program independence: In order to support the development of effective advocacy relationships, the advocacy office itself must be independent, able to act independently of the human services system.

Staff role: Citizen Advocacy staff create and support, not supplant or “take over and direct” relationships that are intentional, freely given and meaningful.

Diversity of needs and roles: Citizen Advocacy seeks diversity among the people it invites into relationships. This includes seeking people with diverse capacities, ages and living situations, forming relationships of different types and purposes, and seeking citizens from all segments of community life.

Positive messages/imagery: Citizen Advocacy should be a model of positive interpretations of people with disabilities.

 

An organization’s annual general meeting (AGM) is the most important meeting of the year, with the Board of Directors, Executive, and general membership all in attendance.  At the meeting, the Board details agency performance and outlook, and all members vote on key issues relating to the organization including the election of Board members.

When:          Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Where:        Citizen Advocacy of Ottawa, 312 Parkdale Ave., Rooms 1, 2 & 3

Free Parking – visitors and street parking: situated close to Tunney’s Pasture

Time:           5:30 pm –7:30 pm (Light refreshments will be served)

With the new Bylaws for Citizen Advocacy Ottawa that were adopted at the Annual General Meeting in 2015, membership requirements have changed and are now required to be more explicit. As such:

  • If you are a Volunteer Advocate, a Friend or a participant in the Independent Facilitation and Planning program your membership fee is $5.
  • If you are a WIMS member, a Sibling Group parent, an Independent Facilitation and Planning family member, a board member or a committee member it is $25.
  • If you are a Lifetime Networks member, your membership fee is included in the annual membership fee for the program.

IMPORTANT:  To be able to exercise your right to vote at the Annual General Meeting you will need to purchase a membership no later than May 25th, 2016.  A purchase of membership after May 25th will not qualify you to vote at this year’s AGM. The membership form can be found at the bottom of this page.

Please RSVP by June 1st, 2016 by calling the office at 613-761-9522 or by email to info@citizenadvocacy.org

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OUR STAFF TEAM

BRIAN TARDIF

Executive Director, ext. 225

ANDREA PODRUSKI

Program Manager, ext. 229

THONY JEAN-BAPTISE

Program Manager, ext. 228

Alix Duncan

Special Events Coordinator, ext. 240

DONNA RIETSCHLIN

Independent Facilitator, ext. 401

DOUG MCKENZIE

Social Worker, ext. 227

EMILY TAYLOR-KING

Independent Facilitator, ext. 400

ERIN LEVESQUE

Independent Facilitator, ext. 403

JANET CARIONI

FASD Coordinator, ext. 234

JENNIFER GRAVES

Resource Development Officer, ext. 235

JOSAPHAT JOSEPH

Executive Assistant, ext. 226

KARLA HOUGH

Independent Facilitator, ext. 410

KELLY HOWSON

Lifetime Networks Coordinator, ext. 223

LYNNE O'CONNELL

Independent Facilitator, ext. 233

MANON LEBLOND-LEDUC

independent Facilitator, ext. 407

MARIA REDPATH

Community Engagement Coordinator, ext. 222

MICHAEL SONG

Social Worker, ext. 231

NADINE PILON

Administrative Assistant, ext. 221

NANCY LOCKWOOD

FASD Coordinator, ext. 234

RACHEL LEVINE-KATZ

Social Worker, ext. 224

RUTH ANN MOORE

Facilitator, ext. 406

SARA RAFIEI

Independent Facilitator, ext. 408

SARI MUSTA-WHITE

Social Worker, ext. 230

STEVE LIND

Financial Administrator, ext. 247

SUSAN CAMPBELL

Special Events Assistant, ext. 233

TANYA EICHLER

FASD Coordinator, ext. 234

TRACY STOCKS

Social Worker, ext. 301

OUR PEOPLE
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mike Giunta – President
Kirk Boyd – 1st Vice-President
Simone Joanisse – 2nd Vice-President
Maria McClintock – Secretary
Alison Bradford – Treasurer
Ruth Koch-Schulte – Past President
Veronica Anderson – Director
Claire Leduc – Director
Neena Kushwaha – Director
Damon Lauder – Director
Don Law-West – Director
Mike Murphy – Director
Robert Meredith – Director
Jim Wright – Director
Barb Sabourin – Director
Jeff Snyder – Director
Ron Warren – Director
William Wells – Director
CONSUMERS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Veronica Anderson (Chair)

Shelly Bolger

Margaret Cunningham

Joe Donegan

Linda Gray

Damon Lauder

Michael Meagher

Mona Meagher

Michelle Schafer  (Coach)

Thony Jean-Baptiste (Staff)

LIFETIME NETWORKS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Emmanuelle Bouliane

Simone Joanisse

Claire Leduc

Rob Meredith

Anna Przednowek

Natalie Sanna

Kelly Howson (Staff)

Andrea Podruski (Staff)

CHILDREN'S SIBLING GROUP ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Barb Juett

Brenda Morris

Janet Robinson

Heather Rose

Claudette St. Jean

Marcel St. Jean

Helena Towle

Kelly Howson (Staff)

Thony Jean-Baptiste (Staff)

EVENING IN THE MARITIMES COMMITTEE

The Honourable Vern White, Senator (Honourary Co-Chair)

David Cork (Honourary Co-Chair)

Barry McKenna (Event Co-Chair)

Jeff Snyder (Event Co-Chair)

Gary Duke

Amanda Fynn

Krystal Larabie

Mike Murphy

Dianne Pritchard

Alix Duncan (Staff)

Brian Tardif (Staff)

CELEBRATION OF PEOPLE COMMITTEE

The Honourable Jim Munson, Senator (Honourary Chair)

Martha Marr (Chair)

Laurie Alphonse

David Berman

Ian Dufton

David F. Walls

Alix Duncan (Staff)

Brian Tardif (Staff)

IN THE SPOTLIGHT COMMITTEE

Sharon Edwards

Miriam Fry

Branka Gudelj

Simone Joanisse

Bernice McKeown

Angela Oberoi

Donna Thomson

Alix Duncan (Staff)

Kelly Howson (Staff)

Brian Tardif (Staff)

CAREGIVER RETREAT

Annie Berube

Minda Bojin

Nancy Brodie

Miriam Fry

Elaine Murphy

Janet Robinson

Natalie Spagnuolo

Rachel Levine-Katz (staff)

Sari Musta-White (staff)

Andrea Podruski (staff)

Brian Tardif (staff)

CONTACT US/COMMUNIQUEZ AVEC NOUS

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info@citizenadvocacy.org

Tel/Tel. 613-761-9522
TTY/ATS: 613-725-6175

Toll Free/Sans Frais: 1-866-222-2138
Fax/Télécopie: 613-761-9525

 

312 av. Parkdale Ave.,
Ottawa, ON, K1Y 4X5

ANNEX:  516-250 City Centre, Ottawa, ON K1R6K7

Charitable Registration Number/Numéro d’enregistrement d’organisme de bienfaisance
13036 2817 RR0001