Board of Directors
In addition to two of the three founders, the directors include experienced individuals from the National Capital Region. We are honoured to have these talented individuals working with and advising Hopewell.
President: Charlie Carter, Manager of Support Services, Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health
Vice President: Dr. Katherine Henderson, Psychologist and Co-director of Anchor Psychological Services
Secretary: Lucyna Neville, Co-Founder
Treasurer: Geneviève Robineau CPA, CA, Senior Accounting Officer, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Past President: Shelley Shusterman, Co-Founder
Andrew Jones, National Director of Public Policy and Stakeholder Relations, Canadian Mental Health Association – National
Diana Lefebvre, PhD, Psychotherapist in private practice
Margot Lefebvre, Development Officer, The Ottawa Hospital Foundation
Dale Morris, President and Owner, Ascribe Marketing Communications Inc.
Karin Pagé, lawyer, Litigation Group at Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP
Nerys Parry, Ottawa writer, Engineer and Mother of two
Executive Director: Jody Brian
About our Board Members
Charlie Carter brings a background in public health research and community based mental health services to Hopewell. As a Manager with the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health, he helps community based mental health agencies gather, use and share evidence. His work is focused on helping agencies enhance their strengths in program evaluation, performance measurement, stakeholder engagement and implementing new practices. Charlie holds a master’s degree from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine and has worked in public health research, international development project coordination, and as a coach and small business manager. As an endurance athlete he is interested in ensuring that coaches and federations provide responsible guidance to young athletes to ensure healthy, sustainable growth. He and his wife are active in the Ottawa area and escape to the Gatineau hills to ski, bike, run, hike, and paddleboard.
Dr. Katherine Henderson is a psychologist and co-director of Anchor Psychological Services which provides psychological services with a subspecialty in eating disorders in to the Ottawa Community. Previously she was clinical director for the regional eating disorder program at CHEO and the lead for research and program evaluation. Dr. Henderson completed her Ph.D. in clinical-developmental psychology at York University and remains very active in research. She is a principal investigator on a multisite outcomes initiative for pediatric eating disorders in Ontario (CMDP); was the lead researcher on the development and implementation of a new clinician measure (EDS3) to assess the severity of an eating disorder in youth; is a co-investigator on the REAL project, a longitudinal research grant investigating a model of the development of eating disorders and obesity in a community population; a co-investigator on evaluating the effectiveness of an online support/information website for parents, and is also a co-investigator on a study of examining the role of olanzapine as an adjunctive treatment for adolescent anorexia nervosa. With colleagues Drs. Lafrance-Robinson, Delohanty, and Mayman, Dr. Henderson is developing emotion focused family therapy for eating disorders across the lifespan and emotion coaching for all parents.
Andrew Jones is a senior executive with over 20 years of diverse experience advancing the interests of supporters and members. He has expertise in advocacy and corporate governance including the implementation of new governance structures and strategic plans. He has the proven ability to lead and build consensus in board, committee, and working group environments. Andrew has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Wilfrid Laurier University and has completed the Queen’s University, School of Business Executive Program. Andrew joined the staff team of Canadian Mental Health Association – National in August 2015 as National Director of Public Policy and Stakeholder Relations. Previously Andrew was a senior leader with the Arthritis Society and the Canadian Dental Association, and he has been a member of and held leadership positions on a number of national coalitions and organizations including the Health Charities Coalition of Canada, the Canadian Coalition for Action on Tobacco, and the Government Relations Institute of Canada. His most noteworthy employment accomplishments include: successfully advocating for the creation of the Office of Chief Dental Officer within Health Canada, and the creation of Canada’s world leading graphic tobacco warning labels which included an image of a diseased mouth. Andrew and his wife Jennifer reside in Ottawa with their two teenage children.
Diana Lefebvre, is a psychotherapist in the community. She supervises students developing their therapeutic skills, and researches psychotherapy processes at the University of Ottawa. Diana is interested in how resources best address the needs and preferences of clients seeking eating disorder treatment.
Margot Lefebvre is a Development Officer of Philanthropy for The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, where the efforts of her fundraising go towards supporting the lifesaving work of The Ottawa Hospital and The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. She is passionate about her role in the not-for-profit sector and helping bring about positive change by connecting inspired donors with causes near and dear to them. With a focus on local community objectives, her strengths lie in building strong relationships between donors and the missions they have supported. Having known nothing other than not-for-profit, Margot is passionate about her role in the sector and motivated by the generosity of the Ottawa community. Dedicated to her chosen field, Margot is an Education Committee Member with the Association of Fundraising Professionals Ottawa Chapter.
Dale Morris is president and owner of Ascribe Marketing Communications, a writing agency that develops marketing communications content across all platforms for clients in a range of sectors within Canada and in the U.S. and Europe. She has written extensively for clients in the health and not-for-profit sectors and for several years has provided pro bono services to the National Eating Disorder Information Centre and currently sits on NEDIC’s Advisory Committee. Dale holds a combined honours undergraduate degree from Carleton University in Journalism and Political Science, and an advanced certificate in group facilitation. She was named to the PROFIT/Chatelaine W100 Ranking of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs in 2015 and 2013.
Karin Pagé is a lawyer in the Litigation Group at Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP, a full-service law firm based here in Ottawa. Karin’s practice focuses on employment law and general commercial litigation. Before entering law school, Karin enjoyed a career in corporate governance for a national health care association. Karin earned a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration (Honours) from Carleton University, and a Baccalaureate of Laws from the University of Ottawa. Originally from North Vancouver, B.C., Karin enjoys spending her weekends outdoors – hiking and skiing with her husband and two teenage children.
Nerys Parry is an Ottawa writer and mother of two, one of which suffers from a severe eating disorder. She’s the author of, Man & Other Natural Disasters, a finalist for the Colophon Prize, and contributes regularly to Hopewell’s blog, Hopewell Voices. Named one of Ottawa’s “Women on the Move” by Ottawa Woman Magazine in 2012, Nerys has long advocated for promoting empathy and compassion through writing. An engineer with a passion for words, Nerys holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Queen’s and a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from UBC. She’s excited to join Hopewell’s board, and to give back to the organization that supported her own family through her daughter’s illness.
Geneviève Robineau is fully bilingual and a Senior Accounting Officer at Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada since September 2014. Prior to entering the public function, Genevieve was a Senior Associate in Audit and Assurance at PricewaterhouseCoopers where she completed her CPA, CA designation. She completed her bachelor’s degree in business specialization accounting at the University of Ottawa and her Diplôme en étude supérieure spécialisée en comptabilité at the University de Quebec en Outaouais.
Shelley Shusterman , a co-founder of Hopewell, has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto. Retired after many years with an energy conservation/environment consulting firm in Ottawa working in Finance and IT, she has been involved with and continues to be active in several local charities, holding varied executive positions. She now divides her time working on the boards of two charities, teaching computer skills to seniors, and enjoy being a hands-on grandmother.
"This self-help group has been a really important step in my recovery.”
“This binge eating group helps me save a small piece of me every week and it’s offering me the opportunity to feel safe and loved.”
“I had wanted support in a group setting for many years, and finally got it. I hope this support community continues to grow and touch others lives like it did mine.”