Board of Directors

Chair
Heather Brisebois
is a community activist, volunteer, and compassionate leader. Not only has Heather served on multiple Boards of Directors in the community, she has also demonstrated a passion for guiding and coaching vulnerable youth and women living with violence. Currently, Heather works as the Project Coordinator for We Are The Change at the Employment and Education Centre in Brockville, a not-for-profit organization that provides award-winning service and guidance to vulnerable youth and supports them throughout the employment process. Heather’s past work experience as a Residential Counsellor at LGIH speaks to her determined motivation to eradicate violence against women. An active and generous listener, Heather has extensive experience in counselling, employment services, and administration. Heather welcomes the opportunity and is proud to serve on the LGIH Board of Directors; a true testament of her dedication to community activism.

Vice-Chair
Katherine Parker
is honoured to have the opportunity to support LGIH and all its stakeholders as Vice-Chair of the Board. Katherine is a seasoned federal government Executive who has worked in both private and non-profit sectors. Her focus the last several years has been workplace mental health and she was fortunate enough to have had an assignment at the Mental Health Commission of Canada as a Visiting Executive where she supported the development of a leadership model for improving mental health in the workplace and mental health peer support programs. She has held senior federal government positions including Director General of Human Resources, and Chief Audit Executive. She recently completed the Osgoode Law Certificate in Workplace Mental Health and brings in-depth experience in a range of management skills including Human Resources, and Organizational Development. Katherine has a degree in psychology and a Master’s in Business Administration.

General Director
Mary Ann Harvey
has volunteered as a Crisis Line Responder at the Distress Center in Ottawa and has governance experience as part of the Audit Committee of the Ottawa Woman’s Credit Union. She has held the Board position of Treasurer for several community associations over the years. Mary Ann also has several years of experience as a Finance Executive in Ottawa high tech companies. As such she is a trusted strategic advisor and a credible representative collaborating with auditors, bankers and lawyers on key issues in Finance, Accounting, Human Resources and Legal. Mary Ann’s objective is to contribute to the progression and success of a community-based organization helping those in need and she is very pleased to be involved with LGIH. She has a BA in Psychology, Master’s in Business Administration, and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Secretary
Diane Hart
has professional experience as a collaborative leader of multi-disciplined teams with an extensive background in global people and business management in the high-tech sector. Now retired, Diane was a dedicated coach and mentor where she invested in inspiring and motivating others to do their best and to achieve individual growth. Diane is also experienced in salary planning, forecasting and budgets, performance management, resource planning, and strategic direction. Diane truly admires the noble and accomplished work that Interval House provides to women and children. She is both honoured and humbled to be a part of the LGIH where she looks forward to contributing to this valuable community resource.

Treasurer
Janice Nicholson
is an experienced entrepreneur who is skilled in leading cross-functional teams. She has a strong track record of increasing customer efficiencies and satisfaction, enhancing financial systems and increasing owners and partner’s ROI. Janice has experience in banking, legal, HR, IT, marketing, budgeting and raising capital. She has always embraced team building and mentoring others with her hands-on experience. Janice has a deep admiration for the non-profit sector and specifically organizations empowered to help women succeed and fulfill their potential. Janice is excited to help LGIH grow and thrive in its altruistic endeavours and hopes that one day our society no longer needs its services.

General Director
Angela Giroux
is a dedicated Board Member with lived experience. She brings a necessary understanding of the challenges of women facing domestic abuse situations and is a strong advocate for the community served by LGIH. She is passionate about continuing education and awareness about violence against women and domestic abuse so she can help eliminate the perceptions and stigma that cause many victims to suffer in silence.
She has in depth experience in finance, marketing and fundraising and has worked in the community for many years. Angela is deeply focused on offering support at the highest standard that is rooted in reducing stigma for victims of abuse.

General Director
Debbie Brooks
has a bachelor’s degree from McMaster University and certificates in Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Life Skills from St. Lawrence College. She has extensive experience as a front-line worker, specifically in Vocational Counselling with adults struggling with mental illness. As part of her dedication to mental health advocacy, she acted as a Patient Council Liaison at the Brockville Psychiatric Hospital. She also volunteered on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Psychosocial Rehab Association for several years. In her community, she served on the 1000 Islands Chapter of SOS, a local diving organization. Now semi-retired, she continues to work with her husband Doug, in their business of 30 years doing bookkeeping, office work and fundraising in the community. She has many years of experience as part of a multidisciplinary team in a hospital setting. She is a very compassionate person and a good listener. She is pleased to have the opportunity to contribute her time and skills to the board of Directors at LGIH and to support the Executive Director.

Executive Director
Charlene Catchpole
is honoured to be the Executive Director of Leeds and Grenville Interval House. She is a proud First Nations woman; her home reserve is Couchiching First Nation in Northern Ontario. Born and raised in Smith Falls, Ontario, Charlene left her hometown to attend school and start her career in Toronto, where she stayed for 28 years. There she led several women centred organizations addressing violence and health and strengthening the voice of Aboriginal women. After adopting her two beautiful children, 5 years ago she returned to Eastern Ontario to raise her family and be closer to her mom. Charlene has worked in the Not-for-Profit sector for over 30 years, promoting health and wellness in the Violence Against Women, Aboriginal, LGBT, and HIV communities. Charlene chaired the Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses for 6 years and was an appointed member of former Premiere Wynne’s RoundTable on Violence Against Women.