Meet The Team

Heather Crawford

Executive Assistant


Heather has run her own consulting business since 1993, providing a range of services that includes contributing to the efficiency of the organization, supporting the governance framework, and implementing decisions made by the Board of Directors and management. Heather draws on her managerial experience from both non-profit and for-profit corporations to increase the productivity and effectiveness of the team by providing a full range of support services, including administrative assignments, project management, minute-taking, policy development, freelance writing, and website updates.

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Davide Simone Lupo

Communications Specialist


Davide is currently completing a Public Relations (PR) program at Algonquin College and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages and Cultures from the University of Calabria, Italy. Davide became involved in the non-profit sector as a street fundraiser, working with international organizations such as Save the Children and the African Medical and Research Foundation. As part of the PR program at Algonquin, Davide has put his communications skills into action, serving as the Director of Media Relations and Event Manager for the 2019 Speak Up! campaign in support of the Interval House of Ottawa, as well as volunteering for a Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa event.

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Rachel Gouin

Executive Director


Rachel holds a PhD in Education from McGill University and a Masters in Political Management from Carleton University. An entrepreneurial non-profit leader, Rachel is known for rallying people to a common cause. She most recently served as Director of Research and Public Policy with Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, where she advocated for the health and well-being of children and youth and raised millions for innovative programs. Rachel has extensive experience in government relations, fundraising, and partnerships.

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Cara McGonegal



Cara holds a Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership from Carleton University, a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree from Queen’s University and is a Project Management Professional (PMP). An aspiring servant-leader with management expertise spanning the for-profit and non-profit sectors, Cara is known for her passionate work ethic, entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to operational excellence. She most recently served as the Senior Manager of Communications and Operations with Grand Challenges Canada, where she oversaw and optimized core enterprise functions in a non-profit context. 

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