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 experience from both non-profit and for-profit corporations to increase the productivity and effectiveness of the team.

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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

Collaborator

 

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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Melanie Doucet

Senior Researcher & Project Manager

 

Melanie has been working to improve the lives of youth in care for over 15 years. She is a former youth in care, a PhD graduate and Sessional Instructor at McGill University's School of Social Work, a member of the Centre for Research on Children and Families (CRCF) and Part-Time Faculty at Concordia's Department of Applied Human Sciences.  Her doctoral research, titled Relationships Matter for Youth ‘Aging Out’ of Care, provided a platform for youth from care to develop child welfare research, policy and practice recommendations based on their lived experience expertise. In 2015, Melanie co-founded a peer support group, the Montreal Youth in Care Alumni Student Association (MYCASA), which is still active to this day.  She continues to work as part of the provincial and national youth in care advocacy community on child protection policy reform initiatives, and is currently leading a research project examining the experiences of youth 'aging out' of care during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Camille Breton

Project Manager

 

Camille holds a Master in Sociology from the University of British Columbia and has completed a wide array of professional development training, with a focus on effective leadership, conflict resolution and communication. An experienced project manager for a diverse range of startups and community based projects, Camille most recently served as project manager for a large scale clinical checklist initiative. Run in association with the Ontario Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect, the project responded to the needs of child welfare-involved families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Camillle is known for her innovative vision, her leadership skills and her facility in building strong working relationships.

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