By-Laws & Board of Directors
In keeping with the philosophy of a community-driven organization, the by-laws of the OICC require that a majority of directors on the Board be parents of children enrolled in programs offered by the OICC, and a majority be Inuit. These measures ensure that all OICC programming is relevant to the community it serves. As such, our staff and Board of Directors are abreast of issues that Inuit families face in an urban setting.
Interested in becoming an OICC Board of Directors member? Please contact Lila Mahoney.
OICC’s Board Nominations are currently closed.
The OICC Board made changes to the 2011 By-Laws due in response to new legislation. A draft of the revised By-Laws was presented and approved at this year’s AGM, October 12, 2017, 5 pm at 373 McArthur Avenue. To review the approved OICC’s By-Laws, click here.
Our 2017-2018 Board of Directors:
Alyssa Flaherty-Spence, President
Tamara Takpannie, Vice President
Melinda Shambare, Treasurer
Lila Mahoney, Secretary
|Jessie Kangok, Director||Pam Stellick, Ex-Officio|
|Andree Lacasse, Director||Stephanie Puetz, Ex-Officio|
|Manitok Thompson, Director||David M. Zackrias, Ex-Officio|
|Mary Hutton, Director||Maria Healy, Ex-Officio|
|Bruce Uviluq, Director||Fred Birt, Ex- Officio|
|Trevor Gillis, Ex-Officio|
2017-2018 Board of Directors
Alyssa Flaherty-Spence is of Inuit and Cree decent. She is a Nunavut beneficiary and considers Ottawa, ON and Iqaluit, NU home. Alyssa Flaherty-Spence is a graduate of the University of Ottawa with a degree in Political Science and Aboriginal Studies. Following her undergraduate studies, she successfully completed the Program of Legal Studies for Native Students at the University of Saskatchewan. Alyssa successfully completed her Juris Doctor with the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa in 2016.
Alyssa has worked with a number of Inuit organizations such as Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), Nunavut Tunngavik, Inc. (NTI), Maliganiik Tukisiiniavik Legal Aid Services, Sivummut YWCA Women’s Shelter, and has experience as a Board Member for Pauktuutit Inuit Women’s Association of Canada. In her role with Pauktuutit she spoke in the House of Commons on behalf of the Pauktuutit Board of Directors on the impact of cut backs on Inuit women across Canada. Alyssa has travelled throughout Northern Canada and focuses her attention on Northern issues and law. Further, she spoke as a representative for Aboriginal woman and law students at the Ministers Roundtable for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Ottawa, Ontario.
Alyssa also volunteered with Level Justice in their Dare to Dream program in 2014-2015 during her legal studies and further continued on as the Director of Youth Outreach. Following her Juris Doctor she completed her 10-month Law Society of Upper Canada Articling Program with Dubuc-Osland Barristers and Solicitors where they focus on Inuit and First Nations Economic Development. Most recently, Alyssa completed her Law Society of Upper Canada Barrister and Solicitor licensing exams and will be Called to the Ontario Bar in January 2018 and will be a Ontario licensed lawyer.
Tamara Takpannie is a proud Urban Inuk that has been apart of the Ottawa Inuit community her whole life. Her mothers’ side of the family is from Iqaluit, Nunavut and her father is of Greek ancestry and she is the youngest of 5 children. Tamara is very thankful that her son Mason is able to grow up in a community that welcomes Inuit culture, language and traditions. He is currently in the kindergarten program at OICC. She is a single mother and attends Carleton University full time – majoring in Psychology with a double minor in Political Science & Neuroscience and Mental Health. Tamara is very ecstatic to be a part of the board of directors and input her knowledge has an urban Inuk to help strengthen the programs provided to Inuit who’ve relocated to Ottawa.
I was born in Inuvik, NWT. I was adopted by an African woman who raised me in Ottawa. I have been working for the Mamisarvik Healing Centre since 2003; my current role is Operations Assistant. I first become involved with the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre in 2012 when I enrolled my son in the Tumiralaat Childcare Centre and now he is in Junior Kindergarten. I love that he spends his days in a safe and nurturing environment and that he is learning about the richness of his Inuit heritage. I joined the Board of Directors the same year and most recently became the Interim-President. I am now sharing the Vice-President role with 2 others. I am pleased to serve in this role because I truly feel that all Inuit children need to learn about our culture, language and heritage. I am proud of the work done by the Board and the staff at the OICC.
I came from Iqaluit and Inuvik. I have strong connections to my culture. I am learning Inuktitut. I am almost a registered nurse. I have a good friend, as well as many other people I’ve met along the way, to thank for my entering school to become an RN. My first job was at a hairdressing salon as a hairdresser’s assistant. Then I worked at the Government of Nunavut, Department of Health and Social Services in various administrative positions. I came to Ottawa in 2008 and met my husband and we now have an addition to the family–our son. I plan on listening to my mother because she gives good advice. I have a plan to also return to the north and strengthen my ties to my family who I miss very much and who are in Inuvik. I like to write short stories and draw. I used to be in choir and acting groups.
Andrée Lacasse was born in Ottawa. She completed her university studies (BA, BA and MA) in Child and Youth Care specializing in Indigenous Children and Youth, International Relations and Business Communications and started her career with the Government of Canada in 2001. In the years she has spent as a federal public servant, one thing that remains constant is her passion to work in Indigenous issues. Despite her different roles in Government, she has been drawn to wanting to improve the situations of Indigenous communities in Canada.
Her interest in working with Indigenous communities continues to be fulfilled through her non profit work. She co-founded the Isa Mundo Foundation, a small organization that supports education, children and youth and environmental health and is Chair of Children and Youth projects. She has had the opportunity to support projects that attempt to improve the situations of children in orphanages and child centred facilities by supporting basic needs, annual activities and developing life skill programs.
Her studies and interest in working with children and youth is what led her to OICC. As a past volunteer at OICC, she enjoyed her time tremendously and learned so many valuable lessons from Elders, staff, families and the kids themselves. She is forever grateful to her Inuit family for bringing her the most precious gift in her life, her son. Andrée feels her responsibility as the mother of an Inuk child is to ensure he grows up proud of his Inuit language and culture. She strives to provide this for him and for all Inuit children by supporting OICC to the best of her abilities.
Mary Hutton, Jessie Kangok, Manitok Thompson, and Bruce Uviluq
Bios to come.
David Zacharias, Ex-officio
Staff/Sgt. David ZACKRIAS, a veteran of the Toronto and Ottawa Police Services (OPS), was born and raised in India. He immigrated to Canada with his family at the age of 15 and completed his secondary school education in Ottawa.
David holds a diploma in Law and Security Administration from Algonquin College in Ottawa, a bachelor’s degree in Policing Studies, and a master’s degree in Terrorism Safety and Security from Charles Stuart University in New South Wales, Australia. In addition, he completed a certificate program in Leadership and Inclusion from Centennial College in Toronto, and the Third-Party Neutral Accredited Mediation program with the Canadian Institute of Conflict Resolution in Ottawa.
David has more than 18 years of frontline police work in his career, including extensive investigative and supervisory experience. Currently, David is in charge of the Ottawa Police Diversity and Race Relations Section.
David is a highly motivated police officer who is actively involved in the community. His unique style of leadership encompasses a strong commitment to community policing and an ability to bring diverse groups together.
David received the 2014 Gold Medal of Excellence award by the Human Rights and Race Relations Centre of Toronto for his “outstanding leadership, problem-solving abilities and communications skills with Ottawa’s diverse groups.” He is also the recipient of Crime Prevention Ottawa 2015 Enforcement Award. David’s personal philosophy is that “for police Members to succeed in their work, they must work effectively in partnership with the community”, therefore as a leader in the OPS, he plays an integral role in ensuring that the teams he leads approach problems to build a culture of inclusion, both internally and externally.
Stephanie Puetz, Ex-officio
Stephanie Puetz was born and raised in Newfoundland, and moved to Ottawa 8 year ago. She holds a Master’s degree in Education and currently works with the Government of Canada as a federal public servant in the field of conflict resolution. As a facilitator, mediator, coach, and trainer who is passionate about serving others, Stephanie brings a collaborative and creative lens to all new opportunities. She is also a community volunteer with several local organizations. She lives in the city with her husband and son, and they enjoy hiking, canoeing and camping together.
Ex-officios: Maria Healy, Trevor Gillis, Pam Stellick, Fred Birt
Bios to come.
©2018 by The Ottawa Inuit Children's Centre | All Rights Reserved.