VO is recruiting and deploying volunteers to respond to the volunteer needs specific to COVID-19 in Ottawa, Prescott-Russell, Lanark County and Renfrew County while ensuring proper screening and training protocals to safeguard the health of those volunteering and those they are assisting. Please see the intake portals for volunteers, for members, and for other agencies on our hompage. VO’s COVID 19 volunteer deployment program is supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and the Ottawa Community Foundation.
Timothy Howe, Chair
Tim brings to Volunteer Ottawa over 3o years’ experience in the health care sector, having held senior roles with Canadian Blood Services, the Ottawa Hospital Department of Anesthesiology, the and the Canadian Medical Association.
Tim is currently the Director of Strategy, Planning and Agency Performance with Ottawa-Carleton Lifeskills (OCL). In this role he helps to set, monitor and review OCL’s strategic direction and integrated project planning processes to help OCL achieve its mission to promote self-development, self-determination and community inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities and seniors in need of community supports through personalized services and supports.
Tim brings to Volunteer Ottawa expertise in strategic planning, risk management, business management, government and stakeholder relations, advocacy and partnership and community development. Tim believes in giving back to his community having previously served as an elected member of the Board of Directors with Bruyère Continuing Care, Personal Choice Independent Living, and VP Domestic Sport (Canadian Wheelchair Sport Association). Tim also recently served as Board Chair of Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC).
Tim has a Bachelor of Science and Master’s degrees in Health Education (Dalhousie University), as well as a Master of Public Administration (University of New Brunswick) and an MBA (University of Edinburgh).
As the National Coach and Coordinator for Canada’s Wheelchair Tennis team, Tim coached Canada’s first-ever entry in the Paralympic Games held in Barcelona Spain in 1992.
Natalie Rumscheidt, Vice-Chair
Natalie has a diverse background in strategic marketing and communications with over 20 years of management experience in Canadian sport, business development, and performing arts sectors. Currently, as the Marketing and Communications Director at the Coaching Association of Canada, Natalie works with partners of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) to raise the skills, stature, and value of coaches in Canada.
Natalie’s marketing, event management, and media relations experience has focused on delivering successful and creative campaign strategies across diverse platforms. A native of Ottawa, Natalie holds a B.A. from St. Francis Xavier University. A passionate sports fan and lover of the arts, she also remains active as a volunteer, athlete, and coach in her community.
Asiyeh Norouzpour, Treasurer
Asiyeh has over 15 years of experience in finance and accounting in private, not-for-profit and government sectors. She is currently a Financial Analyst at the Treasury Board Secretariat.
Volunteering has been always a way for Asiyeh to know about her community and to give back. She has been a volunteer for several organizations including the Iranian Canadian Association of New Brunswick, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan and the Door Youth Center as event organizer, fundraiser and treasurer.
Asiyeh has a bachelor degree in Industrial Management from University of Tehran and an MBA from University of New Brunswick. She has received her Chartered Professional Accountant designation, CPA, in 2015.
Attiya Hirji, Interim Corporate Secretary
Attiya Hirji is a Fund Development Officer at Oxfam Canada and manages digital and community fundraising across the country. She has worked in the public sector in Calgary, Vancouver, Montreal, and now Ottawa.
She is passionate about the empowerment of women and girls, and tackling issues related to gender equality. Attiya has spent time volunteering and working with youth in East Africa and Central America, and was among a group of women who started a social enterprise that seeks to provide early childhood education to children in urban slums. She recently returned to Canada after completing a Fellowship placement which sent her to Kyrgyzstan to work at a not-for-profit university whose mission is to promote the social and economic development of Central Asia’s mountain communities.
Attiya is a graduate of McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development.
Nancy is a designated CPA, and is currently consulting with the National Research Council of Canada, with a focus on process re-engineering. Over the past 25 years, she has worked in both the private and public sector, in Vancouver, Toronto and more recently Ottawa. She has held senior and executive roles across a number of industries, specializing in change management, contract negotiations, commercial finance, operational analysis and business development.
Born in North Bay, and raised in Wawa, Ontario, Nancy attended the University of Waterloo, where she earned an Honours Co-op degree in Mathematics & Business Administration. She is a long time canvasser for Heart & Stroke, the Dementia Society and a 30-year Terry Fox run participant. The best of times are still getaways with her husband and their grown daughter and son.
Andrew has a diverse background in the not-for-profit sector. He currently works as an internal strategy consultant at Canadian Blood Services, where he contributes to strategic planning and execution. He was previously responsible for strategic and operational oversight of various education access projects at the Rideau Hall Foundation and McGill University.
Andrew is a fervent believer in the power of volunteering in building stronger communities and institutions. He has served on the boards of John Abbott College and the Charles Este Community Centre, and currently volunteers as a member of the advisory board for Bridging Words Through Music.
Andrew has a B.A. (History and Religious Studies) from Dartmouth College and a B.C.L./LL.B. from McGill University.
Dr David J Hornsby is a Professor in the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and the Associate Vice-President (Teaching and Learning) Carleton University. A passionate educator, David has lived and worked abroad for much of his career having held faculty positions at University College London, UK and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg South Africa. David believes in the power of volunteerism as a mechanism to bring communities together, to promote social innovation and to foster learning. Prior to joining the Volunteer Ottawa board of directors, David has served on the boards of World University Service of Canada, the Canadian Bureau for International Education, the University of Guelph and St. John’s Kilmarnock School.
David holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and has taught and published extensively in the areas of international relations, pedagogy and citizenship in higher education.
Taylor is the Director of the Autism Program at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). She has worked in healthcare management in Canada, Ireland, and Australia; in each place, picking up lessons in nonprofit policy and practice. As a Young Executive Leader with the International Hospital Federation, Taylor works alongside colleagues from all over the world to tackle common health policy challenges.
Taylor holds a Bachelor of Life Sciences from Queen's University and a Master of Health Administration from Ottawa University. She is a strong believer in the value of volunteer resources and has served on the Board of Directors of the Therapeutic Riding Association of Ottawa-Carleton and the Telfer School of Management MHA Alumni Association.
Taylor is a competitive curler, an active gardener, and most of all the proud mom of two little girls.
David Chun Yu Lao
David is a Senior Financial Analyst working at Transport Canada. He delivered lasting results to support his community by engaging senior management of the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat and the Association of Canadian Financial Officers on the government-wide CPA initiative to support all Government of Canada financial officers in their journeys to obtain their CPA designations. He received the Deputy Minister’s Medal for Excellence for his exceptional contributions to support the public sector financial community.
David also advised the CPA Board of Directors on the first review and revision of the CPA competency framework to ensure that all CPAs are empowered with the right skills for the future by enhancing expertise in areas of rapid change such as data analytics and information technology. Significant education and qualification milestones were achieved on the CPA Competency Map with incorporation of data analytics and information systems competencies to ensure new CPAs are equipped with the important technical skills that will help them excel in their careers. David received the Award of Recognition from CPA Canada and the inaugural "Be the Change" Volunteer Award from CPA Ontario for his dedicated volunteer services to the CPA profession.
Trinish is a policy advisor for the federal government specialising in the fields of gender-based analysis, the environment and climate change. Born in South Africa, having lived in the United Kingdom and now in Canada, Trinish considers herself to be a global citizen.
She previously held a senior management role at South African National Treasury. She holds a Master’s Degree in Global Prosperity from University College London, United Kingdom, in addition to qualifications in Political Science and International Business, from South Africa and the United States, respectively.
She has a history of active involvement in charity initiatives in South Africa and is currently an international advisory board member of international NGO called Public Finance by Women and on the Board of Directors for Carty House.
Mahima is the Director of Environment, Innovation and Mill Regulations at the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC). Mahima manages industry positions on specific environmental regulatory topics at the mill-level including climate change, water, air, and chemicals, and also oversees the innovation file to help position the sector in leveraging the power of biomass to support a low-carbon economy. In addition to this, Mahima oversees the analysis and reporting of key sustainability performance indicators including energy, environment, and health and safety parameters for the pulp and paper and wood products sectors. Her work is instrumental in ensuring that FPAC maintains its reputation for housing the latest and most relevant scientifically verified data on environmental performance. Mahima has also previously supported FPAC’s Labour Market Policies file.
Mahima has completed a Master of Chemical Engineering, as well as two undergraduate degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry from the University of Ottawa. She also completed a Master of Health Administration, where she held an internship position with the senior leadership team at The Ottawa Hospital.
For 25 years Jason has set up and managed IT services across the military, academic institution, private sector and currently employed with the public service in creating and defining data science services. A passion for creating and employing high performance teams and services Jason enjoys collaborating with start-ups and innovation initiatives across all domains. Jason has previous experience in governance with both private sector and not-for-profit board directorships.
Jason received his Honours Bachelor of Commerce with a specialty in Management Information Systems from Lakehead University in 1999, Masters of Business Administration degree from Telfer (2013), and Masters of Project Management certification from Sprott (2010) and holds a PMP designation.