Board of Directors

Youville Centre is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Our current Board Members are listed below.  Scroll down for full biographies.



Sharon Lloyd
Recruiter, Stevenson & White Inc.

Vice President

Shelagh Jane Woods
Director General (Retired), First Nations and Inuit Health, Health Canada


Colleen MacDonald
Coordinator/Teacher, Ottawa Catholic School Board


Mary Young
Director of Finance, The Glebe Centre Inc.


Marc Bourgeois

Heather Brown
Fundraising Consultation, Good Works

Valerie Caterino
Regional Operations Manager, Consulting, A Hundred Answers

Derek deLouche
Fundraiser, The Canadian Federation Of Humane Societies

Mary Gallagher
Chief Social Worker, Ottawa Catholic School Board

Chantal Guay
Community Member

Rachel Leck
Lawyer, McCague Boarlack LLP

Gen Madden
Constable, Ottawa Police Services

Dr. Katherine Matheson
Child Psychiatrist, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)

Kelly Raymond
Service Director, Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa

Elizabeth Rodgers
Philanthropy, University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation

Kim Royer
Human Resources Generalist, Cowan Insurance Group

Shailja Verma
Manager (retired), Ottawa Catholic School Board

President’s Message

Board Message - SharonThe work that has been done this year by our young moms, their babies, Youville’s incredible staff and volunteers has been amazing. The perseverance and dedication that our moms show as they raise their babies, complete assignments, and become the best parents they can be is inspiring to watch. They wake up every day, get themselves and their children ready, sometimes on no sleep from the night before, get across town, and do whatever they can to make their life, and that of their babies, better. The strength they show is unbelievable!The care with which our staff treats our moms and babies is beautiful and heartwarming; it is a large part of the reason for our success. As soon as you walk through the doors, you feel the love radiating through the halls. We often say it’s a magical place and you have to see it to believe it.

A huge thank you goes out to our loyal donors who have supported us throughout the year. Our moms and babies truly appreciate your generous gifts of clothes, household items, baby items, and financial support to keep the programs running. We would not be able to do it without you! ~ Sharon Lloyd


Sharon Ann Lloyd – President

I grew up in Montreal (je suis bilingue!) and have been living in the Ottawa area for the past 10 years. I have a long history in customer service and truly believe in creating “Raving Fans” out of everyone I deal with. I love meeting new people and building relationships. I work as a Recruiter at Stevenson and White, an Ottawa-based recruitment firm specializing in Finance and Accounting positions.  The idea of helping someone find their dream job is very exciting to me and I do my best to find candidates the perfect fit to ensure they love what they’re doing, and where they’re doing it.  When I’m not at work, my husband and two children keep me busy. We love to travel and are not afraid to admit we’re Disney-addicts!  I’m the President on the Board of Directors at the Youville Centre and am passionate about supporting the young women there as they change the trajectory of their lives, as well as their children’s lives.

Shelagh Jane Woods – Vice President

I am retired after a 25+ year career in the Federal Government where I held a number of Executive positions in the Privy Council Office, the Climate Change Secretariat, and Health Canada’s First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, inter alia.  I am involved with the Executive Committee of Lac St.-François-Xavier Association in Montfort, Québec;  and One World Grannies Ottawa (associated with the Stephen Lewis Foundation).  I was the recipient of three Deputy Minister’s Awards: Indian Affairs and Northern Development; the Privy Council Office; and Health Canada.  My personal passions are sewing, reading, gardening, quilting, walking, piano, and the Montreal Canadiens.  I support Youville because of the strong evidence of the invaluable work that Youville does to help young mothers and their children improve their lives and develop their potential.

Colleen MacDonald – Secretary

Colleen has been involved in Education for 32 years, all of which has been with the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Initially a teach for grades K-6, Colleen assumed a leadership position in the Elementary Student Success Department as a Consultant for the Primary Years. Most recently, she accepted the position of Coordinator for Early Years and supports the implementation of the Full Day Early Learning Kindergarten Program. She is a much sought after speaker at international conferences such as The International Reading Association and National Association for the Education of Young Children. She has shared knowledge in the areas of Developing Literacy, Early Intervention and Pedagogical Documentation. Her article; “Closing the Gap Early: Implementing a Literacy Intervention for At-Risk Kindergartners in Urban Schools” was published in the Reading Teacher, International Reading Association. She has been recognized be receiving the Capital Educators Award and the Director of Education Award, OCSB. Colleen resides in Ottawa, Ontario with her husband and two sons. She is a life-long learner and believes in giving back to her community.

Mary Young – Treasurer

I am the Director of Finance and Administration for the Glebe Centre Inc, which operates a 254 bed Nursing Home, an Elderly Persons Centre and provides support services for seniors living in neighbouring communities.  I am a certified CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant).  My passions are running and biking and I support Youville because I admire the courage and strength of the young moms participating in the program.

Marc Bourgeois – Director

Marc Bourgeois is a dedicated senior management professional focused on member engagement and corporate communications in the fields of health, education, engineering, and architecture. Fluently bilingual, he is an engaging leader who creates thought-provoking narratives. Marc recognizes that adolescence is a challenging time for all and is in awe of the young women who are working towards bettering their situation while raising a child. Marc aims to work with staff and the Board at Youville Centre to showcase the numerous successes in inspiring, educating, and nurturing young mothers and their children as they work towards achieving their goals.

Heather Brown – Director

I believe that most of us want to do good in the world. We try and practice tolerance and compassion in our daily lives, and we teach our children these same values.  If given the opportunity, I think most of us would choose a career that would allow us to contribute to positive change. My career is just that – an extension of that desire to make a positive impact.  As a fundraising consultant with Good Works, a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP Ottawa Chapter) and a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), I have the pleasure of working with many amazing charities. What I do is help connect donors with the causes they care about, and help cultivate and build meaningful relationships.

Raising my daughter on my own was not always easy, but if I had to do it over again, I wouldn’t change a thing. We have developed a bond so strong that I believe is unique to single parent families. We’ve pulled together in tough times, and we’ve laughed together during the good times.

I truly believe that being a parent is the most important and rewarding job in the world and I want to help support other young mothers on their own parenting journeys. I have so enjoyed my work with Youville Centre over the years. As a Youville Mentor, I have had the pleasure of building a special relationship with Nikki, one of Youville Centre’s young moms. I’m so proud to share that Nikki graduated in June 2016 and was chosen as the valedictorian of her class! As a member of the Mentorship Program Steering Committee, Youville’s Development Committee and a Youville Centre Board Member, I look forward to continuing to support more young women like Nikki.

Valerie Caterino – Director

I grew up on a farm in the Ottawa Valley but have been living in the Ottawa area for over 30 years. I am the Regional Office Manager for MNP LLP, an accounting and business advisory firm. I have a passion for helping people. I have coordinated committees at A Hundred Answers Inc and now MNP LLP to give back to our community by volunteering at the Snowsuit fund distributing snowsuits, delivering Christmas and Easter hampers for the Food Bank, and organizing a scholarship for Aboriginal youths with the University of Ottawa to name just a few. I have two children and one grandson. I was a single mother with my daughter and am very aware of the challenges of raising a child on your own.  I am now the Treasurer on the Board of Directors at the Youville Centre. I support the Youville Centre because I am a strong believer that education is a key element in making the best life possible for oneself and your children. The Youville Centre supports young women in achieving this goal and I am proud to be a part of this organization.

Derek deLouche – Director

Derek deLouche has impressively devoted his career to making positive change in the world. He is currently a Fundraising Professional, developing the resources to end animal cruelty, improve animal protection and ensure all animals have a humane life. Derek is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), and a Certified Administration Exeuctive (CAE) and is the immediate Past President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Ottawa Chapter. He has received multiple awards during his professional career including the United Way Ottawa Community Builder Award, and AFP’s Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award, 2004. Derek’s personal passions include Volunteering and Social Media, and he has a love of dining out. Derek joins our Board of Directors with the goal of helping to provide resources to help young mothers and the children who love and depend on them.

Mary Gallagher – Director

I am the Chief Social Worker at the Ottawa Catholic School Board.  I am the Clinical Lead and Supervisor of Social Worker and Behaviour Consultants with the Ottawa Catholic School Board.  I am the Lead of the Social Emotional Learning Team and a Leadership Team Member of Special Education and Student Services.  I hold a Social Workers Services Diploma, a Bachelor of Social Work, Certified ASSIST training and a Masters of Social Work.  I belong to the Ontario Association of Social Workers.  I received a Director of Education Award and a Teacher’s Award, Continuing Education, Algonquin College.  My passions are gardening and reading and I believe in what Youville Centre is about; providing mental health services, education and wellness to two generations of clients.

Chantal Guay – Director

Chantal is a highly motivated bilingual executive with a successful track record in association management, business development, people, operations, and financial management. She has excellent communication skills, with the ability to build, mobilize, and lead successful teams. She is driven by high quality standards with a customer-focused approach. Chantal is a member of the Women’s Golf Club, plays recreational volleyball, and volunteers for NSERC for the Engineering Design Chair Committee, as well as the Women in Science and Engineering Chair Committee. Her passions include gardening, reading, golfing, sports, singing, cooking, and travelling. She has joined the Youville Centre Board with a goal of empowering young women, especially those who are in difficult situations and have children to care for.

Rachel Leck – Director

Rachel Leck is a civil litigator with expertise in employment and human rights law, and insurance defence. She particularly enjoys her work providing advice to clients in the non-profit sector. In addition to her work, Rachel has been a volunteer board member for nearly 20 years with a number of non-profit organizations in Toronto, Simcoe County, and Ottawa. Her board expertise lies in governance and strategic leadership, as well as risk management.  Rachel approaches her board work from a critical feminist, anti-racist/anti-oppression, and harm reduction framework.

Rachel is a proud mum to two teenagers, and her family regularly hosts high school students from Northern Canada, Europe and Asia. You can generally find a handful (or more!) of teenagers hanging out around the house. Rachel strives to be a positive adult in the lives of the teens she meets, and is delighted to be a board member serving Youville Centre’s mission.

Gen Madden – Director

Gen Madden graduated from Youville Centre in 2000 and went on to complete a diploma in Child and Youth Work from Algonquin College. She has worked in various residential settings including Interval House, Elizabeth Fry, as well as programs within the Ottawa Carleton District School Board. She was a foster parent with the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa for six years, parenting children from newborn to 12 years of age. In 2008, she changed careers and became a Constable with the Ottawa Police Service. After 5 years as a Patrol Officer in the downtown area, Gen transferred to the School Resource Unit in 2013 and has continued serving local area schools and programs, including Youville Centre.

Katherine Matheson – Director

I am a Pediatric Psychiatrist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa.  I am a Medical Doctor and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada.  I belong to the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Ontario Psychiatric Association and the Ontario Medical Association.  I received the “Making a Difference” Award from CHEO/The Royal in recognition of outstanding contributions to mental health service for youth (2015) and the “Rising Researcher” Award from CHEO (2015).  I have had eight articles published in multiple medical journals and sixteen abstracts published at various medical conferences.  I am passionate about my work, particularly infant and early childhood mental health, ultimate frisbee and mindfulness.  I believe that the work that Youville does is crucial to prevent the intergenerational transmission of mental illness, as young mothers and their children are some of the most vulnerable members of society.  Youville is one of the only locations in all of Ottawa offering attachment-based therapy (infant and early childhood mental health services).

Kelly Raymond – Director

Kelly Raymond is a Service Director with the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa. She holds graduate degrees in social work and has dedicated her career to working with children, youth and their families. Her research has focused on women’s issues, with a specific focus on the social representations of mothers. She is the provincial lead for French Language services and Education and leads several local initiatives such as and leads several local initiatives such as the Integrated Plan of Care and Mental Health Services. Kelly’s 26 years of experience have make her keenly aware of the needs of young women and their children as well as their strengths and possibilities. She is aware that no single approach is the right one for every individual and she has been exposed to a number of different approaches for helping women and children manage through adversity. Coupled with her knowledge of different intervention strategies, she also has significant experience in working with organizations that support women and children’s well-being. Kelly has served as Board Member with Maison Interlude a women’s shelter in Hawkesbury, Ontario and held the role of President for 3 years. In joining the board and supporting the work at Youville Kelly’s background will be an asset in fully supporting the work of the Centre.

Elizabeth Rodgers – Director

Elizabeth Rodgers is the Manager of Philanthropy at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation, focused on fundraising for the current capital building campaign.   Prior to joining the Heart Institute, she worked at United Way Ottawa, managing the Leadership Giving portfolio.  Elizabeth got her start in non-profit at McGill University, where she earned her degree in Political Science and International Development Studies while working as a fundraiser.  Elizabeth holds a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation and actively volunteers with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) on various committees.

Kim Royer – Director

Shailja Verma – Director

Shailja Verma retired after 35 plus years of service in education as a teacher and then as the Manager of Continuing and Community Education for the Ottawa Catholic School Board.  She has always believed that providing opportunities for self sustainment leads to a brighter and better future in building communities and strived to ensure that access to quality educational programs was at the forefront. Over the years Shailja Co-Chaired the National Working Group on the Development of the Canadian Language Benchmarks, was involved with TESL provincially and nationally, held various offices on the Boards culminating as President of TESL Ontario and TESL Canada. Shailja also represented the Ottawa Catholic School Board on the Governing Council of the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership Board and was involved in anti-racism training for the local and national police forces.  In recognition of her work she has received many awards some of which are the Ottawa Citizen Literacy Award, the YM-YWCA Woman of Distinction and the Ontario Newcomer Champion Award. More recently Shailja has been on the patient advisory committee for CCAC to provide a voice for those who are primary caregivers trying to navigate the Ontario health care system.