MEET OUR TEAM

 

Managing Director

 

Margo Dewar

Margo joined OIM on January 4, 2021.  She is a retired executive of a national not-for-profit trade association with extensive experience working with members, staff, government officials and departments, and other stakeholders in the furtherance of the organization's goals.  

 

She also served as an officer in the capacity of Secretary-Treasurer to the Board of Directors and as director of operations, with emphasis on human resources and finance.  

 

She came out of retirement in 2017 to serve as Office Administrator at Trinity Bible Church of Ottawa, a part-time position, until her departure in December 2020 to join OIM.  

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Senior Research & Grants Coordinator

Jelica Zdero

B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

 

After volunteering with OIM in 2007/2008, Jelica responded to God’s call to join the team in October 2008. She is honoured to be working alongside the caring staff and volunteers of OIM who joyfully give of themselves to work alongside our street community.

 

Jelica brings with her a skill-set that includes university teaching, research, and writing as well as a variety of volunteer experiences in her church and community.

 

IVOS (Veteran Program) Support

Elizabeth Sutherland-Beaven 

After 15 years of administrative work at various government and private industries, Beth took 10 years off to concentrate on her family before returning to the workforce as an Adult Crossing Guard at a local school, then back into administration at a local church before trying the retail industry.   Beth has never stopped volunteering at local charities and events since coming to Ottawa.


She obtained her Ministerial Diploma in 2014 at Ottawa School of the Bible.  

 

Beth then took the plunge and joined OIM, first as Administrative Assistant.  She progressed to Administrator in 2021 and mid-year 2022 joined the IVOS program to help deliver unique outreach and support to Ottawa's at-risk veterans.

 

Beth is married and has two grown sons, who often join her in various volunteering events.

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Volunteer Coordinator

 

Brian Griffin

 

Brian has a BA from Memorial University in Political Science, History and Economics. He has spent over 25 years as a Commercial Banker with 3 organizations across Canada. From 2013 to 2020 he worked as an independent consultant in the Ottawa area, helping clients meet their organizational, governance and financial goals.

Volunteering has always been a part of Brian's life and he considers giving back to the community to be of the utmost importance professionally as well as spiritually. He has volunteered with Junior Achievement, Scouts, Meals on Wheels, Rotary Club as well as numerous church organizations.

Joining OIM is providing Brian a way to serve the most deserving of our community. He is reminded constantly that no matter how good or bad things are, he  remembers to be grateful and thankful to God and trust that what he has provided is enough.

Promotions & Events Coordinator

 

Warren Fishwick

 

Warren first heard about OIM while attending Trinity Bible Church in Osgoode and was able to get to know Ken MacLaren through another ministry called Souly Business.

 

Warren retired from the Federal Government in January 2020 after having worked in the IT field for 35 years. He then decided to volunteer as the Events Coordinator for OIM and has since added the title of Promotions. Both he and his wife Karen help out on the Street Outreach Teams. Warren has 5 children including two sets of twins. 

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Youth Program Coordinator

 

Jordan Levesque

B.R.E.

Jordan joined OIM in the role of Youth Outreach Coordinator in August 2021.

 

He studied Youth & Family Ministries at Emmanuel Bible College,  graduating in 2016. He then worked as a youth pastor for a few years in Kitchener Ontario before moving to the Ottawa Valley to be closer to family.

 

Apart from working with youth, Jordan is also a passionate musician, enjoys playing sports, weightlifting, and spending time with his wife and dogs.

 

Donor Care Administrator

 

Sue O'Neal

 

After volunteering behind the scene with OIM since 2011, Sue came out of retirement to accept a part-time position as Office Assistant. 

 

She currently splits her time between babysitting four of her eight grandchildren and helping out at OIM. 

 

Sue’s 30 year experience in the workforce includes full-time ministry, banking and as an industry analyst in the Federal Government.  She’s honoured to be a part of this amazing team and ministry.

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Manager, Community Engagement 

 

Cam Whalen

 

Cam is passionate about helping people.  He comes from a varied background of cause-related roles, bringing extensive fundraising experience to enhance OIM’s impact on the community.  His passion is community development and capacity-building to enhance the lives of those in need.

 

Early in his career, Cam was a minister to youth and families in a variety of church settings, worked frontline in a youth mental health treatment organization, and managed his own career coaching business.

 

Cam loves his community, working hands-on with people as a coach, volunteer, referee and umpire.
 

Lastly, Cam lives for his family, fun and food, enjoying a wide variety of indoor and outdoor interests.

 

Youth Program Assistant

 

Marissa Barstead

 

Marissa moved to Canada with her husband shortly after getting married and was eager to find an organization where she could volunteer her time. After volunteering at OIM for a few months, God opened the door for her to join the staff.  Her first role was as Donations Coordinator.  She has since moved on to become the Youth Program Assistant. 

 

Before moving to Ottawa, Marissa attended Highlands College, a ministry school in Birmingham, Alabama, where she graduated with a degree in Christian Leadership and a certificate in Outreach Ministry.  There, Marissa gained experience in street outreach, correctional ministry, and working with youth in the inner city of Birmingham. After graduating, she interned at Trafficking Hope, where she helped raised awareness about human trafficking and helped law enforcement and homeland security by providing support and transportation for victims.  Through this organization, God placed on Marissa's heart a desire to pursue a degree in crisis and trauma counseling through Liberty University.

 
Outside of work and school, she quickly got involved in another anti human trafficking organization called Living in Liberty where she did a lot of behind the scenes volunteering, and worked at the crisis centres serving women involved in prostitution and living on the streets of downtown Pittsburgh. 

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Administrator

 

Ellen Niekoop

After years employed in the private sector functioning in various roles as Relationship Manager, Quality Assurance Analyst and Network Support Engineer, Ellen followed her passion, and decided to make a switch to community work to be able to help those struggling. 

She began volunteering at OIM in 2020 in various outreach activities, such as door- and street outreach work. She has completed her chaplaincy training to be better equipped to further connect, support, and share the love of Christ with the vulnerable served by OIM.  Whatever her roles, Ellen has always looked for opportunities to serve clients more effectively and more efficiently.

 

With a background in Business, IT and Community Work, she accepted the role of Administrator within OIM in mid-2022. She is excited by the opportunity to work alongside her brothers and sisters, to contribute to OIM's vision, and serve and empower our street friends in downtown Ottawa.
 

 

Resource Coordinator

 

Sarah Pearce

Sarah initially joined OIM as the Volunteer Coordinator in 2020. After a short time in that role she moved to serve as a Street Outreach volunteer.

 

In the fall of 2022 Sarah rejoined the staff team as the Resource Coordinator. She is excited to support both the staff and volunteers by equipping them with the resources they need to effectively meet the needs of those they aim to serve in Jesus' name.

 

Sarah has served in many roles in her church, local summer camp, and community. Both she and her husband serve weekly as Street Outreach volunteers and have three grown children.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Board Chair

Taffy Nahas

Legal Counsel, City of Ottawa

Doug Cooper

Naval Officer (ret'd)

Bethany Yli-Renko

Accountant, Welch LLP

Lieutenant-General (ret'd)

Doug Assaly

Founder/CEO, Honey Construction Ltd. 

Dr. Robert Yelle

Family Medicine, Private Practice

Corporate Marketing Executive

Karen Fishwick
Walter Semianiw