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Board of Directors

2021-2022 Board of Directors


  • Alex Bushell – Chair
  • Nadine Valk – Vice-Chair
  • Anne-Marie Parent – Treasurer
  • Stephanie Carpenter – Secretary


  • Derek Antoine
  • Sue Beardall
  • Tyler Boyce
  • Nelson Coyle
  • Jackie Choquette
  • Bushra Saeed-Khan
  • Isabelle Sirois
  • Colleen Taylor
  • Nadine Valk
  • Hieu Vu
  • Jennifer Wilson

Past Chair (Ex-officio, non-voting):

  • Linda Savoie

Staff (non-voting):

  • Cameron MacLeod, Executive Director (Ex-Officio)
  • Shannon MacIntyre
  • Hilary Rose

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Derek Antoine

Derek is a resident of CCHC’s catchment area.  He is fluently bilingual and brings a wealth of experience in non-profit community services, strategic planning, corporate governance, public policy, and communication.

Derek is Senior Manager at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation on a leadership team reviewing programs through the lens of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.  He previously led the Parliamentary Affairs team, shepherding through the National Housing Strategy initiatives.

Derek completed his doctorate in Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communications, where he is a sessional instructor.

As a community oriented father of two young children, teacher and public policy professional, Derek has dedicated his career to advancing community health and social services in Ottawa, and hopes to continue doing so as a member of the CCHC’s Board of Directors.

Sue Beardall

Sue is a resident of the CCHC catchment area. She will soon be retiring from Indigenous Service Canada’s First Nations and Inuit Health Branch and is looking for an opportunity to make a valuable contribution and facilitate change in the healthcare field and with Indigenous and immigrant populations.

Sue is bilingual, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and a Master of Health Sciences, with a specialty in Community Health and Epidemiology. Her education and experience in her current role, as well as having worked as a staff nurse in hospitals both in Canada and the UK, have given her an in-depth understanding of the health care system, the social determinants of health, the challenges of newcomers to Canada and the barriers faced every day by BIPOC and other marginalized communities.

Sue’s goal is to continue advocating for marginalized and racialized people and communities into her retirement, and feels that participation in the Board of Directors at CCHC will partially fulfil this commitment.

Tyler Boyce

Tyler is a resident of CCHC’s catchment area. He is fluently bilingual and brings an expertise in equity, diversity, and inclusion as well as strategic policy, program evaluation, community engagement, and health equity.

Tyler currently works as a Policy Analyst with the LGBTQ2 Secretariat of Canadian Heritage. He holds a Bachelor degree (Hon.) of Social Science, Conflict Studies and Human Rights from the University of Ottawa and a Master degree in Public Policy and Administration from Carleton University. His experience includes public policy, consulting on equity, diversity, and inclusion, and frontline health worker, having coordinated the Regional Anonymous HIV Testing Program. Tyler recently completed a contract with the Alliance for Healthier Communities to review and refresh the provincial Health Equity Charter and develop a resource guide to support CHC’s across Ontario in their application of health equity principles.

Tyler wants to leverage his skill set in support of the work of Carlington CHC and sees joining the Board of Director as an opportunity to learn from passionate and thoughtful colleagues who share a commitment to optimal health and wellbeing for all.

Alexander Bushell

Alex has a strong focus on community involvement, having served on the Board of two community associations and on a Union Executive. Prior to joining the Carlington CHC Board in 2018, he was a member of the former Strategic Planning, Advocacy & Quality Committee. He looks forward to continuing his work on the CCHC Board during this time of transition in Ontario’s healthcare system.

A resident of the Centre’s catchment area, Alex served the Board as Treasurer for 2019-2021.

Stephanie Carpenter

Prior to being elected to the Board in September 2020, Stephanie spent a year as member of the former Quality Assurance Committee. She has worked for more than 15 years in health policy and social services and wants to use that experience and knowledge to contribute in her community.

Stephanie is particularly passionate about equity in care, accessibility, and working with at-risk populations. As a resident of the Centre’s catchment area, she looks forward to leveraging her experience at the community and national level to help within her community of Carlington.

Jacqueline Choquette

Jackie grew up in Ottawa and is a resident of the Centre’s catchment area. She has been a member of the Carlington CHC Board since 2017. Jackie has a wealth of experience working in the provincial government and got her start in the public service as Executive Assistant to an Ottawa MPP. Having worked with various communities and stakeholders on local issues such as affordable housing, access to health care, employment and skills training, and community development, she knows the community well and understands the issues and opportunities before us.

Jackie believes passionately in Carlington CHC’s vision to create a healthy and inclusive community for all, and wants to continue working with the Centre to achieve that goal.

Nelson Coyle

Nelson is a resident of CCHC’s catchment area with a history of community involvement and managerial experience.

Nelson is retired from a satisfying career with the Canadian Dairy Commission where he worked as Assistant Director, Policy, Strategic Planning and Communications, and later as Chief of Policy and Manager of Evaluation.  He holds a B.A. (Hon) Sociology from Queen’s University and a Masters in Science, Agricultural Economics from McGill University.

Nelson is an active volunteer with CCHC’s Healthful Food and container gardening initiatives and was the 2019 recipient of the Centre’s Community Achievement Award in recognition of his dedication to community building, volunteerism, collaboration and gardening.  He believes his experience in communications and the principles of evaluation would be a benefit to the Board.

Anne-Marie Parent

First elected to the Carlington CHC Board in 2017, Anne-Marie remains committed to supporting CCHC’s vision and mission to improve, support and promote the health and well-being of our diverse community.

As a resident of the Centre’s catchment area and as a Francophone, Anne-Marie continues to bring her experience, qualifications and interests to the Carlington CHC Board.

Anne-Marie currently chairs the Finance Committee. and Chair of the Governance and Internal Affairs Committee.

Bushra Saeed-Khan

Bushra is a resident of the Centre’s catchment area, born and raised in Ottawa, and is motivated to improve the quality of life and health services, specifically to marginalized communities, in a manner that is inclusive and respectful.

Her career has a broad international focus, with an emphasis on human rights and security issues. Bushra currently works as a Senior Policy Advisor at Global Affairs Canada and was previously Senior Policy Analyst for the Privy Council Office. As a Canadian diplomat, she gained an understanding of the challenges local communities can face.

Bushra is fluently bilingual English and French and speaks Urdu/Hindi. She holds a Bachelor degree in Social Science (Hon) in International Development and Globalization from the University of Ottawa.

Bushra looks forward to gaining a better understanding of the challenges faced by her neighbours and to applying her personal experiences to improve the health and well-being of her community.

Isabelle Sirois

Isabelle is a seasoned volunteer with considerable experience in the not-for-profit sector. First appointed to the Carlington CHC Board of Directors in 2017, she sees this as an opportunity to support a community-based agency with strong roots in the social determinants of health.

As resident of the Centre’s catchment area and a Francophone, Isabelle remains excited at the Centre’s involvement in a multi-centre joint strategic plan and plans to expand the reach of its services.

Colleen Taylor

A resident of the Carlington Community, Colleen is a champion of building and fostering partnerships at all levels. Throughout her career, she has worked in various capacities providing leadership, expertise and advice on the development of programs, strategies and policies.

Elected to the Board in September 2020, Colleen looks forward to contributing to the Board with the experience she has acquired during a career of more than 25 years in the health and social services field.

Nadine Valk

Nadine is a resident of the Centre’s catchment area with over 25 years of experience working for health charities and organizations. Her work has focused on developing collaborative relationships within complex multi-stakeholder environments in order to improve health and well-being.

Nadine served on the Carlington CHC Board from 2008-2011 and elected again in 2019. She has retained her passion for and commitment to the Community Health Centre Model.

Hieu Vu

Hieu has focused the bulk of his career in public service with regard to the health and safety of Canadians, in part due his belief that families benefit greatly from the support of their community.

He served as a board member and Chair of a non-profit board for over a decade and volunteers to help newcomers integrate into the community through the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OSISO).

Hieu works in the Centre’s catchment area and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2019.

Jennifer Wilson

As a member of the Board for the Carlington CHC since 2017, Jennifer believes that the key to the future success of the area is for the people who live and work here to come together to ensure that the continued transformation of Ottawa into modern city, respects the positive elements that make Carlington so unique.

Jennifer has watched with keen interest how the neighbourhood has grown and developed over the years, and she remains committed to making a contribution to the area both as a resident of and member of the Board of Directors.

Linda Savoie

Linda Savoie is a management executive with significant experience in organizational transformation, partnership development and employee engagement. She has a proven track record conceiving and implementing innovative strategies in the delivery of various initiatives. Linda is a weathered communicator, is flexible and strategic.

Linda is a resident of the Centre’s client service area. Elected to the Board in 2015, Linda served as Chair from 2019-2021.