Peter Tilley | Executive Director

Peter stepped into the leadership role at The Ottawa Mission in June 2013 after 14 years as Executive Director of the Ottawa Food Bank. Prior to working at the Ottawa Food Bank, he worked for 5 years as a manager in the recruitment industry and, previous to that, was the front office manager with one of Ottawa’s largest downtown hotels. Peter actively serves, or has served, on several national, provincial and local boards and committees. He is also an Algonquin College Alumni, having graduated from the 3 year Business Management program several years ago.

Jo McLean | Director of Programs

Jo has close to 30 years experience in the Social Services and Youth Justice sector working with high risk and vulnerable youth.  She has held several positions over the span of her career, the majority of them in management. Jo made the leap to leave the youth sector in January 2011 and came to The Ottawa Mission as the Manager of Frontline Services. Two years later she was promoted to The Mission’s Director of Programs and now oversees Addiction Services, Front Line Services and Client Services.

Tim Moran | Director of Operations

Tim was born and raised in Ottawa and graduated from Algonquin College with a degree in Hospitality Management. His career choices have all been client focused and include senior management roles in hotels and restaurants across Canada, teaching at Algonquin College and leading national wholesale companies. He has also gained knowledge in both the home renovation and real estate markets. Tim’s credentials and his passion for helping people make him a great fit in the role as Director of Operations.

Lesley Horne | Director of Human Resources

Lesley joined The Ottawa Mission as Director of Human Resources in January 2014. She began her career as a Human Resources Generalist over 17 years ago working as HR Manager for one of North America’s largest retailers. After 10 years, she was offered a position with a rapidly expanding family owned business where she was tasked with building the HR Function from the ground up. Lesley is a member in good standing of the Human Resources Professional Association.

Kathy Newton | Director of Finance

Kathy is a graduate of Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick where she received a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Financial Accounting. She is a Chartered Public Accountant (CPA, CA). Kathy has been involved in audits and accounting for charities and small businesses for more than 20 years, including roles as an Audit and Accounting Manager at Deloitte, Haskins and Sells and as Office Manager and Treasurer for Dominion-Chalmers Church. Over the years Kathy has also lent her accounting knowledge and skills as a volunteer with a number of local churches and not-for-profit groups.

Garth Roy | Senior Manager of Finance

Garth grew up in Buckingham, Quebec and attended Heritage College where he received a diploma in Business Administration. He joined the Ottawa Mission in 1991.

Marg Smeaton | Director of Healthcare Services

After working as a psychiatric nurse in Western Canada, Marg moved to Ottawa in 1981 and spent some time at home raising three sons. Before re-entering the work force, she became interested in palliative care and took several palliative care courses at Algonquin College. Marg joined The Ottawa Mission as a volunteer in 2002, just shortly after The Mission opened its Hospice. She began working full time in the Hospice in 2003 and now oversees health services in the shelter and works closely with medical staff at Ottawa Inner City Health.

Shirley Roy | Senior Manager of Media & Community Relations

Shirley joined the team at The Ottawa Mission in 2008 after a 23 year career in the radio/television broadcasting industry.  She works closely with members of the local media in order to shine the light on the unique programs and services at The Mission and share the many different stories of the people who are in need of help.  She also facilitates awareness and community awareness initiatives with many different groups who reach out to The Ottawa Mission.