Board of Directors

[lvca_team style=”style2″ image_size=”thumbnail”][lvca_team_member member_name=”Thomas Watson” member_image=”503″ member_position=”Interim Chair” member_details=”Thomas Watson is the Vice-President of Guardsman Insurance Services Inc., where he is responsible for managing the province-wide delivery of high-quality personalized insurance solutions to both personal and commercial clients. His particular area of focus is in serving the hard-to-place personal clients and group insurance clients.

With over 15 years of experience in the business sector, Thomas has held leadership roles in strategy, sales management, mergers & acquisitions, governance, risk and compliance as well as financial management. Prior to his current role, he served as Branch Manager of Guardsman’s Kanata location where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of a fast-paced sales and service office.

Thomas has a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and a Master of Religious Education from Saint Paul University. He is a Chartered Insurance Professional and holds the Canadian Risk Management designation. Outside of work Thomas is a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, where is a Cadet Instructor, which allows him to focus on youth development and mentoring. Thomas has been a director of Voice Found for the past 8 years and now, as Interm-Chair, he is presented with the opportunity to continue to help the organization grow and, even more importantly to Thomas, make a meaningful contribution towards spreading awareness of the issues surrounding child sex abuse and commercial sexual exploitation.”][lvca_team_member member_name=”Frank O’Driscoll” member_image=”501″ member_position=”Director” member_details=”Frank has had a dynamic 30-year career bridging private and not-for-profit sectors and has served in a range of commercial and corporate roles in healthcare, technology, medical devices / biotechnology and beyond. Most recently, Frank has fulfilled leadership roles in the healthcare quality accreditation field and has consulted with start-up’s focused on consumer digital health solutions. Frank is passionate about health innovation, with an emphasis on the democratization of healthcare towards the goal of personal health enablement.

As a continual learner and to support his passions and health and social services stakeholders, Frank has recently earned a Master of Management degree from McGill University (International Master’s for Health Leadership) and has been granted the Certified Health Executive designation from the Canadian College of Health Leaders.”][lvca_team_member member_name=”Stephanie Izzard” member_position=”Director” member_details=”Stephanie Izzard is an independent Human Resources professional with over 18 years of extensive experience in the public, private and not-for profit sectors, providing a wide range of HR expertise dealing with all matters in relation to HR.

Most recently Stephanie held the position as Manager, Human Resources at Defence Construction Canada (DCC), a Crown corporation that delivers infrastructure and environmental projects for the defence of Canada where she was responsible for DCC’s talent management-related portfolio including employee relations, staffing, employee engagement, diversity and inclusion, training, leadership, performance management, programs, and policy development and implementation.

Previous to that she was the Manager of Human Resources at the Tamir Foundation which is a non-profit organization assisting adults with developmental disabilities to realize their full potential while providing them with safe and caring residential and day program supports.

She holds a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation from the Human Resources Professional Association where she is an active member and currently sits as Chair of the Association’s Discipline Committee.

Stephanie also holds certificates in Alternative Dispute Resolution and attained her Executive Certificate in Conflict Management from University of Windsor, and Workplace Investigations Certificate from York University. She successfully completed the Executive Certificate program from Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business in Strategic Human Resources Leadership. Stephanie is also a graduate of Algonquin College.”][lvca_team_member member_name=”Katie Dolan” member_position=”Director” member_details=”Katie has 10+ years of destination marketing experience (represented the Capital of Canada with Ottawa Tourism) and just under a year experience at one of Ottawa’s biggest hotels (Westin Ottawa). She now works for PCMA – Professional Convention Management Association – as the Business Development Director for Canada. PCMA is the global leader for education for meeting planners, and has signed the code. She is proud to work for an organization that is doing its part in helping combat human trafficking. She was inspired to get involved with the fight to end human trafficking after hearing Sandy Biback speak at a PCMA event a couple of years ago in Niagara Falls. She has since helped get a local chapter off the ground in Ottawa with Meeting Planners Against Human Trafficking and organized an educational event for meeting planners at the Westin Ottawa with Voice Found.

Volunteer work is no stranger to Katie; she has volunteered for the CHEOBBQ, a fundraising event for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, for just shy of a decade. She also is the founder and lead organizer for The Home Run, a run/walk that raised awareness for statelessness and funds for Refugee 613. This was the official opening event of One Young World in 2016.”][lvca_team_member member_name=”Stacey Kirkpatrick” member_position=”Director” member_details=”Stacey spent seventeen years working for the Federal Government in various roles including intellectual property management for the Canadian Hydrographic Service. She has been a personal development coach for individuals and small business owners over the last decade. Stacey went on to complete a Masters in Counselling Psychology (MACP) and became a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and currently has a private practice in Kanata. In 2018, Stacey was a co-author in the international best-selling book Women Who Impact.

Stacey has volunteered with the Ottawa Mission’s Discovery University program, Family Services Ottawa in the Supervised Access Program and at Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre in the Peer Support Program, part of their Violence Against Women program. After taking training with Voice Found, Stacey was drawn to the amazing work that the organization does and wanted to continue to support the founder’s vision.”][lvca_team_member member_name=”Tony Palmero” member_position=”Director” member_details=”Tony Palermo is an engaging journalist, ghostwriter, and copy editor who specializes in law enforcement, true crime, human interest and social issue stories. He tackles the difficult subjects and exposes the important life stories that need to be told.

With daughters of his own, he is a passionate advocate towards creating awareness about—and ending—domestic sex trafficking.

Tony has written articles and business copy for national consumer magazines, trade journals, newspapers, radio, government, and businesses and corporations of all sizes.
A former senior information technology analyst and federal corrections officer, Tony enjoys being a volunteer coach with his local t-ball/softball little league, and volunteers at other local festivals, community events, and organizations as his schedule allows.
He’s a real foodie who loves to cook and entertain. Stealing from the words of his favourite TV celebrity chef David Rocco, Tony explains his passion for food and being able to hold his own in the kitchen by saying “I’m not a chef, I’m Italian!””][lvca_team_member member_name=”SM Leduc” member_image=”502″ member_position=”Director” member_details=”Driven by the desire to foster collective healing and improve the standard of living of Indigenous peoples, SM has held positions as researcher and project manager on various complex Indigenous legal and social policy issues over the last decade — including Modern Treaties, income assistance and health care, taxation, and housing and homelessness — both within the federal public service and non-profit sector. SM is currently Director, Reconciliation Museologist with the Canadian Museums Association where she is undertaking a national study on museum policies and practices in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action on Indigenous cultural patrimony and history. A soft-spoken activist and survivor of sexual assault, SM looks to bring her knowledge and personal experiences to Voice Found to advocate for better outcomes for Indigenous youths.”][lvca_team_member member_name=”Cynthia Bland” member_image=”321″ member_position=”Ex-officio, Founder,CEO” member_details=”A survivor of child sexual abuse, her recovery from the consequences of that abuse compelled her to take action – the result of which is Voice Found. Prior to founding Voice Found, Cynthia enjoyed a successful career in sales, marketing and education and her leadership has been recognized by organizations and individuals alike. Her passion is serving others and using her voice”][/lvca_team]