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The board was elected at the Annual General Meeting of June 16, 2021.

Alex Cullen

President

Alex Cullen - a former school board trustee, city councillor and MPP - is retired and President of the Bel!town Neighbours Association (in Ottawa's west end). An avid cross-country skier, he teaches x-c skiing at Nakkertok and Kanata Nordic Ski Clubs and still skis the Canadian Ski Marathon.

Robert Brinker

Vice President

Robert lives in the Carlington neighbourhood since he immigrated to Canada in 2000. He enjoys community building, home renovation, woodworking and spending time with his dog Bella. He is an FCA board member since 2018.

Roland Dorsay

Secretary

As a former federal civil servant, private sector CEO, industry lobbyist and community volunteer activist, Roland has extensive experience in executive leadership, community relations, corporate governance, strategic planning, policy development and planning, international negotiations, issue advocacy and government affairs. Roland is a board member of the Champlain Park Community Association the Federation of Citizens Association of Ottawa. He also chairs the K-9, the group of 10 community community associations of Kitchissippi Ward.

Lorne Cutler

Treasurer

Lorne Cutler has been living in Westboro since 1988 and has been president of the Hampton lona Community Group for many years. Lorne grew up in Toronto, where he received his BASc in chemical engineering from the University of Toronto and an MBA from Ivy School of Business. Lorne has worked in the finance industry since 1984. Lorne is also a Lieutenant-Governor Appointee Councillor for Professional Engineers Ontario, Ontario's licensing agency for engineers. While interested in all aspects of citybuilding, Lorne is pleased that he has been able to provide FCA with his financial skills for several years acting as Treasurer for the organization.

Steve Anderson

Director-at-large

Steve Anderson previously worked for an Ontario municipality doing everything from garbage collection and snow plowing to bylaw enforcement and building inspection. He has designed and built an entire house with his own hands. For the past twenty years he has worked in the federal government in the CS (computer systems) group, and has been an active volunteer with the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada. Always willing to help out in the community, Steve has previously served two terms as President of the Katimavik-Hazeldean Community Association.

Stefan Baginski

Director-at-large

Serial entrepreneur. PhD, P. Eng. (ret). Run high-tech MIL/Aerospace businesses from Canada and Europe. Passionate about people, communities, education, environment, health issues, transportation mobility esp. cycling. Current Director at the Greater Avalon Community Association. Professional photographer and journalist. NAC Diamond Donors Club member, owner of the Atlantic Club in Linkedin.

Paul Johanis

Director-at-large

Paul worked in a variety of roles and functions over a 37 year career in the federal public service, from the lowest level to the most senior, ending his career as Assistant Chief Statistician of Canada (Corporate Services). He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from l’École nationale d’administration publique and a PhD in Public Policy from the School of Public Administration at Carleton University. Since his retirement, he has been involved in various City of Ottawa planning files and issues in the defence of greenspace. He is the current Chair of the Greenspace Alliance of Canada's Capital.

Barbara Ramsay

Director-at-large

Barbara joins the FCA -FAC Board following a 40 year career as a pharmacist which included pharmacy ownership and long term care practice and supported community capacity building through not-for-profit leadership and management. An award-winning volunteer background recognizes high-level leadership of many not-for-profit organizations in Ottawa and includes work at both the municipal and provincial levels in the health and social welfare sectors. She has lived and worked in many corners of Ottawa and now calls Kanata home.

Phil Sweetnam

Director-at-large

Phil Sweetnam, P. Eng. (retired), is a 2nd generation Stittsville resident who owns a mobile home community and several rental houses on family land. He is the recipient of many community and provincial awards including the City of Ottawa Environmental Award in 2006, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the FCA in 2018. Always active in the community, Phil has a cheerful countenance and is known to never pass on a really good bargain.

Leeanne Van der Burgt

DIRECTOR AT LARGE

Leeanne has been a resident of Ottawa for over 20 years. She has been an active contributor in every community she has lived in from volunteering for working groups and committees to sitting on a number of Boards. She has organized and participated in numerous fundraising events across the City for a host of charities and not-for-profit organizations. She has worked with youth for nearly ten years and worked with seniors and adults with disabilities for three. Now living in rural Ottawa, Leeanne is happy to bring that perspective to the work at FCA.

Maria Luisa Marti

DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE

Maria Luisa has been volunteering for the FCA since 2015, her field of expertise is business sytems/ techonology and project management. Maria Luisa cofounded the residents group Friends of James and Bay, helping her Centretown neighbourhood to improve their presence be in the public consultations and/or discussions with the City. She has worked tirelessly, as an embassador , to make after-care for survivors of aneurysm and stroke a priority in the health care system Presently working with the Civic hospital on a program for aftercare for survivors.

Past President

Sheila Perry

Past President

Sheila is a passionate, committed community-builder and a proud homeowner in Overbrook. As a founding member and Past president of the Overbrook Community Association and other local initiatives, she believes that strong communities working together are fundamental for the safety and well-being of everyone. “Neighbourhoods Matter” is a value that Sheila upholds in her volunteer work with the FCA and beyond.