My name is Noura Ahmed, I’m a child educator by profession, and a passionate social activist in my spare time. As I have been living in Ottawa almost 20 years, my experiences in life has encouraged me to give back to (Somali/muslim/African) communities, and be part of a positive changes in the city of Ottawa. I’m. currently member of Parents Involvement Committee of OCDSB. I do believe in inclusion, diversity, and respect for everyone.
My favourite quote is “Justice for one, is justice for all’”.
INUIT ELDER REEPA EVIC-CARLETON
Reepa Evic-Carleton was previously the treatment coordinator at Tungasuvvingat Inuit’s Mamisarvik Healing Centre in Ottawa. Mamisarvik was the only comprehensive, Inuit-specific, residential, trauma-and-addiction program of its kind in Canada. She is an Inuk from the Baffin Island-community of Pangnirtung and co-founded Mamisarvik national eight-week program in 2002, working as a trauma-and-addiction therapist. The program ranged from pre-treatment through intensive bio-psycho-social-spiritual treatment to continuing care and transition housing. She currently serves at the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre as a Support Coordinator with OICC’s Family Well Being Program which provides holistic support tailored to the unique needs of each family.
RETIRED STERLING HARTLEY (SUPERINTENDENT, TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT)
Superintendent Sterling Hartley has been a member of the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) for 38 years; 17 of those years in senior management roles. During his tenure he has helped to create broader transparency in court and custody processes, spearheaded the OPS’s Respectful Workplace Project, and helped to co-author an award-winning paper on Domestic Homicide, Reducing the Risk.
He is active in community service work as well: spending six years on Algonquin College’s Board of Governors; representing the OPS on our GLBT Liaison Committee; and acting as an executive board member with Ottawa Victim Services from 2000 to 2006. In his spare time, he participated in the Ottawa District Minor Hockey Association Committee, where he helped to create the AAA league constitution, operating rules and playing regulations.
He looks forward to working with council and community members on the Bias Neutral Committee and is dedicated to developing sustained solutions that incorporate an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) approach to policing.
MÉTIS ELDER RETA GORDON
Reta Gordon is a proud Métis Elder that has travelled our beautiful Country in various capacities thought out the years. Reta is a founding member of the Métis Nation of Ontario and is a strong advocate for Indigenous affairs.
Reta is committed to her roots. She has participated in several committees such as:
➢ Ottawa University Faculty of Medicine, Aboriginal Students Committee
➢ Ottawa University Aboriginal Educational Council
➢ Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition
➢ Elder Advisory Committee of the Odawa Friendship Centre
➢ Métis Representative for Truth and Reconciliation Residential School Survivors Gatherings
➢ Student Committee at Algonquin College
➢ Métis Elder at Kumic Lodge at INAC in the autumn of 2016
➢ Committee member for the Commission for the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls
➢ Aboriginal Veteran’s Association Métis Elder
➢ Elder’s Committee at the Wabano Friendship Centre
➢ Métis Elder at Mamawi (Together) Gatherings held at Rideau High School
➢ Métis Elder with Kairos Gatherings for the past 9 years
In 2012 Reta was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in recognition of over 25 years of volunteering with the Indigenous Peoples. Reta continues to provide her community with countless presentations at schools, functions or by volunteering at various events. Reta was the first Senator within the Métis Nation of Ontario to successfully obtain a grant to have the Senators gather from over 32 community councils, so that they could address issues that their communities are faced with.
Mr. Rawlson King is President of the Overbrook Community Association, where he has been working to advance a proactive and reactive crime prevention strategy, promoting social inclusion, and providing greater opportunities for youth. Rawlson is also Treasurer of Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre, which has collaborated with Overbrook Community Association on an at-risk youth strategy.
Currently he is Communications Director at Continental Automated Buildings Association, and brings skills in strategic communications and marketing.
METIS ELDER JO MACQUARRIE
In memory and spirit...
April 26, 1934 - March 13, 2019
SÉVERIN JR. NDÉMA-MOUSA
Mr. Séverin Jr. Ndéma-Mousa is President of the North South Development Roots and Culture Canada, a Black community advocacy organization, and a former president of the Caribbean Union of Canada. César is an educator, facilitator and consultant on diversity, equity, inclusion and race relations, providing advice and leading courses for senior management in various organizations.
He was formerly an Operations Officer with the federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. He is a former member of COMPAC, the predecessor to the Community Equity Council.
Community Vice Co-Chair
A long standing leader in the Haitian Community, Mr. Gérard Etienne is Associate Vice President of Learning with the Institute on Governance and has a long career of increasing managerial responsibility in the federal public service, including the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and in the private sector, including the TD Bank Financial Group.
Gérard brings skills in cross-sectoral collaboration. He is also connected to Pro-Active Education for All Children’s Enrichment.
DAVID SNODDY (DIRECTOR, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT)
David Snoddy’s experience in the work community and police relations, spans over three decades and three sectors; the private, not for profit and now with public service, and has worked and served on initiatives at the local, provincial and national levels. Most of his work has had a primary focus on human rights and social justice inclusion, including education and awareness, systemic change, organizational effectiveness, anti oppression, racial profiling, gender and sexual diversity, employee resource groups, safe spaces and reciprocal mentorship program as a few examples. Prior to his work with Ottawa Police Service, David worked with the provincial government at the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, with a significant portion of that tenure with the Ontario Police College and the Ontario Correctional Services College both with a focus on Diversity and Inclusion. David’s experiences on various police community relations work also includes support to and work with; Canadian Certification for Inclusion Practitioners Program with the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, Ontario Women in Law Enforcement, Association of Black Law Enforcers, Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Policing with First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples Committee, Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Equity Diversity and Inclusion Special Purposes Committee and as an advisor and a founding member of Serving with Pride.
MARK FORD (SUPERINTENDENT, FRONTLINE)
Mark Ford has completed thirty-one years as a member of the Ottawa Police Service. Currently, Mark is the Superintendent of Frontline Operations, which includes Platoon / Fixed Shift operations, Emergency Services Unit, Airport Policing Unit, Bikes and Beats Unit, OPSOC, Incident Command and Emergency Management Programs. Mark has also spent time as the Superintendent overseeing Planning, Performance and Analytics and leading transformational change within the Ottawa Police Service. Mark initiated and led- along with Dianna Millar- a project on internal police governance that won project of the year in 2017 with the International Association of Law Enforcement Planners.
Mark spent the majority of his career, in the former Emergency Operations Directorate. While there, Mark was instrumental in either planning, leading and commanding numerous security operations for major events and critical incidents in the Nation’s Capital over 13 years (such as Presidential Visits, Stanley Cup Celebrations, Protests, etc). Mark was the OPS Incident Commander during the tragic events that occurred on October, 22nd 2014 at the Cenotaph and Parliament Hill. Mark was instrumental in the creation of the City of Ottawa’s internationally recognized Special Events Advisory Team and leading the development and implementation of Police Liaison Team (PLT) to work with community stakeholders during major events and protests. Mark’s formative years were spent as a frontline patrol officer, and as a member of the Tactical Unit and Explosives Unit.
Mark is a past executive member of the National Incident Commanders Working Group Association and has taught Critical Incident Command throughout Canada and led the development of Incident Command training for OPS members. He currently sits and has sat on a number of provincial and national level committees and working groups, in the area of emergency response.
Mark is committed to establishing strong and lasting relationships internal to the OPS, public safety partners and also, importantly, the communities that make up Ottawa, to ensure the safety and security of all.
Mark is actively involved with the community. Mark is currently Chair of the Board of Directors for the Snowsuit Fund of Ottawa, volunteers with BluesFest to ensure their emergency preparedness and together with his family helps fundraise and build schools in Nicaragua through SchoolBox. Mark and his wife, Susan Griffin, have 6 children as part of their blended family. Mark’s interests include hockey, yoga, cycling, skiing, travel and music.