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The Board


Chair – Valerie Bruyere

Valerie Bruyere was born and raised in rural areas of Ottawa. She was self-employed and worked as a real estate agent for over 15 years. During those years she volunteered with various non-for profit organizations gaining a diverse array of experiences. More recently, she is working for the Federal Government as a construction project manager. She has held the position of Treasurer with Pathway Church Kanata, while also serving as a facilitator and co-leader for various small groups such as “Marriage Oneness”, Discipleship Explored” and more. Currently, she is actively involved at Sequoia Community Church and volunteers with many non-profit organizations that seek to help the oppressed in our city and participates in various short term mission trips.


Secretary – Julie Shaw

Julie Shaw works as a Clinical Biochemist at The Ottawa Hospital and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at The University of Ottawa. Julie is originally from Toronto and has also lived in Edinburgh, Scotland. Julie previously volunteered with the St. Bartholamew’s breakfast program in Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood, for four years when she was living downtown Toronto completing her PhD at The University of Toronto. Julie regularly attends The Meeting House and Grace Communion International. Julie’s husband, Fraser Henderson, is a Pastor for Grace Communion International and Julie plays a supportive role to Fraser in his Ministry.


Michelle D’Amico

Michelle D’Amico grew up in Southern Ontario and moved to Ottawa in 1989.  She has worked in the Federal Government in various policy and human resources roles for 30 years, where she has been active in advancing discussions around mental health and well-being within federal departments. Michelle has a passion for the youth, and volunteers with a number of not-for profit organizations that focus on improving the well-being of youth and young adults.  Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) and is an active volunteer within her church community.