Baudouin St-Cyr, our Executive Director, started his career at SPRINT Senior Care in North Toronto as In-Home Services Manager in 1988, then became Executive Director at West Toronto Support Services in 1995. He has been overseeing our organization on a day to day basis since 2002. A former President of our provincial association, the Ontario Community Support Association, he remains the only individual to have ever provided formal inter-agency leadership in both Toronto and Ottawa.
Baudouin holds undergraduate degrees from Glendon College and a graduate degree from McMaster University. He also has a certificate in Voluntary Sector Management from York University. In his spare time, he loves walking outdoors with his photographic equipment combining his love of nature with his passion for photography. Bau’s other hobby is acquiring and reading books related to history, politics, sports, current affairs, and international relations. A huge fan of old school French and Belgian authors in the tradition of Jacob, Hergé, Goscinny, Duchâteau and Graton, he also has an extensive collection of French graphic novels (bandes dessinées) from the 1950’s onward.
Jill Daigle is Manager of Volunteer Services and is responsible for providing oversight and management in the volunteer program to recruit, train and engage volunteers.
Originally from Saint John, New Brunswick, Jill joined the Meals on Wheels staff in 2008 shortly after moving to Ottawa. She is deeply passionate about community support services that support the independence of seniors and adults with disabilities to remain at home and so it was a perfect fit. Jill graduated from St Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Social Work degree. She is now pursuing a Volunteer Management Leadership program from Humber College. On the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Administrators of Volunteer Resources, Jill loves working with volunteers and networking with others to promote volunteerism in the community. In her spare time Jill loves all things art related and is a self-taught visual artist working is a variety of media. She loves to bring creativity and collaboration both in her approach to the workplace and to her own personal pursuits.
Jessica Neil is one of our Volunteer Coordinators. She is in charge of organizing volunteers to deliver meals to clients in the east half of our catchment area. She is responsible for scheduling volunteers, conduction orientation sessions, doing recruitment, and helping organize the annual volunteer reception. She is a staff representative on the Supplier Liaison and Fundraising/Public Relations Committees.
Jessica was born in Ottawa but grew up in Kitchener, Ontario. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Communications and English at the University of Ottawa, and has spent her adult life back in Ottawa. She loves how much natural beauty surrounds and winds through the city, and can often be seen run-commuting through the city core, all year long. She enjoys travelling both near and afar, reading a good book, and exploring world cuisines.
Aidan Liebich is one of our Coordinators of Volunteers. She is responsible for the west end of Ottawa and works hard alongside Jessica Neil to manage the routes, volunteers, recruitment, training, and retention of all volunteers. Aidan started in the client department, but has since found her stride in the volunteer department.
She graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and Public Policy. Prior to Meals on Wheels she was working in Mumbai, India as a teacher’s assistant and researcher for an organization that is dedicated to helping people with disabilities. In her spare time she plays and writes music, volunteers with Glee-ceptional (a choir group for adolescents with disabilities), goes on hikes and cooks spicy, vegetarian dishes.
Derna Lisi is our bookkeeper. She is in charge of clients’ payments. She was born and raised in Ottawa and studied Computer Operations and Business Accounting at Algonquin College. She has worked in a multitude of fields including banking and insurance and prior to joining Meals on Wheels was managing the Ottawa office for a not-for-profit organization called The Entomological Society of Canada.
Being of Italian origin, Derna is extremely active in the local Italian community and volunteers for her church. In her spare time she enjoys reading and, when possible, cruising the Caribbean.
Gabrielle Béland Mainguy is our Client Coordinator. She is in charge of intake and setting up meals for clients. She also manages the day-to-day relationships with our provider kitchens. She spends most of her day on the phone and does the majority of our English to French translations. She is a staff representative on the Supplier Liaison and French Language Services Committees.
Gabrielle grew up in Ste-Julie, Québec but moved to Ottawa in 2007 to attend the University of Ottawa where she received a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Modern Languages. She bikes to work in the summer months and, when weather permits, walks to work throughout the winter. In her spare time, she enjoys doing yoga, cooking, and travelling whenever possible.
Kate Uffen is our Project Coordinator. In addition to being first on phones, she is in charge of Frozen Food as well as Quality Assurance and works on a wide assortment of projects including preparing the Annual Report, writing and designing the quarterly Client Newsletter, and creating many of the agency’s infographics and advertisements. She is a staff representative on the Supplier Liaison, Fundraising/Public Relations, Health and Safety, and Food Services Committees.
Monique Rochon is our Saturday Coordinator. She answers the phones and assists volunteers on Saturdays to ensure that deliveries run smoothly. She joined the team in 2018 as an energetic retiree following a forty year career in dentistry.
Monique grew up in a small town in Northern Ontario where she was first introduced to a career as a dental assistant and eventually as a dental hygienist. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities such as walking and spending time with her four grandchildren. She is also a weekly volunteer at the Ottawa heart institute.
Anice Wong was hired early 2020 as the contract Marketing and Outreach Coordinator. She is responsible for promoting Meals on Wheels, their services, benefits and impact in the community. More recently, as a response to the COVID pandemic, she also took on the role as Lead Intake Coordinator for Volunteers in the Champlain Region.
An Ontario native who has lived abroad and on Canada’s West Coast, Anice has worked in the non-profit sector for over ten years and also has experience with municipal government. With degrees in Film & Video Production as well as in International Development Project Management, she tackles assignments with creativity and critical thinking. When not at work, Anice can be found running along the canal, exploring the city’s different neighbourhoods with new friends, or continuing to learn new things by taking a variety of workshops and classes.
Diane Naika Dieujuste is our COVID Response Meal Coordinator and Office Assistant. She has been a summer student for the past two years as part of the Canada Summer program. She helps organize route sheets, produces the daily COVID screener list for client calls, produces the annual client survey, answer phones inquiries, and provides assistance to other departments as needed.
Diane is a native of Montreal and moved to Gatineau to attend University of Ottawa. She has a degree in Social Work and a Bachelors in International Development and Globalization. She is an avid viewer of TV shows, and believes that there’s no better match than a good poetry book and ice cream.
We have delivered almost 4.5 million meals since our founding in 1968.