Board of Directors

Join Cornerstone's Board of Directors

Cornerstone is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and is a Community Ministry of the Anglican Diocese. We are canvassing our volunteers, donors and other interested people to seek your interest in becoming a Member of Cornerstone's Board of Directors. In particular, we are looking for Board Members with expertise in property management, governance, fundraising, communications, health policy/operations, housing and homelessness and/or lived experience.

Please email with your resume and a short explanation of your interest to the Board Chair at . Thank you!

Mark Holzman

Board Chair

Mark has enjoyed a 32 year career at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation in housing policy, research and programs. He is a board member and past-president of Temple Israel (Jewish Reform Congregation of Ottawa) and a member of All Saints Anglican Church - Westboro. Mark is a lifetime Ottawa resident who enjoys skiing, exploring Ottawa neighbourhoods and spending time with his three adult children and two grandsons.

Patricia Hassard

Past Chair

Patricia Hassard is a lawyer by training and former senior executive with the federal public service. Her career encompassed roles in administrative law, legislation, elections, public safety and policing policy and management of governor in council appointments. She is actively involved in the United Church and its various levels of governance. Her particular focus is Right Relations with Indigenous peoples.

Margaret Pachanos Lemaire

Margaret is originally from the Cree First Nation of Chisasibi on the eastern James Bay. Her formative years were spent on traditional lands of her family, hunting, fishing and trapping. Upon the commencement of her education, she entered the St. Philip's Indian Residential School in Chisasibi (formerly Fort George) and is thus a residential school survivor. During the many years she lived and raised her family in New Brunswick, she developed close working relations with the Mik'mawk and Maliseet First Nations peoples. Over the years of her working career, she gained experience and involvement in dealing with the Indigenous fight and plight of her people. She saw the rise of the James Bay Hydroelectric Project in 1970s, the reinstatement of Bill C-31, Indigenous women's status rights, and so many more causes. Margaret Lemaire is a member of Christ Church Bells Corners, where she has served in many leadership roles over 8 years. Margaret is a founding member and co-chair of the Anglican Diocese’s All My Relations Committee, whose mandate is to provide leadership to parishes across the Diocese in learning about ways to live out the recommendations of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Report.

Peter Martin

After 35 years in the navy, Peter Martin retired in 1994 as the Chief of Financial Services. His career covered corporate planning, financial management and control systems, information technology and leadership of military and civilian staffs. From 1995 to 2004, he consulted to government and the private sector in strategic planning and change management.

Mr. Martin is actively involved in the volunteer sector. He was a member of the Board of the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre for 13 years, three of which he served as its chair. He was National Treasurer of the Navy League of Canada for five years. He was co-chair of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa Strategic Planning Task Force, and chair of its Property and Finance Committee for three years. He is currently a member of the Parish Council of St Aidan’s Anglican Church.

Arushana Sunderaeson

Arushana Sunderaeson (She/Her) comes from years of experience working in the not-for-profit sectors and political offices. She works at Oxfam Canada as their Donor Stewardship and Retention officer. She has a BA in Political Science with a minor in Media Studies from Brock University, a graduate certificate in Not for Profit Management from Western University and MPA with Emphasis in Nonprofit Management from Grand Canyon University. She was previously the co-chair of the Young Professional Advisory Board for Cornerstone Housing for women. She is proud to call herself a feminist and is passionate about helping others. In her free time, she hangs out with her puppy named Bernie, hanging out with family and friends, trying out new vegan recipes and attending community events in the Ottawa area.

Katie Boone

Katie Boone has over 10 years’ experience building innovative, change management initiatives in the field of gender, diversity, and international partnerships. Katie started her career as a public servant with the Canadian International Development Agency, working on Canada’s largest foreign aid and humanitarian assistance program to Afghanistan. Since then, she has lived and worked in over 10 countries, including Kenya, Guyana, Vietnam, Mexico and Peru, working in the field of private consulting, post-secondary education, and international partnership development. Currently, Katie is Deputy Director, GBA Plus Systems and Innovation Team at Canada’s Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces. Katie Boone is originally from Newfoundland and Labrador and holds the island culture close to her heart.

Mary Laidlaw

Mary Laidlaw has lived her whole life in Ottawa attending Hilson Ave Public School, Connaught, Fisher Park and Carleton University. Prior to retirement from a 35-year career with the Public Service, she was involved with School Parent Councils and community groups. Since retirement, she has undertaken several volunteer roles including working at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and the 2015 Pan Am games, in Toronto. She continues to play a leadership role in the United Church. She brings to the Board her expertise in human resources, labour relations, governance and management.

Yasmin Khaliq

Yasmin Khaliq has had a long career as a clinical pharmacist, primarily in the hospital setting. Her work included patient care, teaching and research. Yasmin also sat as a public member of the Consent and Capacity Board as well as the Ontario Review Board. More recently, Yasmin returned to university to complete a degree in law. She graduated in June 2022 from the French Common Law Program at the University of Ottawa with a concentration in Health Law. Yasmin has a strong interest in mental health, homelessness, and disadvantaged populations, recently publishing articles on mental health and the law. She is new to the Board of Directors at Cornerstone and looks forward to working with this dynamic organization.

Ann Chaplin

Ann has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2020 and has served as Secretary to the Board and Chair of the Governance Committee. She is a long-time supporter of Cornerstone, including through her church, St. John the Evangelist, Elgin St. Retired from the Department of Justice, Ann worked for 31 years as a constitutional and administrative law and governance expert, advising the government of Canada and teaching and mentoring other lawyers. She has held a variety of leadership positions in the Anglican Church at the parish, diocesan and national levels.

Sanjay Grover

Sanjay is the Director of Financial Ministry for the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa. Sanjay trained as an accountant with KPMG. He is a CPA (CA) and a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. He graduated from Concordia University (1989) with a Bachelor's degree in Commerce/Accounting, and holds a Graduate Diploma in Public Accounting from McGill University (1991). Sanjay brings with him a wealth of finance experience from senior finance roles held with organizations in both Private and Public Sectors, nationally and within the United States of America.

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