Board of Directors
Patricia HassardBoard 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.
Kara Eusebio is the Senior Manager, Strategic Partnerships for Invest Ottawa & Bayview Yards, Ottawa’s innovation hub and tech accelerator. Originally from the United States, Kara’s first job in Canada was working for Cornerstone in Resource Development and she has been volunteering with Cornerstone ever since. Kara is passionate about creating a safe, inclusive Ottawa for all and mobilizing youth and young professionals to take an active role in shaping their communities. Kara founded and served as the first chair of Cornerstone’s Young Professionals Advisory Board. She also serves as the Vice Curator for the Ottawa Hub of the Global Shapers Community, as Policy Committee Advisor for the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada, and as Coordinator for the Connect-a-Kid Adoptee Mentorship Program.
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.
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.
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.
Katie Black has a results-oriented practice, with a particular focus on commercial disputes, professional negligence, defamation and employment law. Before joining a national firm, she served as a law clerk to the Chief Justice of Canada, the Right Honourable Beverly McLachlin and also served as the Judicial Affairs Advisor for Minister of Justice of Canada.
Katie received her law degree with honors standing from the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law. Active in the wider community, Katie co-founded the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (RSSP), and sits on the Board of Music and Beyond. In 2016, Katie was awarded the Gordon F. Henderson Award in recognition of her professional excellence and commitment to her community. She is also the recipient of the 2019 Forty under 40 award by the Ottawa Business Journal.
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.
Deirdre Bain works as a birth & postpartum doula in the Ottawa/Gatineau region. She operates both a private business & a non-profit organization, in addition to her work as a Project Officer with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. In every aspect of her work, Deirdre is committed to ensuring the perspectives of all womxn are considered, and that together we work towards a more just society. Deirdre has been involved with Cornerstone since 2016. She began volunteering in the kitchen serving lunch to residents, and has never left! Prior to taking on her role on Cornerstone's Board of Directors, Deirdre was the Chair of the Cornerstone Young Professionals Advisory Board. She is dedicated to supporting Cornerstone in fighting homelessness and caring for our community.
Ann has been a member of St. John the Evangelist, Elgin Street, for over 35 years. She has followed and supported the development of Cornerstone through fellow parishioners who have been involved in the ministry from its beginnings. Recently 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 church, including as a delegate from the Diocese of Ottawa to General Synod. She currently serves on the Governance Working Group of the Anglican Church of Canada.
Jenna RobertsonJenna Robertson is the Marketing Coordinator at the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, the national, bilingual organization and voice of the actuarial profession in Canada. Born and raised in Ottawa, Jenna has worked in a variety of fields including printing, graphic design, marketing, and most recently fundraising and non-profit management. Jenna has volunteered with Cornerstone since 2018, first joining the Young Professionals Advisory Board, followed by the Fundraising and Communications Committee (which she now serves on as Chair), and finally joining the Board of Directors in 2021. Jenna is passionate about women’s rights and the unique challenges faced by women experiencing homelessness. She aims to make a difference in her community and empower Cornerstone to fulfill its mission.
Kristalyn Laryea has worked in the federal public service for over 15 years in health and public health policy, where she has worked on initiatives that strive to address health inequities and improve population health outcomes. She is a staunch advocate for targeting the social and economic factors that influence health and well-being, with a particular focus on housing. She is also passionate about governance and approaches to decision-making, particularly when it comes to increasing participation of diverse and underrepresented groups. Kristalyn is in her happy place when is reading a good book or out for an early morning run.
Angela Harvey is a Clinical Academic Specialist with the Department of Medicine at the Ottawa Hospital, where she is responsible for designing, developing and implementing clinical education programs. Originally from Ottawa, Angela returned after living in California and British Columbia, where she worked in various capacities for BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services and Vancouver Coastal Health. It was during this time, that Angela engaged in volunteer work on Vancouver’s downtown eastside and became exposed to the complex and challenging situations that homeless women face. Angela is the recipient of a Women’s Leadership Scholarship and she holds a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. Serving on the Cornerstone Board is a great privilege for Angela to continue to serve this community, help improve the lives of women at risk, and contribute to ending the cycle of homelessness.