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CoSA began in Ottawa in 1998, initially operating under the auspices of St. John the Evangelist Church and became a registered charity in 2013. Although CoSA’s roots are faith-based, CoSA-Ottawa is an inclusive, non-sectarian organization that is guided by a volunteer Board of Directors, comprised of diverse local citizens. Experienced staff are supported by an Advisory Group of relevant professionals.



Susan Love

Executive Director

Board of Directors

Lyse Morin

Lyse Morin, President

St. John’s Representative; Circle Volunteer


Tara McWhinney, Vice President

PhD Candidate (Carleton U, Social Work); Former Circle Volunteer

John Daley

John Daley, Treasurer


Diana headshot

Diana McGlinchey, Secretary

Research Manager, Victimology Research Centre, Algonquin College

David Swan

David Swan, First Nations Advisor

Criminology Student, uOttawa ; Circle Volunteer

Dillon headshot

Dillon Brady

Manager Student Conduct and Harm Reduction, Carleton U; Circle Volunteer

Advisory Group

The Advisory Group is a non-decision-making committee that advises the staff, on an as-needed basis, on challenges that arise with Core Members and other personnel matters.

Bob Cormier Sept 21

Bob Cormier, Psychologist

Former Member of the Board of Directors for CoSA-Ottawa and CoSA Canada

Dasa Farthing

Dasa Farthing, Mental Health Manager, Children’s Hospital Eastern Ontario

Former Circle Volunteer and Member of the CoSA-Ottawa Board of Directors

David Swan

David Swan

First Nations Advisor, Circle Volunteer

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