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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

Rae McDole

Program Assistant

Board of Directors


Cliff Yumansky

Acting President

Lyse Morin

Acting Vice President

John Daley


Tara McWhinney



Suzanne Johnson

Jake Legault

Victoria Stillie

Nicole St. John

David Swan

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, Psychologist

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

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

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

David Swan

Indigenous Voice, Current Volunteer

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