About the CCA Board of Directors

john headshotExecutive Committee 2016-2017

John Marshall


John and his family have lived in Ottawa since 1997, and moved to the Canterbury neighbourhood in 2003. He holds a MSc. in Planning from the University of Guelph and a B.A. in Political Studies from Trent University.

Raised in a rural Ontario community about 500 km west of Ottawa, John has three children – two of whom currently attend area schools. He has been the Secretary of the Pleasant Park PS School Council since 2010 and was a member of the Board of Aladin Childcare Services for 6 years. He was a youth soccer coach for 10 years and continues to help out with his children’s’ sports activities where he can.

Prior to assuming the role of President of the Canterbury Community Association, he was the Director of Publicity and Outreach. At his day job, he is a Manager at Statistics Canada and is responsible for a number of projects and surveys that look at linkages between human activity and the environment.

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Jessica Hughes


Jessica joined the Association in August 2013 to be more actively involved with our community. She has lived in the community since buying her first house in 2008. Jessica has enjoyed taking a variety of programs through the Association since moving to the area, some favorites have been Ballroom Dancing and English Paper Piecing. Jessica took on the duties of Vice-President at the AGM in October 2014.

Jolyne Pepe


Jolyne has been a part of the Canterbury community for the past 5 years. Jolyne and her family have enjoyed and benefitted from the programs offered at the Association, and have met some wonderful people along the way. She decided to join the Canterbury Community Association for several important reasons. To begin, she has over 10 years experience in Developmental Services and she knows firsthand how much families in need benefit from the support and generosity of their community members, and more importantly, their area Community Center. Jolyne was also raised in a family that believed in, and participated actively, in community service and volunteering, and she has learned so much from these experiences.

Jolyne now has 2 daughters of her own, aged 4 and 2, and she wishes to instill the same values in them. By participating in the CCA, Jolyne can set the example for her kids and also give more of herself for her community. Jolyne was pleased to join the Executive Committee as Secretary, and enjoys working with her new colleagues.

Claude Lamarche


Claude has been the Treasurer of the Canterbury Community Association since July 2009.

Claude is a professional accountant, retired from the Canada Revenue Agency since the summer of 2007, after 33 years of service. Claude worked mostly on the audit programs, helped with important tax shelter legislation, and spent several years in the Rulings Directorate. He finished his career in Headquarters as the manager of the Tax Avoidance Program, on loan to the team that helped merge the Ontario corporate tax system with the federal tax system. Claude has a B. Com. from Ottawa U and an MA (Public Administration) from Carleton U.

In his retirement, Claude is happy to work with the Association to help provide for the community with daycare, recreational fitness, arts, and music programs.

John Brennan

Past President

John has been with the Association for close to 25 years, serving as President from August 2007 until June 2010. He had worked as a Systems Analyst in Public Works and Government Services Canada for over 32 years, before retiring in July 2005.

As President of the Association, John built on the solid foundation left by his predecessor, which recognized the need to provide our community with affordable programs and services for all age groups, easily accessible, and taught by knowledgeable and experienced instructors. John has worked diligently to promote the Association’s guiding principle, “for the community, by the community, and with the community”.

In John’s position as Past President, he brings background and the corporate memory of the Association to the current executive.

John also serves as Director of Finance.

Linda Searle

Program Administrator

Linda has been a resident of Alta Vista since 1988. Her sons attended the After School Program and Linda was an avid participant in the Fitness program. Linda later became a fitness instructor at the Centre after a 20 year career in Accounting. She became the Program Administrator in the winter of 2014. Along with her many duties as P.A. she continues to teach fitness several times a week at the Centre.


Sandra Cloutier

Director of Community Liaison

Sandra joined the Board of Directors in 2009 and took on the Community Liaison role in 2013.

Nancy Entwistle

Director of Nominations

Nancy grew up in Canterbury, married, bought a home and decided also to raise her 2 children in this community. Giving back by serving on parent councils, helping to coordinate the CCA’s playgroup for the past 22yrs, also volunteering for the Canterbury Soccer Club as equipment manager for 10yrs, and then joining the CCA Executive in 2007.

Lise De La Durantaye

Director of Francophone Relations

Lise joined the board in 2013 as a Member-at-Large, and took on the Role of Director of Francophone Relations at the AGM in October 2014. Lise is an active member of Grands-parents à l’écoute at Marie-Curie elementary school and, prior to moving to Ottawa, was on the boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters and of the Aberdeen Palliative Care Society of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.

Fabiana Sanna

Director of Scholarships

Fabiana joined the Association in June 2009 to be more actively involved with our youth. She has lived in the community since her family emigrated from Italy, and has attended the elementary, junior and high schools in the area. Fabiana has a son who enjoyed the sports and the after school program the community had to offer.

Christine Diguer

Director of Special Events

Christine moved into the area in 1994 and immediately started taking programs at the centre.  Her children have done many programs there over the years.  Her daughter has taken dance classes for over 15yrs and is now teaching some classes now.   Her husband and sons are very active in the Canterbury hockey association.  Christine has been going to playgroup for over 20 years and has been a coordinator for over 10 years.   In 2007 she decided to give back to her community and joined the board and in 2013 she took on the role of special events director where she has been part of organizing events like the Pumpkin Social, Breakfast with Santa, and the end of year dance recital.  She hopes to get involved in some new and exciting events in the coming years.



The following people serve on the executive committee as members-at-large:

Heather Maitland

Maria Onuferko

Robert Searle

Nancy Zettell

Sharon Lerher