Meet the Members

New board members were elected at our September 2021 Annual General Meeting. Here are the current board members:

Mireille BrownhillPresident My family moved to Orléans from Blackburn Hamlet in 2001, and we’ve loved it here ever since! We’ve lived in Convent Glen since 2005.  I joined the board of the CGOWCA to become involved in our community, to help develop relationships between neighbours, create new traditions and help bolster ongoing activities.  I’ve been involved in school activities for my three sons and I am a current volunteer at the Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre (OCCRC) and Helping With Furniture. Social justice and access to resources are my jam.

Josée Thibault – Vice-President A Franco-Ontarian from Northern Ontario, I moved to Ottawa in 1999 to attend university.  I have lived in the Convent Glen – Orléans Wood area since 2004. I have two children and a dog with whom I am often out and about walking, biking, or cross-country skiing. I joined the CGOWCA Board of Directors to get more involved in this wonderful community and support local initiatives.

Gary BradshawTreasurer I have lived in the Orléans-Convent Glen area now for over fifteen years. Recently I introduced a new initiative called Cycling Without Age to the city beginning in 2016. This program involves volunteers taking the time to take local  seniors out for bike rides from various senior residences.  I am big believer and supporter of giving back to our community and would love to see more of our CGOWCA residents involved in our community.  I am looking to try and build strong relationships between residents, businesses and other community groups in the area through events and good communication.

Toby Bossert – Co-secretary –  I moved to Convent Glen in 2013 and I was amazed at how much green space we have. For someone who grew up in the country, it felt like home.  Where I grew up we had a very vibrant community with lots of events. I see that same community spirit here in Orléans. I joined the community association board because I would like to do everything I can to nurture it and bring people together.  I also ran as one of the candidates in the recent Ward 1 election. I ran because I care about the community and I wanted to make sure we had a hard-working representative.

Shannon Tessier – Co-secretary Born and raised in Halifax, NS, I first moved to Ottawa in 2005 to attend university. I have lived in Convent Glen since 2017 with my husband, two daughters and our dog. You’ll often find me at one of the local playgrounds or out walking my dog. I decided to join the CGOWCA in order to become more involved in the community, which I am happy to call home. Over the years I have volunteered through various community and work-related organisations mostly centered around mental health initiatives and youth homelessness.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Board, please write to us at


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