The Olde Forge Community Resource Centre is a non-profit charitable organization in the west-end of Ottawa. We offer quality programs and services to seniors and adults with disabilities living in their own homes. We support and encourage independence and community involvement.

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The Olde Forge Board of Directors is dedicated to providing governance and strategic vision to advance the organizations goals and  to further our reach into the community which we serve.

Meet Our Directors

Alistair Hensler. Alistair was elected to the Chair in June, 2016, having served for two years as Vice Chair. He is retired from a senior position with the RCMP/CSIS. Alistair has been a volunteer driver for the Forge, and has been instrumental in arranging events such as the Forge Fall Expo and the Barry and the Blasters Concert.

Rod Vanier. Rod was elected Vice Chair in June, 2016, having served a Board Member for two years. He is a senior legal partner in Landry, Vanier Associates, and currently serves on the boards of organisations that include the Queensway-Carleton Hospital, the Nepean Chamber of Commerce, and the South Nepean Rotary Club.

Liddell Malan-Bennett: Currently Treasurer of the Board for the Olde Forge, Liddell is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA) with 23 years International and Canadian experience in Finance and Accounting.  Born in South Africa, she moved to Canada in 1997 with her Canadian husband and has been calling Canada her home since then.

Jodi Jennings: Jodi has served as Secretary to the Board for the past 16 months. Jodi now chairs this year’s major fund-raising effort for the Forge, the Forge Fall Expo. For the past three years, Jodi has been Special Assistant to Ottawa’s Deputy Mayor, Mark Taylor. Prior to that appointment, Jodi spent seven years in television program production, including script and speech writing.

Carol Doyle: Carol has just become Past Chair on the Forge Board, having served two terms as Chair. Carol has been a volunteer driver for the Forge for over 12 years, and has been very involved for three years in the production of the annual Forge Fall Expo.

Alessandro Colonnier: a native of Ottawa, Alessandro graduated in Law in Melbourne, Australia, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2012. His other community involvement includes the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s ‘Run for the Cure’, and service as a panelist for Resolution Canada, hearing disputes of domain-name registrations.

Ralph Pereira: Ralph has been a devoted volunteer at the Forge for many years, and has been especially active in support of the Grocery Bus program. He is a retired Electrical Engineer, and speaks English, French, Portuguese, Urdu, and Hindi.

Joel VanSnick: Joel joins the Olde Forge Board after 36 years’ service with the Canadian Armed Forces, including 21 years in leadership roles as a senior NCO. He is currently a Zone Commander of the Royal Canadian Legion, and has spent 15 years as a Leader in Scouting.

Janet Whillans: Janet’s career spanned over 40 years in the community services sector, with a focus on Community Development. She was instrumental in the creation of Successful Aging Ottawa, a broad coalition of partners including seniors, the Ottawa Hospital Regional Geriatric Program, MOH, the University of Ottawa, and the City of Ottawa.


Dedicated, professional staff are available to assist clients in all aspects of services offered and to advocate for clients seeking services that enable them to remain independent in their community.

Meet Our Staff

Sue Walker
Executive Director
Phone extension: 224

Karen Toll
Coordinator, Community Support Service
Home Help & Respite Program
Friendly Visiting Program
Phone extension: 227

Christie May
Coordinator, Community Support Service
Transportation to Medical Appointments
Grocery Bus Program
Phone extension: 231

Vanessa Jackson
Coordinator, Day Program
Luncheon Program
Phone extension: 223

Deborah Cowen
Assistant Program Coordinator
Day Program

Elizabeth Parcher
Volunteer Coordinator
Home Maintenance & Snow Go Programs
Phone extension: 226

Dawn Rodger
Director of Development & Community Relations
Phone extension: 225

Effie Vaicoussis
Recreation Program
Phone extension: 228

Mitra Ghaffari
Assistant Program Coordinator
Recreation Program
Phone extension: 233


Volunteers assist us in providing a wide range of high quality programs and services to all of our clients. They are a truly welcome resource and greatly valued addition to our dynamic Olde Forge team.

Help Volunteer

The Olde Forge is dependent upon it’s volunteers to continue to provide quality programs and services to all of our clients throughout our catchment area. Volunteers provide support in the following areas:


Board of Directors

Medical Transportation



Adult Day Program

Income Tax Preparation

Special Events

If you are interested in volunteering with the Olde Forge please visit our Get Involved section of this website to complete an application form.