The Board

Jack McCarthy – President

Jack McCarthy retired in 2016 after 27 years of service as Executive Director of the Somerset West Community Health Centre in Ottawa. During his tenure he oversaw two major capital projects and assisted in developing a range of community health programs tailored to the needs of vulnerable populations. Food security, affordable housing, support to refugees, and harm reduction programs are some of the issues that he has been passionate about over the years. His voice on healthy public policy issues has been heard at local, provincial, national and international forums.

Jacqueline Tumusiime – Vice President

Jacqueline Tumusiime is a federal public service employee with Health Canada and previously Statistics Canada. She brings over 20 years of employment and volunteer experience in the nonprofit sector. Jacqueline has served on various Canadian NGO committees, namely, International Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD), and contributed to the publication -ICAD’s Guide to Twinning for HIV/AIDS Organizations “Beyond Our Borders”. She has coordinated health awareness campaigns within immigrant communities in Toronto and Ottawa. Her passion for global humanitarian causes stretches to her birthplace- Uganda, as she continues to work towards a positive impact in the lives of the vulnerable and marginalized.

Rick Morello – Treasurer

Rick Morello has been actively involved as a volunteer with a variety of Ottawa based organizations like the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO), University of Ottawa grad student mentoring program, Action Sandy Hill (ASH), L’Ecole Francojeunesse and Project 4000. Prior to his retirement, Rick held a variety of technical, consulting and management positions in the telecom industry. His employment experience ranges from tech start-ups to large international telecom organizations with a focus on product development, manufacturing, product and project management and consulting activities. Rick has worked overseas and managed services and products for customers worldwide. He holds an MBA from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Engineering from McMaster University.

Caroline Marshall – Director

Caroline has been working in public policy for over 10 years, from municipal to international levels. She began her career with Ottawa Public Health, working on pandemic preparedness, evaluation, and performance management. She has also worked in mental health policy and infectious disease policy for the governments of Queensland and Ontario, respectively. She’s currently a Senior Health Policy Advisor for a non-profit organization based in Ottawa, advocating for global health and nutrition policies and funding.

Shauna Devlin – Director

Shauna Devlin earned a B.Sc. in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa. She has over 10 years of experience working in Exercise Rehabilitation where she was responsible for providing therapeutic exercise programs as well as assessing bracing needs for clients. During this time, Shauna learned first-hand how optimizing someone’s mobility allows them to increase their independence. She has now transitioned into a new profession and is pleased to utilize her rehabilitation expertise through CanUgan.

Amanda Cox – Director

Amanda Cox works in the Access to Information Division of Health Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Industrial Design, and a Master of Interdisciplinary Design (with a focus on International Development) from Carleton University in Ottawa. During her master’s thesis, Amanda’s research focused on income-generation for people with mobility impairments in rural Uganda (in partnership with KADUPEDI). After graduating, Amanda worked in the field of international development, with placements in Ghana, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Bolivia, before joining the federal public service.

Tess Fremont-Cote – Director

Tess is passionate about three things: public policy, communications and accessibility. As a federal public servant, she works to remove barriers to shape and promote accessible services for Canadians. She believes in the positive contributions of persons with disabilities in society, and dreams of a fully inclusive world. In her spare time, Tess volunteers for Citizen Advocacy – an Ottawa organization that supports the full community participation of people with disabilities – and cares for her dad, who has multiple sclerosis. She holds a BComm in Finance from McGill University and an MSc. Public Policy and Health Systems from the University of Edinburgh.

Moses Yorke – Director

Born and raised in the Eastern district of Tororo, Uganda, Moses holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Development Studies from Makerere University Kampala, Uganda. With a profound passion for vulnerable groups of people, he has worked and volunteered for non-profit organisations such as Radio Maria Kampala. There he volunteered as a radio host and producer for the youth perspectives program. In 2011, he moved to Canada and began to pursue a diploma program in Development Leadership at Saint Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia. In 2012, he moved and settled in Ottawa, Ontario where he continues to work and volunteer for non-profit organisations such as the Pinecrest Queensway Community Health Centre. In 2016, while pursuing a second diploma in Office Administration and Health Services at Algonquin College, he worked at Somerset West Community Health Centre as a data entry clerk. In 2018 he became CanUgan’s first employee, filling the role of administrative assistant on a part-time contract. Since then he has continued to volunteer his time with CanUgan and is currently the assistant human resources coordinator at Somerset West Community Health Centre.