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Our priority is the residents of rural Ottawa South. As such, we have a roster of experienced staff and dedicated board of directors, complemented by more than 250 volunteers to carry out the organization’s mission. Our works is made possible by funding from the Champlain LHIN, the City of Ottawa and United Way/Centraide Ottawa, as well as kindness and generosity of community sponsors and donors.

2016-17 Board of Directors

The ROSSS Board of Directors is made up of representatives from the communities we serve, with approximately 90% of the members being senior adults themselves. Members bring a range of expertise, with backgrounds in health, finance, social services or senior’s issues. As active members of the community, they are well-positioned to connect with our clients and ensure our programming is meeting their needs. The Board of Directors meets monthly and sub-committees meet regularly throughout the year. 

Martin Luce, Chair
From 1986 to 1998, Martin established, staffed and managed the Canarctic Shipping Company, a government/industry joint venture, to move mineral concentrates and crude oil out of the Canadian High Arctic. Martin retired as president upon the sale of the company in 1998. In that same year, he began volunteering with Rideau Township Community Services, being elected to the Board Of Directors in 2001 and serving as president for three years. In 2008, Martin was awarded with a United Way Ottawa Community Builder Award for volunteer services to the community. In 2011, Martin led the merger of Rideau Community Support Services and Osgoode Home Support Program to form Rural Ottawa South Support Services, and negotiated the incorporation of rural Goulbourne into ROSSS. In 2013, Martin accepted the position of chair with the ROSSS Board of Directors.

Doug Anderson, Treasurer
Doug is a financial planner with an office in Manotick, having opened the local Edward Jones, then moving to Armstrong and Quaile in 2001.  Doug enjoys his volunteer career, especially when lending his time to community based organizations such as ROSSS. He has been on the ROSSS Board of Directors for several years and currently serves as treasurer. In keeping with his dedication, Doug also serves as the treasurer of St. Andrews United Church in Metcalfe, a role he has held since 1995; is a long-standing member of the Manotick Kiwanis Club; is a member of the boards of the Metcalfe Agricultural Society (since 2005) and Metcalfe’s Shroomfest (since 2006).

Non-Voting: Mary Acton-Bond


Gary Pluim

Dianne Pritchard

Carolyn Seabrook

Patricia Siwanowicz

Richmond (Rich) Wilson

Phil Byrne

JC Dupuy

John Collins

Philip Dudgeon

Don Hickey


Community Outreach, Volunteer &
Development Manager


Mary Acton, Executive Director

Having grown up in the Manotick area, Mary feels very much at home with ROSSS. After leading volunteer coordination and fund-raising, Mary assumed the executive director
role. She brought with her a new strategic plan
for ROSSS and meaningful developments for
our  community.


Sam Drinnan, Logistics Manager

After joining the ROSSS team to develop a new training curriculum, Sam took leadership of customer care, transportation, finance and payroll. He's a dedicated connection builder
in the community and beyond.


Cindy Powell, Home Support Manager

A vocal advocate for seniors, Cindy is a former registered nurse and worked in community support for the last 10 years. She helps ensure seniors can access the support services they need to age safely and independently at home.