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Our priority are 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 are 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. 

John Collins, Chair

Martin Luce, Past Chair

Dianne Pritchard, Second Vice-Chair

Phil Byrne, Treasurer

Mary Acton-Bond, Executive Director (Non-Voting)

Marjory LeBreton, Honorary Chair


Gary Pluim

Carolyn Seabrook

Jean Charles (JC) Dupuy

Herb Lagois

JC Dupuy

Philip Dudgeon

Richmond (Rich) Wilson

Patricia Siwanowicz

Doug Anderson


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.