Ottawa Victim Services (OVS) provides emotional support, practical assistance, referrals and advocacy to individuals who have been victimized as a result of a crime or tragic circumstance, without judgment in order to lessen the impact of victimization. OVS is a community-based agency committed to treating individuals with courtesy, compassion and with respect for their dignity, privacy and diversity.

About Us


Matthew Kennedy

Matt Kennedy is the current Board Chair of Ottawa Victim Services (OVS). Since joining the agency in 2007, Matt has also served as a volunteer Victim Support Worker and Team Lead.

Meagan O’Hare-Gordon

Meagan holds a Masters of Arts degree from the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa. She has worked for government, non-profits, and has supported clients on the frontlines.

Harpreet Kaur

Harpreet Kaur Hunjan currently serves as Treasurer role at Ottawa Victim Services (OVS) since September 2022. She is a Senior Financial Analyst is at Ottawa Police Service which is an active community partner of OVS.

Ingrid Gingras

Ingrid has more than 15 years of experience in non-profit communications and marketing. She is a part-time professor of marketing and advertising at Algonquin College, is currently completing her Masters in Digital Marketing.

Doug Macklem

Doug is a senior software engineer employed at Export Development Canada. He is the survivor of an elaborate romance fraud. Doug suffers from cerebral palsy and met a romantic interest online in 2004.

Jooris Nndongozi

On July 5, 2021, Looris Tyson Nndongozi was shot and killed in Lowertown simply for being in the wrong place, at the wrong time.

Heather Lachine

Heather has been a police officer for 28 years. She began with the OPP and in 1999 joined the Ottawa Police Service. She has worked in various positions including Patrol, Community Policing, Human Resources and the Partner Assault Unit.

Sarah Johnson-Way

Sarah Johnston-Way has more than 10 years experience working in the public sector on policies and programs related to victimization and the criminal justice system, including roles in policy development and analysis with the Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime, Public Safety Cana

Sandy Wooley

Sandy Wooley joined the OVS Board of Directors in October 2022. Sandy recently retired from her position as Executive Director of the Nepean, Rideau, and Osgoode Community Resource Centre (NROCRC) serving from 2008 to September 2020.

Staff / Board

Executive Director - Heidi Illingworth
613-238-2762 ext 222


Ottawa Victim Services receives funding from the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services