Our Board of Directors


Bernice Wilson

Position: Chair

Ms. Wilson recently retired as National President of Natural Resources Union, a Component of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, an elected position she held from 1990. She was previously employed by the Legal Surveys Division of the Department of Natural Resources and managed the Plans Ratification Process and the Canada Lands Surveys Records. As well, she is involved in community outreach work and served on the Women’s Auxiliary of the Royal Canadian Legion.


Peter Tilley    

Position:  Vice Chair

Peter Tilley has been the Executive Director of the Ottawa Mission since June 2013. The Mission is one of Ottawa’s oldest yet most progressive downtown shelters for the homeless, providing a full range of services to the less fortunate in our community.

Before his Mission directorship, Peter served 14 years as the Executive Director of the Ottawa Food Bank, leading that organization to its recognition as one of Canada’s most visible and most respected food banks.

Peter, a graduate (1984) of the Business Administration program at Algonquin College, has also worked as a manager in the recruitment industry and as a senior manager in the hotel industry. He teaches the Introduction to Non-Profit Management course at Algonquin on weekends.

Peter was a 2012 Ontario Premier Award nominee and was recently recognized as Algonquin’s Alumnus of the Year. He is the proud father of 19-year-old daughter Samantha, whom he has raised as a single parent since age five.


Jacques V. Chartrand

Position: Treasurer

Mr. Chartrand has been executive director of West End Legal Services of Ottawa since 1989. He provides legal services in the realm of poverty law particularly in disability cases, social assistance, and housing. He appears before administrative tribunals and Appeal Courts.


Patti Bordeleau

Position: Secretary

Prior to her retirement, Patti was the Director General, Labour Relations and Compensation at the Canada Border Services Agency.  Patti has extensive experience in the human resources field in the Federal Public Service, including compensation, occupational health and safety, classification and labour relations.   Since Patti’s retirement in September 2011, she has served as a coach/mentor in the field of labour relations in public service organizations.

Patti has a Bachelor of Arts, with Distinction, in Law from Carleton University.


Dale Kimmett P. Eng.

Position:  Director

Dale Kimmett is a Professional Engineer, consultant and former federal government executive. Since retiring from Environment Canada in 2000, Dale has been providing environmental and management consulting services through Kimmett Environmental Consulting. During his 35-year career, Dale has worked in most regions of Canada and has represented Canada on various federal, federal-provincial and international boards and committees.


Mr Phil Armstrong, B.A. Hons. M.A., CFL1 Trainer, SGX Coach

Position:  Director

Proudly sober since 2007, Phil embarked on his journey of sobriety as a client at Newgate 180. Phil is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Strongbars Nutrition Incorporated.   Phil is passionate about his recovery and strongly advocates physical exercise as a pillar of recovery. Phil is an obstacle race fanatic and is ranked among the top athletes within his age group in Canada.  In the off-season, Phil works as a professor of Economics at Heritage College in Gatineau, Quebec.


Martti Lahtinen

Position:  Director

Martti, who worked as an Ottawa Citizen copy editor for 22 years, crossed the line of denial in 2006 — admitting to his alcohol addiction — and entered the Newgate 180 treatment program via a client-corporate connection with the Ottawa Citizen, his employer at the time. The caring Newgate staff showed him the education-based path to sobriety, which he has sustained. Newgate later honoured Martti with an invitation to the Board of Directors, his being able to “talk the talk” after “walking the walk” overshadowing his admitted but improving limitations in the business of overseeing the Newgate operations. At the outset, it was Newgate that pointed Martti in the right direction. He has not looked back.


Deborah Brooks, B.A., ICCDP

Position: Director

Deborah has been involved with Newgate 180 for over a decade in varying capacities. She started as continuing care counsellor working with people during the residential portion of the program and in the following 11 months out in community. She then helped start and develop the Women’s Centre becoming Director of the Women’s Program. More recently, she works at Sand

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