2019-2020

Executive

Elizabeth McAllister

President and Strategy Sub Committee Lead
Elizabeth McAllister served in leadership positions in the international development community for over 30 years. From 1997 to 2005, she was a senior executive for the World Bank in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the World Bank, she held executive positions in the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Elizabeth now enjoys an active practice in international development focusing on organizational strategy and results based management. Her clients include international organizations such as the World Bank, The Consultative Group for International Agriculture and UN organizations.

Elizabeth is a recipient of awards for community service and leadership, including a 1994 Governor General’s Commemorative Medal and for work with organizations serving people with autism. She is a graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (MPA) and the University of New Brunswick.

Elizabeth recently joined MPCA and plays an active role in leading strategic growth of the Association.  When not donating her time to her various initiatives and clients, Elizabeth and her husband, Frank Koller, spend time enjoying their renovated home which happens to be the home where Frank grew up!

Sébastien LaRochelle-Côté

Past President
A native of Quebec City, Sébastien has always loved Manor Park and has played a very active role in the community for over 10 years.  When he is not attending the many community activities he is involved with, Sébastien is Editor-in-Chief of a magazine focussing on social research at StatsCan.  Prior to joining MPCA, he also played a very active role as a volunteer with the Beechwood Village Alliance as well as Catholic Family Services Ottawa.

Adam Robb

Vice President
Adam moved to Ottawa in 1997 and discovered Manor Park the following year while playing recreational baseball. He’s been a resident since 2000 and has volunteered his time with neighbourhood organizations including the MPCA, May Fair, and OEMHA. An engineer by education, he works as an IT security consultant for the Federal Government.

Diana Poitras

Secretary / Treasurer

Diana and her husband David have lived in Manor Park for nearly 40 years, purchasing their home from its original owner. Manor Park is where they raised their two daughters and where she volunteered as a Girl Guide and Brownie leader for many years. Diana is very active with St. Columba Anglican Church located in Manor Park and enjoys being part of the Church choir. Now retired, Diana spent 37 years with Legal Services at the City of Ottawa. Family and animals have always played a huge part in her life and she happily shares her home with David and five (indoor) rescue cats. As a proud and supportive Nana of her four grandchildren, Diana spends much of her time at ringette, hockey, soccer, rugby and baseball games – not to mention dance recitals and concerts.

Members at Large & Sub Committees

Debra Sharpe

Member at Large
With three dogs in tow (at the time), Debra relocated from Toronto to Ottawa on April 30, 2007, after having spent many weekend treks to Ottawa and the Gatineau Hills to garden with a good friend. A creative industry staffing and recruitment veteran, Debra’s goal was to continue to represent creative and marketing professionals and open the 2nd office of Creative Niche, now a global workforce management organization. When making the decision to relocate to Ottawa (Manor Park), there were only a few pre-requisites:  1) bungalow house; 2) quiet neighborhood; 3) near horses and water.  And magically, they all came through with the move to Manor Park.  With a background in project management, marketing and an entrepreneurial spirit, Debra joined the Manor Park Community Association right in the middle of the “Stop the Bridge” activities.  Let’s say it was a busy time!  After 10 years in Manor Park, this community is truly home for this passionate gardener and her 4-year-old Doodle, Gracie.

Natalie Belovic

Strategy Sub-Committee
For over 20 years Manor Park has been home and Natalie Belovic and her partner, Rick, and their three children. Of all the neighbourhoods Natalie could choose in Ottawa, she selected Manor Park as the best place to put down roots and raise a family. Having grown up in Old Ottawa South and always having focused her real estate practice in the urban core of the city, Manor Park spoke to her and partner, Rick, as a wonderful, caring, old fashioned kind of neighbourhood where kids play in the street, and neighbours know and look out for one another. The community is a perfect blend of the best of urban and suburban living.  Both Natalie and her husband have been involved in the community through Manor Park Community Council, Manor Park Community Association, coaching various sports, and on the school Council for Trille des Bois liaising between the school and the community.

Tommy Bayer

Development Review Sub Committee

Tommy has 20 years experience in urban and rural development, land administration and governance gained in private, public and academic service. He started working as a land surveyor in the Office of the SG in Namibia, joined a private survey practice and in 2000 joined the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). Tommy served as the Head of Department: Land and Property Science (DLPS) at NUST and was the project leader for several multinational projects funded by the Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Use (SASSCAL) and Monitoring of the Environment for Security in Africa (MESA), the Network of Excellence in Land Governance for Africa (NELGA) . He also served as the Chair of the Namibia National Land Reform Forum (2012 – 2015), and was the Chair for the Sanlam Real Estate Fund (SREF) (2012 – 2015).

Having recently moved to Canada, Tommy settled with his wife and two little girls in Manor Park in July 2019. The family was impressed by the friendly nature of the neighbourhood, the convenient access to schools, parks, riverfront and the relative proximity of downtown. As a family the Bayers like the convenient access to cycling routes right on our doorstep. They look forward to exploring more of the Canadian outdoors and would like to make a contribution to the neighbourhood and society where they live.

John Pallascio

Member at Large / Development Review Sub Committee

John has 30 plus years experience serving large organizations as senior legal advisor. The focus of his public and private sector work experience has been in the area of export trade, supporting Canadian companies grow their exports and operations in global markets. His professional activities have also focused on corporate governance and he is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. John is currently a member of the Board of AIESEC Canada, past Board roles include the Ottawa Mission, the Forum For Young Canadians, L’Arche Ottawa, and the MPCA.

John Forsey

Transportation & Safety Sub Committee
John and his wife Gisèle became familiar with Manor Park when their young sons (now in their late twenties and thirties) played Park League soccer.  They soon fell in love with the mature trees and quiet streets and moved to Kilbarry Crescent in 1999.

John first joined the MPCA Board in 2004 and served as President in 2009-2011. It was an interesting time during which the NCC’s Kettle Island Bridge proposal presented a major threat for the community. Following the end of his term, John chaired the MPCA Bridge Committee. After a couple of years away from the Board, John rejoined and now chairs the Transportation Committee. His interests include safety issues and seeing Manor Park and Ottawa evolve for people and not for cars.  Recently retired, John is a professional engineer who spent his 43-year career in the communications satellite industry.

Derek Taylor

Member at Large / Manor Park Chronicle


One year after emigrating to Canada from the UK, Derek moved to Manor Park in 1999 with his partner Fiona. Both their children attended Manor Park Public School, and all members of the family have been active members of the community, through the school and the Manor Park Community Council. For the past twenty years, Derek has been a Mathematics Teacher in the Senior School at Ashbury College. During his time at Ashbury, he has coached several sports, including soccer and ultimate. Derek enjoys golf, tennis, and running in the warmer months and resorts to skating on the canal and cross-country skiing to survive the Canadian winter.

Sheilagh McLean

Environment & Garden Sub Committee

Sheilagh moved to the Highlands in Manor Park twenty-three years ago. She loves the “best of both worlds” location for its quiet, trees and access to parks and bikeways while still being central for travel.

She is passionate about sustainability, both for the environment and for human wellness. She’s been a yoga teacher for over 10 years, now teaching specialized Svaroopa yoga classes at her home. Recently Sheilagh became active with organizations promoting resilience in the face of climate change.

Her 33 year federal government career was in human resources, with a focus on leadership and organizational effectiveness development. She worked for Health and Welfare Canada, the Canadian International Development Agency and the Public Service Commission.

Mary Hickman

Community Outreach Sub Committee

Mary Hickman and her husband David Goldfield grew up in Ottawa and have always considered this home. They first moved to Manor Park in 1998 and discovered that it was a great place to raise their son, an area with both beautiful natural surroundings and with an amazing community spirit.

Their family has had recent work opportunities and adventures in Latin America but have always been drawn back to this old charming neighborhood and Canada.

Both Mary and David have had previous community experience in Manor Park having served on the board and various committees. Mary has returned to The Board in the Position of Community Outreach and leads a committee that serves the vulnerable populations within our community.

Mary has a background teaching with different School Boards. She has taught in a Special Education Program for truant adolescents and ESL in The LINC Program, to New Immigrants to Canada. In addition, Mary has extensive experience working with various community groups both in the capacity of Events Planning and Program Development.

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