Our Board of Directors

Sylvia Cesaratto (President, Executive Committee (Chair), AGM Committee, Fundraising Committee)

Sylvia is a multilingual senior executive with the federal government. As a career Canadian diplomat, Sylvia has represented Canada overseas for most of her career, including four foreign assignments over three continents, most recently as Canada’s Ambassador to Panama. Sylvia has acquired extensive experience in delivering Canada’s foreign policy and international business development priorities with solid abilities in international relations, strategic policy planning and analysis, and program development, management and delivery. She has a proven track record in leading multicultural and multifunctional teams to deliver results on behalf of Canadian clients (government, business, citizens), and corporate experience in change management, human resources and media relations. Sylvia has served on the executive of the Canada-Belgium Bilateral Chamber of Commerce and as honorary President of the Panama-Canada Bilateral Chamber.


Karen Sagle (Vice President, Executive Committee, Advocacy Committee)

Karen works in the Major Sports Event department of Sport Canada, and she is also the owner of a wedding and event planning company in Ottawa which launched in 2011. In addition to her professional work, Karen has been competing as a curler since the age of 5. She is a five-time Ontario champion, and has twice represented Ontario at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, once in 2016 and again in 2018.  Karen is also an active volunteer—in addition to her Board roles with Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa, she as a member of the Canadian Olympic Committee’s #OneTeam Initiative and the You Can Play Regional Board, which both aim to promote inclusivity for LGBTQ+ athletes in sport within Canada.


Lynn Frappier (Executive Committee, Human Resources Committee (Chair))

Lynn is a Labour Relations Advisor and a Master Integral CoachTM. She has over 16 years’ experience in human resources in the areas of organizational development, coaching, employee relations, instructional design and delivery, and change management. She received a B. Soc.Sc. in Criminology and Sociology (University of Ottawa) and first volunteered with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa shortly after graduating.  An active volunteer, she has been fortunate to work with the Ottawa Lifers’ Liaison Group at the University of Ottawa, Ottawa Therapy Dogs, the 2014 VDay production of the Vagina Monologues and the Discovery University program managed The Ottawa Mission.


Cara Harder (Treasurer, Executive Committee, Finance Committee (Chair))

Cara is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) who moved to Ottawa just over two years ago to accept the position of Director of Finance and Accounting with CARE Canada; a large Ottawa-based INGO.   Cara has over twenty years’ experience in finance in a diverse range of industries.   Her areas of expertise are financial analysis and reporting, strategy and leadership.   She also manages her accounting practice, which gives her the opportunity to help local entrepreneurs achieve their business goals.


Diana Majury (Executive Committee, Advocacy Committee, CAEFS and CEFSO Liaison, President of CAEFS)

Diana is a professor in the Law Department at Carleton University. Her areas of research, teaching and activism include human rights, equality theory and practice, criminal law, violence against women and women’s health. She has worked extensively with the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) and with the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) since they began. She is formerly a member of the Women’s Court of Canada and a member of the Content Advisory Committee for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.


Sarah Tait (Secretary, Executive Committee, Advocacy Committee)

Sarah holds a PhD in Criminology from Cambridge University, an MA in Criminology from the University of Toronto, and a BA in Women’s Studies from McGill University. Her doctoral research compared experiences of care from prisoner and staff perspectives in a men’s and a women’s prison. Prior to her PhD, she worked as a researcher on a large-scale evaluation of suicide prevention programs in prisons in England and Wales, and consulted for prison managers on staff quality of life. Earlier in her career, she worked at the K-W Sexual Assault Support Centre as the Volunteer Training Manager. She is currently a full-time at-home parent.


Ayan Alas (Fundraising Committee (Chair))

Ayan immigrated to Canada in her teens and lives in Ottawa.  She is passionate about improving the lives of women and is looking to get a deeper appreciation of the work of the Elizabeth Fry Society in the Ottawa community. Ayan has over 10 years of Non-profit experience with a focus in Community Engagement. She currently works at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Ayan is proud to engage people who are interested in making a difference in the lives of women and youth and helps them build meaningful relationships through philanthropy.


Susan Hempinstall (Advocacy Committee)

Susan is an Information Technology professional with 20+ years of experience in public and private industry. Susan has a PhD from the University of Ottawa. Her community service contributions include: mentoring youth in the areas of education and career planning and creating and facilitating critical thinking workshops for adults and seniors. Susan has a Philosophical Consultancy practice in Ottawa.


Andrea Loder (Human Resources Committee)

Andrea is a Human Resources Advisor who has worked in various aspects of the Human Resources field in both the private and public sectors for the past 15 years. She obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration from Memorial University (Newfoundland) and a Certificate in Labour Relations (Algonquin College). She currently works as a Human Resources Advisor within the Federal Public Service.


Kaitlin Mackenzie (Advocacy Committee)

Kaitlin has an extensive background in feminist legal studies and is passionate about improving access to justice for vulnerable groups. She obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa, where she was employed as a caseworker at the University’s Community Legal Clinic and exclusively represented women victims of violence. Kaitlin has worked with numerous not-for-profit organizations that advance women’s equality and strengthen human rights protections in Canada, such as the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD), Canada Without Poverty (CWO), and West Coast Leaf (LEAF).


Craig Mracek (Advocacy Committee (Chair), Finance Committee)

Craig works as a human rights lawyer and entrepreneur. He has experience working in each of the public, private and non-profit sectors, primarily in management positions. He has extensive experience working with various boards, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Kiwanis. Craig’s skills focus on strategic planning, finance and change management. In his spare time he loves training for and competing in triathlons.


Nicole Tuczynski (Fundraising Committee)

Nicole Tuczynski has dedicated many years throughout her academic career to working in politics at both the provincial and federal levels. She has recently transitioned from working on Parliament Hill to a policy role in the Federal Public Service. Nicole is near completion of a LL.M from the University of Ottawa, where she has been concentrating in International Law and Health Law and Policy. She holds a Master’s in Political Science and an Honours Bachelor of Arts specializing in Political Science, both obtained from Western University. Nicole takes pride in the Ottawa community and has been an active volunteer in areas specifically surrounding women’s issues, equality and rights. She has been fortunate to dedicate her time to working with the Cornerstone Women’s Shelter over the years.

Allana Marie Haist (Fundraising Committee)

Dr. Allana Marie Haist is a social justice advocate with a diverse background combining entrepreneurship, non-profit work, and academia. Her experience includes founding start-ups, business planning, proposal writing, research, teaching, and advocacy. Her greatest accomplishment is having raised a courageous and strong-spirited daughter. She aims to assist other women in having a voice and is ready to fight for their dignity.

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