Board of Directors

CO-CHAIR – Laurie Rail
Laurie Rail first came to BFO in August of 2000 to attend her first Support and Share night. Years later, Laurie became certified as a Grief Facilitator and Grief Educator, having received designations through the Canadian Mental Health Institute, the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute, and Edu-Therapy. Laurie will be continuing further grief facilitation training with the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute, and is presently completing certification in Crises and Trauma Response. As a project management consultant for over 25 years, Laurie also has extensive experience in managing large scale informatics projects, with emphasis on planning and implementation, as well as change and risk management.

CO-CHAIR – Pat Captain
Pat Captain first came to BFO in November, 2012 after the death of her husband Jacques to melanoma. She retired from Human Resources and Development Canada after 30 years of service, of which 15 were in various management positions. Her skills sets include: Change Management, Group Facilitation, Partnership Building, Grants and Contributions and Labour Market Programming. Her volunteer work with BFO started in the fall of 2013 and involved proposal writing, partnership development and business planning. She joined the board in April 2015.

SECRETARY – Doug Cargo
Doug Cargo came to BFO after losing his wife Carol to cancer in 2004. Having learned and benefited first-hand from BFO’s programs, he decided to become of group facilitator for the support-and-share programs before eventually joining the Board of Directors in 2010. Doug completed a B. Eng degree at the Royal Military College and subsequently worked in various positions with the Canadian Air Force. Since finishing up with the military, he has worked as a consultant for various firms in the field of Technical Airworthiness.

TREASURER – Jane Davey
Jane Davey first came to BFO requiring support after the death of her daughter in 2004. She returned years later as a trained a group facilitator. For the newly bereaved, there is value in knowing the facilitators have experienced a similar loss, worked through their grief and been able to turn their world right side up. Jane’s passion is to use her gift of experience and the knowledge gained from facilitating to bring hope and healing to the newly bereaved. Jane’s education and work life is in accounting. She has 20+ years experience working in various accounting functions. She is currently a Financial Analyst with the Ottawa Airport Authority.

VOLUNTEER LIAISON – Gillian Sullivan
Gillian Sullivan started attending BFO programs in 2012 to help cope with the deaths of her parents, husband and close friend. She joined the Board of Directors in September 2016. She is a retired federal public servant with experience in senior management and project management. For the past year, she has co-facilitated Support-and-Share Day and Night groups, and Loss of Spouse and Parent-Youth Art Therapy closed groups.

TECHNOLOGY – Matthew Keogh
Matthew Keogh first came to the organization to learn to cope with the grief of losing his sister back in 2004. Matthew is a trained facilitator and since 2012 facilitates the Support-and-Share Night programs, and the Youth Closed Group. He joined the Board of Directors in 2016. Matthew works as a forest firefighter for the Ministry of Natural Resources and has varied work and volunteer experiences that have given him the ability to perform many of the technological, event organizing, and volunteer coordination tasks he performs.