Improving Quality of Life

Operational Staff

Dr. Dugald Seely, ND, M.Sc.

Founder & Executive Director

 

Sarah Young, MA, Dip., ST

Programs and Outreach Coordinator

SarahUpon completion of an MA from the University of Toronto and a two-year full-time diploma in eastern medicine, Sarah ran a busy on-site corporate wellness company providing educational and complementary therapy programs for businesses in the GTA, with a focus on naturopathic medicine and shiatsu therapy. In conjunction, Sarah worked with the research team at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine focusing on environmental medicine and public health policy as it intersects with cancer control. In the lead up to opening the doors at the OICC, Sarah helped produce the feasibility study for the creation of the OICC and established partnerships amongst cancer stakeholders in Ottawa.

As Outreach and Program Coordinator for the OICC, Sarah develops and maintains partnerships with cancer stakeholders, works alongside OICC therapists to create dynamic programming for people living with cancer, and liases with patients to help educate and enrich their lives. Sarah co-facilitates the B4B Head Start program for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer, which runs bi-monthly, and helps women to manage their fears and anxieties, create support networks, and learn how best to use integrative therapies to better their health outcomes. This program provides workshops in: cancer navigation, integrative therapies, the role of nutrition and exercise, decision-making, relationships, prevention of recurrence, and the role of the environment. Many of these workshops are offered as singular seminars for all forms of cancer on an on-going monthly basis. Fundraising is fast becoming part of Sarah’s job description as the need to fund these innovative programs increases. 


Heidi Vincent, MBA

Marketing, Communications and Public Relations

HeidiHeidi has 25 years of experience managing and directing corporate marketing, communications and investor relations, for technology companies and not-for-profit organizations. She has worked for Newbridge Networks, JetForm, MOSAID Technologies, and Protus, as well as the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Scouts Canada. Heidi also co-founded a small children’s book publishing company, producing several awarding-winning books that inspire kids to believe in themselves, care for others, and live life to the fullest. In 2003, Heidi was named one of the Top 50 People in the Capital by Ottawa Life Magazine for her contribution to motivational children’s literature. Through her work, she has traveled extensively in the U.S. and Europe, as well as to Africa, Egypt and India. Heidi has an Executive MBA from the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management, an Honours BA in Anthropology and Sociology from the University of Toronto, and a Book Publishing Certificate from Simon Fraser University. In 2011, she graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition with the designation of Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) which led her to a healthcare communications role with the OICC. She is an active member in the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network. Heidi is passionate about using her extensive business and not-for-profit communications experience to broaden awareness of whole-person, complementary cancer care, and to help grow the OICC so that more and more patients can benefit from this care.


Sue Wilson

Fundraising & Partnership Development

Sue is and has always been a ‘people person’. For over 25 years, she has helped donors and funders connect their philanthropic interests with charitable causes.  Sue began her career working with the national office of The Easter Seal Society in Toronto, where she learned the skillset of fundraising and the importance of donor relations, which felt like a natural fit for her.  Later on, she moved to Ottawa to work on a $2 million expansion and re-build project or capital campaign for Camp Merrywood. The Ottawa Humane Society  was another organization close to Sue’s heart, where she was regarded as raising their first million dollars for the shelter.  At Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa, Sue re-branded all the programs and events to include the word ‘Big’ in the titles to help build more awareness and in turn, raise more funds. She won the national entrepreneurship award for developing and executing ‘the Big Apprenticeship’ which also received national media attention. Other events such as the Big Art event and the Big Rock and Bowl are still part of the organizations fundraising programs. Sue moved to the United Way Ottawa where her development in fundraising continued while working in the Major Gifts department where she held the largest donor portfolio in the department.

Sue’s entrepreneurial spirit brings new ideas and concepts to build on the OICC Foundation’s strategic goals and vision. Her natural ability to connect with donors and funders has been her true success throughout her career.  Sue is passionate about providing her skillset to the OICC Foundation in three main focus areas: 1) Sustainable funding for specialized patient programs, 2) Innovative and evidence-based research and, 3) Offering patient subsidies to all who cannot afford integrative care. Daily, she witnesses the difference her colleagues make in helping cancer patients navigate their diagnosis, understand the benefits of nutrition and exercise, provide counseling to the patient and their loved ones, learn what integrative, whole-body care is, and the importance of a team approach. This is truly an amazing place to work and to witness the positive outcome of what integrative therapies can offer. 

If you would like to learn more about making a donation to the OICC Foundation, please contact Sue: swilson@oicc.ca


Linda Rose

Administrative Assistant

Linda Rose has many years’ experience working in the administrative field in both the public and private sector, ranging a wide spectrum of different industries such as: provincial and municipal government sector, information technology sector, and not-for-profit sector.  She is experienced at coordinating meetings, handling sensitive and confidential information, and effectively organizing small- and large-scale events and conferences. In each of her past positions Linda has worked on fund raising and charitable initiatives. Linda is pleased to be part of the OICC team. 
 

Barb Dalrymple

Receptionist

Barbara Dalrymple has been working in the medical/ health industry for 25 years performing a variety of roles in laboratories and hospital settings. More specifically, Barbara is an experienced cancer care professional, having worked in the field since 1992. She provided centre coordination and support services to the Ottawa Cancer Centre and is now servicing the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre. With Barbara's well rounded experience and knowledge of traditional and complementary methods of cancer care, she enjoys informing and directing patients to the appropriate resources and information in order to better support healing and wellness during their cancer care journey. She is pleased to be working with the OICC, utilizing her skills and years of experience in cancer care to the support the needs of the centre and the patients. 

Sabrina Feenstra

Receptionist

Raised on the family farm, Sabrina’s friendly smile has been greeting people all her life.  After receiving her diploma as a Legal Assistant and her license in Cosmetology she went on to combine her education with a diverse 17 year career in the Wellness Industry.   As a former Assistant Manager and Front Desk Manager she is skilled in many facets from administrative tasks to inventory management, scheduling and customer service.  She now brings her unique brand of high-energy to our front desk. Sabrina enjoys working at the OICC and assisting people in their time of need by providing a positive attitude and warm smile.

Voices of Support

“For far too long, disciplines have worked in isolation without communication and our patients have often felt caught between differing therapeutic philosophies, often to their detriment. This is a wonderful initiative. An integrative program will help provide a much needed bridge.”

Shailendra Verma, MD, FRCPC, FACP (chair)
Medical Oncologist, The Ottawa Hospital 


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