Following a rigorous recruitment and selection process, Options Bytown has appointed a new Executive Director to replace Lorraine Bentley, who will be retiring in March after 17 years of great service to Options Bytown and to the community.
The new Executive Director will be Catharine Vandelinde, who comes to us from the Mental Health Commission and who has extensive experience in community based programs serving diverse populations in Ottawa. Catharine starts her work with Options Bytown on the 13th of March.
We are confident that, under Catharine’s leadership, Options Bytown’s staff will continue to move forward, providing excellent service to our tenants and clients, in collaboration with our community partners.
III. Integrating Supports and Housing First: Approaches and Practices
Lorraine Bently, Executive Director, Options Bytown Non-Profit Housing Corporation (ON)
Options Bytown is a non-profit organization that since 1989 has provided permanent housing and supportive services for those who need help to live independently. Options Bytown operates three apartment buildings in central Ottawa housing 128 men and women, and also supports hundred of tenants living in the two largest social housing providers in the city, being Ottawa Community Housing and Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation. Combining affordable housing with on-site counseling, training and other services, the organization helps individuals facing social isolation and other complex challenges such as low incomes, a history of homelessness or special needs, mental illness, HIV/AIDS or substance use.
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