Champlain Regional Stroke Network Team

CRSN Management Team


 Lisa McDonnell

Lisa McDonnell - CRSN Regional Director

Lisa joined the CRSN from The University of Ottawa Heart Institute where she managed the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre & Prevention and Wellness Centre. Lisa has a Baccalaureate in Science (Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa), a Master’s of Science in Health Psychology (Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa) and an Executive Masters in Business Administration (Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa). Lisa was an integral part of the initial launch of the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre® in 2012. The renowned centre is now leading the way in women’s heart health across Canada; it has become the national model of excellence that other cardiac hubs and organizations are now adopting. Lisa has a background in research,  development of strategic operating plans, leadership and education delivery. 


Marianne Thornton, BScPT, MA (Human Kinetics) - CRSN Education Coordinator

Marianne is the Education Coordinator for the Champlain Regional Stroke Network (CRSN). Prior to commencing this position in 2011 Marianne worked as the physiotherapist with the best practice team for the CRSN. She has participated on numerous conference planning committees regionally, provincially and nationally and has experience in teaching and research.


Aline Bourgoin, RN BScN CNN(C) - CRSN Stroke Prevention Coordinator

Aline obtained her Bachelor of Nursing Science degree at the University of Ottawa in 2002. In 2010, she obtained her certification in Neuroscience Nursing through the Canadian Nurses Association. She is also an active member of the Canadian Association of Neuroscience Nurses. Her nursing career has been focused solely in Neurosciences care. She started her nursing career on the Neurosurgery ward at the Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus and advanced her career as a part-time professor with the University of Ottawa. In 2008, she joined the Champlain Regional Stroke Network as the Stroke Prevention Coordinator/Nurse specialist. Her current projects include the expansion of Stroke Prevention services within the Champlain region as well as nursing research, education and publication.


Hailey Pettem, BScN, RN, B.Ed, MN - CRSN Acute Care Coordinator


Beth Donnelly, BBA, MHA - CRSN Coordinator for Rehabilitation, Community, and Long-Term Care (mat leave April 2018)               

Since beginning this role, Beth has undertaken the second phase of planning the Champlain Regional Stroke Rehabilitation System, work that includes defining stroke rehabilitation service standards and significant deficits to ensure that stroke patients in the region receive the appropriate level of care. Before joining the CRSN Beth completed her Masters in Health Administration at the University of Ottawa and residency at Accreditation Canada where she was successful in the creation of a strategy to both educate and provide resources to client organizations around the use of indicators and measurement for improvement. Prior to moving to Ontario in 2011, Beth was employed as a Contract Manager in Procurement at the Saint John Regional Hospital in New Brunswick, where she gained experience in leading interdisciplinary teams of clinicians and non-clinical staff, project management, customer service, and supply chain management. Beth also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Hon. Marketing) from the University of New Brunswick.


Jodi Powell Jodi Powell, MSc. OT, MHM - CRSN Coordinator for Rehabilitiation, Community and Long-term Care  

Laura Dunn, BA - CRSN Administrative Assistant

Laura completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English literature at the University of Guelph. She started with a career in Financial Services, becoming a Customer Service Manager in 1994. She was accredited as a Financial Advisor in 1998 upon completing the Canadian Securities Course. After moving to Ottawa, she began work in medical administration at a busy veterinary hospital. As the a treatment coordinator, she collaboratively worked to uphold the gold standard of veterinary excellence, maintaining the practice's accreditation with the American Animal Hospital Association. She enjoys problem solving and organizing details behind the scenes to contribute to the success of the team.


CRSN Best Practice Team


Isabelle Martineau, RN, BScN - CRSN Stroke Nurse Specialist

Isabelle obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from McGill University in 1993. She started her nursing career at the Montreal Neurological Hospital (MNH)as a Neuroscience nurse. After working for 5 years in neurology, neurosurgery, and epilepsy,she then took a position as the Assistant Head Nurse at the MNH. During that time,she obtainedher Certification in Neuroscience Nursing.She joined The Ottawa Hospital as the Neurology Liaison Nurse. In 2004,she joined the Champlain Regional Stroke Network as the Stroke Nurse Specialist.


 Olawande Olaniyan, RN, MSc.N, PHC-NP - CRSN Stroke Nurse Specialist (maternity leave)

Olawande has been with the Ottawa Hospital since 2011, developing her stroke expertise in both the Emergency Department and Neuroscience Acute Care Unit.  She has a firm commitment to continuing education having completed her Masters of Science in Nursing/ Primary Healthcare Nurse Practitioner and has been a Clinical Instructor with the University of Ottawa.  Olawande also has experience working as a Northern Community Health Nurse and in Mental Health.


Michael Roy

Michael Roy, RN, MSN, BEd, MA - CRSN Stroke Care Facilitator

Hello! I'm Michael Roy  with a specialty practice in emergency nursing focused on trauma, acute stroke, critical care, and triage for 16 years. My other focused interests include nursing education, forensic nursing, victimology, violence against women, and cyberharassment.

 It;s a great opportunity to be part of the great multidisciplinary team at the Champlain Regional Stroke Network. I'm always open for some great learning opportunities.   


Anik Laneville, OT Reg. (Ont.) - CRSN Occupational Therapist/Ergothérapeute

Anik graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2008 and has been an Occupational Therapist with the Ottawa Hospital ever since.  She came to CRSN in 2017 with experience in acute care specific to vascular cognitive impairment, working in critical care, nephrology, cardiology, medicine, geriatrics and stroke. Anik brings to the CRSN a broad background in patient and staff education and has played an active role in departmental educational session and education material planning.  This strong commitment to Corporate initiatives has also been shown through her involvement with the Corporate Delirium Committee,  Interprofessional Care (IPC), and as a Surveyor for both the Readmission Project and bi-annual Prevalence Studies.  She has shown strong leadership within the Occupational Therapy discipline being involved with the OT National Exam, Occupational Therapy Executive Council, a preceptor of multiple OT/OTA students, and a Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) Coach. Anik is passionate about the promotion of best practices and knowledge translation to engage patients, families and staff, as she strives to enable change and optimize clinical skills.

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Natasha Hawley, MSW, BA Hons. - CRSN Social Worker

Natasha is a graduate of Carleton University’s Masters of Social Work program, with a Graduate Diploma in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, and a Bachelor’s of Arts (with Honors) from Saint Mary’s University in Criminology.  She has been with The Ottawa Hospital since 2015.  She has worked with multiple interdisciplinary teams and units during her time with TOH. Prior to joining TOH Natasha worked with the Children’s Aid Society, and as an Alternative Dispute Resolution Practitioner with the federal government. She has experience in the development and delivery of awareness and educational material. Natasha also has experience providing consultation and acting as a liaison to promote best practices, and she is passionate about informing best practice stroke care. Natasha strives to enhance communication, facilitate transitions to the community, and optimize health outcomes for stroke patients by providing emotional and practical support to patients and families in complex situations. 

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Karen Mallet, MHSc, MEd, SLP(C) Reg. CASLPO - CRSN Speech-Language Pathologist

Karen has been working as the Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) on the CRSN Best Practice Team since 2004. Her academic background includes an MEd in Counseling and an MHSc in Speech Language Pathology, both from the University of Ottawa. Karen has lectured at the University of Ottawa’s Medical School and Speech Language Pathology/Audiology Programs. Over the years, she has given many educational sessions on dysphagia and communication throughout the Champlain Region.

Karen is a Clinician Investigator in the Clinical Epidemiology Program of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and is affiliated with the Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery. Karen has published her collaborative work with the RecoverNow Project in 2016, 2017 and 2018 (pending) and is the Primary Investigator for the TeleRehab at Home research project. Both projects look at providing tablet-based communication therapy post-stroke. She has presented posters and given oral presentations at the 2015, 2016 & 2017 Canadian Stroke Congress and presented a poster at the Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery - 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting. She will be presenting a poster and giving an oral presentation at the 2018 World Stroke Congress.

In her spare time, Karen volunteers with Team Canada Healing Hands (TCHH) as a trainer, educator, team leader and Board Member. TCHH’s mandate is to train and educate locals to be their own health care providers in order to help develop sustainable rehabilitation systems in the countries where they live. Karen’s volunteer work has been in Haiti where she and her team have provided stroke education to Doctors, Nurses and Allied Health Professionals throughout central and southern Haiti in the acute, rehab and community settings.


Dana Guest PT, BSc PT - CRSN Physiotherapist/Physiothérapeute

 Dana graduated from McGill University in 1996 and has been a Physiotherapist with the Ottawa Hospital since 2004.  She started her career at the Ottawa Hospital within the stroke rehabilitation program at The Rehabilitation Center.  She has extensive clinical experience working with neurological patients and has devoted her post graduate training specifically to treatment of the stroke population. During her 15 years working inpatient rehabilitation in both Ottawa and Toronto she has had the opportunity to be involved in the development and implementation of many policies and procedures, clinical pathways, guidelines, patient and staff education tools as well as training modules both for physiotherapy and the allied staff.  Recently Dana has been in the Clinical Expert position on the Short Term Rehabilitation program and fulfilled an Interim Professional Practice Coordinator role at the General Campus of the Ottawa Hospital.  She brings to the network the strong leadership and skills she aquired in program evaluation and development, resource optimization, change management, knowledge translation and best practice initiatives. Dana is passionate about providing evidence based best practice and is excited to be joining the Champlain Regional Stroke Network in her new role.


TOH Stroke Prevention Team


Sophia Gocan, RN, MScN, CNN(C) - CRSN Stroke Prevention Nurse Specialist

Sophia is a Stroke Prevention Nurse Specialist within the Champlain Regional Stroke Network at the Ottawa Hospital. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Western Ontario in 1996 and completed her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Ottawa in 2012. Sophia was born and raised in South-Western Ontario. She has also lived in Charlottesville Virginia for 3 years and has spent the past 12 years in Ottawa. She has been working as a neuroscience nurse for 16 years. In addition to her clinical responsibilities, Sophia is involved in smoking cessation research in both Stroke Prevention and Primary Care. She has an interest in neurological nursing assessment and she completed an Advanced Clinical Practice Fellowship on this topic.

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Brammiya Sivakumar RN, BScN, CNN(C )  - CRSN Stroke Prevention Nurse

Brammiya obtained her Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Ottawa in 2007. She has over 8 years of experience as an RN in the neuroscience field, providing care to both children and adults. She started her career in the Neurosurgery, Neurology and Trauma unit at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. In 2011, she moved to Ottawa and joined the Neuroscience Acute Care unit team at the Ottawa Hospital, Civic Campus. In 2015, Brammiya joined the CRSN Team as the Stroke Prevention Registered Nurse, helping patients and their families reduce the risk of stroke.

Serena Serena Clarke - CRSN Stroke Prevention Administrative Coordinator

Serena obtained her Medical Office Administration Diploma from CDI College in 2005, and continuously pursues new educational opportunities to enhance her knowledge and skill sets. She is strongly committed to quality and improvement of care. In 2011, Serena received a TOH Quality Award with the Stroke Prevention Team for her role in the creation of a centralized referral process. She brings creativity to her work and supports innovations within the CRSN.  Serena's compassion for others makes her an excellent point of contact for stroke patients. She treats all with the respect and consideration that she would want for her own family.

Kristy new Kristy Flanagan - CRSN Stroke Prevention Administrative Coordinator 

Hannah Lilly, BA (Hons)- CRSN Stroke Prevention Administrative Coordinator - mat leave 2018

Hannah received an honours BA from St. Francis Xavier University in 2009. After graduation, she designed and supervised a number of community health projects in West Africa, and worked in a pediatric acute care setting in a mobile medical clinic. Upon her return to Canada, Hannah began volunteer work in pediatric palliative care in Ottawa and found a true passion for its philosophy of family and patient-centered care. Hannah brings this philosophy to her work with the CRSN. She strives to keep communication with each patient and their loved ones open and inclusive, to ensure that they receive exceptional service with the Stroke Prevention Clinic.



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(from left to right) Karen Roosen (District Stroke Coordinator),Lisa Keon (Stroke Prevention Clinic RN), Dr. Debbie Timpson (Stroke Prevention Clinic Physician), Alexis Weisenberg (Stroke Prevention Clinic Unit Clerk), andRachael England (District Stroke Centre Clinical Educator)




Contact us

Champlain Regional Stroke Network The Ottawa Hospital - Civic Campus Civic Parkdale Clinic, Main North 1053 Carling Avenue Ottawa, ON K1Y 4E9

Phone: 613-798-5555 x 16153
SPC Phone: 613-798-5555 x 16156