Community Equity Council

The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) has relaunched its community-based consultative group. The new group is called the Ottawa Police Community Equity Council (CEC) and its role is to provide advice and insight to the police on ways to improve and strengthen the relationships between the OPS and the many Indigenous, faith based and racialized communities or organizations in Ottawa.   

Building stronger partnerships between the many diverse communities that make up the city of Ottawa is the responsibility of all who live here. By creating a network of invested residents and officers at the OPS, we can enhance the safety of all neighbourhoods, city-wide. 

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The Council will collaborate with the Ottawa Police Service to work more effectively with Indigenous, racialized and faith-based communities in Ottawa.

Sahada Alolo, Co-Chair
Gérard Etienne, Vice Co-Chair

Mr. Hector Addison is a project coordinator at Somerset West Community Health Centre and has responsibility for the ongoing Diversity and Inclusion Audit there, the African Caribbean and Black Community Development and HIV Health Initiative, as well as being co-chair of the Health Equity Committee.

In addition, he is a founder of the African Canadian Association of Ottawa with 53 member country associations, and a member of the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership sector table on Health and Wellness.

Ms. Sahada Alolo is Community Engagement Manager with the Multifaith Housing Initiative, working with different faith communities to promote affordable housing. She is also the Secretary of the Ottawa Muslim Women’s Organization, which organizes an annual Friendship Dinner where diverse communities celebrate Canada’s diverse cultures while raising funds for charity. 

She is also involved with the Muslim Coordinating Council, which works with over forty member groups to promote human rights, dignity, justice and equality, and with Christian/Muslim Dialogue, where members learn about each other’s traditions.  

Ms. Huda Alsarraj is a Human Rights Officer at the National Council of Canadian Muslims, where she defends the rights of Muslim community members and supports them through incidents of hate, bias and discrimination.

While at York University, she was an Equity Advocate and developed a number of campaigns on equity issues, including profiling, xenophobia and sexual assault.  She has also been an active volunteer working with Syrian newcomers and youth newcomers.

Mr. Malik Ayass is Executive Director of The Door/La Porte Youth Centre, which provides prevention programs for high risk youth between the ages of 12 and 18, and through that work has become familiar with many of the challenges some new Canadians face when dealing with the police.

Prior to becoming Executive Director, he was Outreach Coordinator at The Door, and has also been involved in other community agencies, including the Boys and Girls Club, the YMCA-YWCA and the Ottawa Distress Centre.

Ms. Teresa Edwards is the Executive Director and Legal Counsel with the Legacy of Hope Foundation, a national, Indigenous-led charitable organization founded to raise awareness about the history and legacy of the Residential School System.

Teresa has previously been the Director of Human Rights and International Affairs as well as In-House Legal Council at the Native Women’s Association of Canada and a Senior Analyst and Director at Status of Women Canada on Aboriginal issues, as well as a career as a lawyer, writer, researcher and facilitator.

Ms. Hodan Egale is President of the Somali Canadian Youth Centre, which emphasizes positive growth in youth, leadership development, and prevent antisocial behaviour. She is also a member of Young Leaders Advisory Council, 613-819 Black Hub, and African Canadian Association of Ottawa. 

Hodan is the Administrative Officer for the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership, which is a collaborative community initiative that works to strengthen Ottawa’s capacity to attract, settle and integrate immigrants.

A long standing leader in the Haitian Community, Mr. Gérard Etienne is Associate Vice President of Learning with the Institute on Governance and has a long career of increasing managerial responsibility in the federal public service, including the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and in the private sector, including the TD Bank Financial Group.

Gérard brings skills in cross-sectoral collaboration. He is also connected to Pro-Active Education for All Children’s Enrichment.

Ms. Debbie Hoffman is Director of Services at the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa (CASO), where she is also the senior management lead on Anti-Oppression Practices and Race Equity.

Debbie is on the Strategic Implementation Committee for One Vision One Voice, practice framework guidelines on race equity developed by the African Canadian community in Toronto for the Ontario Association of CASs. Through CASO, she has been involved in community initiatives on equity issues, including the Ottawa Local Immigrant Partnership. 

Ms. Heidi Langille is a board member of the Inuit Non-Profit Housing Corporation.  Heidi is the founding president of the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre, a foster parent to Inuit children and youth, and a longstanding member of the Ottawa Inuit community.

Heidi has previously worked as the Inuit Liaison Worker for the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa. She is on the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, and the Indigenous Advisory Circle of the Upper Canada District School Board.

Mr. Jalil Marhnouj is President of the Assunnah Muslim Association and secretary of the I.LEAD Conference, an annual youth conference in Ottawa-Gatineau. He is Board Chair of the South East Ottawa Community Health Centre.

Jalil co-founded the Syrian Refugee Task Force in Ottawa, and has been instrumental in raising over a million dollars for community building and humanitarian relief, including for the Fort McMurray fire victims and the Muslim community in Ottawa. He is currently an Analyst with the Public Service Commission.

Mr. Séverin Jr. Ndéma-Mousa is President of the North South Development Roots and Culture Canada, a Black community advocacy organization, and a former president of the Caribbean Union of Canada. César is an educator, facilitator and consultant on diversity, equity, inclusion and race relations, providing advice and leading courses for senior management in various organizations.

He was formerly an Operations Officer with the federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. He  is a former member of  COMPAC, the predecessor to the Community Equity Council.

Past members of the Community Equity Council

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