Board of Directors

Margaret Tansey

Margaret has dedicated her career to building bridges between those persons and families experiencing mental health problems and those who care for them in an effort to overcome the pervasive stigma that exists. Margaret currently sits as the Chair of the Board and is interim Chair of the Governance Committee. Director on the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre Board and  Chair of their Quality of Life and Safety Committee. She has worked as a front line clinician, a professor of nursing and a senior administrator. She received her BSN from the University of British Columbia and her MSc from McGill, She was awarded the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner credential from the University of Toronto. Margaret and her husband Brian have three grown children and 5 grandchildren who are a source of much joy.


John Peters

John has been on the Board of Directors of Shepherds of Good Hope since 1993 and is currently serving as Vice-Chair and Chair of the Human Resources Committee. By day, John is a Senior Legal Counsel of Export Development Canada. In February 2007, John received the Gordon F. Henderson Award from the County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA) for his work with Shepherds of Good Hope.






Doreen Hume, CA


Doreen is a Partner with Deloitte, LLP with over 20 years of experience providing assurance and advisory services. She is a leader of Deloitte’s Public Sector Group in the National Capital Region and Deloitte’s National Center of Excellence for Public Sector Financial Reporting. Doreen has served on the Board of Shepherds of Good Hope since 2001 as the Treasurer and the Chair of the Finance Committee and continues to do so. She is also a Founding Member of the Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation Board. Doreen also serves on several other local community boards/committees.



Maureen McKeown

Maureen entered the Novitiate of the Grey Sisters of the Immaculate Conception in Pembroke Ontario in 1963. In the fulfillment of her duties she attended Ottawa Teachers College and taught the elementary grades in Ottawa, Whitby and on Eleuthra Island, Bahamas. In the late 1970s she trained as a radiation therapist at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto and worked at the Ottawa Cancer Centre for the following 20 years. For several years she was on the Board of Directors of St. Patrick’s Home. Since retiring in 2001, Maureen has been a daily volunteer at the Good Day Workshop and in 2010 when the Good Day Workshop became a program of the Shepherds of Good Hope she became a member of the Board of Directors of the Shepherds of Good Hope. Maureen also sits on the Governance Committee for Shepherds of Good Hope.


Murray Knowles

Murray Knowles is a current police Inspector in the Ottawa Police Service. He is currently assigned to the Emergency Operations Division. He has worked in many areas of law enforcement and recognizes the power of community partnerships. His involvement with the Shepherds of Good Hope began in 1987 as a constable on patrol working in the Market area and has evolved to this volunteer opportunity as a member of the Board and a member of the Human Resource Committee. Murray lives in Ottawa with his wife and two children who are themselves embracing the spirit of volunteerism in their community.


Susanne Laperle

Head Shot - SL - May 2012 copySusanne has led Human Resources and Communications portfolios on behalf of a number of prominent Canadian organizations. A leader and a coach, Susanne has been recognized for transformational change and is a trusted advisor and resource for senior leaders in her current capacity as an executive coach. Currently associated with Optimum Talent International in Toronto and Ottawa, Susanne’s most recent corporate assignment was a Senior Vice-President Human Resources and Communications with Export Development Canada and Ottawa. She is a graduate of Rotman School of Business (University of Toronto) with a Masters of Business of Administration and completed her ICD – Directors’ Education Program in 2007, also at the Rotman School of Business. Susanne also sits on the Human Resource Committee for Shepherds of Good Hope. Susanne is also involved in the Mariposa Folk Festival (Orillia, ON) where she serves on the Marketing Committee.


Terry Blake

Terry is a retired finance professional now involved in various governance, education and leadership mentoring initiatives. Terry spent 20 years as a Chief Financial Officer for subsidiaries of multinational financial services companies working in Canada, the United States and Asia, often involved in starting up subsidiary operations and turning around businesses in crisis. Terry now dedicates time to volunteering his services on Ottawa-based NPO’s boards having served as the board president for The Mens Project/1in6 Canada, a board and audit committee member for Ashbury College, a director, audit committee and governance committee member at The Shepherds of Good Hope and as board president for the School of Photographic Arts Ottawa. A resident of Ottawa since 1998 when he helped establish MBNA Canada Bank, Terry has been involved in many philanthropic projects throughout his career including the restoration of the Temple of Literature in HaNoi and the building of rural schools in Thailand. Terry graduated from University of Windsor in Finance and Economics and subsequently qualified as a Certified General Accountant. He received his Chartered Director designation in 2016.


Laurel Johnson

Laurel JohnsonLaurel Johnson is employed with the Department of Justice Canada, and for the past five years has been Director and Senior Counsel, Public and Labour Law, Office of the Legal Advisor for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces. She previously worked as Counsel and Special Assistant in that office, and worked at Treasury Board Secretariat Legal Services and at the Canada Industrial Relations Board, both as Counsel. Prior to joining the federal government, she practiced labour and employment law in private practice in Ottawa, Toronto and London, Ontario.

Laurel is an avid athlete and certified yoga instructor, with a particular fondness for cross country skiing, yoga, swimming and trail and road biking and running. Her boys are 20 and 17, leading their own active lives, with opportunities for family connection at their cottage in the Ottawa Valley.