Board Members


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TOM WHILLANS – President
Tom is an active member of the community association and have been the chair of the Trees and Greenspace Committee since 2013. He has many interests, which have manifested themselves in an enthusiastic passion for my community. Tom believes that (as a board member) he can continue to promote a positive environment for his neighbours and friends to work, play and live in Centretown

MARIA LUISA MARTIMembership Secretary, Communications and Membership

Maria Luisa is a Centretowner , has always been a Centretowner. Having been born in Barcelona, Catalunya has always lived where the most interesting, creative, diverse people call home. For the past 10 years Ottawa has been home. Passionate about food and her community, walks everywhere. The past 3 years has been a CCCA Board member and an FCA Board member, always happy to keep her community informed. She has been known to save her home from flooding with a potato.

MITCHELL KUTNEY – Corporate Secretary, Communications and Membership

Mitchell E. Kutney is an established blogger with over 100,000 followers. His work on charitable issues and social innovation have been featured in the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, CBC and other major news sources. He is the co-founder and executive chair of JustChange, a micro-granting nonprofit, and is a board member for New Canadian Media and the Harry P Ward Foundation. Mitchell holds a Masters degree in public policy and currently works for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario as an advisor for department of Connected Care.

ALICE NAKANISHI – Treasurer      

Alice is a long time resident of Centretown.  Attended Centennial P.S., Glashan P.S. and Lisgar C.I.  Currently employed as a business analyst in the private sector



BEN LASERSON – Transportation 

When Ben arrived in Ottawa back in 2005, there was no mistaking that he would choose Centretown as his neighbourhood of choice. Even if it meant a longer commute to campus, Centretown offered easy transit access and plenty of shops, restaurants, and entertainment within a short walk of the front door. This neighbourhood is home – and now the office, too. Helping it be vibrant, friendly, and accessible remains a priority, and something Ben is excited to work towards.

JOAN SPICE – Special Committee on the new Central Library

Joan has lived in Centretown for 32 years and was active as a member of school councils at Elgin and Lisgar and as Treasurer of the Jack Purcell Recreation Association.   After a career in the federal public service, she was elected to the Ottawa Public School Board in 2000 and served for 6 years as Trustee for Somerset and Kitchissippi.   She been a member of the CCCA since 2007, on the Board (2008-11) and active on the Planning and Seniors Committees.   She has come back to the Board this year and as a first priority is focusing on fighting to keep the new Central Library in Centretown.




Christine Leadman – has been Executive Director in three of Ottawa most notable BIAs (Westboro – 14 years, Glebe 2 1/2 years and Downtown Bank 2 years). In addition, she was Councillor for Kitchissippi ward from 2006-2010. I understand and value the need for collaborations with our communities and other partners to effect positive change in an ever changing environment.


Deborah was born in Toronto, and has lived happily in Centretown since 1978. She trained and worked as an artist and copywriter in the advertising industry in the 70s.  Graduated BFA Photography from Ottawa U. She loves to live in, and to  document Centretown just the way it is.  Member of the Seniors, and Trees and Greenspace committees of the CCCA and a devoted library supporter.