YSB Foundation Board Members

  • Isabelle Perreault – Board Chair
    Isabelle Perreault – Board Chair President and Founder, Differly
  • Rebecca Murray       – Vice Chair
    Rebecca Murray – Vice Chair Senior Development Officer, Carleton University
  • Kerry Patterson-Baker – Past Board Chair
    Kerry Patterson-Baker – Past Board Chair Vice President Communications, Forest Products Association of Canada
  • Scott Lawrence
    Scott Lawrence Chief Operations Officer, HealthCraft Products Inc.
  • Martin Sampson
    Martin Sampson Vice President, Communications and Marketing, Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
  • Christopher Rheaume
    Christopher Rheaume Executive officer to Chief of Police, Ottawa Police Services
  • Maria McRae
    Maria McRae Community Advocate, Lawyer and Former City Councillor
  • Christopher White
    Christopher White President & CEO, Canadian Meat Council
  • Kelly Youngdale
    Kelly Youngdale President, Label Innovation Inc.
  • Balwinderjit Singh Kapoor
    Balwinderjit Singh Kapoor Account Executive, Business Development, Asia and Far East. MDS Aero Support Corporation
  • Justin Veale
    Justin Veale Coordinator, Communications and Climate Change Initiatives. Forest Products Association of Canada
  • Erika Falconer
    Erika Falconer Community Manager, RBC
  • Christine Leadman
    Christine Leadman Executive Director, Bank Street BIA
  • Shawn Hamilton
    Shawn Hamilton VP Business Development National Capital Region, Canderel
  • Kate Dalgleish
    Kate Dalgleish Director, Public Affairs, Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
  • Jennifer Stewart
    Jennifer Stewart President and CEO, Syntax Strategic
  • Geoff Publow
    Geoff Publow CFO and VP Real Estate & Development, Myers Automotive Group

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Milo's Story

Every year when I was little, I’d think “this will be the year that everything will be okay”. And every year, I’d be crushed. By the time I was 18 I couldn’t take my dad’s drinking or my mom’s crying anymore, so I packed a knapsack with the warmest clothes I had and I left. It was freezing cold, and I was alone…but I was free.

The next few months were rough and at times very scary. I spent nights in parks, doorways and even under bridges all with just an old sleeping bag a friend had given me. One night it was so cold that I walked until the sun came up, afraid that I would freeze to death if I slept.

It took me awhile to get over the embarrassment to start asking people for money. But, it was swallow my pride or stay cold and hungry. After two weeks of doing this I learned about YSB. I didn’t know it then but, in that moment, my life changed for the better. I got connected to YSB’s Young Men’s Emergency Shelter and my first night in the shelter I slept 11 hours. I felt so safe and secure. I remember that moment clearly and I felt so hopeful I now have my own apartment in one of YSB’s long-term housing buildings, am attending college to become a graphic designer, and am working part-time to support myself.

“For the first time I can remember, I’m really excited about my future. Growing up I just thought about getting by one day at a time.” I hope my story conveys just how life changing it was for me to be able to access YSB’s shelter during a really difficult time in my life. The team at YSB supported me every step of the way, and I’m grateful they were by my side. I hope you’ll consider taking the opportunity to transform the life of another young person like me today.


*While Milo’s story is real his name has been changed to protect his privacy