Our Board

Executive Director

Bo Turpin
Bo Turpin

Executive Director Bo Turpin has been with Upstream Ottawa Mental Health Community Support for over 20 years, 15 of which at the helm of the organization.  With a passion for client centered community-based mental health services, he continues to demonstrate leadership and innovation in this space.


Jane Murray, Chair

Jane Murray is a lawyer who practices as a mediator and arbitrator of family and estate disputes.  She and her husband raised their two children in Ottawa. They have participated in Habitat for Humanity builds in El Salvador, Zambia, New Orleans, and Iqaluit and each time they have returned to Ottawa with a greater appreciation for all that it offers.  These days she is staying closer to home and enjoying time at her cottage on the Gatineau River.

Véronique Joncas, Vice-Chair

Véronique Joncas’ professional career centers around increasing access to quality mental health care. She values spending time with her family and friends, has a passion for social justice issues, and enjoys learning about the different ways of living, being, and knowing across the globe.

Luke Janisse, Treasurer

Luke Janisse is a Chartered Professional Accountant who aims to bring a financial perspective to the board of Upstream. Outside of volunteering, he’s an avid golfer, and enjoys spending time socializing with friends.

Samantha Fauteux, Co-Secretary

Samantha Fauteux is an enthusiastic mother of two living in Ottawa.  Her educational and professional background is strongly linked to advancing mental health for all Canadians. She has worked many years in suicide prevention and is passionate about promoting safe and inclusive language around mental health. 

Elliot Culligan, Co-Secretary

Elliot Culligan is a Chartered Professional Accountant and practices as a partner for a major consulting firm. Elliot has previously been involved in supporting mental health charities and supporting LGBTQ+ rights/representation in the UK – he is interested in using his professional skills to further access mental health, non-judgmental addiction support, and housing services across the community. Elliot is an avid tea drinker – he enjoys music (preferably live), traveling to new places, reading about science, running, and spending time with friends.


Melonie Bidgood

Melonie Bidgood has been a member of the board for over 12 years representing the client experience of Upstream Ottawa. She brings her perspective as well as the input of other clients in the community to her role on the board. In her spare time, she likes to create crafts for family and friends, swim at the local pool, and talk endlessly about her 3 daughters.

Kelsey Cloutier
Kelsey Cloutier

Kelsey Cloutier has worked in Stakeholder Relations, Development, and Communications for almost a decade.  Driven by personal and family experiences, he’s on a mission to bridge the gap between what’s available, and what is needed for mental health services in Ottawa.

Jenni Condon

Jenni Condon is a mom to Rory and wife to Derek. She works as a morning show host on Ottawa’s #1 Hit Music Station – The New Hot 89-9. Jenni is passionate about family, golf, cheese, and laughter! 

Nik Karajovic

Nik Karajovic is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Business Valuator who hopes to assist the mental health community in Ottawa by leveraging his financial and business knowledge. In his spare time, Nik enjoys going to the gym, listening to new music, learning new things, and watching anime. 

Jasmine Qi

Jasmine Qi immigrated to Canada in 2010 from Beijing, China. As a visible minority immigrant woman, she dedicates her experiences and expertise in employment counselling, program development, diversity, and inclusion in non-profit sectors to support immigrants integrate socially and economically in Canadian society. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, running in the summer, reading books on psychology, inclusion, and belonging, and exploring fashion trends.

Our Board