Meet the CCSN Team
Our team is made up of individuals with dynamic and unique experiences and skills, with one thing in common: our passion for Community Support Services and providing support to our members who enable older adults and adults living with disabilities to live safely at home.
Jama Watt has been the Regional Director with CCSN since 2016. Her passion for collaborative and collective impact policy and systems development is put to use in her role of operationalizing CCSN’s strategic plan.
Outside of work, Jama is kept busy running around with a gaggle of pets and family members but takes time for growing dahlias, beach camping, and creating useless craft items. The quiet drone of CBC Radio can usually be found in her vicinity.
Chris Cobus has been an active leader of community support services for over 30 years, as the Executive Director of Renfrew and Area Seniors’ Home Support from 1990-2010 and a Capacity Developer with CCSN since 2011. Her passion is to work with others to make the health care system as accessible and effective as possible for those who need it, so they can get back to the business of enjoying everyday life. Her background in social work and leadership training throughout the years, provide the framework necessary to facilitate collaborative partnerships and seek innovative solutions. Committed to aging well and supporting people to thrive, she is energized by exploring the power of mindfulness, as well as gardening, swimming, and spending time outdoors appreciating nature.
If you have ideas you want to explore with others to enhance the lives of those you serve or to improve the overall health system, give her a call. Her specialty is connecting people to create solutions together.
Project and Quality Improvement Specialist
Roxanne joined CCSN in November, 2021 as Project and Quality Improvement Specialist. She detains a Bachelor of Social Sciences specialised in Social Work from the University of Ottawa. Prior to joining CCSN, Roxanne worked 10 years in the Community Support Services sector, at a variety of levels. She served 7 years on the executive committee for the Adult Day Program Association.
Having worked frontline, Roxanne knows the hurdles faced by clients and caregivers in accessing timely community support services. She is passionate about improving coordinated access to community support services and standardization across the region.
Roxanne is a proud Franco Ontarian who has lived in Vars her hole life and in fact still lives on the same street she grew up on.
When she is not at work, Roxanne enjoys cleaning (oddly, she knows), watching crime shows, being “aunty Rox,” to her friend’s kids and napping with her dog Maya by her side. Roxanne volunteers as a Board member for the Orleans-Cumberland Resource Centre.
Digital and Print Graphic Designer
Matthieu joined CCSN in June 2021 as the Digital and Print Graphic Designer. He enjoys representing and visualizing Community Support Services through graphics and having the chance to touch the lives of so many individuals.
Prior to working with CCSN, Matthieu had the opportunity to work as a graphic designer for community organization in the Gatineau region which allowed him to gain experience in his field of study. He is currently studying Graphic and Web design at Heritage College and prior to that he completed studies in Infographics. Matthieu has lived in the Hull area of Gatineau his whole life. Living close to the Gatineau Park has given him plenty of opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. When Matthieu is not too busy at work, he enjoys spending time with friends, learning more in the creative field, and working school projects.
Regional Decision Support
Sarah has worked as a Decision Support Specialist with CCSN since 2014. She is passionate about evidence-based planning, project design, and knowledge mobilization. Attention to detail is a strength and sometimes foe, that has placed her behind many of CCSN’s quality improvement projects.
She studied at the University of Guelph, with a one-year stop at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK where it rains every single day. A self-proclaimed nerd and sunshine enthusiast, Sarah spends much of her downtime making things like food and clothing from scratch, or looking for adventurous hikes, snowshoe trails, and her next great travel story.
Manager of Special Initiatives
Maria joined the team in October 2021, eager to share her passion for lifting people and systems up. She has a background in community health and social services and keen interests in health equity and quality improvement. Maria is a peer reviewer with Canadian Centre for Accreditation and is currently enrolled at University of Victoria. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree and a Child and Youth Worker diploma.
Maria loves working with CSS because of the deeply meaningful and integral ways they reach people where they are at – in their homes and communities - enhancing health, well-being, and quality of life.
Maria has traversed caregiver roles in areas of mental health and older adult wellbeing. She lives in Ottawa with her two children and foster dog and rides a bicycle whenever she can. She hopes one day to cycle across Denmark, visiting the place where she was born.
Communications and Outreach Specialist
Maranda joined CCSN in January, 2020 as the Communications and Outreach Specialist. Prior to CCSN, she worked in other digital marketing roles. Maranda love sharing stories of how Community Support Services have touched the lives of so many.
She is a graduate of Carleton University, where she completed a combined honours degree in Human Rights and Law. After a few years in her hometown of Windsor, ON, she could not stay away and is living back in Ottawa. When she is not keeping busy with traveling, you can find her cooking creative vegan meals or frequenting local coffee shops to find the best cold brew.
Maranda would love to connect with you if you have content to submit to one of CCSN's Newsletters, have an exciting initiative to spread the word about, or if you would like to know more about any of our projects at CCSN.