Diane Hayes, President

Diane is the owner of Kelly’s Boutique Inc. (opened in 2003) and the co-owner of OrthoMedix since 1992, and is a certified mastectomy and compression garment fitter. Diane has raised money for various breast cancer initiatives and is a supporter of many breast cancer related charities.  She is the founder of  The Kelly Project, which offers women a post-mastectomy camisole at no charge, and is an active member on all event planning committees for Breast Cancer Action.

Adam Sarhan, Director, Financial Planning

Adam Sarhan is the Founder/CEO of a privately-owned investment firm – 50 Park Investments. Adam is also a Contributor to Forbes and is frequently quoted in the financial media.

Lori Marcantonio, Director, Revenue Generation

Lori Marcantonio is the Director: Outreach & Development at the Ottawa Humane Society leads all OHS fundraising, marketing, communication, outreach programs and educational initiatives. She has close to 30 years of combined fundraising, marketing, program management and community engagement experience in the non-profit sector, specifically building long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with diverse partners. Lori is currently fighting breast cancer having been diagnosed in late 2018.  Lori truly believes that a positive attitude is an essential element to winning this fight.

Annie Berthiaume, Director, Human Resources

Annie graduated from La Cité Collégiale, in 2016, with a Paralegal studies diploma. Thereafter, she became a licensed paralegal of the Law Society of Ontario. She started her career at a small paralegal firm in Rockland where she represented and advised clients on various matters pertaining to Small Claims Court, WSIB, Landlord and Tenant, etc. In September 2017, Annie joined the Government of Canada as a Paralegal for the Department of Justice. Annie is joining our board to continue to support Breast Cancer Research. After losing a close relative to Breast Cancer, Annie has volunteered in numerous fundraisers for Breast Cancer Research.

Cindy Strugnell, Director, Communications

Cindy joined Breast Cancer Action  to become more closely connected to her new community, having moved to Ottawa in 2010. Having previously exercised her charitable efforts working with Relay for Life, she wanted to remain involved with a charity to help support those affected by cancer. Cindy brings to the board her marketing and advertising expertise as well as creative skill sets with the purpose of growing the presence and positive impact of Breast Cancer Action in the Ottawa community.

Caroline Ethier, Director, Volunteer Engagement and Retention

Caroline Ethier is a breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed at 28 when pregnant with her first child. After recovering from treatments, Caroline joined Breast Cancer Action with the intention to represent the younger demographic of women affected by breast cancer. In addition to managing Breast Cancer Action’s Volunteer Program, she also offers peer support to those in need. Her goal is to raise awareness about the realities of breast cancer while having an impact in our community.

Beth Hoag, Director, Program Support and Development

Beth is a physiotherapist with a practice focusing on cancer rehabilitation, lymphedema and pelvic health. She also worked in the fitness industry as a group fitness instructor for over 10 years. Beth grew up with a mother who was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at a young age and she witnessed the positive impact that community support programs had on her mother’s quality of life. Beth brings her cancer rehabilitation, health and wellness knowledge to Breast Cancer Action with the goal of helping develop and promote sustainable community support programming for people affected by cancer.

Chelsea Bland, Director, Governance and Succession Planning

Chelsea was diagnosed with an early stage breast cancer at the age of 28. After her personal experience with the Kelly Project, she instantly knew she wanted to give back and help Breast Cancer Action continue to support women in our community through their breast cancer journey. She is a licensed lawyer with the Law Society of Ontario, and is currently practicing in family law. She intends to bring her advocacy skills to breast cancer awareness, with a great emphasis on young women with breast cancer. 

Eligibility and General Responsibilities:


  1. Member in good standing (Should you not be a member at the time of your application, you will be expected to become a member in good standing with a sponsored membership)
  2. Previous service on a Board of Directors an asset
  3. Knowledgeable of the activities/affairs of Breast Cancer Action.
  4. Willing to give the time, energy, talents and enthusiasm required of the position
  5. Good organizational skills

General Responsibilities:

  1. Support and defend policies and programs adopted by the Board of Directors
  2. Serve as voting member of Board of Directors
  3. Assist in the development of the Business Plan
  4. Submit written report for inclusion in the Annual Report
  5. Submit written board reports, in advance, for monthly board meetings; request agenda time if required
  6. Ensure fiscal responsibility of the portfolio to which position is assigned
  7. Submit budget needs for the following fiscal year
  8. Conduct transition meeting with successor
  9. Perform other duties that may be delegated by the Chair and/or Board of Directors

Attendance and Time Commitment

  1. Mandatory attendance at monthly Board of Directors meetings (teleconference participation accepted in some circumstances)
  2. Mandatory attendance at two Board retreats (2 days in length; Fall and Spring)
  3. Mandatory attendance at the Annual General Meeting
  4. Attendance at official activities and functions, whenever possible