National Staff

Eleanor Fast

Executive Director

Eleanor joined Equal Voice as Executive Director in 2019, bringing an extensive background in not-for-profit management, and lived experience as a woman candidate. Her career highlights include having been Executive Director of Nature Canada; Program Director for the Council of Canadian Academies; a non-partisan researcher...

Maggie Patterson

Interim Director of Programs

Maggie Patterson joined Equal Voice in 2019. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Ethics from the University of Ottawa and a M.A. in Conflict Studies. Maggie brings years of experience working in the non-profit sector at the national level. Most recently, developing business at the...

Zita Taylor


Zita joined the Equal Voice team in 2014, as Chapter Liaison. She played a key role for Equal Voice during the development and the implementation of the initial Daughters of the Vote program in 2016. Zita’s role has grown from being outwardly focused to focusing...

Nasha Brownridge

Communications Manager

Nasha moved to Ottawa from Milton, Ontario in 2009 to pursue a career in politics, and has since worked for multiple government departments, NGOs, and most recently spent five years working on Parliament Hill. Having worked for MPs in Quebec and Alberta, Nasha decided to...

Etana Cain

Community Engagement Fund Manager

Born and raised in Toronto, Etana is a long-time Equal Voice member and volunteer. She served as an Equity Officer during the first Daughters of the Vote, and is a past Chapter Chair and National Board Member. A strong advocate for gender equity, Etana worked...

Cherie Wong


Cherie is a Hong Konger-Canadian, born in Toronto. When she was two, her family moved back to Hong Kong. Cherie moved back to Kitchener 2010, where she completed her high school degree. Cherie moved to Ottawa, Cherie has attended and graduated from the University of...

Paige Kezima

Regional Coordinator - Prairie Region

Paige Kezima spent her childhood on a farm on Treaty 4 territory in rural Saskatchewan. She moved to Regina in 2008 to pursue post-secondary education. While pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a certificate in Public Relations, Paige was elected as the Vice-President...

Gina Gill Hartmann

Regional Coordinator -The Atlantic

Gina recently moved to Ottawa from Newfoundland where she worked as a freelance journalist and Community Information Officer for Epilepsy Newfoundland and Labrador (ENL). She graduated from St. Francis Xavier in 2004 with a BA in Literature and from Algonquin College with a Journalism Diploma...

Marian Nur

Equity Coordinator

Marian Nur is a first generation Somali-Canadian born in Ottawa. Marian found her love of volunteering and development at a young age, having come from a family with deep ties to the Somali community and working within international development. She holds an undergraduate degree from...

Shanese Indoowaaboo Steele

Indigenous Coordinator

Shanese Indoowaaboo Steele is a Afro-Indigenous woman of Metis, Nipissing and Trinidadian descent and is a part of the Crane Clan. She grew up in Toronto and spent her academic studies at Trent University. Shanese is currently one of the North American Focal Points for...

Kc Laroque

Logistics Coordinator

Kc is passionate about getting more women elected and engaged in the political process. Kc has worked in a MP's office, done candidate recruitment, and has stood as a candidate herself. She is the mother of two little humans and her eldest daughter’s reaction to...

Leila Moumouni-Tchouassi

Engagement Officer

Leila Moumouni – Tchouassi is a franco-West African born in Sherbrook Quebec that has lived on the unceded and unsurrendered land of the Algonquin people for 15 yrs. She has attended the university of Ottawa, for an Honours Bachelors in International Development and Globalization. Leila...

Emma Sandona

Engagement Officer

Emma is a French-Italian who pursued her Bachelor's degree in Linguistics in Paris with an exchange year at the University of Montréal. In 2015 she completed a Master's Degree in International Cooperation & Communication in France, and decided to move back to Canada. In Quebec,...

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