Board of Directors

The L’Arche Sudbury Board of Directors is made up of a diverse group of people bringing specific knowledge, skills and commitment to the goals of the organization. It is accountable to the people it serves; core members, clients, staff, ministry and other funders and the community.

There are four general functions of a board of directors; planning, policy, monitoring and performance. Our board meets once a month and each year holds an Annual General meeting during which yearly committee reports are presented and the election of officers for the coming year is held..

If you are interested in becoming part of our board or assisting L’Arche Sudbury in some other way please call our office at 705-525-1015.




Jennifer Cawley-Caruso – President/Board Member

Jennifer Cawley Caruso, MAEd is a retired Cambrian College faculty member. Her working life spanned the fields of outdoor education and recreation programming, developmental services, child and adolescent mental health, program development and review. Her board experience includes previous terms on the L’Arche Sudbury Board as member and president, founding chair of the L’Arche Ontario Board and Vice-chair of the L’Arche Canda Board, vice-chair of the Board of the Ontario Association of Child & Youth Care. Jennifer has served on the Residential Placement Review Committee as an appointee of the Ministry of Child & Youth Services since 2010.


Brian Sawdon – Treasurer & Chair of Finance Committee/Board Member

Brian is a sixty year old Chartered Professional Accountant. He is married with three grown children. He was born and educated in Sudbury. He has been employed for twenty six years as a controller for a Sudbury construction company which conducts business across Canada. Brian is a lector at Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic church.


Heather Westaway – Board Member (Policy & Procedures)

Heather is a Registered Kinesiologist with 15 years of clinical experience in Geriatrics, Chronic Disease Management, and Hospice Palliative Care. As a Certified COPD Educator and Certified Diabetes Educator, her extensive work with patients experiencing end-stage heart failure and COPD while awaiting organ transplantation has given her a unique perspective on palliative care and its impact on patients and their families.

Heather’s current role with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) is Manager of the Faculty Affairs and Continuing Education and Professional Development Portfolio. She is responsible for day to day operational management, recruitment, supervision, and evaluation of faculty and professional staff, development of departmental goals and evaluating metrics to ensure efficient and effective team performance with respect to faculty promotion, educational program delivery and fiscal accountability.

Lastly, she is the proud mother of two boys ages 7 and 5. She and her family are thrilled to have joined the L’Arche Sudbury community.



Sharon Oliver – Board Member

Raised 4 wonderful children and now am grandmother of 4 amazing grandchildren, Matthew, aged 7, who lives here in Sudbury, Summer, aged 18 months, who lives in Toronto, Tyler, who plays hockey for Grand Rapids Griffins, and Even who is a student at LoEllen Park Secondary School here in Sudbury. I have lived in the Sudbury area my entire life, attended Catholic elementary schools and Catholic secondary school, Laurentian University, (B.A.), Hamilton Teachers= College, and Nipissing University (B.Ed.).

Began teaching career with Coniston Separate School Board, which amalgamated with Sudbury Separate School Board, then became SCDSB. Served on many boards in Ontario. Received the Catholic Principals Council of Ontario Award for Outstanding Principal of the Year in 2009.


Theresa Ann O’Hara-Smith – Board Member

I am an occupational therapist. I have worked primarily in the field of paediatrics since graduating in 1978. I retired in 2015 but continue to do some contract work.

I have special interest in Learning Disabilities. I was a board member with the Learning Disability Association of Sudbury for many years.

I have been a volunteer with L’Arche Sudbury since the community was very young.


Carolyn Cattapan –  ex officio (Guardian Angel Foundation of Sudbury)


Stacey Meekma – Board Member

Stacey was born and raised in Saskatchewan and relocated to Sudbury in 2015. She is married to Andre Leite and has two children. She has an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto and is currently completing her B.ScN at Laurentian University.