Board of Directors


Dominique Leonard, Chair, Board of Directors

Dom LeonardDominique Leonard is a researcher and program evaluator working in the area of mental health and education. Her areas of interest include mental health in the workplace, youth transitions from high school to postsecondary education, and peer mentoring. Oh, and she LOVES horseback riding, hiking, walking her beloved dog, Sophie, and travelling.

Ms. Leonard received her Masters in Education at the University of Ottawa in 2010, with a specialization in Teaching, Learning and Evaluation. She received an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Psychology at the University of Ottawa. She is also a member of the Canadian Evaluation Society.

As ADAO Chair since June 2015, Dominique’s focus has been to lead the change process underway at ADAO to re-invigorate the organization and safeguard its long-term sustainability. Dominique brings to ADAO a genuine passion for collaboration and a keen desire to see ADAO’s new organizational vision as a leader in community-based anxiety support come to life.

Dominique Naud, Secretary

Dominique Naud is a communications professional currently working in the international development sector. She has over 10 years of experience in the fields of media, communications and public affairs. Having first worked as a journalist, she has handled external communications for various organizations in the diplomacy, education and not-for-profit sectors, in Canada and abroad. She hopes her expertise can help ADAO to increase its visibility in the community so that more people can become aware of the important services it offers.

Patricia-Behnke-200x200 (1)Dr. Patricia Behnke, C.Psych

Patricia is a Clinical Psychologist who provides psychological services to children, youth, and families in her private practice in Ottawa.  She obtained her M.A. and Ph.D. in School and Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Toronto and has obtained her clinical training and career experience to date in multiple settings, including schools, hospitals, and community-based mental health services.  Patricia is passionate about enhancing the availability of mental health services for children, youth, and families and about contributing to services that focus on the early prevention of mental health difficulties.  She joined the ADAO in June 2015 and is excited to bring her clinical experience to the ADAO and to collaborate with the organization in working on the development of programs for youth.

 kylieKylie Patrick, Chair, Fundraising Committee

Kylie has worked in the fundraising sector for more than 16 years, the last 9 advancing the cause of higher education at Carleton University. Throughout her career Kylie has worked in administration, volunteer management, business operations, annual giving and major gifts. Kylie’s current volunteer roles include the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Partners for Mental Health.  Kylie is thrilled to be a part of the ADOA and is passionate about the cause of mental health.  Kylie graduated in 1999 from Trent University with an honours degree in Canadian Studies and Politics and obtained her CFRE in June 2013.

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