Vice-Chair, Board of Directors
Susan Desjardins is a retired human resources professional with experience in leadership development, organizational change management, talent development, and recruitment and compensation. She is the co-founder and past Chair of the Ottawa Chapter of Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC).
Susan received a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Anthropology from McGill University and her Master of Arts in International Studies from Carleton University. She holds an MBA from the University of Ottawa. She previously worked for Save the Children Canada before transitioning to a career in human resources at a large telecommunications company. In her role with DWDC, Susan has delivered presentations on access to medical assistance in dying (MAID), liaised with several influential community stakeholders in the Ottawa area, and recruited and trained volunteers while fostering relationships with supporters.
Susan also co-founded a small green energy non-profit, EcoEnergy Ottawa, focused on promoting use of green energy innovations in the Ottawa area. Her role included the development of funding proposals and supporting volunteer efforts. Susan brings her volunteer knowledge to the Board table to strengthen relations with key partners including DWDC chapters across the country.