Chair of the Board

Peggy Brown

Peggy Brown

Peggy is a professional life coach, helping her clients through stressful circumstances in their lives. She has been coaching since 2011. Previously she was an elementary school teacher for the Upper Canada School Board, teaching special education and primary grades.

Peggy is a graduate of Queen’s University, B.A. Psychology, 1980, University of Ottawa, B.Ed. , 1982 and Integral Coaching Canada, Master Integral Coach™,2011. She is an active volunteer, presently at CHEO, and previously throughout the autism and international adoption community. She is a past coordinator of Camp Leo, for children with ASD.

Peggy and her husband Gerry are the proud parents of three young adults, including a son with autistic spectrum disorder.


Neil Blacher

Coming Soon


Heather Wyatt

After teaching for 31 years in the public education system, Heather retired from the Ottawa Carleton District School Board in June 2013. While with the OCDSB Heather was involved in the creation and delivery of Ministry curriculum as a Math Board Trainer, a Literacy Coach and a lead writer of the Kindergarten Program curriculum document. She has had extensive experience working with children with various exceptionalities, including autism. Heather has experience teaching Grades JK to 6, in a variety of subjects including Special Education, Core French, Vocal Music and English as a Second Language. Heather has her Primary and Junior Certificate, with Specialist Certificates in Primary Education and Special Education. She also holds additional qualifications in Vocal Music, ESL, and Remedial Reading. Heather has been with Edelweiss Private Academy for the past five years, as both teacher and principal.

Directors at Large

Gaye E. Moffett

Gaye E. Moffett

Gaye E. Moffett received her RN, and B.Sc.N. and a M. Ed. (Admin) from the University of Ottawa.

She founded GEM Health Care Services in 1994 in Ottawa, and expanded into the GTA in 2009 through the franchise model. GEM specializes in all types of private health care services like private duty nursing, home care services, personal and home support services, institutional supplemental staffing and health and wellness services like annual flu shot and mask fit test clinics.

GEM received an ISO 9001 Certificate of Registration for Quality Management System in 2012.

Gaye volunteers in the community by: being a Rotarian; is the Co-Chair of the Employer Council of Champions of Hire Immigrants of Ottawa; is on the Executive committee of the Home Care Ontario Board of Directors; is President of the Ottawa Bach Choir’s Board of Directors; is a Board Member of TIPES and by singing in the tenor section of her church choir.

She loves taking long walks in the off lease dog park near where she lives and living and commuting into work from her cottage in the Gatineau Hills all summer long.

Alison Rothschild

Alison Rothschild

Alison is a Registered Nurse receiving her B.Sc. (Nursing) and M.A. (Geography) from University of Ottawa. She currently works part time mostly with oncology and palliative patients in the home care setting. In the past, Alison has served on the Board of Directors for Autism Ontario (Ottawa Chapter) and the Westboro Cooperative Nursery School.

Prior to working as a nurse, Alison spent several years at home with her three children, the oldest of which has autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability. During this time she spent many hours as a volunteer at school and in various other community activities.


Volunteer Position Available:

TIPES is looking for a qualified volunteer to act as Chair of the Fundraising Committee on the Board of Directors.
For a full description of this position please click here to see the volunteer posting.