Board of Directors

ᐊᐱᖅᑯᑎᓴᖃᓐᓂᕈᕕᑦ ᑲᑎᒻᒪᔩᑦ ᒥᑦᓵᓄᑦᐅᑦᕙᓘᓐᓂᑦᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᓕᐅᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ,ᐅᖃᖃᑎᒋᔪᓐᓇᕐᑕᐃᑦ.
If you have any questions about Inuuqatigiit Centre’s Board or Nomination process, please contact Allison Zakal at ph #613-227-3069 or .

ᐊᐱᖅᑯᑎᓴᖃᓐᓂᕈᕕᑦ ᐃᓅᖃᑎᒌᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᕕᖓᑦᑕ ᒥᑦᓵᓄᑦ ᐅᖃᖃᑎᒋᔪᓐᓇᕐᑕᐃᑦ ᒥᑭ ᐋᑕᒻᔅ.
If you have any questions about the Agency, please contact Stephanie Mikki Adams: 613-299-2352 or

For the Board of Director’s Job description, click here.

To download a copy of the 2020 Nomination Form, click here; or to get a copy of the AGM promo flyer, click here.

In keeping with the philosophy of a community-driven organization, the by-laws of the Inuuqatigiit require that a majority of directors on the Board be parents of children enrolled in programs offered by the Inuuqatigiit, and a majority be Inuit. These measures ensure that all Inuuqatigiit programming is relevant to the community it serves. As such, our staff and Board of Directors are abreast of issues that Inuit families face in an urban setting.

The Inuuqatigiit Board made changes to the 2011 By-Laws due in response to new legislation.
To review the approved 2017 Inuuqatigiit’s By-Laws, click here.

Our 2020-2021 Board of Directors:

Tamara Takpannie, President
Alyssa Flaherty-Spence, Vice-President
Tara Arnatsiaq-Barnes, Treasurer
Andree Lacasse, Secretary

Adam Gravel, Director Lynda Brown, Director
Noelle Murphy, Director Andrea Monahan, Director

Members At Large: David Zacharias and Stephanie Puetz


Board of Directors

Tamara Takpannie

Tamara Takpannie is a proud Urban Inuk that has been apart of the Ottawa Inuit community her whole life. Her mothers’ side of the family is from Iqaluit, Nunavut and her father is of Greek ancestry and she is the youngest of 5 children. Tamara is very thankful that her son Mason is able to grow up in a community that welcomes Inuit culture, language and traditions. He is currently in the kindergarten program at Inuuqatigiit. She is a single mother and attends Carleton University full time – majoring in Psychology with a double minor in Political Science & Neuroscience and Mental Health. Tamara is very ecstatic to be a part of the board of directors and input her knowledge has an urban Inuk to help strengthen the programs provided to Inuit who’ve relocated to Ottawa.

Alyssa Flaherty-Spence

Alyssa Flaherty-Spence is of Inuit and Cree decent. She is a Nunavut beneficiary and considers Ottawa, ON and Iqaluit, NU home. Alyssa Flaherty-Spence is a graduate of the University of Ottawa with a degree in Political Science and Aboriginal Studies. Following her undergraduate studies, she successfully completed the Program of Legal Studies for Native Students at the University of Saskatchewan. Alyssa successfully completed her Juris Doctor with the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa in 2016.
Alyssa has worked with a number of Inuit organizations such as Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), Nunavut Tunngavik, Inc. (NTI), Maliganiik Tukisiiniavik Legal Aid Services, Sivummut YWCA Women’s Shelter, and has experience as a Board Member for Pauktuutit Inuit Women’s Association of Canada. In her role with Pauktuutit she spoke in the House of Commons on behalf of the Pauktuutit Board of Directors on the impact of cut backs on Inuit women across Canada. Alyssa has travelled throughout Northern Canada and focuses her attention on Northern issues and law. Further, she spoke as a representative for Aboriginal woman and law students at the Ministers Roundtable for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Ottawa, Ontario.
Alyssa also volunteered with Level Justice in their Dare to Dream program in 2014-2015 during her legal studies and further continued on as the Director of Youth Outreach. Following her Juris Doctor she completed her 10-month Law Society of Upper Canada Articling Program with Dubuc-Osland Barristers and Solicitors where they focus on Inuit and First Nations Economic Development. Most recently, Alyssa completed her Law Society of Upper Canada Barrister and Solicitor licensing exams and will be Called to the Ontario Bar in January 2018 and will be a Ontario licensed lawyer.

Lynda Brown

Prior to being on the Board, Lynda was Youth Manager for Inuuqatigiit where she worked with a dedicated team to deliver a broad range of programs that promote traditional Inuit values, discovery, and growth.
Lynda has deep roots with Inuuqatigiit having been part of the original Board that started the multi-service Inuit organization in 2005. She brought a lifelong interest in and a passion for Inuit youth. “They are really inspiring.” “Working at the Inuuqatigiit allowed me to be part of something bigger.” She was able to learn more about her culture and grow while making community connections. She is an excellent presenter, particularly on throat singing and drum dancing.
Among Lynda’s vast experiences, Lynda did a two-year stint in 2006-08 for the Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada on Maternal Health.
In her spare time, she enjoys being with her kids, reading, traveling and performing.

Andrée Lacasse

Andrée Lacasse was born in Ottawa. She completed her university studies (BA, BA and MA) in Child and Youth Care specializing in Indigenous Children and Youth, International Relations and Business Communications and started her career with the Government of Canada in 2001. In the years she has spent as a federal public servant, one thing that remains constant is her passion to work in Indigenous issues. Despite her different roles in Government, she has been drawn to wanting to improve the situations of Indigenous communities in Canada.
Her interest in working with Indigenous communities continues to be fulfilled through her non profit work. She co-founded the Isa Mundo Foundation, a small organization that supports education, children and youth and environmental health and is Chair of Children and Youth projects. She has had the opportunity to support projects that attempt to improve the situations of children in orphanages and child centred facilities by supporting basic needs, annual activities and developing life skill programs.
Her studies and interest in working with children and youth is what led her to Inuuqatigiit. As a past volunteer at Inuuqatigiit, she enjoyed her time tremendously and learned so many valuable lessons from Elders, staff, families and the kids themselves. She is forever grateful to her Inuit family for bringing her the most precious gift in her life, her son. Andrée feels her responsibility as the mother of an Inuk child is to ensure he grows up proud of his Inuit language and culture. She strives to provide this for him and for all Inuit children by supporting Inuuqatigiit to the best of her abilities.