Our Story

Carty House provides a first home and a helping hand to refugee women in need in the Ottawa area.

Carty House accomplishes this by providing a safe space for refugee women to live, grow, build a community, and settle into their new lives in Canada, as well as providing support and assistance with various aspects of their settlement and integration journey.

Carty House was established in 2001 by Sister Maureen Killoran of the Congregation of Notre Dame (CND) to respond to the underserved needs of female refugee claimants arriving alone in Ottawa. Sister Mary Carty, CND, (1954-1999), was known for her sense of justice and her commitment to disadvantaged women.

In 2009, Carty House was established as a non-religious Canadian non-profit charitable organization.

Carty House is the only home dedicated to female refugees in Ottawa.


A welcoming community where all refugee women have access to a safe and stable home.


Carty House provides a first home and a helping hand to refugee women in need in the Ottawa area. We assist them in pursuing their claims and adjusting to their new life on arrival to Canada through the provision of accommodation, as well as through material, financial and psychological support.


Our values guide all our work at Carty House and speak to the type of home environment we are working to create for the residents and our community. These values are incorporated in all aspects of our work, including planning, decision-making and most importantly, how we interact with our residents, community partners, staff, and volunteers. Our values include:

  • Compassion: We will suspend judgement and strive to understand the perspectives and situations of others.
  • Respect: We will respect differences and the privacy of our residents and work to create mutual respect among residents and within the community.
  • Integrity: We will practice responsible and sustainable management of resources and ensure compliance with set guidelines, principles, and laws.
  • Collaboration: We will work closely and transparently with all our stakeholders to maximize our reach and offer the highest quality of service.
  • Innovation: We will seek new ideas and ways to invest in and develop skills, services and systems that consider current and future challenges and opportunities.
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: We will model equity, diversity and inclusion in our policies, programs and services and create an environment that fosters these values.

Board of Directors

Diana Martin (Chair)
Ali Maclean (Vice-Chair)
Didier Delahousse (Treasurer)
Erin Larocque (Secretary)
Melissa Bitar
Barbra Chimhandamba
Julianna Corderre
Sandra Jones
Basir Mohamadi
Justine Nkurunziza
Trinish Padayachee
Wudassie Tamrat


Manager of Operations and Refugee Services
Louise Ebeltoft

Program Coordinator
Dominique Desjardins

Assistant Coordinator
Grace Dusabe

Outreach & Development Coordinator
Michelle Miller

Charity Chavez