BGCO Executive Team

Adam Joiner

Chief Executive Officer

Adam started his Boys and Girls Club experience by attending one of the local clubhouses when he was nine years old (Police Youth Centre). Since that time Adam has had the opportunity to be a part of multiple Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa locations as either a Member, Volunteer, Part-Time Staff, Full-Time Senior Youth Worker, Manager, Senior Manager and now Director of Programs. As a member, Adam was a Youth Member of the Boys and Girls Club of Canada’s Board of Directors while assisting in the development of the Boys and Girls Club of Ontario’s Provincial Youth Conference.  Seeing the difference the Boys and Girls Club has had on his friends and himself, Adam decided to try to help young people the way he was helped. After receiving a scholarship from the Boys and Girls Club of Canada, Adam completed the Social Service Worker diploma at Algonquin College where he now sits on the Program Committee for that program. Adam comes with a wealth of programming knowledge and contacts within the recreation field (including work with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and the City of Ottawa) and is currently a registered trainer with the High Five Program (a Parks and Recreation Ontario initiative). 

Adam currently resides in Ottawa with his wife and three small children all of whom plan on attending the Boys and Girls Club as members when they reach the age to attend.


Jonelle Istead

Chief Advancement Officer

Jonelle Istead is a fundraising leader with over 15 years experience in the not-for-profit sector. Jonelle has led two successful fundraising campaigns, first at the Canadian Nurses Foundation in Ottawa and more recently, a $30 million effort for the Bishop Strachan School in Toronto.

With extensive fundraising and business development expertise, Jonelle's passion for people and building relationships has resulted in transformative major gifts and corporate partnerships.

When she’s not at BGCO, Jonelle and her husband are busy raising three young boys. Jonelle is a proud BGCO donor and is thrilled to be part of the team!

Medin Admasu

Chief Programs Officer

Medin Admasu has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 24 years with his first job being a locker room attendant at the Ron Kolbus Clubhouse and his most recent experience being a Program Manager with the Ontario Trillium Foundation. He is a proud alumni of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Ottawa with experience as an active member, volunteer and staff at the local, provincial and national levels. He has worked with diverse groups of community agencies across Canada and abroad in the creation and delivery of place-based programming that focuses on positive youth development and community engagement. He believes strongly in the impact the club provides especially to young people and their families living in low-income housing situations. He also values building relationships with individuals in the pursuit of common community development goals. He has an educational background in human rights, law and program evaluation from Carleton University. In this newly created role, he hopes to contribute in the growth and leadership development of staff, volunteers and members as they participate in the Club programming. He also hopes to build strategic partnerships that will increase the impact of the Club on the lives of children and youth across Ottawa. He is married with four children who inspire him everyday to do better for them and others in the community.

Glenna Courneya

Chief Financial Officer

Glenna Courneya joined the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa in January of 2019. Glenna holds a Chartered Professional Accountant Designation as well as a Bachelor of Accounting degree from the University of Calgary. Glenna's previous experience includes Comptroller of the Children's Aid Society of London and Middlesex (4th largest CAS in Ontario) as well as more recently, Senior Manager in the Corporate Management and Information Division of the Ministry Of Natural Resources and Forestry in Peterborough. As the youngest of nine children raised in rural Nova Scotia, Glenna understands the value of an organization such as the Boys and Girls Club. A single parent since her children were very young, Glenna believes strongly in empowering children and youth to move beyond their circumstances to thrive in their communities and inspire those around them. Having fairness as a strong core value, Glenna believes that every child deserves the chance to reach their full potential. She is excited to participate fully in all that BGCO has to offer its communities.

Glenna has two grown sons who are the light of her life. She currently resides in Gloucester with her rescue dog Willow.

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