Bronson Rise – Our Team New

jp melville, ottawa, bronson centre, elora, canada

JP Melville – Hub Director

JP is an Ottawa-based, social purpose, business and project management consultant who partners with organizations, individuals, and the private sector to assist them with achieving their missions.

A summary of JP’s work includes supporting revenue positive social enterprise, seniors’ housing with a focus on small-scale shared accommodation concepts, supporting Bronson Centre as a major 45,000 sq. ft. creative cultural hub and service organization, recent renovation of a 1000 audience capacity performance venue,  literary publications, agriculture, and ten years of work in the global south and a couple of conflict zones to boot.

Ruth Truong – Communications

Ruth is an Ottawa-born lover of food and films. She loves to try new recipes, and she loves to watch foreign and independent films at Bytowne Cinema (her favourite). She is a graduate of both uOttawa (B.A.) and Carleton (M.A.) with a background in English Literature and some experience in Digital Humanities. When she is not coordinating rentals of Bronson Centre’s non-permanent meeting & event spaces or posting Bronson RISE content, she is working on streamlining Bronson Centre’s online presence.

Outside of work, Ruth is gaining experience in mobilization and organization for decent work. She hopes to increase her capacity to give time and resources toward community care and mutual aid.

Elisa Ojeda – Projects Manager 

Elisa hails from Chile, South America.  She brings us many years of private sector project management experience.  She has found a home in Bronson Centre, more than just a place of work.  Investing her private sector experience into the social benefit sector, especially our community hub, has been a great change experience (for all of us!).  Her passions are family, gardening, and too many creative hobbies to summarize here.  Elisa is in awe of how beautiful Ottawa is, as a city, and as her new home.

Christian Veselovsky – Outreach and Indigenous Partnership

Born and raised in the Ottawa area, Christian is a graduate of the Social Service Worker program at Algonquin College. As part of the growing partnership between Kateri Native Ministry and the Bronson Centre, Christian splits his time between both organizations. He brings his experience working with Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers to Bronson Centre. Outside of his work, Christian is active in the Ottawa classical music scene, playing cello in the Divertimento Orchestra and singing bass in the Notre Dame Cathedral Schola Cantorum.


Rhonda Flanagan – Strategy Analyst

Rhonda brings a wealth of housing and social purpose
organization experience to Bronson Centre.  Her working and volunteer life
has revolved around not-for-profit housing property, administration, and Board
management.  For more than 15 years Rhonda was an education consultant and
trainer in the  co-operative housing sector.  She spent an additional
six years as an Easter Seal Society camp director and property manager. Since
2008, Rhonda has been a volunteer Board director with the Abbeyfield Houses
Society of Durham, Ontario, a charitable seniors housing organization.



Her work has covered administration, property management,
community development, and adult education training.   She shares her
revenue positive business and staff management experience.  Since Covid,
she has focussed on creative flexibility in work demands, with a big focus on
virtual management and learning opportunities.  In early 2022 Rhonda joined
Bronson Centre, working remotely from rural, Central Ontario.  She
supports Bronson Centre organizations that collaborate on broad objectives of
seniors inclusion in all aspects of their mandates  A strong focus is on
sustainability, collective impacts, and seniors housing alternatives. 
 Rhonda reviews and assists collaboration organizations with legal
agreements, new business plans, and maintaining a coherent link between their
organization’s direct mandates and activities, seniors and our ageing demographic,
and Bronson Centre’s long term sustainable vision as a  community hub.


Ryan Lindsey– Tech Director