Our Staff


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Britta Martini-Miles M.A., Executive Director

Britta has been the Executive Director of the Lighthouse for Grieving Children in Oakville since November 2011. A German national, she completed her undergraduate degree in her home country, followed by a MA in International Relations at Penn State in 1989. 
After many years of international assignments in Europe, the US, and South Africa Britta, her husband, and three grown children settled in Oakville in 2005, where she has since immersed herself in the local community as a volunteer and as ED for local not-for-profits. Britta has a track record in fundraising, marketing, not-for-profit management and organizational development and is delighted to be able to lead the Lighthouse to become a highly recognized and respected grief resource and support centre for Halton and Peel.   In 2014, Britta was the Finalist for Central Canada for the RBC/Women of Influence Charitable Giving Award. She is also proud to have been awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship by the Rotary Club of Oakville West for “Service above Self” in January. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Candace Ray M.Ed., CAGS, Director of Services and Operations

Candace joined the Lighthouse in January of 2013 and brings with her over 20 years of experience in social work and public education. While employed as a social worker, Candace completed her Master’s degree in Education at the University of Vermont in 1992. Candace spent the next four years as a Special Educator in a public high school and earned a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Education at the University of Vermont in 1998 before moving to Canada. In addition to her experience as a teacher and social worker, Candace has spent over 10 years coordinating programs and working with volunteers at Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring organizations in both Canada and the United States. She is passionate and committed to supporting children, youth and their families as they face difficult life challenges and considers it a privilege to be part of the Lighthouse team of dedicated staff and volunteers. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



Sharon O’Donnell, B.A, B.S.W., RSW - Coordinator of Support Services

Sharon joined The Lighthouse in August 2013. Support and empowerment for children and families has been the focus of her career. After the completion of her degrees in Social Work and Psychology at McMaster University, Sharon worked with families dealing with issues of domestic violence. She then went on to provide Pre and Post Natal Counselling, pregnancy options and support at a child protection agency, and subsequently became the assessment and support worker in foster care. After taking time to be home with her three children, Sharon returned to the workplace to provide support to children and youth who lacked significant role models, by matching them with caring adult volunteer mentors. Apart from her career, Sharon devotes her time and energy to running her three children around town. Whenever possible, Sharon seeks out time in the woods to commune with nature and find solace. Sharon is a board member at large and conference chair for the Bereavement Ontario Network.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


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Erica Bostwick B.A. B.Ed., Coordinator of Support Groups

Erica has known since she was three, when she met her baby sister for the first time that she wanted to work with children. After graduating from Queen’s University with a B.A. Psychology/B.Ed., life took her to South Africa where she taught drama and creative movement classes, and had her son Jason. Four years later while living in Nevada her daughter Elizabeth was born. Erica has extensive volunteer experience ranging from coaching soccer and basketball, being a Boy Scout and Girl Guide leader, holding various positions on school councils, to facilitating a children’s group at a Women’s Shelter. Erica began her work at Lighthouse as a volunteer facilitator in October 2011, and took on an even larger role as Groups Assistant in 2013. Erica holds a certificate in Bereavement Education from U. of T. and a certificate in Children's Grief and Bereavement from The Hincks Dellcrest Centre. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Caralee McGowan, Office Manager

With over 25 years of administrative experience, Cara McGowan is an invaluable asset to The Lighthouse. In addition to her organizational skills and her ability to effectively troubleshoot, Cara brings an element of cheer to the work environment which is appreciated by the rest of The Lighthouse team. Cara is one of the first points of contact when families call The Lighthouse, and will make sure that any questions are answered and that calls are directed to the rest of the team. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.