Asembo Bay Women for Development


Peggy Taillon
President and Founder

Peggy has lead the Canadian Council on Social Development,(CCSD) Canada's longest established social policy and research organization, through an unprecedented period of renewal since 2008.

A passionate advocate for equality and social justice, Peggy and her team organized the inaugural Canadian Social Forum in Calgary in 2009 and most recently they are leading the national fight to restore Canada's long form census an essential tool for social development.

Immediately prior to CCSD, Peggy served as a Senior Vice-President at The Ottawa Hospital, and was previously Executive Director of Ontario's Mental Health Implementation Task Force.

Today Peggy's diverse voluntary roles include the International Initiatives for Mental Health and Disability Leadership, the Inner City Health Project, the Ontario Accessibility Secretariat Advisory Council and the Canadian Reference Group on Population Health under the Public Health Agency of Canada. Peggy also founded HERA Mission of Canada which undertakes many development projects empowering women and children in Western Kenya.

Originally from the small northern Ontario town of South Porcupine, Peggy was educated in Toronto and Ottawa and holds degrees in Social Work and Law, as well as advanced diplomas in mediation and negotiation.

Peggy is most proud of her role as an adoring mother of her beautiful young son, Devlin.


Wendy Muckle
Co Founder & Director Operations

Wendy has been the Executive Director of the Ottawa Inner City Health Inc. (OICH) since its beginning on February 2001.

Wendy had been working with the homeless population since the early 1990s through her positions with the City of Ottawa and Sandy Hill Community Health Centre.

Wendy's research interest are in poverty and health, homelessness, international health, HIV/AIDS, harm reduction, primary health care for vulnerable populations, nursing education, health systems management and community based information systems.

Wendy has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Lakehead University and a Master in Health Administration from the University of Ottawa.