About Me

I have devoted my 50+ year career to serving my community – working in education, recreation, health, and social services.

I have served as Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of the United Way of Chatham-Kent since Valentine’s Day 1983 and officially retired from that post on Friday, 2018 AUG 17.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWoGdvdaJyo
Shown at my retirement party, held at Links of Kent Golf Club on 2018 AUG 17.

Born in Windsor (1948), I graduated from Vincent Massey Collegiate Institute and Windsor Business College.

I moved to Thunder Bay in 1970 where I held positions in the Continuing Education Department at Lakehead University and Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Thunder Bay.

When the District Health Councils (forerunners to the Local Health Integration Networks) were created in the late 1970’s, I assisted the Executive Director in building one of the first District Health Councils in the Province.

After moving back to southwestern Ontario in 1979, I took secretarial positions at Queen Mary Public and John McGregor Secondary Schools.  At the same time, I became a volunteer board member of the local Canadian Mental Health Association and later resigned from the Board to accept a paid position with the organization.

Pre-amalgamation, I ran in the municipal election and won a seat on Tilbury Town Council where I became the youngest and only female member on Council.

Recruited as the first female member of the Rotary Club of Chatham in 1991, I became its first female President on July 1st, 2000 … and celebrated 26 years with this fine service organization last November.

As a life-long learner, I went “back to school” in 2007 and earned my Certificate in Economic Development from the University of Waterloo.

My hobbies include golfing, reading, knitting and card-making.

I am married to Rob, am mother to Wendy and grandmother to Trent and Kennedy.

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Current Community Involvement

  • Co-Chair, Community Safety and Wellbeing Committee
  • Member, Chatham-Kent Community Leaders Cabinet
  • Member, Angela’s Pocket – Ursulines
  • Member, Rotary Club of Chatham

Former Community Involvement

  • Past President, The National Secretaries Association International (Thunder Bay Chapter)
  • Volunteer, Rehabilitation Action Team (RAP) – a support group of Mental Health/Kent
  • Vice-President, Tilbury Area Public School Home and School Association
  • Municipal Councillor, Town of Tilbury
  • Board Member, Canadian Mental Health Association
  • Board Chair, Chatham-Kent Integrated Children’s Services Foundation

Special Achievements

  • Mayor’s Award for Achievement – Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) (Thunder Bay)
  • First female Rotarian – Rotary Club of Chatham (1991)
  • First female President – Rotary Club of Chatham (2000)
  • Chatham-Kent Y.M.C.A. Women of Excellence Award for Community Volunteer Contribution (2000)
  • Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship
  • Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award (2012)
  • United Way Service Award – 30+ Years of Service (2017 MAY 10)

Initiation, Incubation and Nurturing of Community Building Initiatives while leading the team at United Way

  • Chatham-Kent Children’s Safety Village
  • Chatham-Kent Nonprofit Network
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • NeighbourLink
  • Operation BackPacks
  • Operation Cover-Up
  • Operation Red Nose (now Home James)
  • Prosperity Roundtable (formerly Roundtable on Poverty Reduction)
  • The 425 – United Way Centre for Community Innovation (a community hub)
  • Women’s Leadership Council

Employment History

  • Curtis Printing Company (Windsor)
  • Lakehead University (Thunder Bay)
  • City of Thunder Bay  (Parks and Recreation Department)
  • Thunder Bay District Health Council
  • Queen Mary Public School (Chatham)
  • John McGregor Secondary School (Chatham)
  • Canadian Mental Health Association
  • United Way of Chatham-Kent

Education

  • Vincent Massey Collegiate Institute (Windsor)
  • Graduate – Windsor Business College
  • Certificate in Economic Development (University of Waterloo) (2007)