Welcome to the Chair’s Blog, a new way for Grand Bend Community Foundation to stay in touch with our stakeholders. We’ll be sending out regular updates, sharing stories of our donors and grantees, and the impact they are having in our community.
In this one, I simply want to introduce myself.
I grew up in Burlington Ontario and completed a BSc in nursing and a Master’s in community health. Most of my career has been spent in the field of public health, both at the local and Ministry level. I also spent 15 years as an associate professor at McMaster University. One of my most satisfying jobs was in Hamilton, where I was responsible for street and needle exchange programs, and was deeply involved in the HIV crisis and homelessness.
I moved to Grand Bend when I was hired as Executive Director of the Huron County Public Health Unit. My husband and I soon fell in love with this community – not only the beautiful natural environment, but also the warm and unassuming people. We have made many good friends here. I’ve been involved with the Theatre Guild and just completed a term as Chair of the Health Services Foundation.
Last year I had the opportunity to attend the Belong 2017 International Community Foundations Conference on behalf of the Grand Bend Community Foundation. More than 700 people from 32 countries gathered to share stories of the amazing work being done by Community Foundations around the world. (Check out some highlights here.) For me it brought together everything I believe in and have worked for in my career and volunteer work. I realized that the Grand Bend Community Foundation is part of powerful global force for good, forever. I came back charged up and ready to work!
As Chair, my goal is to engage our community actively, letting everyone know what the Foundation is doing and how we’re building a stronger community. I want us to use the resources we have to support needs in every part of our community. I want people to understand that when they contribute to the Foundation, they are making a gift that lives and gives forever.