Our People

The Sunset Community Foundation is governed by a group of dedicated community leaders who provide their expertise, experience and knowledge on a volunteer basis.

 2020-2021 Board of Directors and Advisors

  • Deb Gill (Chair)
  • Charlene Masschelein (Vice Chair)
  • Doug Hurst (Treasurer and Chair Finance)
  • Jim Jean (Executive Member at Large and Chair Grants)
  • Peter Janzen (Director and Chair Relationship Development)
  • Jim Lynn (Director and Liaison, Huron Entrepreneur Fund)
  • Chris Thompson (Director)
  • Tom Prout (Director)
  • Stephanie Allen (Director)
  • Roz Elliott (Director)
  • Pat Morden (Executive Director)


Board Biographies 

Deb Gill 

Deb trained as a Registered Nurse and completed a BA at the University of Waterloo and a BEd at Western University before starting her teaching career. Over her 20-year career as a principal she led five schools to achieve academic success, earning the prestigious Bette Stephenson Award for Academic Excellence in her last school. After retiring, she led a multi-million-dollar building project at Huron Shores United Church.

Chris Thompson

Chris has been the manager of TD Canada Trust in Grand Bend for more than two decades. Chris is an active volunteer in the Grand Bend community. As well as being a past Board member of the Grand Bend Community Foundation, Chris is also an active Rotarian, a former a board member of both the Grand Bend & Area Community Health Centre and the Grand Bend & District Soccer Association, and a member of multiple community committees.  Chris lives in Grand Bend with her husband Brian.

Tom Prout

Retired from a 40-year career with conservation authorities in Ontario, Tom received the Latornell Conservation Leadership Award for innovation, motivation and leadership. He has been a Director on many organizations, including the Ontario Institute of Agrologists, the Soil and Water Conservation Society, the Rural Ontario Institute, and the Grand Bend Community Foundation. For 29 years he has been a member of the Conservation Dinner Committee, which has raised more than one million dollars for local conservation projects.

Jim Jean

Dr. Jim Jean is a retired dentist who teaches on a part-time basis at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. A long-time Grand Bend resident, he has volunteered in the community in a variety of roles.

Peter Janzen

A chemical engineer, Pete spent his career with Imperial Oil and Exxon Mobil. A Grand Bend homeowner since 2003, he is now retired. He is an active Rotarian, and has two daughters and four grandchildren living in Lambton County.

Charlene Masschelein

Charlene grew up on a farm in Parkhill. A Chartered Public Accountant, she worked in Toronto for the past seven years for Johnson & Johnson. Now able to work from home, she moved to her new home in Grand Bend in October 2019.

Roz Elliott- under construction

Jim Lynn

Before retiring, Jim was a manager at Bank of Montreal in several locations, and then served as CEO of United Communities Credit Union Limited ( prior to a merger with Libro Financial). He has been actively involved in the Huron County community since his retirement, serving as the founding Chair of the Huron County Economic Development Board among other involvements. Jim has a consulting practice assisting local entrepreneurs with strategic planning and intergenerational business transfers.

Doug Hurst-

A University of Toronto graduate and former bank manager, Doug was a shareholder and Controller of CRS Contractors Rental Supply (now Sunbelt Rentals) from 2000 to 2014. After 23 years in Kitchener-Waterloo, Doug moved to Grand Bend in 2012.

Stephanie Allen- under construction

Pat Morden

Pat has been a professional writer, editor and communication consultant for more than 30 years. A Grand Bend resident since 2004, she has served in a variety of volunteer roles, including as Chair of the Grand Bend Community Foundation. She is a committed environmentalist, has trained as a Climate Reality presenter with the Al Gore organization, and continues to work with the Lakeshore Eco-Network. She was hired as GBCF’s Executive Director in April 2018.

Honorary Council

The Sunset Community Foundation Honorary Council honors and engages past board members and other community leaders. Council members continue to make a contribution to the Foundation by:

  • Providing feedback on how the Foundation is perceived in the community
  • Providing insights on how to raise the profile of the Foundation and engage effectively with potential donors
  • Helping spread the Foundation’s key messages
  • Opening doors for the Foundation where appropriate

Our Honorary Councilors are:

  • Jennifer Mossop
  • David Bannister
  • Bob Illman
  • Irene Hall
  • Brian Hall
  • Penny Nelligan
  • Janette Baillie