John Wilkinson, Stratford – Chair
John Wilkinson of Stratford served as our local MPP from 2003 – 2011. He is a former Ontario Cabinet Minister. Prior to politics he founded WK Financial Planning Ltd. and was a Certified Financial Planner with experience in estate planning and charitable gift donations.
Today, John is the President of Wilkinson Insight Incorporated, which offers his unique insight on a wide range of topics through public speaking engagements, post secondary lectures and to select private and public sector clients.
John was the youngest President elected by the Stratford Kiwanis Club, where he continues to serve as a Senior Member. He chaired the $1.4 million Renaissance Campaign to save the historic Normal School beside the Stratford Festival. He is currently co-chair, along with Des McAnuff, of the “Places, Please” capital campaign to retire the mortgage at the new Performing Artists Lodge, Stratford.
For his extensive charitable service John has been honoured with the Julia Award by the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary International, and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.
Dennis DesRosiers, St. Marys – Vice Chair
Since starting his consulting company in 1985, Dennis has become literally the “go-to-guy” for interpretive insights into the North American automotive industry and is considered by the automotive industry as one of North America’s leading analysts. His thinking is sought not only by automotive executives throughout the supply chain but also by government policy makers and the media.
Looking beyond his business accomplishments, one of his proudest achievements has been his positioning to help young analysts develop their full potential. Dennis is particularly involved with efforts to help students become fully equipped to make effective contributions to the automotive industry with numerous lectures each year at Colleges and Universities.
Dennis has made substantial volunteer commitments in time and expertise by ably serving on Local Community, University and College committees, Boards and special campaigns, as well as financial support aimed towards the betterment of students including; the Automotive Research and Development Centre (ARDC) with Chrysler, Auto 21, the Center for Innovation with the International Truck and Engine Corporation (ITEC) and the Center for Innovation, all based in his home town of Windsor, Ontario. Dennis has established a named scholarship at the University of Windsor, and second at Georgian College.
He is currently a Board member of the only publically traded dealer group in Canada, AutoCanada Inc., where his work has been recognized at helping AutoCanada become one of the top five dealer groups in the country. In 2012 he was awarded The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his contribution to the automotive sector in Canada.
Married with one adult daughter, Dennis spends one third of his time at this country home near St. Marys, Ontario where he pursues his most beloved passions … theatre, gardening, building things with his hands and renovating.
Nancy Orr, Stratford – Past Chair
Nancy is honoured to support Stratford and Perth County through the Community Foundation. She is committed to contributing to our Community at large as well as supporting the vibrancy of the business sector. She has participated on many Board’s, locally including the Stratford and District Chamber of Commerce, the Stratford and Area Builders’ Association, and more broadly as the Vice Chair of the Lambton College Board of Governors, the Sarnia Dragon Boat Festival, and the water committee of the Centre for Research in Earth and Space Technology. She is an active volunteer having served a diverse spectrum of local initiatives including The Canadian Dairy XPO, The International Plowing Match, The Ontario Pork Congress, Braz for the Cause, Savour Stratford, Canada 3.0, The Dominion Tankard, etc. Her business acumen and entrepreneurship is focussed as a partner of MACORR Holdings, a venture with a broad basis in business initiatives. Having been born and raised in Stratford, she was delighted to have come back in 2009 after being away for 20 years to raise her own children, and to continue the family tradition of giving back.
Stacey Campbell, West Perth – Treasurer
Stacey Campbell was raised on a beef farm in Fullarton. She graduated from Wilfred Laurier University with an Honours Bachelor in Business Administration. In 2010, she received her chartered accountant designation from the institute of chartered accountants of Ontario, now CPA Ontario. She is a staff accountant at Famme & Co. Professional corporation where she started in 2007. Stacey mainly works with agriculture and agri-business clients as well as not-for-profit and charitable organizations. She resides on a cash crop operation in West Perth.
Leanne Perreault, Stratford – Secretary
Leanne Perreault has worked for leading organizations in interesting and diverse sectors, including aviation, the arts, and higher education.
Leanne is currently Administrative Officer with the University of Waterloo’s Digital Media Campus in Stratford, Ontario, where she provides strategic guidance and support for the growing administrative structure of the university’s newest campus.
Prior to joining the University of Waterloo, Leanne served as Senior Manager of Corporate Communication for Fanshawe College, one of Ontario’s largest community colleges. She has also served as Director, Communication and Patron Experience with the world-renowned Stratford Festival of Canada; and as Director, Marketing Communications and Brand Management for Air Canada Jazz, where she oversaw the rebranding of Air Canada’s regional airlines into the current national carrier. Her experience has afforded her much-valued insight into the workings of private sector, not-for-profit and public sector organizations.
Leanne’s extensive board and volunteer activities have earned her a deserved reputation as an effective community advocate. She currently sits on the executive committee of the Stratford Tourism Alliance, and the Local Advisory and Quality Committees for the Stratford General Hospital. She has chaired the Stratford Perth Community Foundation’s annual Mayor’s Gala and the Fanshawe College United Way Campaign, and currently serves on the steering committee of the 2016 World Festival of Children’s Theatre to be held in Stratford. Finally, Leanne has served for many years on the Foundation Board for King’s University College at Western University.
Ron McKay, Stratford
Ron McKay has a Diploma in Agriculture from Ridgetown College. He started farming at 19 and was a dairy farmer for 40 years. During that time he was involved in local farm organizations, the Milk Committee, the Stratford Cooperative and the Optimist Club.
Ron was also active in municipal politics starting at the age of 45, serving 12 years as councilor, then 7 more as Reeve of Perth South, and Perth County Councilor. During that time he served as the Warden of Perth County for 2 years.
Ron retired to Stratford 5 years ago, but continues to help his son with the crops on the ‘home’ farm. He serves on the board of the Southeast Hope Mutual Insurance Company, and supports a number of community organizations as a volunteer. He is a charter member of Optimist Club of Downie and has been a member for 37 years. He joined the Rotary Club of Stratford 4 years ago, is the Vice Chair of the Board of St. John’s Ambulance, and serves on the boards of Stratford Parks and Recreation, and Spruce Lodge Non-profit Housing. He is the vice-chair of the Stratford Fair board, a role which includes planning fundraising meals and barbecues, and a lot of set up-take down for shows and events.
Steve Rae, Stratford
Steve Rae’s radio career began in the late 1970’s culminating with the ownership of Stratford’s radio stations, which he sold and retired from in March of 2011. He served six years as a member of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s Board of Governors, is a past President and Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club of Stratford and was awarded the National Medal of Excellence from Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Canada. Mr. Rae is a founding partner of Wizard of Ads Inc., an advertising consulting company in Austin Texas and now carries on an advertising consulting practice. When asked about his proudest moment he says “building a log church with a Swiss Army knife for a remote tribe of American Hippies still hiding out in Canada in protest to the Vietnam war. It required 38 knives to accomplish this. You can see the knives on display at the air strip museum, general store and burger bar in Waakanoof village in British Columbia.
Frank Lang, Stratford
August 12, 1960 ~ April 14, 2012
Frank was born and raised in Stratford, before embarking on a 25+ year career spanning from his education as a mechanical engineer at McMaster University, into executive leadership roles in the engineering and purchasing fields, and culminating with the role of President of a multi-national manufacturing company. He worked for 12 years in Detroit before returning to Stratford in 1997 with his wife Edda and their 3 children.
Frank was a loving husband, devoted father and active member of the community. He was a valued Board Member and friend of the Stratford and Perth County Community Foundation. He believed endowment based giving is one of the most effective and sustainable forms of “giving back” to the local community. Click here to contribute to the Frank and Edda Lang Fund, created by his wife, Edda, in memory of Frank.
Dennis DesRosiers – Chair
Fund Development Committee
Doug MacDougald – Chair
Finance & Investment Committee
Stacey Campbell – Chair
Nancy Orr – Chair
Mayor Julie Behrns
Mayor Dan Mathieson
Mayor Al Strathdee
Bert Vorstenbosch Sr.
Grant Advisory Committee
Leanne Perreault – Chair
Regional Advisory Committees
St. Marys and Perth South
Don Van Galen
Mayors’ Gala Committee
Random Act of Kindness Day Committee