Board of Directors

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.

Doug MacDougald , Mitchell
Doug MacDougald, DVM is a veterinarian in South West Ontario Veterinary Services, a Swine Herd Health Management practice based in Ontario. Doug and his wife Barbara have four children and seven grandchildren and in addition to his family and professional business responsibilities Dr. MacDougald has served on various community and industry organizations and is currently Chair of the Ontario Swine Health Advisory Board, a member of Swine Health Ontario, a director of the Stratford Perth Community Foundation and sector chair of United Way of Perth-Huron. He also organizes ‘Clan MacDougald’; a family dragon boat team that has for sixteen years supported the Stratford Rotary Dragon Boat Festival and is a traveling volunteer with Sleeping Children Around the World; a Canadian charity that helps the poorest children of the world. Doug has received the 2011 YMCA Peace Medal for his international humanitarian work, the 2015 Ontario Veterinary Medical Association, Outstanding Veterinarian of the Year Award and the 2015 Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, Merck Veterinary Award for the advancement of large animal medicine and herd health management.

 

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.

Chris McGregor, St. Marys                     

Chris McGregor is the President of Sommers Generator Systems, a manufacturer, distributor and service provider of standby generator systems. He began working at Sommers in 1998 after graduating from Conestoga College with a diploma in Electrical Engineering. Chris, his wife Stacey and two children live in St. Marys.                                    

Justin O’Rourke, Mitchell        

Justin O’Rourke was raised on a farm in Huron County. He attended law school at the University of Western Ontario and graduated with his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1997. He completed his articling year in 1998, the bar admission course thereafter, and was called to the bar of Ontario in 1999.  Justin returned to the area in 2005 and began practicing law in Stratford with the of law firm of Skinner, Dunphy, Burdett & O’Rourke LLP where he was named a partner in 2012. Justin practices in the areas of real estate, wills and estates, corporate-commercial and family law, including litigation. Justin has conducted numerous trials, motions and applications in the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Ontario Bar Association and Perth County Law Association. Justin lives in Mitchell with his wife, Elizabeth, and their two children. He has always been active in the community, having been a member of boards of directors of charitable organizations. Justin enjoys coaching and playing soccer and mountain biking.

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.

Helen Dowd, Milverton                                                                   

Helen Dowd was born and raised in Oxford County on a 250 acre beef and cash crop farm.  She attended the University of Guelph, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Business (1991) and a Master of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics (1993).  In 2001, Helen started her own event coordination business, Operation Organize.  In 2013, she expanded the business to include partner Patti Henhoeffer, and they augmented their services to include fundraising and grant writing.   Helen has assumed many leadership positions.  She has been president of Milverton Co-op Nursery School, Milverton Agricultural Society and the Zorra Caledonian Society.  She has been the chairperson of the Milverton Women’s Initiative Committee (2007-ongoing), Milverton Rodeo (2009-2015), Embro Highland Games (2011), Lloyd Ogilvie Synchronized Skating Competition (2006) and Milverton Agricultural Society’s 150th Anniversary Project (2009-2015) which raised $ 475,000 for a new 7,800 sq/ft. accessible agricultural events building at the Milverton Fairgrounds. Helen has also served as a Board member with Perth Care for Kids, Mornington Communications Cooperative Ltd, Huron Perth Lakers AAA Hockey Club and the Perth East Public Library.  In 2014, Helen was elected as Mornington Ward Councillor for the Township of Perth East and as a Perth County Councillor. Helen married her husband Tim in 1994 and they have two sons Spencer and Evan.

Patti Henhoeffer, Milverton                                                                 

Patti Henhoeffer moved to Milverton in 2002 with her husband Jaret and children Josh and Joy.  She was CEO of the Perth East Public Library from 2006 to 2012 and worked on County wide projects such as the Public Library on Wheels, ESL classes, and the expansion of the Perth County Information Network.  In 2013, she joined Helen Dowd as a partner in Operation Organize, a local company that provides small businesses and non profit organizations with project management, fundraising and event organization services. Patti has been a member of the Perth Care for Kids Board of Directors, the board of the Milverton Co-op Nursery School, a 4-H Leader, as well as the Treasurer of the Milverton Agricultural Society and Milverton Minor Hockey.  Patti has written many funding grant applications and appreciates the hard work that is involved in both writing and administering grant programs.  She also teaches senior fitness classes focused on fall prevention and encouraging healthy, active lifestyles for seniors and is a volunteer driver for the Meals on Wheels program in Milverton. When not working or volunteering, Patti enjoys sewing, reading and cheering on her kids at hockey games, dance competitions, and music recitals!

Honorary Chair

Tim MacDonald, Stratford

Tim MacDonald joined our Community Foundation in 2003 with the Founding Board, and served as Chair from the initial Board meeting until 2011.

Tim is President and CEO of Ideal Supply, a Listowel based distributor of electrical supplies and auto parts with Branch locations across central Ontario. He has been involved in numerous community organizations including the Listowel Chamber of Commerce, Avon Maitland Foundation for Education, Listowel Library Construction Fundraising Committee, and the University of Waterloo / Stratford Campus Steering Committee. He was Chair of the Electro Federation of Canada, Chair of TigerTel Communications, and was also on the Board of the Stratford Festival.

For his work in helping to build our Community Foundation, Tim was honoured with an Honourary Doctorate of Laws from Assumption University in 2005, a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, and was made the Honourary Chair of the Stratford Perth Community Foundation.

In Memoriam

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.

The Stratford Perth Community Foundation enriches the lives of people in Perth County by providing support to charitable organizations through grants made possible by responsible stewardship of endowment funds.

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Committees

Governance Committee
Dennis DesRosiers – Chair
Anne Carbert
Amy Gangl
Kriss Snell
Bonnie Richardson
Justin O’Rourke

Fund Development Committee
John Wilkinson – Chair
Jim Laughton
Tim MacDonald
Doug MacDougald
Meghan Marshall
Chris McGregor
Nancy Orr
Brittany Stacey

Finance & Investment Committee
Stacey Campbell – Chair
Bob Lightfoot
Dennis DesRosiers
Andrew Phillips
Brian Rivers
Roger Quinn

Grant Advisory Committee
Leanne Perreault – Chair
Patti Henhoeffer
Ron McKay
Trevor Paetkau
Bonnie Richardson

Mayors’ Gala Committee
Helen Dowd
Joani Gerber
Sarah Hamza
Jessie Jacobs
Alex O’Shea
Laura Pogson
Brittany Stacey
Pat Shantz
Melissa Wilker

RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS DAY COMMITTEE
Patti Henhoeffer (Co-Chair)
Helen Dowd (Co-Chair)
Pam Ball
Connie Bolton
Kelly Clark
Emily Domm
Brandi Gillett
Melissa Graham
Ev Grosz
Julie Haefling
Eddie Matthews
Kara Stevens
Shannon Stewart
Kate Tapley
Anne Vaters
Michelle Webber

Nomination Committee
Mayor Julie Behrns
Helen Dowd
Tim MacDonald
Mayor Dan Mathieson
Tom Orr
Mayor Al Strathdee
Bert Vorstenbosch