Board & Committee Volunteers
The senior volunteers on our Board of Directors and committees are people who generously give their time, expertise and energy. Their knowledge of the community guides our work in Dufferin County.
Founding Director, Board Chair
Gord is a 6th generation Mulmur resident, whose children and grandchildren also live near him in Mulmur. The community we live in and leave to those who follow us has always been important to his family. Gord served 12 years on Mulmur Township council, 6 as Mayor . Through that, he served on many community committees and boards, such as library, fire, police, hospital, and other health care boards. His background is in agriculture and agribusiness, including his own farm and working for multinational companies. He and his wife Sandra for many years owned and operated travel businesses in Dufferin. Gord has been interested in the community foundation concept for many years, and is delighted to now be helping to make it a reality to serve the people of Dufferin county by supporting the charities that make such an improvement in the quality of life we enjoy here.
Vice Chair, Community Outreach Chair
Debbi joined the Foundation first as a consultant, and then as General Manager, from early 2019 to September 2021. She was instrumental in guiding the organization in our first few years of operation. This included developing website content, communications and social media structure. We were delighted when she joined the Board in 2022, where her focus is on Community Outreach.
From her hometown of Kenora, Ontario, Debbi moved to Calgary and built a successful career in personnel recruiting and sales management before following her heart to the non-profit sector. As General Manager of a Community Association, she was accountable for overall facilities operation, administration and financial management. Building on her passion for music and festivals, Debbi developed strong community-based programming in collaboration with non-profit organizations. The partnership model resulted in valuable funding for the Association and supported many struggling non-profits. The facility became the go-to venue for live music events.
Dufferin County was her second home and she “retired” to Mono in 2008. Initially volunteering for the Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival, Debbi became the Executive Director from 2012 to 2014. She managed all aspects of festival operations, with a focus on branding and community engagement that resulted in increased sponsorships and spectator attendance. She was appointed to the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Grant Review Team for Waterloo, Wellington, Dufferin and was a Grant Reviewer for both Dufferin County and the Dufferin Community Foundation grant programs.
Debbi believes volunteers are a community’s greatest asset. Since moving to Mono, she and her partner Karen are active in many community programs and events.
Founding Director, Grants Committee Chair
MaryAnn’s 50+ year professional career includes elementary, secondary and university teaching; management consulting to Canadian and international public and private sector organizations; and leadership roles in a large global firm. She is best known for her strategic thinking and coaching skills. She credits opportunities provided to her at age 14, as a youth member of the YWCA Board in Elgin County, for a lifelong dedication to community involvement and mentorship. She has led boards and committees that address education, healthcare, local economic development, international development and women’s issues. MaryAnn lives in Mulmur, where her husband, Keith, is also active in community organizations. Their two children and their partners are all active volunteers in national and international not-for-profits.
Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair
Avery Delisle is a lifelong resident of Orangeville who enjoys getting involved in the community. She earned a degree in Accounting & Financial Management from the University of Waterloo. During her time at university, Avery volunteered as part of the David T. Carter Foundation Review Team, providing financial analysis of potential grant recipients for $12 million in funding from the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation, and continues to sit on the internal audit committee for the City of Waterloo.
In Orangeville, Avery has volunteered for various local sports organizations and has participated in the annual tax clinic for low-income individuals in the community since 2016. She currently works as a Senior Accountant at BDO in Orangeville. Through her job, Avery works with many local non-profit clients and sees firsthand the immense impact grant funding can have on these organizations and the broader community. Avery holds the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation and is working toward the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation. In her personal time, she loves travelling, reading and staying active.
Founding Director, Community Outreach
Joan Waechter retired in 2017, after a 35 year career as VP of Human Resources with Ideal Supply Company Ltd, a family owned business. A resident and engaged citizen of Dufferin County, Joan is a long-time member of the Board of Directors of Headwaters Health Care Centre and a philanthropic leader in our community. Joan is a founding director of the Dufferin Community Foundation.
In 2012, she was honoured with the Governor General of Canada’s Diamond Jubilee medal; recognized as an outstanding individual that inspires all Canadians to excellence. An avid golfer and member of Devil’s Pulpit golf association, Joan and her husband Paul reside in Primrose.
Board Member, Community Outreach
Michele Maycock is a Dufferin County resident who came from London to Orangeville in 1986 to teach elementary school initially at Princess Elizabeth Public School. She then taught at Credit Meadows Elementary School, Mono Amaranth Public School, Primrose Elementary School and East Garafraxa Public School. During her 30 year teaching career, Michele taught Primary and Junior classes, Early Literacy and Special Education.
Michele’s greatest joy has been raising four wonderful sons, each of whom are following their passion. Of course, raising children is a team effort and Michele gives huge credit to the positive, uplifting influence of her husband Warren, who is an ever present and ever loving supportive Father.
Michele’s community involvement includes being a Big Sister for 6 years with the Big Brothers Big Sisters Dufferin organization. In her retirement Michele has become involved with being a CFUW (Canadian Federation of University Women) member, being a member of the Westminster United Church Fundraising Committee for the Lower Level Renovation (2019), and being the Speaker and Luncheon Co-ordinator for DAC (Dufferin Arts Council).
Michele has taken Creative Writing courses at University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies and is a pianist, writer, swimmer, badminton player and alpaca enthusiast!
Michele is delighted to join the board of the Dufferin Community Foundation to contribute her time, energy and creativity to such a very worthwhile cause.
Board Member, Grants Committee
Carrie Bellan is an Orangeville resident who has lived and worked in Dufferin County since 1998. She came to Orangeville to work as associate in a local law firm. Since that time, she has branched out on her own running a law practice largely focused on criminal defence and social justice law. She earned her law degree at the University of Ottawa after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts at Concordia University, majoring in philosophy with a minor in Women’s Studies. She has been appointed as a Deputy Judge of the Small Claims Court. Carrie has been involved in the community through mentoring local co-op students from area high schools as well as participating in the Criminal Justice Professional Panel at the high school law classes. She has raised two wonderful teenage daughters in this community.
Board Member, Grants Committee
Diane Lawson has been an active volunteer in Dufferin County since 1973. From 1997 to 2011 Diane lead an Orangeville Minor Hockey initiative to ensure local youth were able to afford hockey equipment through an equipment exchange program. For 15 years the Minor Hockey equipment exchange benefitted local hockey players and families alike. In addition to her involvement with Minor Hockey, Diane has been an engaged volunteer with Bereaved Families of Ontario, local churches, Headwaters Health Care Centre, Canadian Cancer Society and for 25 years has organized the Kaycee Gardens Memorial Angel Tree. Diane continues to provide grief support through her business Good Grief. Since 2020, Diane has been the Spiritual Care Coordinator at Headwaters Health Care Centre, where she is tasked with leading the compassionate chaplains within the Headwaters community. Diane’s husband of 38 years, Keith, has been a police officer in the area since 1980. In their spare time they enjoy travelling the globe and look forward to exploring more when it’s safe to do so again. Diane is thrilled to be a member of The Dufferin Community Foundation and to have the opportunity to continue to give back to a community that has given her and her family so much.
Board Member, Community Outreach
Shirley has been a resident of Mulmur for 17 years, having moved from Richmond Hill. She and husband Tom were delighted to discover that Tom’s great grandfather had been a blacksmith right in their immediate community before moving on to Creemore.
Her early community contribution was spending several years on the Board of NDACT addressing the Mega Quarry application. Shirley was instrumental in the evolution of their Food & Water First campaign, advocating to community groups and councils across southern Ontario. During that time, she also spent seven years heading up Headwaters Communities in Action (HCIA). Under her leadership, HCIA expanded the portfolios and partnerships to include DC MOVES, Volunteer Dufferin and the Dufferin Community Grant assessment process.
Shirley now supports her community as a councillor for Mulmur, championing issues of well-being and protection of the environment and watershed via the Board of the NVCA. She is delighted to be part of Dufferin Community Foundation, an exciting and growing organization.
Paul arrived in Canada from the UK in 1967. He became a resident of Dufferin County ten years ago. Living in Amaranth, Paul has two sons and three grandchildren and is married to Shelley who has three children of her own. Retiring from a large multinational metal distributor four years ago, he worked in Sales, Marketing, Procurement and the Corporate role for forty-six years. Never having been involved in public service Paul is working diligently to better understand Dufferin County, engage with its diverse population and appreciate its bountiful and beautiful natural treasures. His goal is to work with others to help secure an enduring legacy for the residents of Dufferin. It has been two years since he joined the Dufferin Community Foundation as a Founding Member, an organization that cares deeply for the community and holds a position where he hopes he can sustainably impact the quality of people’s lives in Dufferin County now and into the future.
Founding Director, Finance Committee
Stephen Doney has been a long term resident of Dufferin county. His roots go back to some of the first settlers in Dufferin. He has been an Investment Advisor for over 30 years, retiring the end of June 2021. He is married to Laurie and has 4 grown children. Community Foundations have been an important part of communities around the world. They ensure current and future income to communities charities and that is why DCF is important to the Dufferin County community and that is why it is important to me to support the Dufferin Community Foundation as Treasurer.
Adrian Bita is an accounting and finance professional (CPA, CGA), with over 23 years of experience in the field. He moved to Orangeville in 2009, working for RJ Burnside as an Accountant and later as Accounting Manager. Currently, Adrian is currently the Director of Finance with Bryan’s Fuel in Orangeville.
Since 2010, Adrian has been a very active member of the local community. He is a proud member and past President of Rotary Club of Orangeville Highlands, where he received the Paul Harris Fellow. He is also a Board member of the Headwaters Health Care Centre, serving as Vice-Chair of the Finance Committee, as well as member of the Quality Committee.
Adrian has a real passion for giving back to this wonderful community. He has served as a Treasurer for the Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival, a Board member for Community Living Dufferin, and a volunteer with Family Transition Place, to name just a few.
He also had the honour of serving for over three years on the Board of the Central West Local Health Integration Network (CW LHIN), a provincial appointment by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. At the CW LHIN, Adrian chaired Finance Committee and was a member of the Governance and Nominations committees.
Adrian’s passion for community service is captured by the words of Winston Churchill:
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
Michael John Walker
Michael is an Emergency Management Consultant and retired member of both the Toronto Police Service (28 years) and Toronto Transit Commission, where he held the position of Chief Special Constable Officer. He has a B.A. from the University of Toronto (1972) and certificates in Police Studies and Advanced Police Studies from the University of Western Ontario (1980).
During his police career, Michael held a number of uniform supervisory positions, and was a trained crimes scenes officer (CSI). In addition, he has been involved in the planning for the Economic Summit of 1988, the Papal Visits of 1984 and 2002, the G8/G20 Summits of 2010 and numerous other special events. As Senior Policy Advisor for the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, he was involved in responses to many major emergencies and a number of special projects including the managing of the design build of the Ontario Provincial Emergency Operations Centre and a $1M mobile emergency operations centre.
As a private consultant, Mr. Walker has provided security and/or emergency management services to a number of international airlines, railways, municipalities, educational institutions and currently in-house advisor to Execaire and Image Airlines.
Mr. Walker is married to Betty and lives in Mono, Ontario and is President of the Orangeville Lions Club, Chair of the Mono Police Service Board and a grant review team member for the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Dufferin Community Foundation.