Board of Directors
Our board members are individuals who generously volunteer their time, expertise and energy on our Board of Directors and committees. Their knowledge of the community and dedication help guide our work in the community we serve.
Founding Director, President , Chair of Board
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.
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.
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.
Vice President, Community Outreach Chair
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, Community Outreach
Laura has represented the residents of the Town of Mono at the political table for 22 years. She served as public school trustee for 9 years and has been on Council for 13 years. During the last 6 years as Mayor, Laura has been on Dufferin County Council as a Mono representative. She served as County rep on the Hills of Headwaters Tourism Association, Chair of General Government Services Committee, member of Community Services & Dufferin Oaks Committee and Warden of the County for 2013 & 2016. She was the County rep on the Wellington/Dufferin/Guelph Board of Health. She was Chair of the Rosemont Fire Board and Chair & Vice-Chair of the Centre Dufferin Recreation Complex . Laura volunteers with the Friends of Island Lake, Headwaters House Tour Committee and is an Amaranth Lions member. When asked why she likes to be so busy, she responded, “There is so much work to do in a community. I like to do my share to make sure that things can get done. Everybody needs to do their part. I am happy to put my time in to help out.”
Laura operates a dessert business, Laura’s Luscious Desserts that provides pies to retail outlets around southern Ontario. Laura has 2 adult sons and she continues to live on the family farm in Mono after 40 years with her dogs.
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.
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, Community Outreach
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
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.
Founding Director, Finance Committee, Past Board Member
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.