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.

Board of Directors

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Debbi Goss

Board Chair

Bio

In September 2021, Debbi proudly received a plaque, “Dufferin Community Foundation’s First Employee.” She was our first General Manager, instrumental in guiding the organization in our first few years of operation. She must have missed us (we certainly missed her) because she came back as a volunteer, joining the Board in 2022 and leading our Outreach Committee.

Originally from Kenora, Ontario, Debbi built a successful career in Calgary in recruiting and sales management before following her heart to the non-profit sector. As General Manager of a Community Association, she was responsible for facilities operation, administration and financial management. Building on her passion for music and festivals, she also developed strong community-based programming in collaboration with non-profit organizations.

When Debbi “retired” to Mono in 2008, she began volunteering for the Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival before becoming its 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 has been a Grant Reviewer for both Dufferin County and the Dufferin Community Foundation.

Debbi and her partner Karen are active in many community programs and events, acting on their shared belief that volunteers are a community’s greatest asset.

 

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Shirley Boxem

Vice-Chair

Bio

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.

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Avery Delisle, CPA

Treasurer

Bio

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 the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation. In her personal time, she loves travelling, reading and staying active.

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Rhonda Gerrits

Secretary

Bio

Through a career in regulated manufacturing industries working in quality assurance and regulatory affairs, Rhonda has cultivated skills in detailed project planning and execution both in Canadian and global markets. 

Rhonda has been a resident of Amaranth since 2005, after moving to the area with her husband and three children. 

A love of fibre arts and community engagement led to volunteering with the Dufferin Farm Tour, which kindled a desire to be more involved with the local community. 

As a Founders Circle Member Rhonda has followed the progress of the Foundation since the beginning and is looking forward to being actively involved in the next chapter of growth of the Foundation.

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Michele Maycock

Board Member

Bio

Michèle Maycock came to Orangeville from London in 1986 to teach elementary school at Princess Elizabeth Public School. She also taught at Credit Meadows, Mono Amaranth, Primrose and East Garafraxa Public Schools. During her thirty year teaching career, she taught Primary and Junior classes, Early Literacy and Special Education.

Michèle’s greatest joy has been raising four sons, each of whom are following their own individual paths and passions. Her community involvement includes being a Big Sister for six years, being a member of CFUW Headwaters, coordinating speakers and luncheons for Dufferin Arts Council, singing with the Achill Choral Society, bell ringing with the Westminster Handbell Choir and volunteering with the Urban Harvesters. 

Michele has taken Creative Writing courses at the University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies, and is a pianist, writer, swimmer and art enthusiast.

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Steve Wood

Board Member

Bio

As an experienced Board member and executive, Steve has a demonstrated ability to create a compelling strategic vision, build a team-focused culture, execute effectively, and maintain a long-term perspective while delivering on short-term financial priorities.  

Steve is adept at continuity planning and preparing business for ownership succession, and has a track record of integrating a balanced ESG approach into company processes. He is a strong advocate for Director training in fiduciary and duty of care. 

Previously, Steve was the CEO of a medium-sized privately held manufacturing business and has worked in financial services. He earned a BA from the University of Western Ontario, an MBA from the Ivey School of Business, and an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. 

Steve has resided in Mono, ON for over 25 years with his partner Julie.

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Margot Hornseth

Board Member

Bio
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Mark Bergen

Board Member

Bio

Mark is a long-time resident of Mono and has roots in Dufferin County that go back to the 1980s. Though his education is in ecology and mathematics, he has spent most of his career working in the high-tech world as a sales and marketing leader, including as the Vice-President of Revenue for Shopify. 

Mark and his wife Heidi have two teenagers and have been active in the Dufferin community with a number of non-profit organizations including board positions, fundraising for the local hospital and within local churches. 

Mark is an active, outdoorsy person who much prefers the lake and forest to an office chair whenever possible.

Grants Committee

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Shirley Boxem-Chair

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Jacqui Henry

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Kathryn Creelman

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Diane Lawson

Fund Development Committee

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Margot Hornseth-Chair

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Michele Maycock

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Victor Paan

Finance & Administration Committee

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Avery Delisle - Chair

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Mark Bergen

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Steve Doney

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Derek Wiens

Governance Committee

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Steve Wood- Chair

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Lori Ker

rhonda gerrits

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