J Raymond Soucy, Executive Director and his wife have lived in Centre Wellington for over 20 years and raised their two children here. He’s spent over 25 years working in the computer industry, many of them at senior executive levels. He now gets to focus on his passion of community and apply the skills he’s learned to help local people and solve local issues at our Community Foundation.
Raymond has been involved with Elora Cataract Trailway Associationfor 14 years and is the current chair of the association. He’s also been involved with Hike Ontario on the Board of Directors, as part of the Executive Committee and chaired several committees.
For years he’s advocated the physical and mental health benefits of trails. and the positive economic impact of a trail network on a community. Trails create a sense of belonging to a community and they can be used for active transportation.
He spent most of his working life commuting to work by plane and automobile. In one of those wonderful twists in life, he now commutes to work on the Elora Cataract Trailway!
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Members of the Board of Directors of CWCF live in and care about Centre Wellington. Working with donors, they are passionate about building a stronger and more resilient community. As an organization run entirely by volunteer effort, the vision and dedication of our Directors, Advisors and Committee members present, and past, has directly benefited our local Community
Randall Howard, Board Chair is the founding partner of VERDEXUS which provides management and investment to global technology companies. Previously, he was CEO of Coreworx and, in 1984, he founded MKS, one of Canada’s leading enterprise software vendors and, as CEO, grew it into a leading public company. Randall is a seasoned board member/advisor long committed to the environment, the arts and building of community. He is a Board member with Roseneath Theatre Company,Flush Ink Productions, and Elora Environment Centre. Randall is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of Lazaridis School of Business & Economics, a Board member at Golden Triangle AngelNet, and was a founder of Communitech Technology Association. He holds an Honours B.Math from University of Waterloo and was the 2005 Communitech Impact Award recipient and the 1997 High Technology Entrepreneur of the Year.
Richard Hulley has been a human resources professional since 1990, with the last seven as the first full time HR Manager at our municipality. Rick, and his wife Yvonne, have been residents of Centre Wellington since 2010. They loved the community, and its ‘vibe’, so much that they built a house in Elora. Rick is a past director on Boards at the provincial level in municipal human resources and with the start-up Canadian Economic Development Assistance to Southern Sudan organization, as well as other community volunteerism. Rick is a graduate of University of Waterloo and Fanshawe College.
Melanie Lang, Marketing Committee Co-Chair, a resident of Fergus since 2005, is the Director of the Centre for Business and Student Enterprise (CBaSE) at the University of Guelph where she helps students gain hands on experiential learning through applied community based projects and works with youth-led startups through the Hub Incubator program housed within her Centre. She holds a BComm in Marketing Management and an MSc. in market research from the University of Guelph. She has served on the Board of Directors for 4H Ontario and is currently a member of the Board of Directors with the Guelph Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and is involved in many College and University level committees at UofG. She enjoys giving back to her community and enjoying all that Centre Wellington has to offer with her husband and two daughters.
John Morris has operated a general practice law firm in Elora since 1974. John is active in our community as President of the Elora Lions Club, long term involvement with St. Mary’s Parish Council Elora and the Canadian Ski Patrol System. He was the founding chair person for the Elora BIA and he has served on the board of the Wellington Law Association and Trellis Mental Health and Developmental Services. John and his wife Eleanor raised four children in Elora and now have six grandchildren.
Jean Prichard,Treasurer, is a Chartered Accountant and Certified Financial Planner and a Partner at BDO Guelph. Jean has extensive experience in the not for profit sector is is a Board member at United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin and Treasurer at Elora Festival and Singers.
Jason Thompson,Marketing Committee Co-Chair isa resident of Fergus since 2003, is an Instructional Technology Specialist at the University of Guelph in which he supports faculty with teaching & learning and the effective use of technology. He holds a B.Ed in Experiential Education from Queen’s University and a B.Sc – Environmental Biology from University of Guelph. He is engaged on the Executive of the Professional Staff Association at University of Guelph and Chair of the Membership & Communication Committee. Jason was drawn to CWCF as a local organization that gives back to his community. He has a personal affinity for fundraising and is often organizing fundraising events focused on unique food & drink events from which proceeds are typically donated to CWCF. When not in meetings or fundraising, he can often be found on outings in the community with his son Jakob.
Brian Vink moved to Fergus from Kitchener about 10 years ago and loves the sense of community of a smaller town. He has two daughters that attended Centre Wellington District High School and were very involved in local sports and activities. To support their love of ringette, Brian was an active board member of the Elora Fergus Ringette Association for several years and held the position of president for three terms. Brian is also an active participant of local curling, pool and ball hockey leagues.
Brian is a senior executive in the software industry where he has worked for over 20 years. He loves the software industry for being so dynamic and always forcing you to look at new ways of doing things. This is exemplified in his experience of being part of a company with only four employees that became part of a company that employs over 80,000.
Brian holds both a Bachelor of Mathematics degree in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo and a Masters in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Advisors: Cindy Lindsay, Community Foundations of Canada Doug Jack, Legal Advisor
Vital Signs Committee:
J Raymond Soucy, Chair Toni Ellis Carolyn Skimson Susan Thorning
Asset Development Committee: Kathie Butcher, Chair John Morris Jean Prichard Alan Ralston Jason Thompson
The Centre Wellington Community Foundation (CWCF) is a public, charitable foundation created by the people of Centre Wellington. Our mission is to strengthen the Centre Wellington community by helping donors to achieve their giving goals, and by helping local non-profits find resources to support their important work.
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