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Raymond SoucyExecutive Director

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

Kathie ButcherKathie Butcher, Asset Development Committee Chair, has been a resident of Elora since 2013. She has been an advisor for the past 15 years and takes great pride in helping clients realize their dreams and goals. She has an office in Elora for her Sun Life Financial business. She decided to move to Elora as loved the atmosphere and people – a small town with big dreams. With her career she has more flexibility to offer her time and knowledge to help improve her surroundings. That is why she joined the board. She lives with her husband Mark and they spend a lot of time with family & friends. She is also a big supporter with KidsAbility.
Toni Ellis, a graduate of Mount Allison University, is a long-time community activist who has worked in the environmental field for more than 30 years. Since moving to Elora in 1990, she helped start the Elora Environment Centre (EEC) and the Elora Centre for the Arts. In 2009, she was recognized as Centre Wellington’s Citizen of the Year. Currently, she coordinates NeighbourWoods on the Grand, working the strengthen Centre Wellington’s urban forest. Toni is on the board of the EEC and is president of the Ontario Urban Forest Council based in Toronto.
CWCF Brent Hallman Sep 2013Brent Hallman, is the lead Director at Tivoli Films Inc. – a full service production company producing corporate video and TV/Radio commercials.  Since moving the Tivoli studio to Fergus in 2012, Brent has become an active board member of the Centre Wellington Community Foundation and the Fergus BIA as well as serving on the Marketing Committees of both organizations. Brent has an Honours B.Comm from the University of Guelph.
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.
Rick Hulley 2016-05-12 Cropped VignetteRichard 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 LangMelanie 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.
Ian McArthurIan McArthur retired to Centre Wellington in 2003 after a successful career in the financial industry and owning a small business. He has enjoyed living in the community and is impressed by the contribution of its residents to many volunteer initiatives which he wishes to support. In the past, Ian has been involved with his church, Lion Clubs, Meals on Wheels and is currently an active member of Fergus Lions Club, including Fergus Home & Leisure Show.
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 BDO 2014 4x5 VignetteJean 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 BW 2015 VignetteJason Thompson, Marketing Committee Co-Chair is a 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.

Bronwynne Wilton, is Consulting Project Lead at Synthesis Agri-Food Network, and formerly Knowledge Mobilization Program Manager for the Office of Research at the University of Guelph. Bronwynne holds a PhD in Rural Studies and a Masters of Science degree in Rural Planning/Landscape Architecture. She has been a life-long resident of Centre Wellington and has 3 busy kids who are actively involved in community sports and activities. Bronwynne has a strong interest in thriving rural communities and in preserving the agricultural landscapes of Ontario. Bronwynne also serves on the board of directors of the Ontario Farmland Trust.
Nancy Wood, Secretary, is a co owner of McLeod Wood Associates Inc., an innovative management consulting firm that specializes in providing business, negotiation, and community engagement services to First Nations, governments, and private sector businesses. Nancy completed a Mining Technician’s diploma from the Haileybury School of Mines, a BA in Management Economics from the University of Guelph and an MBA from Laurentian University. She has more than a decade of experience in business planning, project development, and project management with First Nations communities, including electricity transmission, electrical distribution, infrastructure development, and transportation projects. Nancy and her business partner Merv McLeod were the 2008 recipients of the Partnership of the Year award from the Nishnawbe-Aski Development Fund.

Cindy Lindsay, Community Foundations of Canada
Doug Jack, Legal Advisor

Communications Committee:
Jason Thompson, Co-chair
Melanie Lang, Co-chair
Tom Beyer
Lianne Carter Ladner
Brent Hallman
Lauren Hallman

Vital Signs Committee:
J Raymond Soucy
, Chair
Toni Ellis
Carolyn Skimson
Susan Thorning
Nancy Wood

Asset Development Committee:
Kathie Butcher, Chair
John Morris
Jean Prichard
Alan Ralston
Jason Thompson