Board of Directors
Alan Thomas is a CPA and former auditor and partner with Ernst & Young. He has extensive experience both as a senior officer and as a director of a number of Canadian public and private mining and natural resource companies. His past volunteer activities include time spent with the National Cancer Institute, the United Way of Ottawa Carleton and the Canadian Yachting Association. Alan lives in Ennismore.
Betty Morris is a retired Chartered Accountant and has been an active volunteer in the Peterborough community since moving here with her family in 1998. Areas of involvement include: the YWCA where she is a former board member and chair and co-chair of the Safe Haven Capital Campaign; Hospice Peterborough where she is a former board member and chair and chair of the Every Moment Matters Capital Campaign; New Canadians Centre where she is a current member of the Finance Committee and Lakefield College School where she is a former president of Parent/Alumni Association and a former trustee.
Honorary Director | Founding Chair
Bill Lockington is the founding chair of the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough and current chair of the board of Community Foundations of Canada. He has also been the Chair of Boards of St. Joseph’s Hospital, the Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation, Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster, Peterborough Regional Angel Network and Cottage Dreams Recovery Initiative, Inc. He serves as a Director of Jr. Lakers Lacrosse, Hospice Peterborough and the Canadian Canoe Museum. He is the co-founder of the SPARK Photography Festival. A Partner with LLF Lawyers, Bill’s practices corporate/commercial and estate planning/administration law. In recognition of his excellent leadership and the significant contributions that he has made, and that he continues to make, Bill was made an honorary director of the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough in 2019.
Chonee Dennis is the President/CEO/Founder of The Dennis Group Inc, a non-profit management consulting and fundraising firm. Chonee was awarded her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation in 1995. Early in her career Chonee held senior management positions in the health care, social services and the environmental sectors. In addition to her non-profit management and fundraising expertise, Chonee trained with John Carver on his Carver Governance Model. She is a member of the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Canadian Association of Gift Planners, and Imagine Canada. Chonee is a Trustee with Lakefield College School (LCS), as well as a member of the LCS Board of Directors. She also sits on the LCS Finance Committee and Capital Construction Committee. Chonee studied General Sciences at the University of Toronto and Business Administration at Brock University. She is currently completing a Masters in Leadership and Integrated Studies. Chonee and her husband Michael reside in Peterborough.
Dawn Bronson obtained a BA (Hons) from the University of Waterloo, and spent her career in the management and conservation of National Parks and National Historic Sites with Parks Canada. During her career Dawn has had the opportunity to collaborate with other levels of governments, non- government organizations, Aboriginal communities and a range of stakeholders to achieve common goals. She is now retired and resides in Peterborough, Ontario.
Hanah Howlett McFarlane
Hanah Howlett McFarlane lives on a farm in Warsaw, on Treaty 20 Michi Saagig Anishinaabe territory. She is the Communications Coordinator for Compass Early Learning and Care, a $14M multi-site child care organization in Central Ontario. Prior to this position, she was the Manager of Philanthropy & Fund Development at Community Counselling & Resource Centre. She has a Masters in Educational Studies from Trent University where she studied forest programming and the ongoing impacts of colonialism in the Ontario education system. Hanah is the Co-Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the Peterborough Early Years Planning Network and has previously chaired the Peterborough Area Fundraisers Network, the Community Opportunity & Innovation Network and the Seasoned Spoon Café. Hanah supports several arts organizations including Market Hall, Showplace and Public Energy and volunteers at various community events throughout the year.
Helene Lowry recently retired from management of her husband’s criminal law practice. Helene has been an active volunteer in the Peterborough area for many years including with United Way (vice president), YWCA (director), Peterborough Affordable Housing Foundation (director), CCFC (president twice), member of the steering committee struck to morph Peterborough Affordable Housing Foundation into CFGP, Glen Home Owners Association (director). Helene is an avid gardener and lives on Pigeon Lake.
Janice Green is a founding member of the Community Foundation Board and served as Chair from 2012 to 2015. After completing her original term and taking a short hiatus, she rejoined the Board in 2018 and is currently Chair of the Foundation’s Governance Committee.
Janice has been an active volunteer in the community since moving to Peterborough in 1990 and has held Board positions with the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Community Counselling and Resource Centre and Lakefield College School. Her past professional experience includes Business Manager for a local clothing designer, Vice President at the Angus Reid Group, Economist at Ontario Hydro and Special Assistant to a Federal Member of Parliament. Janice and her husband, Dave Bignell, live in Lakefield.
Jennie Lawson is Vice President and co-owner of Havelock Metal Co. Upon graduating from Queen’s University in Economics, Jennie held various account management and business development positions in marketing as well as healthcare advertising and education. She worked in Toronto with Consumer Impact Marketing, Chicago and Kentucky with Omnicom Health Group and in Peterborough with BrandHealth before becoming co-owner of Havelock Metal in 2012 with her husband Todd.
Jenn Harrington is co-founder of Arising Collective, a management consulting firm that offers strategic consulting services to purpose-driven organizations. Jenn’s diverse skill-set includes an engineering degree, an MBA, and a passion for community that makes her a powerful ally to organizations. As well as her role at the Foundation, Jenn is also a member of YWCA Canada’s nominating committee. Past volunteer roles include President of the YWCA Peterborough Haliburton Board of Directors and chair of the Peterborough Immigration Partnership. Jenn lives in Peterborough with her husband Brian and two teenagers.
Treasurer & Secretary
Marie Dietrich is a Partner at Grant Thornton LLP in Peterborough where she provides accounting, auditing and tax services to a wide variety of clients, including those in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Marie holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from Queen’s University and obtained her Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation in 2001. She is a Board Member and Treasurer of Community Futures Peterborough. She previously served as a Board Member and Treasurer of Ennismore Girls Hockey Association and United Way of Peterborough and District. Marie lives in Ennismore with her husband Matt Imeson and their three children.
Martin Pick was involved in the operation of his family’s multi-national seed business for over 60 years, and still takes a keen interest in the global agricultural industry. He has served as a chair of the Canadian Seed Trade Association, a director of the Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation Board, as President of Peterborough Golf & Country Club, and currently sits as chair of “The 20,” a Lindsay-based Literary Group of 20 men and may well be the oldest literary society in Canada. Martin lives in Cavan. Martin’s wife of 54 years, Denise is very community oriented, serving for 25 years as a volunteer at Peterborough Regional Health Centre and 10 years at York Central (now MacKenzie Health Centre).
Robert Graham has a BSc in Physics and Mathematics, and had a long career in the high technology sector at IBM Canada where he held a variety of management positions. Today Bob is President of his own high technology company WavePoint M&A Inc. Bob is a mergers and acquisitions facilitator specializing in the high technology industry. Bob has extensive board experience including the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra and Millbrook Medical Centre. Bob lives on a hobby farm near Millbrook with his wife. He brings a lifelong passion for supporting his local community and in particular the not-for-profit sector.
DR. SCOTT HAMILTON
Dr. Scott Hamilton is a surgeon who has established a unique practice in Peterborough that focuses almost exclusively on facial skin cancers. He has served as director of a Skin Cancer & Reconstructive Surgery fellowship program, and is an Assistant Professor at Queen’s University. He enjoys lecturing and mentoring medical trainees, and has also been enthusiastically involved in youth sport coaching through hockey and soccer. He and his wife Shannon are busy parents to four fabulous kids.
Susan Scott is a communications specialist and former journalist living in Peterborough. With a degree in journalism from Ryerson University and achievement of the accredited business communicator (ABC) designation from the International Association of Business Communicators, Susan’s communications and fundraising experience includes work in healthcare, post-secondary education and legal aid sectors. Susan also owned and operated her own communications consulting business. She lived in Peterborough earlier in her career and moved to the Oshawa area for work opportunities. In 2017, Susan moved back to Peterborough to retire. Recently, Susan has taken on part-time communications consulting and volunteers her time helping a Syrian refugee family in Peterborough.
Director, Operations and Granting
Jennifer DeBues joined the Community Foundation in 2013, bringing a wealth of experience from her careers in the non-profit, education, and business sectors.
Like her colleagues at the Community Foundation, Jennifer is dedicated to improving our community and is a quiet but passionate advocate of positive environmental and social change.
Director, Fund Development
John Good joined the Community Foundation in 2014, following graduate studies in Social Innovation that stirred up his restless impatience to address messy and complex problems. As one who cares about those facing, social, economic or environmental challenges, John appreciates the opportunity to work with individuals, businesses and organizations that seek to make our community more vital, caring and resilient. Prosperity resides in relationships and John is dedicated to building and maintaining the networks of trust and commitment to shared purpose, so fundamental to the work of the Community Foundation. If you are an existing fund holder or are considering setting up a charitable fund, contact John to discuss your plans.
Interim Director, Strategic Initiatives
Todd Barr has a vision of equity for all and permanently improved individual well-being and community health. Todd believes that it is important for everyone to have a voice and when appropriate, create opportunities to share stories and foster a sense of belonging. Todd’s passion is identifying the threads of complex situations and working with others to name the change we want to see and the roadmap to get there.
Todd’s background is in education and community development. Todd has held senior management positions in non-profit organizations for close to 20 years and has been an independent coach and consultant since 2014 – a practice that supports individuals and teams to define and achieve their goals. Current focuses include strategy, systems change, community facilitation/engagement, human resources, evaluation and communications.