Board of Directors
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Tom Phillips
Dr. Tom Phillips, an economist, is currently an Adjunct Professor at Trent University, and provides strategic and operational consulting for private and public organizations. In the Peterborough community, he has been a member of the Workforce Development Board (and Local Employment Planning Council) for Peterborough, Northumberland, Kawartha Lakes, and Haliburton, the Boards of Trent University, Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation, Learning Disabilities Association of Peterborough, Art Gallery of Peterborough, Peterborough Community Access Centre, Peterborough Police Services, and the Jr. ‘A’ Lakers Lacrosse Club. Currently, he is a longstanding member of the Board of the YMCA of Central East Ontario. Dr. Phillips conducts economic research related to economic growth including the implications of growth for the labour force – locally and nationally.
Justin Sutton is a marketing and communications specialist with Peterborough Musicfest, one of the largest and longest-running free-admission non-profit music festivals in the country. A former television producer with CBC and CTV, Justin has written for well-known non-governmental organizations and worked at the Trent Centre for Aging & Society at Trent University as their communications and community relations officer. He has an advanced diploma in Broadcasting and an Honours B.A. in History. Justin and his wife Fiona are raising two daughters in Peterborough and they’re about to embark on a purpose built multigenerational living arrangement that includes Fiona’s mother.
Camila Duarte is the founder of FoundHer, a Life and Career Coach Organization that helps women align with themselves and feel empowered. Camila works at the Innovation Cluster in Peterborough, where she is an Innovation Specialist, a business coach and a program lead for entrepreneurs clients in the region. Camila’s diverse skill-set includes two bachelor’s degrees, post-grad studies and some certifications, and a passion for helping others and creating an impact that makes her a great asset to the projects she is involved in. Camila has volunteered at the New Candian Centre in the past and is currently a member of the Accessibility Advisory Committee. Camila has lived in Bogota, Colombia, Melbourne, Australia and Montreal, Toronto and now Peterborough in Canada.
Graham Culp is a branch director at RBC Dominion Securities, a full-service wealth management firm in Peterborough. Graham and his family recently came to Peterborough and they are excited to plant roots and make a positive contribution to the community. His diverse professional background includes developing software, owning a critically acclaimed restaurant, and his current leadership role in the financial services industry. Graham has previously served on the Finance Committee at his local parish and has coordinated the donations and volunteer programs at his previous branches. Graham lives in Peterborough with his wife, Carol, and teenaged son.
Geneviève Lavallée is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder who recently retired after spending over 20 years in the financial industry in Toronto. During her career, she held numerous positions including Investment Counsellor, Portfolio Manager and Credit Analyst with various firms, namely Kerr Financial, Dundee Global Investment Management, BNY Mellon Wealth Management and Cumberland Private Wealth Management, as well as the bond rating firm, Dominion Bond Rating Service. Geneviève began her career in Ottawa as an Economist with the federal Department of Finance. Geneviève is passionate about helping others and has been an active volunteer in the Peterborough area since moving to Bridgenorth in 2019, including the YES Shelter for Youth and Families, Bridges Peterborough and Homeward Bound.
Geneviève has a Master of Arts in Economics degree from the Western University and a Bachelor of Social Science (Economics and Math) degree from the University of Ottawa. She has been a CFA charterholder since 1998.
Trish Dillabough has recently retired from practicing as a speech-language pathologist in Ontario. She moved to Peterborough with her family in 2002 after previously living and working in several Northeastern Ontario communities. During her working career, Trish practiced in both health care and educational settings providing service to a range of ages from toddlers to seniors. In addition to being an active volunteer in her children’s activities when they were growing up, Trish also held positions on various Boards. She held positions on a provincial and a national board related to her profession as well as on the regulatory college board for speech-language pathologists and audiologists in Ontario. Trish and her husband Dan live in Peterborough.
Community Foundation Team
Jennifer DeBues has three amazing children, degrees from three universities and brings thirty years of experience to her role as Co-Executive Director at the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough. She started her career as a grant coordinator at the Metcalf Foundation, and took subsequent career detours through factories, libraries, bookstores and schools before finding a home for her passion at the Community Foundation.
Communications and Operations Coordinator
Joon has been working in various marketing and communications roles in the non-profit sector for more than 7 years. After studying Business Administration – Marketing and Human Resources at Fleming College, he has worked with the New Canadians Centre, Fleming College, and the DBIA. He has also served a number of committees and boards in the community including GreenUP and the Art Gallery of Peterborough. He is studying Bachelor of Business Administration at Trent University as a part-time student. Joon loves the city of Peterborough, and believes in the crucial role that the Community Foundation plays in the community.