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Leadership

Board of Directors

Jennifer Harrington

Jennifer Harrington

Chair

Education/credentials

Bachelor of Engineering Science MBA

Professional background

I worked as a professional engineer in Nova Scotia prior to returning to school to obtain my MBA and starting a family. I then worked in the non-profit sector and as a management consultant. In 2019, I co-founded Arising collective, which is a partnership-based consulting practice dedicated to supporting non-profit and public sector organizations who strive for equity and sustainability, while working to strengthen community.

Why did you get involved with the Community Foundation?

The Foundation’s values align with my own and I firmly believe in the importance of building a vital community for everyone. I feel we all have a role to play in doing this, whether it be through volunteering our time or through donating money. I am also lucky to follow in the footsteps of both my grandmother – who volunteered extensively in Peterborough – and my mom – who volunteered while raising a family as a single mom. I hope I can set the same great example for my own kids.

What is your secret super power?  

On a professional level, I am able to make sense of complicated data and information and distill it into clear and distinct reports. On a personal level, I go all in for Halloween parties and always have costumes to remember.

 

Geneviève Lavallée

Geneviève Lavallée

Vice Chair

Education/credentials

MA in Economics; CFA charterholder

Briefly outline your professional background.

Professional background is largely in the financial industry (and some government), more specifically in investment management and wealth management

Why did you get involved with the Community Foundation?

To contribute to making Greater Peterborough a community where everyone feels like they belong.

What is your secret super power?

Not sure I really have a superpower but I think I’m pretty good at making people feel comfortable or connecting with people of all backgrounds and walks of life.

MARIE DIETRICH

MARIE DIETRICH

Treasurer & Secretary

Education/credentials

Bachelor of Commerce, Queen’s University CPA, CA, LPA

Professional background

I am a partner at Grant Thornton LLP in Peterborough where I provide accounting, auditing and tax services to a wide variety of clients, including those in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.

Why did you get involved with the Community Foundation?

I got involved with the Community Foundation because I thought they were doing great work in the community and I felt that my skill set, particularly my professional work with not-for-profit organizations, was a good fit with the organization.

What is your secret super power?

Effectively juggling a very full life including three active children, my full-time role as a partner at an accounting firm, while making time for friends, golf and yoga.

Graham Culp

Graham Culp

Education/credentials

Bachelor of Arts, University of Toronto; Diploma – Information Technology, Information Technology Institute

Professional background

Software developer and project manager – RBC Investments; Owner of a critically acclaimed restaurant in Toronto; Currently – the Branch Director, RBC Dominion Securities in Peterborough.

Why did you get involved with the Community Foundation?

I wanted to make a meaningful difference in my community and better understand its challenges and needs.

What is your secret super power?

My superpower is adaptability. I know… boring.

 

rachel degreef

rachel degreef

Education/credentials

Honours Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Ottawa.

Professional background

In my previous role at Ontario Parks as the Partnerships and Philanthropy Assistant, my passion for philanthropy was ignited. Seeing the excitement when donors can see the positive change they are making in our natural spaces resonated with me. I recently started a new opportunity with The Ottawa Mission as the Planned Giving Officer, where I can continue to foster lasting relationships with legacy gifts while making a difference in the community.

Why did you get involved with the Community Foundation?

I got involved in the community foundation because I know how wonderful the people of Peterborough are when they are given the opportunity to thrive.

What is your secret super power?

I have x-ray vision… when it comes to reading people.

 

Trish Dillabough

Trish Dillabough

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.

Camila Duarte

Camila Duarte

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, Montreal, Toronto, and now Peterborough.

Suzanne galloway

Suzanne galloway

Education/credentials

Bachelor Environmental Studies, University of Waterloo; Masters Community Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University; Certified Executive Coach, accredited with the International Coaching Federation; Lean Green belt certified

Professional background.

I have over 25 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector focused on working with marginalized populations in the areas of primary health care, homelessness, public health, youth employment, and social enterprise.

Why did you get involved with the Community Foundation?

I appreciate the Community Foundation’s perspective and believe it offers a persuasive and respected voice on social justice issues. I want to be a part of and contribute to that demonstrated community leadership that I think is needed in Peterborough.

What is your secret super power?

I engage in contact improvisation, a form of dance that offers many lessons about presence and momentum. I like to embrace dance in other ways – fluid movement, in fierce conversations, definitely in coaching dialogues, often while coalition building.

Kathy Green

Kathy Green

Kathy Green has served as the Board Secretariat for Lakefield College School for close to 20 years.  She is responsible for supporting a unique governance structure drawing on the expertise and experience of over 100 highly committed volunteers serving in a wide range of governance roles for both the school and foundation.  Kathy has held various roles as executive director, director of development and fundraising consultant for a number of youth-serving and healthcare organizations over her 35-year career in the not-for-profit sector.  Kathy holds a Masters of Management Degree in Voluntary Sector Leadership from McGill University and undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Wilfrid Laurier University.  She is an active volunteer in her community, most recently serving on the YWCA Peterborough Haliburton’s Governance and Nominating Committees, and past director of Hospice Peterborough and Osteoporosis Peterborough Chapter.  Kathy and her family have proudly made Peterborough their home.

Cody McMahon

Cody McMahon

Education/credentials

 B.A. (History), McGill University; M.A. (History), Brock University

 Professional background

I began my career in fundraising for independent schools, first Lakefield College School then Appleby College. From there, I moved to a Major Gifts fundraising role at Trent University. In my spare time, I volunteer on the Board of Directors at 4th Line Theatre.

 Why did you get involved with the Community Foundation?

I joined the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough because I want to see more young people actively participating in community resource development.

What is your secret super power?

 My super power is endless curiosity. I’m also pretty good at trivia.

thomas street

thomas street

Professionally, Thomas is a Legislative Officer at the City of Oshawa. Prior to pursuing a career in public service, Thomas devoted more than a decade to his craft as a professional touring and recording artist, producer, and independent record label executive. During this time Thomas had the distinct pleasure and rare opportunity to work with renowned artists including the Tragically Hip and Blue Rodeo. Thomas’s volunteer experience includes work with boards and committees in the community such as the Peterborough Pathway of Fame, the City’s Accessibility Advisory Committee, and most recently, the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra.

 

Victoria van Veen

Victoria van Veen

Education/credentials

BAH, Political Science, Graduate Diploma in Management, and I’m working towards an MBA

Professional background

I am team lead of events and training with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. Previously, I consulted as a conference and events coordinator exclusively. I also currently sit on the Peterborough Area Fundraising Network Board.

Why did you get involved with the Community Foundation?

The Community Foundation is an innovative and stable local leader for area non-profits.

What is your secret super power?

I taught myself – and continue to teach myself – to knit.

BILL LOCKINGTON

BILL LOCKINGTON

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.

HELENE LOWRY

HELENE LOWRY

Recording Secretary

Education/credentials

Life experience.

Professional background.

I managed my husband’s legal practice for many years. Prior to that, many hats.

Why did you get involved with the Community Foundation?

It is such a terrific way to serve the community in a broad capacity.

What is your secret super power?

I love to write (in a small way) and so creating newsletters for my neighbourhood association gives me great satisfaction.

 

Community Foundation Staff

Jennifer Debues

Jennifer Debues

Executive Director

Jennifer DeBues is the Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough. She has degrees from three universities and brings thirty years of experience to her role at the Foundation. 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 wealth of experience at the Community Foundation in 2013.  Jennifer has “the best job in town” but she also enjoys her three adult children, singing in a choir, and reading good books.

Deb Aben

Deb Aben

Finance Manager

Education/credentials

B.A. Western University Leading for Impact Program – Schulich School of Business

Professional background

I was Professor Thomas Symons’ personal assistant, then I worked for the Ontario Waterpower Association, Kawartha Food Share, United Way Peterborough & Distrct, and Fleming College. Before joining the Community Foundation, I spent several years as the Executive Director of the Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Foundation.

Why did you get involved with the Community Foundation?

After wearing many hats over the years, I wanted to return to a career in finance, and with an organization that does so much good in our community.

What is your secret super power?

I am an avid vegetable gardener

 

Justin Sutton

Justin Sutton

Communications Coordinator

Education/credentials

BAH, History; Advanced Diploma, Broadcasting

Professional background

I was a television producer (CBC, CTV) for ten years before making the leap to non-profit communications. First at a research centre, then a music festival, and now with the Community Foundation.

Why did you get involved with the Community Foundation?

I went from grant applicant to board member to employee because I believe in the Foundation’s mission. We can make Greater Peterborough an equitable, open, and vital community for everyone.

What is your secret super power?

I read people well, have a great eye for faces, and ear for accents. I’m terrible at remembering names though, is that an anti-power?

 

Katelyn James

Katelyn James

Granting & Stewardship Coordinator

Education/credentials

Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, Carleton University

 Professional background.

I’ve been working in the nonprofit sector for over 15 years, most recently as co-executive director of One City Peterborough. In my various roles, I’ve worked in fundraising, volunteer management, operations, and direct service work.

Why did you get involved with the Community Foundation?

I was drawn to the Community Foundation because of the leadership it provides locally and the opportunity to be part of building a community where everyone can belong and thrive.

What is your secret super power?

I truly love learning. In recent years I’ve embraced this through completing my master’s degree, learning nonviolent communication, French lessons, and reading countless books and articles.

 

All photos with a black background were taken by Wayne Eardley.

Committees

Finance

  • Marie Dietrich, Chair
  • Jenn Harrington
  • Genevieve Lavallee
  • Cody McMahon
  • Rod MacIsaac
  • Judy Mills
  • Alan Thomas

 

Governance

  • Trish Dillabough, Chair
  • Kathy Green
  • Jenn Harrington
  • Peter Williams

Resource Development

  • Graham Culp, Chair
  • Janice Green
  • Jenn Harrington
  • Bill Lockington
  • Betty Morris
  • Kate Ramsay
  • Victoria Van Veen