Our Board

 

  Click on the links below to view the biographies of each member

1. Michael McLeod, PRESIDENT 8.    Anne-Marie Burrus
2. Dave Slater, VICE-PRESIDENT  9.    Donalda Simmons
3. Jay Taugher, TREASURER 10.  Phillip Peters
4. Elaine Philip, SECRETARY 11.  Alan Whyte
5. Marilyn Curson 12.  Nora Sawyer, Alderville First Nations Appointee
6. Caitlin Dougherty 13.  Vacancy, MBQ Appointee
7. Peter Knudsen 14. Ray Dassylva, The Children's Foundation Appointee
   

 

Board Bio's
 
     
Name:   Michael McLeod
Board Position:            PRESIDENT
Term of Office:                                2016-2019
Education:                              Mike has an Honours degree in geography and community planning from York University and is a graduate of the regulatory studies program at Michigan State University. 
Employment:  

Private business consultancy focused on local community development. He has more than 35 years of public and private sector experience specializing in the areas of environment, cultural heritage, tourism and energy. Mike has been a member of the Highland Shores board of directors since 2012.  Prior to that he was a board member with the Hastings Children's Aid Society.

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Name:   Phillip Peters  
Board Position:   BOARD MEMBER (Leave of Absence)
Term of Office:    2015-2018
Education:   Phillip has a MBA from Queen’s University and a P. Eng. from the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario. 
Employment:  

Phillip Peters is the Plant Manager of Weetabix North America, a breakfast cereal manufacturer in Cobourg. 

Phillip has been a member of the Highland Shores board of directors since it's amalgamation in 2012.  Prior to that he was a board member with the Children's Aid Society of Northumberland.

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Name:   Jay Taugher
Board Position:   TREASURER
Term of Office:    2016-2019
Education:   Jay has a M.Sc., Computer Science from the University of Alberta and a B. Sc. Hons, Computer Science, Queen’s University. He received his Project Management Professional (PMP) designation in 2012.
Employment:  

Jay Taugher is currently a Project Manager for Information Technology and Facilities at Loyalist college.  He also performs Project Management and Agile consulting for various companies in the region. 

Jay has been a member of the Highland Shores board of directors since it's amalgamation in 2012.  Prior to that he was a board member with the Hastings Children's Aid Society.

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Name:   Elaine Philip
Board Position:   SECRETARY
Term of Office:   2015-2018
Education:   Elaine graduated from Loyalist College in 1974 as a Developmental Service Worker.
Employment:  

Education Assistant for the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

Elaine has been a member of the Highland Shores board of directors since 2013.  Prior to that she was a board member with the Children's Aid Society of Prince Edward County.

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Name:   Marilyn Curson
Board Position:   BOARD MEMBER
Term of Office:   2016-2019
Education:  

Graduated with honours from Port Hope High School , Port Hope, Ontario

Two-year course in Psychology at Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario

Plus many other “interest” courses over the years!  Marilyn is also a certified Ontario Horticultural Judge.

Employment:  

Marilyn was a realtor and has recently retired from real estate profession.  She is currently employed in the food preparation industry. 

Marilyn has been a member of the Highland Shores board of directors since it's amalgamation in 2012.  Prior to that she was a board member with the Children's Aid Society of Northumberland.

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Name:   Donalda Simmons
Board Position:   BOARD MEMBER
Term of Office:    2014-2017
Education:  

Donalda has a Master of Social Work degree from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Physical Education degree from McMaster University.

Employment:  

Donalda Simmons has over 30 years of social work experience providing clinical support to children and families in Hastings and Prince Edward counties.

She is currently the Mental Health Leader at Hastings and Prince Edward District School and previously was a Social Worker at Hastings Children’s Aid Society responsible for investigating reports of alleged physical, sexual and emotional abuse and child neglect.

Donalda has been a member of the Highland Shores board of directors since 2014.

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Name:   Peter Knudsen
Board Position:   BOARD MEMBER
Term of Office:   2015-2018
Education:   MBA, Queen's University
Employment:  

Owner of Knudsen Construction Ltd. In Belleville and has been in private business for over 35 years. 

Peter has been a member of the Highland Shores board of directors since it's amalgamation in 2012.  Prior to that he was a board member with the Hastings Children's Aid Society. 

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Name:   Anne-Marie Burrus
Board Position:   BOARD MEMBER
Term of Office:   2015-2018
Education:   Anne-Marie earned a C.M.A. degree in 1982 and a B.Sc. in 1993 and was a financial accounting manager in government and manufacturing before going into private practice.
Employment:  

Anne-Marie has been an accountant in private practice since 1988, specializing in helping clients in non-profit housing, social services and community mental health to fulfill their missions by supporting their financial, administrative and reporting requirements.  Anne-Marie moved to Northumberland County from Toronto in 2013.

Anne-Marie has been a member of the Highland Shores board of directors since 2015.

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Name:   Dave Slater
Board Position:   VICE-PRESIDENT
Term of Office:   2014-2017
Education:  

David has an Honours B.A. from York University in Toronto and a diploma in Social Sciences from Champlain College in Sherbrooke, Quebec. 

Employment:  

Dave Slater recently retired from the Ontario Public Service.

Dave has many years of experience leading complex organizations and transformation initiatives.  He has a proven record and reputation for delivering HR programs, financial results, organizational development and strategic change management activities in large decentralized organizations.

Dave has been a member of the Highland Shores board of directors since 2014.

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Name:   Caitlin Dougherty
Board Position:   BOARD MEMBER
Term of Office:   2014-2017 
Education:  

Caitlin has a Child and Youth Worker diploma from Loyalist College, BBBS New Service Delivery Training, as well as TAPP-C, ASIST, Kids Have Stress Too certificate and aTime Management certificate.

Employment:  

Caitlin is currently working for Community Living Prince Edward as a Residential Support Worker and previously worked at Big Brothers Big Sisters Hastings Prince Edward Counties from 2010-2015.

In May 2010 Caitlin also became a Children's Deployment Coordinator Assistant and Emergency Respite and Child Care Provider at the Military Family Resource Centre.

Caitlin has been a member of the Highland Shores board of directors since 2013.

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Name:   Alan Whyte
Board Position:   BOARD MEMBER
Term of Office:   2016-2019
Education:   Alan was called to the Bar in 1981.  He has a B.A. and L.L.B. from Queen's University.
Employment:  

Alan is a partner in the Labour and Employment group at the Cunningham Swan law firm in Kingston, having acted for employers throughout Eastern Ontario for over 30 years. He lives near Stirling and has been part of the Belleville business and legal community since 1982. He has extensive board experience in the non-profit sector.

Alan has been a member of the Highland Shores board of directors since 2013.

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Name:   Nora Sawyer
Board Position:   Board Member Appointee (Alderville First Nations)
Term of Office:   2016-2018 
Education:   Completed high school at CDCI West, Cobourg. Graduated from Trent University in 1986 with Bachelor of Native Studies degree. Over 30 years in First Nation experience and Management.  Experience on many Boards including Soldiers Memorial Hospital,cultural advisory, and health.
Employment:  

Became Chief of Alderville and held this position for 6 years.

Executive Director of the Union of Ontario Indians for 2 years responsible for 43 First Nations in Ontario.

Executive Director of the Ogemawahj Tribal Council for 6 years.

Director of Health & Social Services of Chippewas of Rama First Nation for 13 years.

Now, back home in Alderville First Nation as Manager of Health & Social Services since October 2014.

Nora has been an appointed member of the Highland Shores board of directors since 2015.

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Name:   Vacancy, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte Appointee
Board Position:   Board Member Appointee (Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte Appointee)
Term of Office:   2014-2016
Education:    
Employment:  

 

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Name:   Ray Dassylva
Board Position:   Board Member (The Children’s Foundation Appointee)
Term of Office:   2015-2017 (began the term Sept 8/16)
Education:   Ray has an accounting diploma from Loyalist College.
Employment:  

Ray is currently an Account Executive at McDougall Insurance and Financial.

He is the President of The Children’s Foundation and has previously served as an appointee to our board.   Ray’s appointment is to fill the remainder of the 2015-2017 term.

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