Our Board of Directors
The overall governance, responsibility and accountability for our YMCA lies with the Board of Directors. This dedicated group of community volunteers provides vision, strategic leadership and stewardship for our Association. Board members volunteer their time to lead the YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce in achieving our Mission. The Board usually meets bi-monthly, six times a year during the school year, and Directors also participate in a committee of their choice (i.e. Finance, Governance & Nominating, Fundraising, etc.) which meets as necessary. Learn more about our Board members below:
Evelyn Dean has resided in the Meaford area for over 25 years and has been involved with the YMCA OSGB Board since 1998. She was the President during the building and opening of the new Y Building in 2012. She had an opportunity to be on the National Y Board for three years and rejoined the local Y Board in the fall of 2017. She brings over 30 years of Senior Executive experience in the public and health sectors, both holding senior executive positions and having her own consulting firm, providing strategic Human Resource services, assisting organizations to assess and envision future strategic directions and helping them to align all their resources to effectively meet the needs of their communities. She has continued to be involved as a volunteer in various municipal and local area Boards and committees to help them achieve their goals. She is committed to ensuring the Y’s services continue to meet identified needs within the Grey Bruce area and increase the Y’s capacity to reach out and support our communities where possible.
Bruce has been a Chartered Professional Accountant in public practice for over 35 years, serving small businesses, not-for-profit organizations, individuals and estates. As part of his core belief of paying back to the community, Bruce actively volunteers in many charities. Prior to joining the Y board he completed a 5-year tenure on the board of the Bruce Trail Conservancy as well as 10 years on its finance committee. He has also served as chair of the regional hospital, Chamber of Commerce and many local service organizations. In his spare time, Bruce devotes time to his church and sings in its choir. He and his quilting-wife, Janet, have four grandchildren under the age of nine all within a reasonable driving distance. They have first claim on any free time Bruce and Janet have or chose to make.
Bob is a retired media relations and government relations professional, and graduate of McMaster University in Hamilton. After moving from Toronto to Owen Sound in 2019, he is active in this community as the Chair of the Bluewater Association of Lifelong Learning (BALL), and member of the Tom Thomson Gallery, Sweetwater Music Festival, Legacy Golf Club, and our YMCA Board of Directors. In his spare time, Bob spends time with his wife and two daughters.
Kathryn moved to the Grey Bruce area in March 2020. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant who has specialized in the non-profit sector for the past 25 years, most recently as the Chief Financial Officer of YMCA Canada until her recent retirement. In that role Kathryn was responsible for the fiscal operations of YMCA Canada, as well as providing leadership to finance, Human Resources, insurance and employee benefits on behalf of the federation. Kathryn is passionate about the role of the YMCA in serving the local community and wants to continue her involvement with the organization, as well as contribute to her local community. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, tennis and cross-country skiing.
Roger joined the YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce Board of Directors in October 2023. His role as Digital Production Manager took him from overseeing customer service teams to managing digital production teams responsible for the reporting of stock exchange-listed companies. This journey has led to Roger’s current position as Project Manager, leading learning and development teams to the completion of work for various corporate organizations and Crown Corporations.
Roger and his family, moved to Canada from South Africa in 2018, and to the Grey Bruce region in 2021. Finding themselves without a support structure and community in Canada led Roger and his family to the Y, where swimming in the dead of winter and child care services provided the support and relief they needed. Roger is excited to “pay it forward” and contribute to the YMCA of Owen Sound, giving back to the community that made his family feel welcomed.
Ann-Marie is a registered Social Worker and Certified Health & Life Coach. She is a recent retiree with over 30 years experience as a Social Worker and Mental Health Lead for a local school board. Her experiences include, developing and implementing a mental health strategy for staff and students, supervising a multi-disciplinary support team, managing a crisis response team and representing the Board at various Grey Bruce tables and committees. Her past volunteer work has included being the founding President of the Hanover, St. Vincent DePaul Society and a Youth Justice Facilitator. Ann-Marie and her husband recently moved to the Owen Sound area where she has launched a private practice. Whether, working, volunteering or raising her three daughters, Ann-Marie believes in empowering and growing others to their full potential. She looks forward to supporting health and wellness throughout the Grey Bruce community.
Chris Doyle joined the board in 2023. He brings years of experience working and volunteering in the charitable sector with large and small organizations all over Ontario. After moving to Owen Sound in 2014, he embraced this generous community and all it has to offer. Chris works as a professional fundraiser and has raised millions of dollars for local charities. With education in Fundraising Management and Public relations, he brings a variety of skills valuable to any board.
When he was searching for childcare in 2021 the YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce quickly rose to the top of the list. The educators and staff have become like family for his young daughter and he is excited to give back to such an impressive and important organization.
Sarah moved to Owen Sound from her home in remote Northwestern Ontario in 2022. She worked for 18 years as an educator both in the regular high school classroom and in a support role for teachers in schools in even more remote, fly-in communities. Since relocating to Owen Sound she has moved into an administrative position at a local elementary school. She continues to do some classroom teaching, including work with new Canadians who are multi-language learners. Sarah has a commitment to furthering accessibility to mental, social and physical improvement opportunities for all individuals in the community. In Northwestern Ontario she sat on the board of directors for a local, not-for-profit organization of volunteers, helping to protect green space and provide activities to promote individual and community wellness. Within a month of arriving in Owen Sound, Sarah became a member of the YMCA Heath, Fitness and Aquatics Centre. She immediately felt the alignment with her own values, and is pleased to have the opportunity to contribute!
A strategy expert and inspirational leader recognized for her ability to build strong, effective teams, Sheila Jarvis has extensive financial expertise, which she acquired while working for various Canadian financial institutions. With over 25 years of leadership and client experience and strong knowledge of banking, organizational design, corporate strategy, performance management and sales, Ms. Jarvis has a clear comprehension of the wealth management sector.
During the past 25 years, Ms. Jarvis served in many leadership roles, including overseeing a major financial institution’s international strategy for Canada and Asia. She is very familiar with Canadian market segments and trends and has a thorough understanding of banking and multidisciplinary teams.
Sheila strongly believes in making a positive impact in the communities we live and work in. She has served on many advisory committees, and the board of Anxiety Canada and has been a lifelong mentor to numerous individuals on personal and career development.
Sheila and her husband live in Georgian Bluffs where they enjoy, gardening, hiking, cycling and sailing.
Charlotte and her two daughters moved to Owen Sound in 2010. Charlotte and her family have been active members of the YMCA’s programs, which motivated her to join the board to impact the community positively. Charlotte is a social worker, and her focus in the last decade has been on protecting children and strengthening families. She is very passionate about children, youth, families, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Charlotte is eager to learn new things and likes to share knowledge and ideas. She brings a different perspective on supporting and creating a better community to the board.
Gwynne joined our Board of Directors in September 2013 after being impressed with the critical role that the Y plays in our community and wanting to be a part of this positive process. With an interest in, and long history with not-for-profit organizations, Gywnne served as the Board President before Bruce Price took over in 2021. Gwynne is a Partner at Baker Tilly LLP in Owen Sound. Gwynne and her husband Terry reside on the family farm just outside of Chatsworth where they raised three wonderful children.
Mr. Sushank Saha is the Director of CNO Strategic Initiatives and supports the CNO and CNO office in a special assignment to drive focus on business-critical strategic initiatives and help plan, execute and monitor progress. Prior to joining this role, Sushank was responsible for System and Component Engineering Department supporting Bruce Power’s fleet of eight nuclear reactors producing 6,400 MW of zero carbon electricity. ER achieved exemplary ratings at both stations during this tenure with overall station(s) performance being rated as exemplary including several unit uprates.
Mr. Saha has worked in the nuclear industry for 13 years with experience in Design Engineering, Project Management, and Plant Engineering. In 2015, Sushank led a site wide initiative to expand the use of the Condition Based Maintenance at Bruce Power and was the Vice-Chair and Chair of the CBM User group at EPRI. In 2020, he led a significant ER improvement effort across site focused on risk and SPVs.
Sushank holds a Bachelor of Applied Sciences from University of Windsor and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business, London, ON. in 2019, he completed the Bruce Power Leadership Pipeline program at Richard Ivey School of Business. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario (P.Eng).
Sushank’s recent volunteer experience includes: mentoring the Kinetic Knights team, volunteering with the Grey Bruce Health Services Board. He lives in Port Elgin with his wife, 2 kids and their pet dog.
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Kelly was raised in Owen Sound and moved back to the area in 2021. She has worked for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs for over two decades, working with the agricultural production, food promotion and rural development. She is currently working to promote the consumption of Ontario food through the Foodland Ontario brand where she leads advertising, digital marketing and market research. Throughout her career she has been an active community volunteer supporting local daycares, rural hospitals, agricultural organizations and health charities. She appreciates the contribution that the YMCA makes locally and is looking forward to supporting the excellent work happening in our community.
Monica joined the YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce Board of Directors in October 2022. Monica brings over 20 years of experience in Human Resources management with a specialty in Total Rewards; holding her CHRL and CEBS designations. Monica moved to the Grey Bruce region in 2015 from the GTA to work and live on the shores of Lake Huron with her family. She has a passion for outdoor activities and supporting mental health programs, allowing people to be at their best. Monica is excited to contribute to the YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce after her early experiences as a leader in Y youth camping.
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Julie joined the Y Board in September 2018 and is also a volunteer at the Y in the Fitness department. Julie has a Bachelor of Communications Degree, with Majors in Journalism and Public Relations. Julie is very knowledgeable in fitness and works out regularly at the Y. She brings to the board a different view on several areas and she is eager to learn new things and be a voice for our community.
Become a Board Member!
Volunteering on the YMCA Board of Directors is a wonderful way to give back to your community in a leadership role.
The YMCA Governance and Nominating Committee seeks interested people to sit on our YMCA Board of Directors. The YMCA Board of Directors is a group of committed volunteers that oversees our whole Association and all departments including Health, Fitness & Aquatics, Child Care, Community & Employment and Settlement Initiatives.
If you are interested in providing leadership, direction and positively affecting the future of your YMCA, apply below!
For youth age 18 to 29 years who might be interested, the Board provides a unique experience to gain governance skills and to participate in a national YMCA conference.
For more information please click the link below to review our board recruitment package or email Heather Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
The YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce is part of YMCA Canada. As a federation of YMCAs and YMCA-YWCAs across the country, YMCA Canada has three primary goals:
YMCA Ontario Regional Development Centre
YMCA of Greater Toronto performs the function of the YMCA Ontario Regional Development Centre (YMCA Ontario) on behalf of YMCA Canada. An essential part of the YMCA Federation Development Network, YMCA Ontario is accountable for the envelope of strategic support services focusing on the overall health, governance, leadership, fiscal sustainability, and growth of the YMCAs and YMCA-YWCAs in our region.
Strategic Plan: 2023-2027
We are thrilled to share with you an exciting development that promises to make a profound impact on the lives of those we serve – a new strategic plan for our charity that is designed with you, those we serve, at its very heart.
At the YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce, our mission has always been to build a caring, healthy community by creating opportunities for all people to achieve personal growth in spirit, mind, and body. We’ve made great strides, thanks to the dedication of our team of employees and volunteers, and the generosity of our supporters. However, we are committed to improving the health of our community, and our new strategic plan is a crucial step toward realizing this promise.
Our annual report outlines the important role we play across Grey and Bruce and highlights the impact we make in the community each year. The YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce has been serving the people of our region since 1877. Throughout the years our location, facilities and services have changed to meet the continually evolving needs of our diverse community.
Our underlying focus always has, and always will be, Building Healthy Communities.
Annual General Meeting
Each Fall, our volunteer Board of Directors, staff, and members gather with local dignitaries, representatives from organizations throughout our area and visitors from the general public to launch our Annual Report.
This gives us a chance to showcase the year’s achievements, highlight what we are looking forward to and share information about our Associations finances and impact. Some years, new members are voted into our Board of Directors.