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:
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.
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.
Grace joined the Y’s board of directors in September 2018. Grace and her husband moved to the area in 2015 and soon learned of the scope and positive impact the Y has on our community. Grace is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a retired executive with 27 years of finance experience, most recently with CIBC. Grace has also enjoyed time as a volunteer teaching functional fitness to seniors with the Victorian Order of Nurses.
After four years of service, Danielle became our Vice President. She joined the Board of Directors because she believes in the importance of the work done by the YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce in our community. Danielle is a lawyer, practicing in the areas of personal injury and criminal defence, and lives and practices in Owen Sound. She can often be found taking part in fitness classes at our Y.
Kathy became a Y Board Member in September 2019. She is an active volunteer in several community initiatives and is a proud supporter of the YMCA for the life-changing work it provides to many Grey-Bruce residents. Kathy and her family have lived in Owen Sound for the past 16 years. She currently practices as the Corporate Director of Medical Imaging & Cardiology at Grey Bruce Health Services. In her spare time, she can be found participating in classes at the local Y, running on the trails with her daughter, or managing her son’s Jr Attack team at the local arenas. Kathy feels it is both an honour and a privilege to serve on the YMCA Board of Directors.
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.
David joined the Y Board in September 2019. David brings 15 years of leadership experience at large technology and financial institutions with experience in strategy, project management and leveraging technology to improve business process and performance. David grew up in Owen Sound and returned in 2015 to be closer to extended family. He has a passion for running and spreading the positive benefits of physical activity to others. David is excited to be part of the YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce as he feels strongly about the important services we provide to our community.
Scott has been with the Y Board since 2016.
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.
After retiring, Peter and his partner Rose have returned to where she grew up in Grey Bruce. Peter’s 30+ years of work experience were primarily in the animal nutrition business having worked in sales, technical support, operations, business management and leadership. He and his family have been Y members starting in Stratford in the ‘90s then onto Moncton, New Brunswick, Goderich, London and now Owen Sound. Peter has been competing in triathlons for over 30 years and was co-founding president of a Triathlon Club in New Brunswick and a Director of Triathlon New Brunswick for several years. He continues to enjoy training and competing. Peter is a volunteer with Home and Community Support Services Grey Bruce and now is pleased to support the Vision of YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce.
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.
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.
Bernie had a lengthy career in public recreation/leisure/sports/arts/culture/parks administration. His varied experience is an asset to our Board. Both his wife, Anne, and himself are retired, yet they have been as busy as ever with personal leisure and some professional projects. Most recently he served on the boards of the Grey Bruce Sustainability Network, as well as the Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory, for which he is still volunteering where needed. The role of personal values in lifestyle interests Bernie, as well as building and ensuring strong communities, and what it takes to maintain such. He sees the role of our “Y” as highly important. Public and private agencies have been striving to “build” citizens, to involve Canadians in their futures and their communities for decades, and our “Y” is a key player. He looks forward to serving on the board and getting to know volunteers and staff, and what makes our “Y” tick.
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.
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. Please inquire for more information. An orientation session is typically held each Spring.
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.
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.