AMANDA WHITMAN, H.B.Com
Amanda is an ambitious individual who is interested in contributing to the betterment of her local community through charitable and philanthropic efforts for many years to come. Amanda’s scholastic focuses were on business administration and philosophy; her current employment concentrations are towards financial accounting and marketing. Born and raised in Barrie, Amanda has firsthand knowledge of both the history of the city and its future direction.
As the youngest board member of the Barrie Community Foundation, she brings a set of new skills and ideas to the team. Her millennial thinking provides insights that are invaluable. Amanda has a resume of highly marketable skills and a diverse portfolio of professional contacts and she is looking forward to continuing to apply her formal education to various business situations in the community. Amanda currently sits on the Executive Board of Directors as the Secretary for the Foundation.
Angela Baldwin has an Honours Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and operates her own land use planning consulting business in Barrie. She was the former Director of Planning for ClubLink Corporation and is a Registered Professional Planner and a member of the Ontario Professional Planning Institute.
Angela has been the Chair of the Barrie Film Festival Board of Directors since 2016 and a member of the board since 2013. Prior to that she was the chair of Theatre by the Bay for 6 years. She is the co-chair of the Capital Campaign committee for Redwood park communities affordable housing project, an active member of the Maycourt Club of Barrie and on the steering committee for Barrie Ambassadors, a business led group established to encourage economic investment in the community. She is a member of Ripples of Kindness and Gals that Give – two local organizations that fundraise for local charities. She has been on the organizing committee for Barrie Toy Tea for 9 years – this event has raised over $120K for Simcoe Family Connexions and Gildas Club. Her community contributions led to her being awarded the Ann Hogarth Leading Women Award in 2017, Barrie Arts Award Contribution to the Community 2018, Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Heart and Soul Award, 2019 and Barrie Rotary Club Volunteer of the Year, 2019.
CAROL OLIVER, FAHP
Carol was born and raised in Barrie and has recently returned to Barrie after 50 years absence. Carol is looking forward to applying her knowledge “from away” to increase the vitality of the charitable sector in Barrie.
As President of the Toronto Foundation and President of two large hospital foundations, she will bring valuable experience to the Barrie Community Foundation. For the past 15 years, she has worked successfully with charitable organizations as a management/fundraising consultant.
Carol enjoys the challenge of working with dedicated, inspired volunteers. Carol currently Chairs the Fund Development Committee and the Nominating Committee of the Foundation.
Craig has over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry. His present focus is now on portfolio management and investment advisory services with a local firm.
Craig has volunteered with a variety of community service organizations. He has been a mentor with the Jump Math Program and Big Brothers of Toronto. While living in Montreal he was an active volunteer at the Good Sheppard Community Center.
Craig is enthusiastic to be a part of The Barrie Community Foundation and committed to the groups it supports. Craig is the Chair of the Grants Committee of the Barrie Community Foundation.
DOUGLAS T. SHAW, RPA, CFP, P.MGR
Douglas has attained a diverse educational background including a Business Administration Diploma, designations form: Canadian Institute of Accredited Public Accountants, RPA, Financial Planning Standards Council, CFP, and Canadian Institute of Management P.Mgr.
Doug is the past President of the Kempenfelt Bay Kiwanis Club, Vice-President of the Coral Charitable Foundation and Coral Non-Profit Homes (Barrie) Inc., Secretary of the Morton Youth Centre and past Chair of the Barrie Community Foundation.
GARY PEARSON, HBA, CPA
Gary moved to Barrie in 1988 from London as a tax partner with Clarkson Gordon, subsequently Ernst & Young. In 1993 Tom Hards and he formed Hards Pearson LLP. That firm merged into Grant Thornton LLP in 2010. Gary retired in 2012 and spends as much time as possible out of doors. As a member of the Rotary Club of Barrie since 1990, Gary has served as Treasurer of the Club and Director and continues to be a strong hands on contributor to its fund raising projects.
Kathryn is a founding partner of Ain Whitehead LLP. Her practice is focused on two primary areas: Real Estate and Wills & Estates. In addition to residential real estate purchases, sales, and mortgages, her real estate practice has a particular emphasis on private mortgage lending and mortgage enforcement.
Regarding her Will practice, Kathryn assists clients by drafting Wills and Powers of Attorney for Property and Personal Care that reflect each client’s unique circumstances. Kathryn also has experience in complicated estate planning including primary and corporate wills, international wills, various testamentary trusts, such as Spousal, Family, and Henson, and Limited Powers of Attorney for Property for Professional Corporations.
Kathryn has assisted many families through the transition of losing a loved one. Her estate practice is focused on administration and involves assisting Estate Trustees through necessary court applications, accounting procedures, and dispositions to beneficiaries.
Kathryn is very active in both the local legal community and Barrie community. She currently sits as the President of the Simcoe County Law Association, Vice-President of the Almaguin Area Municipal Joint Compliance Audit Committee, and as a Board of Director for Gilda’s Club. She is the Past President of the Estate Planning Council of Simcoe County and Past President of the Barrie Real Estate Law Association.
Kathryn originates from a farming community in Lambton County. She obtained her Bachelor of Human Kinetics and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor. In addition to graduating with honours, she was a varsity athlete with the University’s Indoor Track and Field Team, competing at the national and international levels.
Laurier has over 30 years experience in the financial services industry with a local investment dealer. His current focus is on portfolio management and providing income solutions for clients. He has been active in raising funds for numerous charities to the corporate branch office and was a board member and Chair of the Barrie YMCA. He is enthused to be a board member of the Barrie community foundation. Laurier is the current Chair of the Barrie Community Foundation.
Marshall was a founding partner of the Barrie, Ontario law firm of Graham, Wilson and Green, which grew from a three lawyer firm in 1975 to 35 lawyers serving five centres in Simcoe County, as “HGR Graham Partners”. After 41 years, and ready for something different, he left the firm to help set up a legal department for the County of Simcoe.
Since coming to Barrie in 1973, Marshall has served as the President of the Greater Barrie Chamber of Commerce, a director and president of the Rotary Club of Barrie, and a founder and multi-time president of the Am Shalom Synagogue. He has served twice on fundraising campaigns for the Royal Victoria Hospital (now the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre) seeing that institution move to hugely expanded facilities, and develop a regional cancer care facility, cardiac facility and youth mental health services. He chaired the fundraising campaign for an expansion of the Barrie YMCA (now the YMCA of Simcoe-Muskoka). He co-chaired the fundraising campaign for the hugely expanded Barrie Public Library. When that institution moved out of its old building, he assisted in the fundraising to turn the former library building into the MacLaren Art Centre. He served for fifteen years as a board member of Theatre by the Bay, Barrie’s first professional theatre group in several decades. Marshall is the current Vice Chair of the Barrie Community Foundation.
MICHAEL J. WALKER BBA CPA C.A. CFP
Michael has over thirty years of experience in financial management and for the last seventeen years has focused on personal financial, tax and estate planning.
He is a firm believer in giving back to the community. Michael was instrumental in establishing the Junior Achievement program in the Bahamas. His group mentor was Sir John Templeton, founder of the Templeton Prize. Michael is the Treasurer and a founding Director of the Barrie Community Foundation, former Treasurer of the Planned Giving Counsel of Simcoe County, a former trustee of the Barrie Public Library Board, and was a mentor and Big Brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Barrie & District for over 10 years. Michael is a Director of the Coral Foundation, Coral Non-Profit Homes (Barrie) Inc. and Coral Sophia Lane Housing Inc.
ROBYN H. LATCHMAN, CFP, CLU, EPC
Robyn H. Latchman, CFP, CLU, EPC, has more than two decades of experience providing ethical and expert financial planning, investment and insurance solutions to private clients and their families, small businesses and professional groups. Robyn’s specialty, as one of the first certified Elder Planning Counselors in Canada (EPC), includes guiding individuals in the planning of family care needs as we all age and are faced with caring for our elder parents and family members.
To add to her ability to better service her client base, Robyn obtained her license to sell Property and Casualty Insurance in December, 2014.
She brings a compassionate approach to her client-centered Barrie-area and Toronto practice as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chartered
Life Underwriter (CLU), and licensed independent insurance broker.
Robyn is a sought-after speaker by the accounting and legal professions. She is a member of several industry-related boards and advocacy groups. She has numerous notable designations and affiliations. Robyn is active in her community assisting charitable and non-profit organizations with her time and expertise. She is dedicated to her clients and to protecting their homes, their businesses, their families, and most importantly, themselves.
Zarah is the Director of Legal Services for the County of Simcoe. She has been practicing law for over twenty years with experience in corporate/commercial, real estate, IT, and municipal law. She has acted for both public and private clients, in house and in private practice. She is a frequent speaker on legal issues of interest to the public.
Zarah is the chair of Theatre by the Bay and a past board member of Habitat for Humanity. She hosts a semi-annual clothing exchange, and an extremely low brow book club. Zarah believes we all have a role to play in building a strong, vibrant community.