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. Amanda is also a member of the Communications Committee.
Angela 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. Angela currently Chairs the Grants Committee of the Foundation. Angela also sits on the Communications Committee.
Barbara has a diploma from Seneca College in Marketing and Advertising and is a managing partner with her husband in Jeff White Group and Jeff’s Junk. They have owned and operated this business in Barrie since 1992. She worked in the advertising agency in Toronto before moving to Barrie and having a family. They have raised three children who are all living in the Barrie and surrounding area.
In 2016, Barbara co-founded Ripple of Kindness, a gathering of like-minded women that come together four times a year to contribute financially to the community. Ripple of Kindness has now opened three chapters; Orillia, Muskoka and London. As of September 2020, Ripple of Kindness Barrie has contributed $375,000 back into the community and collectively the four chapters have raised over $440,000.
Barbara was the Chair of Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka in 2018 and 2019 and is currently completing her second term on the board. She has also served on committees for CMHA and Hospice Simcoe. She organized a 10 year fundraising event for the Canadian Cancer Society called Prom Night for Cancer and raised over $150,000 and also led a team of friends that held the Holiday Social for Gilda’s Club, raising $17,000 to help keep the red door open.
She has been awarded the Ontario 150 award by Ann Hogarth, the John Graves Simcoe Medal of Excellence in 2017, Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Heart and Soul Award in 2018, the Paul Harris Fellow Award by two Rotary Clubs in Barrie and the Legends & Legacy Award in 2018. Ripple of Kindness was awarded the Barrie Business Awards Not-for-Profit or Charitable Organization Award in 2019. Barbara is a member of both the Finance Committee and the Grants Committee for the BCF.
CAROL OLIVER, FAHP
Carol’s career involved pioneering; she was the first President of Southlake Foundation, first President of North York General Hospital Foundation and the first full-time President of the Toronto Community Foundation. Carol was also the first woman and Canadian to Chair the Board of Directors of the International Association of Health Care Philanthropy.
Carol is pleased to be working with a wonderful group of passionate, inspired volunteers to improve life in the Barrie Community. Carol is currently a member of Nominating Committee, Development Committee and Communications Committee.
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’s charitable work includes: Director & past Chair of Barrie Community Credit Union, Kempenfelt Bay Kiwanis Club, and Barrie Community Foundation; past Secretary of Morton Youth Centre; Director & Vice-President of affordable housing non-profits; Coral Hills Housing Inc., Coral Non-Profit Homes (Barrie) Inc. and Coral Sophia Lane Housing Inc. Doug is currently a member of the Grants Committee for the BCF.
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. Gary currently sits on the Executive Board as the Vice Chair of the Foundation. As well, Gary is on the Finance Committee for the BCF.
Jim is Co-Managing Partner at Barriston LLP, a full service law firm with offices in Barrie, Collingwood, Bracebridge and Huntsville. Jim has broad practice experience gained since being called to the bar in 1988. His practice is now focused on municipal law acting primarily for municipalities, as well as providing real estate support to major electrical utility suppliers throughout the Province of Ontario. Before embarking on his career in law, Jim worked in diverse areas including: the warehousing and trucking industry, door-to-door and retail sales and court reporting.
In July 1999, Jim joined the firm of Burgar Rowe LLP in Barrie and moved here with his wife Darla and young daughter Erin. Shortly after arriving, he was invited to join the Rotary Club of Barrie-Huronia as a member which gave him the opportunity to become involved in community volunteer work. He has served as a director of the Rotary Club of Barrie-Huronia on many occasions and is a past president. Jim volunteered with the Barrie Parenting Fair and served on the Kempenfest board for a number of years. He joined the board for Hospice Simcoe in 2003, became board chair in 2005 and assumed the role of capital campaign chair in 2007 to assist in raising the funds for construction of the Hospice Simcoe residential hospice facility on Penetanguishene Road which opened in December 2009. Jim was presented with the Sam Delmar Memorial Award as Lawyer of the Year in 2009 and the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Community Volunteerism by the Province of Ontario in 2013. Jim currently sits on the Finance Committee and the Communications Committee.
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. Kathryn currently Chairs the Fund Development Committee of the Foundation.
Laurier recently retired after 40 years experience in the financial services industry with a local investment dealer. His current focus was on portfolio management and providing income solutions for clients. Laurier has been actively raising money for charities through the local 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 sits on the Executive Board as the past Chair of the Barrie Community Foundation. As well, he is the Chair of the Nominating Committee of the Foundation and sits on the Development Committee.
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 sits on the Executive Board as the current Chair of the Barrie Community Foundation. He also sits on the Nominating Committee.
MICHAEL J. WALKER, BBA CPA C.A. CFP
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 sits on the Executive Board as the Treasurer and is 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 and Treasurer of Coral Hills Housing Inc., Coral Non-Profit Homes (Barrie) Inc. and Coral Sophia Lane Inc. Michael currently Chairs the Finance Committee of the Foundation.
Michèle holds a Master of Business Administration in Project Management from Athabasca University and is a Public Relations graduate of Ryerson University. As a Director of Konvo Media, a Black-owned pr and communications agency, Michèle provides strategic consulting to public, private, and non-profit sector clients.
Michèle is guided by what she describes as a “better together” philosophy – growing relationships, nurturing collaborations, and facilitating partnerships – especially those with a shared focus on strengthening our community.
A community changemaker, Michèle created Our Mosaic Lives – a passion project exploring diversity and inclusion and launched Community Conversations . Michèle is a Community Producer of On the Mic – a diversity and inclusion interview series with Rogers TV Barrie. She co-founded Making Change –a non-profit organization focusing on sparking conversations around inclusion and diversity, and holds the positions of President and Chair. Michèle contributes monthly to Simcoe.com with a Diversity and Inclusion column and in 2020 was recognized as one of 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women.
Since moving to Barrie in 2000, Michèle has been an active community volunteer. She has been a Mentor in School and a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters Barrie & District; a Marketing Committee member for the YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka’s 100 Reasons Y Capital Campaign; a Chair of the Strong Kids Campaign for the Innisfil Y; a lead organizer of the Barrie-Innisfil Regional Spelling Bee with Spelling Bee of Canada; and a Marketing Committee member with Kempenfelt Bay School. Michèle currently sits on the Grants Committee and is the Chair of the Communications Committee for the BCF.
ROBYN H. LATCHMAN, CFP, CLU, EPC
Robyn 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. Robyn currently sits on the Development Committee and the Communications Committee for the BCF.