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.
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.
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.
Lorraine has spent her entire adult life involved with community organizations raising funds or working in a variety of volunteer capacities including member of board. A full time employee at Grove Park Home since 1986 working for the Senior Encounter Adult Day Program led Lorraine to an opportunity to become the Development Officer for the not for profit charitable Home in 2000. She took up the challenge and successfully led a capital Campaign for the construction of an 81 bed addition that included renovations to Grove Park’s original building. This was just the beginning of continued education in the field of philanthropy at both Georgian College and through workshops and seminars through out the province. Lorraine is past chair of the Planned Giving Council of Simcoe County and had been affiliated with the Canadian Association of Planned Giving Professionals and the Association for Fundraising Professionals. Her experience and education has brought her to sit on the board of the Barrie Community Foundation
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.
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, andCanadian Institute of Management P.Mgr.
Community service work includes a director of Kiwanis Club of Kempenfelt Bay, Coral Charitable Foundation, Coral Non-Profit Homes (Barrie) Inc. and Barrie Community Foundation.
Christopher VanderKruys has been working at Barrie Public Library for the past six years, as the library’s Director Business & Development and in the role of Barrie Dragon Boat Festival Chief. Chris brings a wide range of knowledge to his work, gained through previous employment with both local and national charities and also demonstrated through his accreditation as a Certified Fundraising Executive.
As an avid volunteer and valued community member, Chris has been involved for 28 years with various organizations such as the Knights of Columbus, the Legion, and the community Board of Clearview Township of which he is currently the Mayor. Chris is also an asset to the local fundraising community and is always willing to share his expertise where it may help others.
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.