Grand Bend Community Foundation Ambassadors:

This program is available to past board members of the Foundation.

“We want to make sure our past board members are recognized for the significant contributions they have made to the foundation” says Tom Prout current Board chair, “We have introduced the Ambassador program as away of saying thank you.”
Ambassadors who join the program are recognized for their volunteer contribution to the foundation  and the community.
Ambassadors continue the contribution to the foundation by
• Acting as a resource or sounding board to the foundation on specific issues and/or programs
• Identifying opportunities for the foundation within the member’s community and/
or sphere of influence
• Opening doors for the foundation where appropriate
• If comfortable and available to represent the foundation at public events.


Ambassadors Bios

Chris Thompson:

Chris has been the manager of TD Canada Trust in Grand Bend for the last 17 years.
Chris is an active volunteer in the Grand Bend community. As well as being a  past Board member of the Grand Bend Community foundation for 6 years, Chris is also an active Rotarian, a former a board member of both the Grand Bend & Area Community Health Centre and the Grand Bend & District Soccer Association as well as a member of multiple community committees.  Chris lives in Grand Bend with her Husband Brian and has two children currently attending university.

Why I Volunteer: 
“I volunteer because I want to make a positive impact in my community”
“As a volunteer board member of the Grand Bend Community Foundation, I am fortunate to have worked with Hank Krech, former Chair of GBCF, as part of the Community Improvement Coalition (CIC)a leadership initiative of GBCF. The enhancements made at the main beach are a direct result of the CIC and I am proud of the instrumental role GBCF played in this important enhancement to Grand Bend.”

“I am particularly proud of my former role as Chair of the Grand Bend Partnership Committee, an ad hoc committee who successfully brokered a partnership between the local school board, the Municipality of Lambton Shores and the Lambton County Public Library.  This partnership resulted in not only saving Grand Bend Public School (GBPS) from closure but the construction of a $2.3 million addition to GBPS to house a new public library, gymnasium and public meeting rooms.”


Patty Relouw:

“I’m delighted to be a Grand Bend Ambassador and a past member of the Grand Bend Community Foundation Board.  Over the past 2 decades I have been active with various non-profit organizations throughout the community, some fundraising based and some strictly volunteer work.  My husband Mark and I have lived and raised our four daughters in Grand Bend over 18 years.    We both work at our business in Exeter and feel it is very important to be active and supportive in the communities that we live.”

Why I volunteer: “The reason that I volunteer is because it allows me to get involved and to be aware of the environment in which we raise our families.  While on the Board there have been many amazing accomplishments, but it is the concept of the Foundation being a vehicle to improve the diverse and special community that we live that makes me proud.”


Jennifer Mossop:

Jennifer is owner of Mossop Media.( After spending more than two decades working in television, radio and print journalism, Jennifer became the Member of Provincial Parliament for the riding of Stoney Creek. She was immediately appointed as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Culture and Vice Chair of the Cabinet Committee on Communications. She also served on the Education Policy Cabinet Committee, the Standing Committees on Justice and Legislative Assembly, and as Chair of the South Central Caucus. She is graduate of Fanshawe college.

Jennifer has been a cottager and passionate about GB since birth and  has been a full time resident of Grand Bend for the past five years. She joined GBCF as board member as soon as she moved here full time and served as a member of Communications committee and Environment Committee. She is the founding chair of Grand Bend Aquafest ,a volunteer with Grand Bend home and school and member of Oakwood Park Association Environment Committee.

Why I volunteer:
“It’s what makes our world go round. “
“I am proud to be a founding member of Enviro Committee and Founding Co-Chair of Aquafest and helping to raise the profile of the very good work done by the Foundation”


Dave Bannister:

Dave is a seasoned communications and arts professional with over 35 years experience in advertising creative direction and related fields, including writing, illustration, fine art, photography, public relations, corporate management and board leadership. He has been a Grand Bend resident for more than 30 years. Dave`s volunteer involvement in PR and Board of Director roles spans those years and includes:

Board Chair, Grand Bend Community Foundation
Board Chair, Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre
Commodore, Grand Bend Yacht Club
Board Chair, President, Honorary Lifetime Board Member, Huron Country Playhouse
Vice-Chair, Government Relations Committee Chair, Greater Grand Bend Community Association
Board Member, Grand Bend Area Health Services Foundation
Board Member, Epilepsy Ontario, Midwest Region
Honoured as a Grand Bend “Community Leader of the Decade” in 2011 by the Grand Bend Community Foundation.

“I have been involved with GBCF since its inception, serving on the marketing and communications committee to develop its logo and information pieces, then on the board. I have been proud to see the growth in its contribution to worthy area groups, the beach enhancement and other projects. The foundation board has been an excellent steward of its finances even in a difficult economic/investment climate, and remained able to give back to the community.”

Why I Volunteer: “Grand Bend is a great community that has been very good to us. As a growing community, there is always a need for expanded services and facilities for residents, so I felt the need to contribute, especially in areas involving communications and public relations.”

“I have also felt privileged to serve on boards with some very talented and giving fellow residents of this community.”


Pat Morden:

Pat is a past member and Chair of the Grand Bend Community Foundation board, serving from 2006 to 2012. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario and Sussex University, U.K., she operates Morden Communications, a communications consulting, writing and editing service, with her husband Max. In addition to the Foundation, she has been active in other volunteer activities in London and Grand Bend, including Meals on Wheels London, London Y Women of Excellence, and the Grand Bend Environment Committee. She has lived in Grand Bend since 2004 and has two children.

Why I volunteer: “Grand Bend is a wonderful community with a great spirit of volunteerism. Getting involved is a way to contribute, to learn, and to make wonderful friends.”


Bob Illman:

Bob and his family are long term  Grand Bend residents living in the area  for more than 30 years.  Bob`s volunteer involvement in Grand Bend Sports and Recreation and his role on the GBCF Board of Director spans those years and includes:

Board Treasurer, Grand Bend Community Foundation, Board Secretary, Grand Bend Community Foundation, Bob has also served on the following committees, Grants committee, Fund Development, Policy and Governance and  Finance.

Bob community involvement also has included Grand Bend United Church, Southwest Rugby Association, Rugby Ontario Hall of Fall Member, Grand Bend Minor Ball Association.

“Iv’e always been involved in sports and recreation and the community as a whole.  I feel it is up to us to make our communities great places to live, so I like to be a part of that.”


Jim Southcott:

Jim is a past Board member of the Grand Bend Community Foundation serving for  3 years. He is currently retired after being a successful business owner and operator for more than 35 years. He has been involved in many Grand Bend Volunteer projects, is a past President of the Grand Bend Rotary Club and remains an active Rotarian.
He has been connected to Grand Bend for all his life and has been a full time resident for the past 10 years with his wife Jacquelyn.

Jim  was co-chair of the Fund Raising Committee for the Beach Enhancement project and is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award for volunteerism.

Why I Volunteer: “Volunteering allows me the opportunity to give back to a community that means very much to me and to my forebears.”



Tom Prout

Tom is a past board Chair of the Grand Bend Community Foundation He volunteered with the Foundation for over 6 years. A graduate of the University of Guelph, BSc.Agr.; and the University of Western Ontario, MPA. Tom, now retired, had been the General Manager of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority for over thirty years. Before moving to the family farm in 2007, Tom and his family lived in Huron Woods for seven years.  This is where he met Hank Krech and was introduced to the Grand Bend Community Foundation.

Why I Volunteer: “Grand Bend is an important community to both Lambton and Huron Counties. Volunteering gives me an opportunity to meet people with similar interests and make a positive contribution to the Community.”


Sherwood Eddy:

Bio currently not available.


Irene hall:

Bio currently not available.



More Ambassadors Bios coming soon!!!