Our Board of Directors

The Grand Bend Community Foundation is governed by a group of dedicated community leaders who provide their expertise, experience and knowledge on a volunteer basis. Board meetings are held eight times a year. The public is invited to our annual celebration in May each year.

Board 2014


2014 board photo

2015 Board of Directors and Advisors

Hank Winters (Chair), Shirley Andraza(Secretary), Judy McDonald (Vice Chair), Mike Burgess (Director), Penny Nelligan (Director),  Missing from photo, Stephanie Donaldson (Director), Harlie Johnston (Treasurer), Janette Baillie (director), Jenn Maguire, John Dehondt.

Martha Powell (Advisor), Paul Ciufo (Advisor), Lynda Hillman Rapley (Advisor), Pat Morden (Advisor),

David Campbell (Executive director)


Board Biographies


Hank Winters:

In 2004 Hank completed a 40-year career, mainly in the steel industry, in both Canada and the United States.  He has a degree in Engineering from Queen’s and an MBA from UWO.  He & Nancy selected Grand Bend for their retirement home, partly to be near their two children, but mainly because of this community’s qualities and its potential.  Hank has served as President of Probus, and is active on the Relay For Life, Men Can Cook, the Seaforth Harmony Kings, and the board of the Health Services Foundation.

Why I volunteer:  
“my desire to give back some of the benefits and rewards we have received from our community and our country”.


Penny Nelligan:

Penny Nelligan has been a resident of Grand Bend since 2001. She has recently retired from her position as Director of the Standards, Programs and Community Development Branch of the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Health Promotion.

Penny is a Public Health Nurse who practiced in both a large urban and a rural Public Health Unit. She graduated from McMaster University with a BScN and from D’Youville College with a MSN in Community Health.

Penny held a faculty appointment at McMaster University for 15 years.

Why I Volunteer: Volunteering has been a part of my life for many years. It is a wonderful opportunity to be part of your community and to meet and work with others to support, develop and strengthen the potential of the community that you live in.


Harlie Johnston:

Harlie has been on the board 2 years and is the Treasurer. Harlie brings the skills developed in a career in computers and finance to his contribution to the Grand Bend area community.  His experience in volunteering includes computer, local sports, environment, subdivision and rate-payer organizations.

He is a business graduate and has his Master’s Certificate in Project Administration.  He retired from an overseas Information Technology assignment where he implemented enterprise systems.

Harlie and his wife live north of Grand Bend in St Joseph. They have a daughter in the Yukon.  He has deep roots in this area, his family had a cottage just north of Grand Bend for nearly 40 years.

Why I Volunteer: “Volunteering gives me the opportunity meet and work with others, stand up for the environment and perhaps assist in making a meaningful contribution to my community”.


Shirley Andraza:

Bio Coming


Judy McDonald:

I am from Saskatchewan, completing my undergraduate degree in Business from the University of Saskatchewan.  I obtained a Certified Management Accounting Designation.  My career was primarily with 3M Canada in London Ontario,  where I spent 30 years in various positions, the last 15 on the Senior Management Team, first as Executive Director and then as Vice President, responsible for the Canadian subsidiary’s Safety, Security and Protection Services Business and its Display and Graphics Business.
Over the years I served on various Boards including Junior Achievement and the London Children’s Safety Village.  I am currently serving a 2nd term as the President of the Grand Bend & Area Horticultural Society, and just spent the summer of 2012 working with the Lambton Shores Phragmites Working Group to develop and implement a plan to make Grand Bend a “Phragmites Free” area.
My husband and I have 3 children and 2 grandchildren.
Why I Volunteer:  My husband and I retired to the Bend in 2007.   The lifestyle and friendships we have enjoyed have made this a wonderful time of our lives.  We have grown to love this community and want to help it become the best it can be


Stephanie Donaldson:

Bio Coming