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.

2017 Board of Directors and Advisors

Judy McDonald  (Chair), Shirley Andraza(Secretary), Penny Nelligan (Vice Chair), Chris Thompson (Director),  (Director),  Stephanie Donaldson (Director), Tim Sweet (Treasurer), Janette Baillie (Director), John Dehondt (Director., Brian Hall(Director).

Lynda Hillman Rapley (Advisor), Pat Morden (Advisor),

David Campbell (Executive director)


Some Board Biographies

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.


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.