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RAYS 2023 Board

Barbara Lemaire, Board Chair, and Chair, Scholarship Committee

Barbara has had extensive experience on non-profit Boards including the Toronto Young People's Theatre, the Conference of Independent Schools and Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts. For Barbara, being involved with RAYS is very rewarding!

Nick Forrest, Chair, Bursary Committee

Nick has a farm in North Mulmur where he has lived for 46 years.  He has extensive experience in the food and retail sector before starting his own training, coaching and management consulting business. Nick works with CEO's on how to manage large groups of employees.

Susan Tremblay, Chair, Fund Development and Nominating Committees

Susan has spent 23 years in the Creemore area. She enjoyed a long career as a senior health services planning consultant in areas of strategic planning and health policy. She has over 40 years experience on non-profit boards and was editor of a peer-reviewed health-related journal.  Currently Susan is a volunteer consultant with Management Advisory Services, providing pro-bono consulting services to not-for-profit organizations.

Craig Lillico, Treasurer

Craig Lillico, a resident of Clearview Township, recently retired from a long career as a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years involvement in charitable organizations including the Ontario Easter Seals Society, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and Canadian National Institute for the Blind, where he held the Chief Financial Officer role.  Craig brings an extensive background in financial management and not-for-profit governance to his work with RAYS.  Craig is currently a member of the Osler Bluff Finance Committee, has formerly been a volunteer Board member and Treasurer of several not-for-profit organizations, has served as a member of advisory committees to the Federal and Provincial government and participated on charity panels advising on not-for-profit legal and accounting matters.

Erin Irish

Erin Irish is a resident of Singhampton.  She has had a long career in education, as a classroom teacher, special education, education policy and research and in teacher education and an instructor at OISE/UT. Erin has a PhD in Theory and Policy Studies.  She also maintained a private practice supporting students with special needs such as dyslexia, learning disabilities, gifted identifications among others.  Erin has held several Board positions in the past, most recently with the Ontario Philharmonic where she worked on strategy and held the secretary role.

Betty-Ann Patterson

Betty-Ann Patterson is a resident of Stayner.  She has had a long career in the Manufacturing, Marketing and Services sectors in the areas of accounting, operations management, software development, product development and sales.  Over her career, Betty-Ann maintained consulting work with individuals as a mentor focusing on personal financial matters and career management.  Betty-Ann brings considerable governance experience with her time serving on a condo board.

Committee Members

Bursary Committee
Nick Forrest, Heather Rowell, Lynda Jeffery, Christine Jenkins, Erik Fish, Susie McLeod

Finance Committee
Susan Tremblay, Craig Lillico, James McSherry

Scholarship Committee    
Barbara Lemaire, Catherine Fuller, Ron March, Diana Wiszniewska, Janet Gillham

Communications Committee
Erin Irish, Denis Milden