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Our Team

RAYS 2022 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 19 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 30 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.

James McSherry, Treasurer and Chair, Finance Committee

James has lived outside Dunedin full-time since November 2010.  He is a retired financial services executive with 25 years of experience in capital markets, advisory services and commercial banking. His not-for-profit board experience includes the Mad River Golf Club, the Greenwood College School Foundation, the Stratford Shakespearean Festival, The Toronto Community Foundation and the Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation.

Craig Lillico, Finance Committee

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.

Serge Lafleur, Secretary

Serge has been living in Creemore since 2007. Throughout his corporate career, he held executive positions in the Telecom, Home Improvement retail and Healthcare IT industries.     Among his many interests, he loves to learn about construction technology, computers and science. He is passionate about personal and management coaching and enjoys building and renovating homes. He is also a certified home inspector. His community and volunteer experience includes Jeunes Entreprises Québec ( teaching young adults to start a business), Condo boards and the Creemore Tree Society.


Rina Barone, Chair, Communications Committee

Rina Barone has been a producer, director, and writer for documentaries and television series. She is also the author of the children's book, A Bird Chronicle. She traded in city life for a farm in the country with her husband, their three young daughters, 3 chickens, and a resident woodpecker. They've lived in the Creemore area now for 10 years. As a family they run the indie book shop in downtown Creemore, Curiosity House Books, and publish an online literary journal and local books under the same name. 


Committee Members

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

Communications Committee
Rina Barone

Finance Committee
James McSherry, Susan Tremblay, Craig Lillico

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