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Jim Steele, Chair

Jim is the CEO of the Canadian Branch of a New Zealand based company providing software to Ontario electric utilities. His previous work included senior management responsible for the customer services section at Brantford Power.  He has extensive board experience having served on the boards of several organizations over the past 30 years. His experience with the Brant Community Healthcare System and their boards has provided a broad background in governance and Foundation operation.  Jim has been a member and chair of the following boards: Junior Achievement, Kiwanis Club of Brantford, Brant Community Healthcare System, Brant Community Healthcare System Foundation, & The Kiwanis Foundation of Canada.   He is a 35-year member of Kiwanis Club of Brantford and currently serves as the District Secretary –Treasurer, overseeing a District from Thunder Bay to Newfoundland, throughout the Caribbean and parts of South America (over 7000 members in 250 clubs located in 15 countries).


Wayne Branchaud

The Brant Community Foundation is fortunate to have Wayne Branchaud as Chair of the Board of Directors 2014 – 2015.  Wayne’s friendly presence is felt wherever he goes, and his dedication to give back to the community is demonstrated through his involvement with Brantford Sunrise Rotary; as a past board member of the Willett Hospital Foundation; director of the St. George Lions Club; past president of the Brantford Symphony Orchestra, past member of the Brantford General Hospital Foundation and current Council Member for the Juravinski Foundation.   He has made a commitment to philanthropy both in his business life, assisting clients to identify what matters to them in giving back and through his steadfast commitment to numerous service clubs.  Wayne was recognized in 2016 with an Ontario Volunteer Service Award for 5 years of volunteering at the Foundation.

 Crawford Reid

Crawford Reid

Crawford Reid is a life long resident of Brantford.  He graduated as a Chartered Accountant and then earned his FCA designation.  Crawford’s career included President of TCG Materials Ltd in Brantford, and then Owner of Oxford Sand & Gravel in Woodstock.  A long list of service clubs have benefitted from his leadership through his service as VP of the Ontario Jaycees, JCI Senator, President of Brantford Rotary and Chair Board of Governors of BGH.  Brantford Rotary honoured him with the Paul Harris Fellowship Award.   Crawford brings lengthy experience in growing foundations with him from his work in Chairing the Capital Fundraising Campaign of BGH, Chair of the Hospital Foundation and Chair of Grand River Conservation Foundation.  Crawford was very involved with the Canadian Automobile Assoc., both as National Chair and as a Director of the American Automobile Assoc.  In reflecting on his commitment to his community, he credits the Jaycees with instilling responsibility for one’s community, early on.


Tanya Stephens

Tanya Stephens is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with high distinction and was a medalist in both Contemporary Studies and Philosophy.  Tanya obtained her Law Degree from the University of Western Ontario in 2006.  She graduated on the Dean’s List and won awards in both Labour Law and Corporate Law.  Tanya articled at Boddy Ryerson LLP and was called to the bar in June 2007.  She is now an associate with the firm, practicing mainly in corporate/commercial law, wills, estates and real estate.  Tanya serves on the Board of the Brant County SPCA, Enterprise Brant, and the Brant Law Association, and we welcome her to the Board of the Brant Community Foundation.  Tanya is married and has two young children.


 Trish Kings

Trish Kings

Trish was born and raised in Brantford.  After graduating from Hamilton Teachers’ College, University of Waterloo and receiving a Masters of Education from Brock University, she worked for the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board as a teacher, program consultant, principal and Superintendent.  She has been a member of the Rotary Club of Brantford for 15 years.  Trish was honoured to receive the Paul Harris Fellowship award while President of Rotary in 2012. Trish’s commitment to her community is well known and she was a member of the Brant United Way Cabinet for 5 years and Chair of the Cabinet in 2012.  Presently she is on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club and we welcome her to the Board of the Brant Community Foundation.  Trish is married with 3 children and 3 granddaughters.

David Bailey

David Bailey

David Bailey is the newest Board Member at the Brant Community Foundation and has stepped up to lead the Marketing and Endowment Committee as its Chair.  David is well known in Brantford and Brant County, as Principal of David A. Bailey Interiors.  David is a strong and supportive member of numerous service groups.  In 2010, he was honoured with the Paul Harris Fellowship Award from fellow members of Brantford’s Rotary Club.  In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club, his work there was recognized with the Len Ellins’ Memorial Award.   Currently, David is Chair of the Board of Brantwood and Chair of the Ontario Association of Police Services Boards (Zone 4).  David has been commemorated with the Queen Elizabeth 11 Diamond Jubilee Medal.


Lucy Marco

Lucy Marco retired as the YMCA of Brantford Director of Immigrant Settlement Services and is currently President of the Grand River Council on Aging.  She describes herself as Brantford’s “walking community information” centre.   With over 55 years of experience in manufacturing, marketing, human resource development, administration and management positions, combined with 45 years of volunteer service on over 40 community boards, service clubs and advisory committees, she really is familiar with all aspects of life in our community.

Bill Underwood

William Underwood

Bill conducted his legal practice in Brantford for thirty seven years and now serves as Counsel with his firm, Underwood, Ion & Johnson.  Bill has held many past positions serving the community including serving on the Board of the Brantford Jaycees, The chairman of the Group Committee of Cedarland Scouts, President of the Brant County Cancer Unit and President of the Brant Law Association.  Bill has also spent many years coaching minor baseball and basketball.  Over the last several years Bill has been impressed with the work of the Brant Community Foundation and is privileged to now be a board member.

Darin Cleary, Treasurer

Darin has been living the philosophy that “when your clients are as close as friends, it makes working together a pleasure” since he started in the business over 20 years ago. Darin was born and raised in Brantford. He started his career in the late eighties with Collins Barrow Chartered Accountants, and merged with Millards in 2000. Darin’s affinity for level-headed analysis on his client’s behalf has helped him grow his client base in manufacturing, not for profit, healthcare and an extensive multi-faced practice. He is always available to his clients and excited to assist them in achieving their financial goals. Darin lives in Brantford with his wife & two children. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Wayne Gretzky Foundation and as the Treasurer of the Brant Community Foundation.  Darin was recognized in 2016 with an Ontario Volunteer Service Award for 5 years of volunteering at the Foundation.


Janis Monture

Janis Monture is from Six Nations of the Grand River, Mohawk Nation Turtle Clan.  Since 2003, Janis has served as the Executive Director of the Woodland Cultural Centre, one of the largest First Nations-run cultural centres/museums/galleries in the country.  She has made large impacts in the Centre’s development by leading the capital renovation project for the museum building in 2012, leveraging more funding to hire 2 more full-time permanent staff, and completing a 3-Year strategic plan which included a fully implemented marketing initiative which has now boosted visitor attendance and media coverage of the Centre’s exhibits and events.  Her current focus at the Centre is working with Friends and Neighbours for the Save the Evidence Campaign.  Janis is also currently President of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre.  Ms. Monture was on secondment to Harbourfront Centre in Toronto as the Guest Artistic Director of Planet IndigenUS in 2009, the largest international Indigenous contemporary arts festival in the world. In 2012, Janis was the co-Artistic Director of Planet IndigenUS, and has been appointed Artistic Director of Planet IndigenUS for its 2015 festival.  She continues to expand and diversify the programming with a new partnership with the Pan Am Games.  Janis Monture graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts in History and received her diploma in Museum Studies from Algonquin College.  Janis continues to volunteer in her community at Six Nations and in Brantford and is a board member of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, as well as the Brant Community Foundation.


France Thibeault

France graduated from the University of Windsor with an Hours degree in Business Administration.  With over 15 years in the financial industry, she is currently the Branch Manager at the Lynden Road branch of the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). She is a passionate believer in giving back to the community. Evidenced by her involvement with the Brant United Way as a campaign cabinet member in 2012 and 2013 and serving as Campaign Chair in 2014. In 2014 and 2015 she served as Chair of the Random Act of Kindness Day committee at the Foundation and is still a member of the committee. She is also a member of the local chapter of 100 Women Who Care. The mother of three active children, she spends her spare time ferrying them to various sporting events.


Paula Thomlison

Paula joined the Brant Community Foundation as a member of its Grants Committee in 2008. She comes to the Foundation with a strong background in grant making, fund development, community development, marketing and communication, program development, and health promotion. She is an accomplished leader with long-standing ties to the Brantford community and has established many partnerships and working relationships that demonstrate the power of collaboration.  Over her long and varied 30-year career, Paula has worked extensively with Boards of Directors, governments, not-for-profit and public organizations. She is a founding member of Brant Food For Thought, a founding member of the Brantford Film Festival and served as a member of the Sanderson Centre Board of Directors for several years. She is currently the Executive Director of Crossing All Bridges Learning Centre Inc. She has a deep understanding of the issues facing not-for-profit organizations and is passionate about providing equal opportunities for all citizens. Paula is an avid reader, loves to spend time with her grandson and enjoys the relaxation and health benefits of yoga. Gardening and travel are also high on her list of favourite things