Board of Directors Aaron
Tim Bannon is the owner of Co-President of Domtech, a Trenton company that manufactures electrical and electronic wire and cable products. Domtech has been a corporate donor to United Way since the early 90s and Tim’s personal involvement with the United Way dates back to the 1980s when he was a board member with what was then the United Community Services of Belleville & District. He has a Business Administration degree with a major in Accounting and Finance, plus several years of management level experience in business and strategic planning for businesses. What attracted him to the United Way model of giving was that “with one donation I was helping out so many local agencies and so many people in need” and that United Way provided quality “assurance for each donation dollar by carefully researching each of the agencies that receive funding.”
Cathy Rushton(Vice Chair)
Cathy Rushton is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Loyalist College. She was previously a board member with the United Way of Winnipeg, before moving to the Hastings-Prince Edward region. Cathy has more than 30 years of experience working in senior level roles for non-profit and public sector organizations. She also has experience in strategic planning, operational planning and executive leadership among other areas. She says her experience in Winnipeg allowed her to see how United Way funding improves lives and that she believes in using her skill set to “make a positive difference,” in her new community.
Jessica Longlade works as an accounting professional at Highland Shores Children’s Aid Society. Jessica holds a diploma in business administration and a bachelors degree in accounting, audit and information Technology. Jessica has been an active United Way volunteer since 2015 and leads the finance subcommittee of the board of directors, contributing a great deal of time and expertise to the United Way’s Donor Stewardship and accounting standards.
A Board member since 2017, Kim retired from Ontario Power Generation (OPG) in 2010, where she was Human Resources Manager – Diversity and Recruitment. Throughout her career, Kim demonstrated a strong personal and professional commitment to equity, inclusion, social justice and healthy communities – a commitment that won her OPG’s President’s Award for Leadership. Over her 31 year career, Kim was involved in the coordination of many United Way/Charity of Choice workplace campaigns. She also served on various boards, as an advocate for and supporter of several non-profit childcare centers and an inter-generational program. In retirement, Kim is actively engaged in her new community of Wellington, Prince Edward County. Her volunteer efforts have focused on the resettlement of Syrian refugees, the local community supper program, Basketeers and Alternatives for Women, as well as arts and cultural initiatives. Kim is excited to be a part of the United Way HPE and its efforts to strengthen our community.
John is a local real-estate agent and entrepreneur in the Quinte region. The former owner of 10 Acre Truck Stop for over 22 years, John along with his industrious family are active in a number of businesses within the Belleville area. John has been involved in volunteering for many years, including with the Belleville Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity and recently with United Way. John is a very big supporter of United Way Hastings & Prince Edward, and is also a member of the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors.
Margaret has been involved with United Way Hastings & Prince Edward for over a decade. She first became involved with the allocations committee. “I found this to be a great first step in becoming knowledgeable of all the United Way has to offer everyone in the area. After retiring from Quinte Health Care in 2011, I volunteered in the office one day a week. I also provided assistance at the warehouse sales held every year.” Margaret recently accepted the position of President of Quinte Labour Council and says “I am looking forward to working with everyone and making new friends.
Anne Dawson is a new member of the board of directors. She studied for her professional engineering degree at University of Waterloo, and is an Engineer in Training (EIT) at Procter and Gamble. Anne originates from Sudbury, Ontario and completed a co-op placement at Procter & Gamble in 2016. She is amongst a growing contingent of female leaders in the plant and as an EIT, is part of an increasingly diverse workforce in one of Belleville’s largest, most successful employers. Anne manages in a Technical Leader Capacity and when not working, she is very active in sports, dance, and within her community. Her goal with United Way is to support a more modern, technology driven approach to the operations, programming and donor stewardship within United Way Hastings and Prince Edward.
Colleen Dupuis CAE, has been involved in the not-for-profit sector, with a focus on tourism and economic development for over 30 years. Colleen has been involved with the Eastern Arctic and Nunavut since the mid 1990s. She retired as CEO of Nunavut Tourism and Chair of the Pan Territorial Marketing Consortium in 2015. Volunteer work and some small projects for select clients keep her busy in Trenton, Ontario where she now resides with her husband and Ruffette, an Inuit sled dog, which they rescued in Iqaluit.
Elvin Green is a Manager of Revenue Collections at Canada Revenue Agency’s East Central Ontario Tax Service Branch. He has also worked at several volunteer roles within the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte community, such as serving as a financial reviewer for the Mohawk Agricultural Society and the Anglican Parish of Tyendinaga. Through his work with the CRA, Elvin has been involved in many successful Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaigns. Elvin considers his work as a member of the Board of Directors for United Way Hastings & Prince Edward, as a way to give back to his community.
Chris Hepburn(Chair, Governance)
Major (Maj) Christopher Hepburn grew up in London, Ontario and joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1993 to start a long and distinguished career in the military. He is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada and has served as a Tactical Airlift pilot and in several combat missions, including Operation Apollo and Operation Athena. He has also worked in recruiting capacities and has been awarded the Commander’s Commendation for efforts to improve the Canadian Armed Forces recruiting processes. More recently, Maj Hepburn has advised the 8 Wing Commander as the Wing Flight Safety Officer. While there he led the 8 Wing Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign, raising in excess of $360,000 during his three-year tenure. Maj Hepburn enjoys cycling, hiking, canoeing, woodworking, and spending time with family in the Bay of Quinte region.
Jeff Hohenkerk , LSSBC, MHSc, CHE, is the Vice President & Chief Transformation Officer, Quinte Health Care (QHC). Jeff has more than 30 years of leadership experience and has served on several boards connected to QHC and the health care industry. He has expertise in senior leadership, strategic development, transformational change leadership, financial/operational management, and human resources. He lives in Prince Edward County and sees volunteering as a member of the Board of Directors as an excellent way to give back to his community.
Bob Howe is a Line Manager at Procter and Gamble, serving over 30 years at the local plant. He is an avid coach of his daughters’ hockey team, and travels throughout ON spending many weekends and evenings at various arenas support women in hockey. His areas of specialty including Human Resource Management, Production line management and other areas of expertise within a multi-national consumer goods corporation. Bob has been actively involved in United Way for over 30 years and continues to work in tandem with a large group of P&G employees who lead the charge for our largest contributor in our region.
Anne-Marie grew up in both the Hastings & Prince Edward community. Giving back to the community is a passion that inspires her. She is an active member on a number of community committees with a cross section of agencies that focus on serving vulnerable members of our communities. Anne-Marie has been employed for over 20 years with Hastings County Community and Human Services. She and her husband have two children who are now pursuing post secondary education studies.
Bonnie Sweet has worked for the provincial government since July 2001, previously at the Ministry of Transportation and now the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. As an Employment and Training Consultant, she works with community partners to assist unemployed and underemployed citizens find sustainable employment or return to school to improve their employability skills. Bonnie is also an active member of the Ontario Public Service Employee Union (OPSEU) and currently the President of Local 455. “My involvement with United Way started when I joined the government in Kingston and has continued in Belleville,” she says. “I have helped out in the role of campaign coordinator, capacity grant assessment committee member, liaison for government campaigns, Day of Caring participant, campaign allocations committee member and golf tournament helper at CFB Kingston. My role on the board has given me yet another opportunity to give back and help make life better for those in need in my community.”