Board of Directors
Since 1958, United Way Hastings & Prince Edward’s Board of Directors represent a community of socially conscious business leaders and volunteers whose mandate is to ensure “no one is left behind” through our 100% local community campaign, and strong community impact initiatives.
“What I really like about donating to the United Way Hastings & Prince Edward is the fact that I’m able to help so many local charities, and so many local people in need – with just one donation.”
– Tim Bannon – Chair, Board of Directors, United Way Hastings & Prince Edward and Owner/Co-president, Domtech Industries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
Gail is a collaborative strategy guru who enjoys uncovering intuitive insights to help organizations solve tough problems, envision their future and achieve their goals. As a mentor and university lecturer she has helped many marketers build their craft and their careers. Gail divides her time between her marketing consulting practice (The Millrace Group), lecturing in marketing (Schulich School of Business) and serving on boards.
Gail has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and Level 1 certification from the Get On Board program of the Canadian Board Diversity Council. She has been a Vice President at Scott Paper, AT&T Canada and The Mibro Group.
Outside of work, Gail’s passions include studying to become a Master Gardener, curling, lawn bowling, theatre, and motorsport. She and her husband Malcolm Elston live in Lonsdale (Tyendinaga).
Susan Thomas is a result driven Human Resources Executive with expertise in Organizational Development, Employee & Labour Relations, Workforce and Strategic Planning. Susan has built a solid foundation of business relationships across Canada working in both the public and private sector, and has identifiable experience managing the streamlining of transactional HR components to strategic focus and results. Her experience speaks to making and maintaining operational efficiencies as well as identifying exposures and mitigation strategies for identified liabilities.
Susan resides in Belleville together with her partner Kevin, and together they have three sons. When she is not busy with family commitments, Susan is active in the local community and believes strongly in helping various causes including the Cruise for Kids Campaign, Children’s Christmas Party and most recently joining the Board of Directors for the United Way.
Susan maintains her Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation as well as her LEAN Green Belt designation. A believer in continuous learning and improvement, Susan is currently working on her Six Sigma Black Belt designation.