Campaign Cabinet

Campaign Cabinet

2018 Community
Campaign Cabinet

United Way Hastings & Prince Edward is fortunate to have the volunteer leadership of some of the best and brightest philanthropists and community champions in Hastings & Prince Edward.  We are grateful for their support in ensuring those who are most vulnerable are getting the key health and social supports required for success.  We continue to honor the volunteers who care deeply as the United Way movement involves decades of volunteer driven results through a strong commitment to community and caring.

Current Members:

Carl Bowker

Carl is Deputy Chief for Hastings Quinte Paramedic Services.  He grew up in Ottawa, and has lived in the Quinte Region for 10 years. He is a new volunteer with United Way Hastings & Prince Edward, and He has a keen interest in boating, animals, English Premiere Football and anything sports related.    A recent graduate of University of Liverpool Masters in Business Management, Carl comes with lots of creative ideas for promotion of the 60th UWHPE campaign.

Kim Egan

Kim Egan is the Executive Vice President & CFO at Belleville based GH Manufacturing Inc., a leading contract packaging and manufacturing firm. Working together with the owner of GH from the date of incorporation, Kim has been instrumental in providing leadership in the areas of Finance, Administration, Information Technology, and Human Resources. With over 17 year’s experience in this industry sector, Kim has a broad and diverse background. Kim has sat on a number of volunteer boards and committees in the community. These boards include the United Way Hastings, Prince Edward, Hastings Childrens Aid Society, and the Belleville Quinte West Community Health Center. Holding various positions such as Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Campaign Cabinet volunteer over the years she has provided leadership and commitment. Kim, CPA, CMA, also holds a Chartered Directors designation from the Conference Board of Canada in partnership with McMaster University. With a strong sense of community both in and outside of work, Kim has worked hard to support equal opportunities for all. She continues to hold ethics and responsibility for the community at the highest level.

Danny Nickle

Danny, a longtime resident of the area, has worked at Procter & Gamble for over 30 years. He has also been an active volunteer for United Way for equally that long, served as both Chair of the Board for United Way, as well as being an actively engaged board member for more than 10 years. Danny is THE person to go to to get things done, and has been an invaluable resource to United Way for many years. He has a very strong commitment to his community and has been an invaluable member of the Procter and Gamble United Way Campaign in Belleville since its beginning. Procter and Gamble is the largest contributor to United Way Hastings & Prince Edward, making up close to ½ of the near $2,000,000 campaign goal.

Liz Knuude

Liz has worked as an Investment Advisor with BMO Nesbitt Burns since 1997 and is currently serving as a Director on the Board of the Trenval Business Development Corp. Liz’s success is due to her hard work, dedication and time spent on career development, furthering her knowledge of investing to the benefit of her clients. Liz has both formal and practical business experience that has led to her success at BMO Nesbitt Burns. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts (Administrative and Commercial Studies) Finance Degree and has since completed the Canadian Securities Course, the Canadian Options Exam and holds a Professional Financial Planning designation. She also is a Life Insurance Advisor with BMO Estate Insurance Advisory Servcies Inc.. Liz has been involved in many community organizations including her term as President of the Belleville Women’s Sales and Advertising Club and her involvement with the United Way Hastings & Prince Edward annual Campaign.

Rick Philips, Reeve

For twelve years, Rick has been a part of the Township of Tyendinaga Municipal Council – 4 years as councilor, and 8 years as Reeve. He has recently been re-elected to the position of Reeve for four more years as of the 2018 municipal election. Rick has resided in the Township for over 50 years. He and his wife Cheryl and have been married for 45 years. He has two sons, Mike (married to Jen) and Tim (married to Lynn) and 5 grandchildren, Sarah, Sam, Sophie, Ellie and Katie. Rick retired from CN Rail in 2010. He has been a member of the Canadian Legion since 1977, as well as being a member and elder of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church located in Roslin. He loves golf, and volunteering for both United Way Hastings & Prince Edward, and for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Ross McDougall

Ross is the current CEO of McDougall Insurance, and the chair of the firm’s Board of Directors. He is a past chair of the United Way Campaign Cabinet, and an active community volunteer and business leader. As the longest tenured member of McDougall Insurance, Ross began his career at the bottom of the corporate totem pole: in a broom-closet converted into an office, starting at the age of 21. Although Ross insists it built character (as did his walks to work – uphill both ways; in the snow), he has ensured that other newcomers to the firm enjoy more normal working conditions. Ross and McDougall Insurance have grown up together, and there is no one who better embodies our firm’s core principals of integrity, compassion, and of course, frugality, better than our leader.

Carmela Ruberto

Carmela is the lead of the newly formed EarlyON centres in Hastings County which is a transformative cohesive support system for are children, parents and caregivers in learning, growing and connecting – together. This program focusses on creating positive relationships through quality early learning and child care, parental labour market participation and child development outcomes. Carmela has been a volunteer with United Way for more than 15 years. She served on the Board of Directors, and has been active on the campaign cabinet for a number of years, supporting a 2million dollar community campaign for those who are vulnerable. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Psychology and has a diploma in Human Resource Management from Loyalist College

Peter Smith

Peter Smith is the owner of Peter Smith Chevrolet Buick Cadillac GMC in Belleville Ontario.  He is a respected business leader, and community champion.  “I volunteer because I think it is important to give back to the community which I make my living from. Belleville has been very good to myself and my family since moving here in March 2004. The community was very welcoming and I was happy to serve on the QCF Board for 6 years (Chair for one year), BGH.  Board for the past two years, and a Rotarian since 2005. I have supported many local charities and sports teams. My wife Vicki also served on the BMHA hockey board for 6 years.” Peter was born in Saint John, N.B. and grew up in St. Catharine’s. He graduated from Brock University with a Business Degree in Marketing and began a career at General Motors in 1985 working as a District Manager calling on dealers.  He moved to the retail side in 1991.  Peter enjoys travelling with Vicki and friends, boating in summer, and golfing when possible.

Major Tanya Tebbutt

Major Tanya Tebbutt is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada, holding a Bachelor of Military Arts and Sciences, Military Operational Art and Sciences Studies, and also completed studies in Law & Security, Georgian College. She has served as a member of the Canadian Forces since 2007, and is currently in charge of OC Replenishment at 8 Wing Airforce Base in Trenton ON. Major Tebbutt is a strong champion for her community. Being a parent, she sees it especially important that a community bands together to take care of children and youth. She leads the campaign for United Way Hastings & Prince Edward at 8 Wing in Trenton, being responsible for over 50 volunteers, and raising upwards of $125,000.00 for those who are in need.

Now Recruiting Cabinet
Members for Our Fall Campaign

Are you a current, or retired business or community leader? Would you like to lead your community in affecting real change – and help improve lives locally? We are looking for vibrant leaders of all ages and backgrounds to join our Campaign Cabinet in championing the fundraising efforts of United Way Hasting & Prince Edward (HPE).

We need people who will:

  • Run a workplace campaign
  • Make a donation to the community under one of the three banners:
    • All That Kids Can Be
    • From Poverty to Possibility
    • Healthy Vibrant Communities

Our cabinet members will help us kick off our campaign in September, therefore we invite you to reach out now, to learn more:

Across Canada Unity Way is building great communities for everyone. United Way HPE campaign contributions stay here locally, and help those most vulnerable access critical services and help with essential needs. Here at United Way HPE, we are focused on creating community-based and community-led solutions that strengthen the cornerstones for a good quality of life: education, financial stability and health. For close to 60 years, United Way Hastings & Prince Edward has been a highly successful fundraising organization and trusted community partner.

If you are interested in “Improving Lives Locally” by joining United Way Hastings & Prince Edward as a member of our Campaign Cabinet – please contact Brandi Hodge:, or call 613 962 9531.