2015-2016 Board of Directors

Barbara Jones, President

Barbara is married to Ian and together they have raised their family on their farm in Tay Township.  The two met at the University of Guelph where Barbara received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture.

For the past 23 years Barbara has worked with The Co-operators and owns the downtown Midland franchise.  Passionate about the Huronia area, Barbara looks for ways to give back to the local community.  Barbara’s recent activities include President of the Southern Georgian Bay Chamber of Commerce (2010-2012), active member of Unity United Church in Vasey, certificate child car-seat inspector and Grants Chair with the Huronia Community Foundation.  “I love that there is a place to put money that leaves a legacy long after I am not here to witness the benefits that the community receives.  I think it would be great to see the Huronia Community Foundation as the ‘Charity of Choice’ when people are deciding to make donation as they say goodbye to a loved one.  What a wonderful way to keep a loved one’s spirit alive.”

Claude Marchildon, Vice President

Born in Penetanguishene, Claude graduated in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1982.  He worked at Schneider Electric the next 20 years, his last position as Vice President of Inside Sales and Business Improvements. In 2002, Claude joined CSA International as a Director. He later worked 2 years with Ceridian Canada before finding his way home in 2006.  After working with NEBS and Franke Kindred he made a career shift to financial services. He has been an advisor with Sun Life Financial since early 2010.

“HCF provides an ideal method for supporting charities all the while being assured the funds will be allocated locally.  The grant committee approach also ensures funding is spread across broad areas of need.  What a terrific way to give back to our community.”

Kris Eacott, Treasurer

Kris, who moved to Midland in 2008 with his wife Lorra, is currently a partner at Douglas & Eacott Chartered Accountants LLP.  He is honoured to be a part of the Huronia Community Foundation Board of Directors and is particularly enthusiastic about the concept of uniting donors and charities within the local community.  “Permanently providing for charities within Huronia is a powerful concept, and distribution via a Grants Committee ensures the money goes where it is most needed.”

David Don, Secretary


Dwayne Frans

Dwayne is married to Tanya and they have three lovely daughters who are 14, 11 and 8 that keep them very busy. Dwayne and Tanya own the ServiceMaster franchise in Midland and also Orillia. Dwayne has been a member of the Midland Rotary club for over 13 years and enjoys giving back to the community. The Huronia Communities Foundation is a “great way for people or corporations to give a gift that benefits the community now and into the future.”

Sheila Story

Sheila is absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to serve on the Huronia Community Foundation Board of Directors.  As a new member, Sheila accepted the position as she believes the foundation makes philanthropy effortless for donors.

Sheila is the Executive Director of Shelter Now and a strong advocate for homelessness in North Simcoe.  She uses her skills in acquisitions, housing and property management to find more affordable housing solutions to the area. Sheila is happily married and is a very proud mother and grandmother. She enjoys spending time with her family, especially if there is food involved!

Lisa McFadyen

With over 20 years in the Financial Services Industry and a strong back ground as an Investment Advisor, Lisa has had many opportunities to help individuals fulfill their wishes when passing on their wealth.  Over the years, Lisa learned that many people not only want to make sure family is taken care of but they also hold a strong passion for their community’s well being.

Lisa believes community involvement is important to the vitality of our neighbourhoods.  She has also witnessed how the Huronia Community Foundation passionately supports our community. Lisa looks forward to serving the Huronia Community Foundation and the community at large.

Fiona Cascagnette

Fiona moved to the Midland area in 1996 after completing an Honours Bachelor of Commerce in Sports Administration at Laurentian University.  As a senior leader with the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka, she believes strongly in every person’s role in  building healthy communities and believes that the Huronia Communities Foundation provides an excellent avenue for the community to make a positive impact.  Fiona is married to Ken and they have two sons who are 13 and 15, as a family they enjoy volunteering in the community together as a family.

David Dalrymple

David Dalrymple is owner and Managing Partner of Accolade Creative Marketing.  Prior to running his own business David was Global Manager of Marketing  and Business Development for ELCAN Optical Technologies, He studied in a B.Sc. program in general biology at the University of Ottawa.  After university, David pursued his interests in professional photography and marketing by moving to Toronto to work in the photographic and later in consumer electronics industries. With an extensive background in all facets of Marketing David has worked with some of the world’s leading brands as Director of Corporate Brand Marketing for SANYO North America and a Marketing Manager for SONY and KONICA Canada.  His passions include travel, scuba diving, canoeing, curling, sport shooting, fine wines and the theatre. David lives in Midland, Ontario with his wife Susan.

 David Dalrymple

Ralph Lynn

Ralph is a longtime resident of our community. Owning and operating a small business in Huronia employing 35 people for 25 years thru to Alliance Marketing Director at a major cheque and forms manufacturer for 15 years employing over 300 people.

Ralph has be recognized by the Province of Ontario for volunteering for over 25 years in our community as a board member of Business Development Centres, Chamber of Commerce, numerous fund raising committees, Huronia Museum, Business Improvement Centre, Hospital Foundation and many other community organizations that are the back bone of our area.

Ralph’s belief is the Huronia Community Foundation can create a healthy, vibrant, giving, caring community therefore building a better Huronia. “None of us is a good as all of us”

 Ralph Lynn

Georgia Swan




Patricia Copeland, Executive Director

Patricia Copeland brings a strong passion for helping others make the community a better place to HCF.  She has over two decades of experience as a non-profit professional in Simcoe County and the GTA.  As a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) with a Bacheler of Arts in Journalism from Ryerson University, Patricia also works as a professional journalist and has a corporate background in international marketing.  Patricia invites you to support HCF and help us make our community stronger together.

Wendy Smith, Bookkeeper

Wendy is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario where she majored in Business Administration and also from Fanshawe College where she graduated from Music Industry Arts, Music Production program.  After graduation, Wendy worked in Toronto in the music industry and in the 12 years prior to moving to Midland she worked for CTV Television in the Promotion Department and the Interactive Department as a Web Producer and Manager.  Since moving to Midland, Wendy has worked almost exclusively for not-for-profit organizations.

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