2017 Members Choice Award goes to Hidden Goldmine Bakery, CFDC of North & Central Hastings & South Algonquin!
To apply, please submit a resume to CFDC with the subject “Attention: CFDC Chair” or by mail to:
Attention: CFDC Chair
26 Chemaushgon Rd
PO Box 517
Mr. Jim Etmanski, Chair, joined the Board in 2007. Jim was born and raised in North Bay but has lived in Whitney, Ontario in the Municipality of South Algonquin with his family since 1986. Jim first came to Bancroft in 1977 as the manager of the Hudson's Bay Company Store. He left Bancroft on a transfer back to North Bay from 1983 to 1986. From 1986 to 1990 he worked as an office clerk for the construction and forestry industries. He returned to Bancroft as owner of Cafe B.C. in 1990 and operated the restaurant in Bird's Creek until 2010. Jim is the former Mayor of South Algonquin Township first elected in December of 2000 and retired after his second term in office. Jim is presently the Executive Director for the South Algonquin Family Health Team.
Mr. Robert Price, joined the Board in 2002. Rob is owner/operator of the Spotted Dog B & B since 2001 in Madoc Township. He graduated from George Brown College in 1987 in Food and Beverage Management and has hotel, catering and management training background. Rob was partner, C.O.O. and Business Manager for the Willcam Group Limited an IT Technology training company.
Since moving to Madoc Rob has been involved in the community as President and Vice president of the Madoc and District Chamber of Commerce, Director on Pathways Foundation Board (9) years in Belleville and formerly secretary on the Board of Management of St. Peter's Presbyterian Church in Madoc.
Rob has been part of the Comfort Country initiative since 2003 and has served as director, chair and vice chair. He has participated and supported many local initiatives such as the skate park, Mainstreets, the library building fund and of late the new medical centre. He can be seen either haunting local yard sales or supporting a community fundraiser.
Joan Donaldson joined the board in 2014. The majority of her career was spent at Bell Canada in the Administration Departments working in clerical positions from budgeting to Client Representative positions in both the Residential and Business sides of the Company, working with the Federal Government and Banks during her time with the Business side.
She recently spent 3.5 years at the Township of Tudor & Cashel assisting the Clerk with Administration, tax collection and other clerical duties along with taking on the position of Deputy Clerk, attending Council meetings and scribing those, and covering the Clerk’s position during sickness and vacation periods. She was instrumental in providing a Human Resources Policy, Performance Review process and the conducting of the review process for two years. She chaired and spearheaded both the Roads Committee and the Sustainability Committee during her time working there and continues to attend both committees. She was Treasurer of the Hastings County Clerk and Treasurer’s Association for a period of two years.
Mr. Fitz Gaylord joined the Board in 2015. He is a retired member of the Ontario Provincial Police having served 31 years in various locations throughout the province. For 9 years he was a District Director of the O.P.P. Association and a branch Chairperson for a further 10 years.
After retiring in 1996 he and his wife Nancy opened an Antique business operating from house and outbuildings. This Sole Proprietorship business venture lasted until its closure in July of 2014. He has been involved in various community activities such as the Big Brother Association, Downtown Revitalization and serving a local church as an Elder and steering and search committees member.
Megan Huff joined the Board in 2015. She brings a variety of skills and experience to the CFDC team, including: working within organizational policies and guidelines, coordinating, managing and implementing projects and events related to economic development and tourism, and as a freelance writer specializing in business, finance and technology.
She has worked as a journalist and is currently the Economic Development/Tourism Coordinator for the Municipality of Marmora and Lake.
Mr. John Kirby has recently re-joined the Board after having served as a Municipal Councillor for the Town of Bancroft. John had previously served on the Board from 2003 to 2013. John is a retired technical sales and marketing representative, specializing in international business. He was employed by Price & Pierce Ltd., Canada Wire and Cable (Alcatel Cables) and Trench Electric. He was engaged in marketing for the forest industry and electrical industry. John now resides in L’Amable, south of the Town of Bancroft, part of North Hastings, where he is an active member of the Bancroft Art Gallery. He maintains his interest and involvement in community projects.
Mrs. Kimberly McMunn joined the board in 2013. Kim has worked extensively in the cultural sector for the past 15 years and is currently employed by the Hastings Highlands Public Library as its CEO, Head Librarian, Treasurer and Secretary. Previous to this she was employed at the Bancroft Public Library in the same capacity.
Kim has extensive board experience and currently serves on the boards of the Community Advocacy and Legal Clinic, Bancroft Lion’s Club, York River Festival Literacy Committee, Bancroft Photography Club and North Hastings Quilt Club. Her focus areas are in economics and cultural sectors but she is also aware of environmental and social aspects that impact them. This was demonstrated with the award she received for a Hastings County-wide initiative through the House of Commons for an environmentally friendly project.
Kim currently resides in Carlow/Mayo Township.
Mr. Dean Laundry joined the Board in 2003. Dean is a lifelong resident of the Town of Bancroft in North Hastings. He is retired as the manager from the Bancroft Public Utilities Commission but is still working as a Risk Inspector for Insurance Companies and is involved in land development projects in the area. Dean is still a volunteer fire fighter with over 50 years with the Bancroft Fire Department and is presently the chairman of the North Hastings Rescue Unit and former volunteer fire chief. Ten years ago he served a 4 year on the Town of Bancroft Council.
Mrs. Janice Sears joined the board in 2013. Janice was born and raised in Bancroft and has worked in the financial services industry, employed by TD/Canada Trust since 1979. Janice has completed several university courses through correspondence to upgrade her education level and has her Financial Planning Designation and Investment Funds in Canada Certificate from the Institute of Canadian Bankers. Janice also worked for a 2 year period for Community Futures as a part-time Credit Assistant.
Janice volunteers for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and the Hearth and Stroke Foundation. She was also a committee member (Survivor-Chair) for Relay for Life (2006-2012) and Treasurer of the Bancroft & District Minor Hockey Association (1999-2006). Janice has an excellent understanding of business and is very committed to the economic development of the community.
Mr. Al McNeil joined the board in 2013. Al had worked as an elementary school teacher for the Hastings Prince Edward County Board of Education for 35 years. Al was active in all minor sports in the Tweed area as a coach, trainer and administrator. Also, Al served on the Tweed Police Advisory Board for a 3 year term, and most current, served on the Municipality of Tweed Recreation Committee. Now being in retirement for 6 years, Al currently is an active secretary for the Kiwanis Club of Tweed, and chair of the Municipality of Tweed Public Library Board and the property committee of St. John’s United Church of Tweed.
Al graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Waterloo in 1970. Al is very fond of community work, and admires the work being done at Community Futures.
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Through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, the Federal Government provides funding, advice and support to a network of CFDCs across Southern Ontario who carry out the following services:
Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) offer services that help Ontario's rural and northern communities expand their economies. As a community based, non-profit organization, CFDC is run by a board of local volunteers and staffed by professionals who encourage entrepreneurship and the pursuit of economic opportunity.