Backing the BuildCAMPAIGN CABINET
Nancy Parks Campaign Co-Chairperson
Nancy Parks is the former and first Executive Director of Hospice Prince Edward and was instrumental with the formation of the Hospice Prince Edward Foundation (2012) as well as the first provincial funded rural residential hospice. Nancy’s leadership and community involvement have included numerous non-profit and charitable organizations, locally, regionally and provincially. Currently, Nancy is a member of the Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant Review Team for Eastern Ontario. Nancy and her husband Gary own and operate Parksvue Farms and “Lilac Shores” a vacation rental property.
Dennis Darby Campaign Co-Chairperson
Dennis Darby, P.Eng., ICD.D is a part-time County resident, having bought a fixer upper on South Bay with his wife Martha a few years ago. He studied Chemical Engineering and Business at McMaster, and much later (25 years or so) completed the Corporate Governance program at the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto. He worked with Procter & Gamble for almost 25 years, and is currently the President and CEO of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters. He currently calls Toronto his ‘temporary’ home, with hopes that their time in the County will continue to increase, especially as the renovation and construction projects on South Bay proceed (and he can get their four children of their blended family to help). He is an avid woodworker, boat restorer, and knows almost enough to fix just about anything. He has a passion for communications/key messaging and strategic planning, which bores most of his friends. He joined the PECM Hospital Foundation Board in 2016, and hopes to help do his part to bring other ‘part timers’ to support the long term sustainability of our local hospital.
Sally Cowan recently retired as a Registered Nurse following more than 40 years of nursing experience. After graduation from Queen’s University in Kingston, she was employed at the Kingston General Hospital, initially as Teaching Master at the School of Nursing and then as a general duty nurse. Sally and her family moved to Prince Edward County in 1973 where she continued her nursing career at Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital in various roles beginning as a general duty bedside nurse and then as Site Administrator. Sally’s most recent employment was with the Prince Edward Family Health Team where she utilized the expertise gained during her years of nursing as Clinical Services Coordinator. In retirement, Sally volunteers with Food to Share and St Philip’s Anglican Church, Milford, and takes great pleasure in attending her grandchildren’s sports events.
Libby Crombie has a long time love for the beauty and preservation of historic century homes, which led her to Prince Edward County with her husband David and their family in 1971. Following David’s passing Libby went back to teaching and after a rewarding teaching career, Libby turned to a full time career in 1999 with Royal LePage ProAlliance Realty in Picton. Libby loves to give back to the community. She is a proud sponsor of The Regent Theatre, The Jazz Festival, Art in the County, Festival Players, History Lives Here, Christmas House Tour and is an active member of the Construction Association, Picton Rotary and Glenwood Cemetery Fundraising Committee.
Melanie Fida has deep roots to our County hospital. She was born in the current PECM Hospital, delivered by Dr. Cliff Rice. Little did she know her career path would bring her back to PECMH. A graduate of Queens University, Melanie received her critical care certificate and accepted a full-time registered nursing position in the Emergency Department at QHC Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital in 2012. She has been fulfilling her dream of taking care of others ever since. Born into a family of entrepreneurs, Melanie has been the co-owner of Angeline’s Inn in Bloomfield since 2008. A mother to two beautiful daughters, Melanie takes pride in helping others and letting her creativity shine through.
Leo Finnegan is a former Mayor of Prince Edward County, having served in that position for seven years from 2003 to 2010. Prior to that he was the Plant Manager for Essroc Cement for the last 18 years of his 39 years working there. Leo served as a Director on the Board of Governors of the Prince County Memorial Hospital prior to the hospital’s amalgamation with Quinte Health Care. He served as Chairperson for three years. Leo has been serving as a director on the PECMH Foundation Board since 2011.
Leo and his wife Maureen live in Picton. They have three children and seven PERFECT grandchildren.
Jim Dunlop was born in the original Picton hospital on Hill Street. After 30 years as Human Resources Manager of ESSROC, he retired in 2007. Jim completed two terms on Prince Edward County council for Hallowell Ward; three terms for Wellington and served as Warden in 1997. For four years, he was the council representative for the Hastings and Prince Edward Health Unit.
Jim has been involved in fundraising for a number of community groups including the new Wellington & District Community Centre.
Tim Casgrain was the Chair of Canadian Foundation for Economic Education. He was also the chair of CBC Radio Canada from 2007-2012 and the Chair of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame from 2007-2010. He is a businessperson who has been at the helm of nine different companies. He has been in the County, living in Wellington with his wife Sheila since 2011. Home is Toronto where Tim has been involved with the Toronto Rehab Foundation for 15 years. In 2018, this Foundation completed a $100 million capital campaign. He received the Order of Canada in 2014.
Tim and Sheila have three children and five grandchildren.
Gottfried Boehringer is the former proprietor and CEO of Stonemill Bakehouse. His connection to the County goes back 25 years when he first sailed into Waupoos. In 2010, he and his wife Petra purchased a farm there. He started to grow rye and spelt for his bakery, creating the Prince Edward County Rye bread that is now sold throughout Ontario in Sobeys.
Gottfried realized the need, first-hand, for having a hospital in our community and he wanted to contribute to the fundraising effort, making the new build a reality.
Don Rodney worked in the Canadian banking industry for 24 years. He lived and worked in many cities across Canada during this period, including Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. The last position he held was Senior Vice President of Real Estate for North American Trust Company. Don co-founded an investment company in Toronto in 1994, the RFA Group. Don retired to the County with his wife Jane in 2015. RFA is now run by his son Ben and Don’s role today is purely in an advisory capacity. Since retiring to the County, Don and Jane have contributed to many local fundraisers. Don is a member of Picton Golf and Country Club where he is a member of the handicap committee. Don enjoys the people, the pace of life and the ambience in the County.
Paul Massey continues to be a solid citizen as a Past Member of the Tim Hortons National Advisory Board and is currently an Ambassador and proud sponsor of the Tim Hortons Foundation Camps. He is a Paul Harris Fellow, an active member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Picton, and for 26 years a Proud Sponsor of Timbits Minor Hockey and Timbits Soccer in Prince Edward County. He is also a proud Sponsor/Supporter of countless community needs including Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation and the Back the Build Campaign, and the local non-profit volunteer-driven radio station 99.3 County FM where he voices commercials. When not working in his restaurants or volunteering, Paul is immersed in modeling and acting, currently working in Commercial Print, Voice-Overs, Film, TV, and Theatre.
Peter Brady is General Counsel of global mining company; Vale’s Base Metals division.
Peter grew up just outside of Belleville before moving to attend University, graduate school, and law school. Peter and his wife Hannah Turner have two children. The family has a home on Smiths Bay near Black River in Prince Edward County.
Peter believes we must give back and support those in our community and beyond. Prince Edward County and the surrounding area are connected to his family roots and home.
Shannon Coull, CFRE Executive Director
Shannon is the Executive Director of the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation. In addition to ensuring the County hospital is equipped with the medical equipment it needs on an annual basis, Shannon is overseeing a $16.5M fundraising campaign which will result in a new hospital for Prince Edward County.
Shannon has been fundraising professionally for over 20 years. Shannon received her Certified Fund Raising Executive designation in 2016 and is the Past President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Southeastern Ontario.
Shannon is a proud resident of Prince Edward County. When not working, Shannon spends as much time as possible on the water sailing and spending time her family.