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Michelle obtained her Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) degree from Fanshawe College, and then continued on to obtained her Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation in 2020. Michelle has worked in public accounting for nearly 15 years, with the last 8 being at BDO Canada. Currently, she works out of the Waterloo office as a Manager in Audit and Assurance, serving a variety of clients including many in the not-for-profit sector. Michelle moved to Perth East in 2022 and was looking for a way to get involved in the community. She is looking forward to sharing her accounting knowledge with the board. Michelle’s hobbies include golfing, reading and spending time with her dog Oliver.
Ben was born and raised on a farm in Wingham before pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from McMaster University. Ben moved to Listowel in 2020 to start a career in CIBC Commercial Banking and was looking for a way to give back to his new community. In 2021 he came across an opportunity to join the board of directors for CLNP. Ben is looking forward to providing his financial knowledge and eagerness with the board. Ben’s hobbies include sports, reading, and exploring nature with his dog Link.
1st VICE CHAIR
Karen was born and raised in Millbank. She has worked in children’s mental health and developmental services sectors for 30 years. Currently, she is the FASD Coordinator for Sunbeam Developmental Resource Centre and is involved in many provincial initiatives that raise awareness and understanding of FASD. Karen is passionate about equitable, inclusive and culturally safe communities. She works towards this through her work at Sunbeam, her private consultation practice and her involvement in volunteer work. Karen has twin boys, Jacob and Justin. She enjoys time at the cottage, hiking and reading.
2nd VICE CHAIR AND SECRETARY
Bethany Dinsmore has worked at Thames Valley Children’s Centre for nearly 17 years and is a Manager of Clinical Services in the Autism & Behavioural Services program (supporting families of children and youth with an autism diagnosis). She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst ® and is passionate about supporting individuals of all abilities to build fully integrated and inclusive lives within their communities of choice. After moving to the Gorrie area in 2001, when she joined her husband on his family farm, Bethany has enjoyed working with countless families and community partners throughout Huron, Perth, Grey and Bruce counties. She brings with her a host of leadership experience and an enthusiasm for human services as she joins the CLNP Board of Directors, June 2021.
Virginia was born and raised in Listowel where she and her husband Bruce still reside. They are parents of 3, Michael, Steven, and Kelsey, and proud grandparents of 3, Meika, Connor, and Lucas, and looking forward to another grandchild in the fall of 2022. She has been employed since 2005 at Libro Credit Union and currently fills the role of Community Manager. Virginia is passionate about supporting our business community as well as having a focus on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Her hobbies include knitting, reading, and camping.
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