Our People

The Grand Bend Community Foundation is governed by a group of dedicated community leaders who provide their expertise, experience and knowledge on a volunteer basis.

 2018 Board of Directors and Advisors

  • Penny Nelligan (Chair)
  • Judy McDonald  (Past Chair)
  • Shirley Andraza (Secretary)
  • Tim Sweet (Treasurer)
  • Chris Thompson (Director),
  • Tom Prout (Director)
  • Stephanie Donaldson (Director),
  • Janette Baillie (Director)
  • John Dehondt (Director
  • Brian Hall (Director).
  • Lynda Hillman Rapley (Advisor)
  • Pat Morden (Executive Director)


Board Biographies 

Judy McDonald

I am from Saskatchewan, completing my undergraduate degree in Business from the University of Saskatchewan.  I obtained a Certified Management Accounting Designation.  My career was primarily with 3M Canada in London Ontario,  where I spent 30 years in various positions, the last 15 on the Senior Management Team, first as Executive Director and then as Vice President responsible for the Canadian subsidiary’s Safety, Security and Protection Services Business and its Display and Graphics Business.

Over the years I served on various Boards including Junior Achievement and the London Children’s Safety Village.

Why I Volunteer:  “My husband and I retired to the Bend in 2007.   The lifestyle and friendships we have enjoyed have made this a wonderful time of our lives.  We have grown to love this community and want to help it become the best it can be.”

Penny Nelligan

Penny Nelligan has been a resident of Grand Bend since 2001. She is retired from her position as Director of the Standards, Programs and Community Development Branch of the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Health Promotion. Penny is a Public Health Nurse who practiced in both a large urban and a rural Public Health Unit. She graduated from McMaster University with a BScN and from D’Youville College with a MSN in Community Health. Penny held a faculty appointment at McMaster University for 15 years.

Why I Volunteer: “Volunteering has been a part of my life for many years. It is a wonderful opportunity to be part of your community and to meet and work with others to support, develop and strengthen the potential of the community that you live in.”

Tim Sweet

Tim was a self-employed financial advisor from 1976 to 2014. His other interests include curling, fishing, volunteer work and travel. A resident of Grand Bend since 1999, he was a member of the fundraising committee for the Beach Enhancement Project. Tim is currently Treasurer of Grand Bend Community Foundation.

Shirley Andraza

Shirley and her husband Harold moved to Grand Bend in 1987. They founded and operated the Crescent Street Cafe until 1996. Shirley served as a Director with the Chamber of Commer and subsequently as a Councilor for 12 years. She is a member of the Grand Bend Rotary Club,  the Huron Country Playhouse Guild, the Legion Local 498, the Grand Bend Horticultural Society, Communites in Bloom, and the Ladies’ Probus Club.

Brian Hall

Brian grew up in Ingersoll and Goderich but spent his summers north of Grand Bend. He and his wife returned to Grand Bend as permanent residents in 1979. In 1982 he founded Waypoint Financial Group, attaining CFP, CLU, RHU, and ChFC certification. He retired in 2016. Brian has been active in many community organizations, including the Rotary Club of Grand Bend, the Rotary Global Literacy Committee, the Huron United Way, Grand Bend Health Services Foundation and more. Brian and Irene sailed their 42′ boat Necessity from the Great Lakes to Turkey between 2006 and 2015.

Chris Thompson

Chris has been the manager of TD Canada Trust in Grand Bend for the last 17 years. Chris is an active volunteer in the Grand Bend community. As well as being a past Board member of the Grand Bend Community Foundation, Chris is also an active Rotarian, a former a board member of both the Grand Bend & Area Community Health Centre and the Grand Bend & District Soccer Association, and a member of multiple community committees.  Chris lives in Grand Bend with her Husband Brian.

Why I Volunteer: 
“I volunteer because I want to make a positive impact in my community. As a volunteer board member of the Grand Bend Community Foundation, I am fortunate to have worked with Hank Krech, former Chair of GBCF, as part of the Community Improvement Coalition (CIC)a leadership initiative of GBCF. The enhancements made at the main beach are a direct result of the CIC and I am proud of the instrumental role GBCF played in this important enhancement to Grand Bend.”

Janette Baillie

Janette Baillie has called Grand Bend home since 2004.  She is active in the arts community as co-founder of the Grand Bend Studio Tour, now in its eleventh year.  As a photographer,  she happily donates her images to support a variety of causes, including the Rotary Club, the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority, Jessica’s Houses Palliative Care Centre and the Grand Bend Tourism guide.  She volunteers with the Holiday Home Tour, the Sunset Concert series, the Port Franks Camera Club and the Foundation’s Grants Committee.   Janette has an Honour’s degree in English Literature from Western University and is certified with the Ontario College of Teachers.  She also has a degree in Microbiology, and worked as a medical lab technologist for ten years prior to changing careers to become an elementary school teacher.  She is the co-owner of Baillie’s Picture Framing, a gallery and framing shop in Grand Bend.

Why I Volunteer: “As a parent to four children and a daughter to two elderly parents, I have seen first hand how invaluable volunteers are to the community they support.  It’s important to me to give back and to set an example for others who seek to make our world a better place through volunteerism.”

John Dehondt

John has been involved in several businesses, most notably as founder of Wine Kitz, a franchise company with over 300 dealers. John is a former councilor for Lambton Shores and has chaired or been a part of many volunteer boards. A 5th degree black belt, John volunteer teaches at the Bernardo karate school in Grand Bend.

Why I Volunteer: “As a volunteer I get the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than myself and use my civic responsibility to help grow the community I live in.”

Tom Prout

Recently retired from a 40-year career with conservation authorities in Ontario, Tom received the Latornell Conservation Leadership Award for innovation, motivation and leadership. He has been a Director on many organizations, including the Ontario Institute of Agrologists, the Soil and Water Conservation Society, the Rural Ontario Institute, and the Grand Bend Community Foundation. For 29 years he has been a member of the Conservation Dinner Committee, which has raised more than one million dollars for local conservation projects.

Why I volunteer: “Volunteering gives me an opportunity to give back to several communities of interest that have been very supportive, helpful and caring.”

Pat Morden

Pat has been a professional writer, editor and communication consultant for more than 30 years. A Grand Bend resident since 2004, she has served in a variety of volunteer roles, including as Chair of the Grand Bend Community Foundation. She is a committed environmentalist, has trained as a Climate Reality presenter with the Al Gore organization, and continues to work with the Lakeshore Eco-Network. She was hired as GBCF’s Executive Director in April 2018.

Why I Volunteer: “Because volunteers change the world!”



The Grand Bend Community Foundation Ambassadors program honours and engages past board members of the Foundation.

Ambassadors continue to make a contribution to the Foundation by

  • Acting as a resource or sounding board on specific issues and programs
  • Identifying opportunities for the Foundation within the member’s community or sphere of influence
  • Opening doors for the Foundation where appropriate
  • Representing the Foundation at public events


Our Ambassadors are:

  • Patty Relouw
  • Jennifer Mossop
  • David Bannister
  • Bob Illman
  • Jim Southcott
  • Sherwood Eddy
  • Irene Hall