GWSA Board of Directors

The GWSA is entrusted to its Board of Directors, elected each year at the Annual General Meeting which usually takes place in June.

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2020-2021 GWSA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Becky Fiedler has served as GWSA President and as a member of the Governance Committee. She is active with the Monday afternoon quilters and occasionally provides Computer Mentoring for members who use Apple products. She is a sometimes-techie who helps out where she can at the Evergreen Centre. Becky was elected to the Board in May 2019 for a two-year term.

Ken Fugler has been an active member of GWSA for several years. He was elected as President of the Evergreen Canoe Club at its inception in 2009 and currently chairs the Membership and Marketing Committee. Ken is a Graduate of Ryerson in Aeronautical Engineering and was an Officer in the RCAF military. His career was in project management and sales of custom manufactured machinery, where he gained experience dealing with complicated legal quote requests and purchases. Ken was elected to a three-year term on the Board in May 2019.

Pat Gage comes to the Board with a background in administration and human resources. She worked at Trent University for over 20 years. You may know her best for her time at the Evergreen Seniors Centre as the administrative assistant for Community Support Services for 12 years. She has sat on the board for the Guelph Curling Club, has been Treasurer for the board of the Volunteer Association of Guelph General Hospital and is presently on the board for her Condo Association. Pat is also a crafter, and belongs to the Royal City Quilt Guild and the GWSA Quilt Group. She is a knitter, patient photographer and enjoys her little garden. Pat is presently Chair of the Program Committee. She knows most of the activity group leaders and looks forward to working with them to regain a “new normal” at the Evergreen Seniors Centre when our isolation is slowly lifted.

Athar Noman Khan has 40 years of experience in managing commercial and manufacturing operations in the pharmaceutical industry. He moved to Guelph in 2014 from Mississauga. Athar fell in love with the city and decided to give time to the community after retiring in 2017. In July 2017, he joined GWSA and became a member of the Volunteer Advisory Committee. In June 2018, he was elected to serve on the GWSA Board for a three-year term. In July 2018, he
also took on the role of Co-Chair of the Program Committee until the end of 2019. Athar also serves on the Executive Committee. His aspirations for GWSA in the coming years are to expand the organization and bring more of the seniors living on the fringes to enjoy and be happy in retirement.

Wenda King was elected to the GWSA Board of Directors at the 2020 AGM. A resident of Guelph for 60 years, she started her career with London Life Insurance and retired in 2006.  Upon retiring, Wenda worked with two financial advisors to assist them in opening up an office in Guelph which she managed from 2007-2019. Wenda has been involved in finances with the LaSertoma Club in Kitchener, the Volunteer Association at Guelph General Hospital, and the Endowment Committee as a Trustee at Knox Presbyterian Church. She really enjoys quality time with her family, as well as with friends and meeting new people.  As hobbies, she loves to travel, read, knit and canning our wonderful Canadian summer produce for winter use.

Ross Knechtel is active with the Computer Club as President, Computer Mentoring, the Into Focus Photography Club, the Silvertones Choir, the Membership & Marketing Committee, and the Program Committee. He is the current GWSA Webmaster. Ross provides a supportive role to the Board, providing technical support for the Board itself, the programs, committees, and events that the Board delivers, as well as providing mental health support. Ross was elected to the GWSA Board of Directors in 2017 and he resigned in March of 2019 in order to go public about the controversial “secret meeting” regarding the future of GWSA Community Support Services. He was re-elected at the Special Members Meeting held on May 13, 2019, to serve the balance of a three-year term. At the 2020 AGM he was elected to an additional three-year term on the Board of Directors.

Adam Rutherford (City Representative) is the City of Guelph’s Program Manager of Programming and Community Development. For more than 20 years Adam has been working with, advocating for and developing programs in partnership community members of all ages. Adam’s work has focused on engagement, innovative program development and the needs of marginalized and underserved populations. Middle-aged skateboarder, lover of film and music, a big thinker that prefers intimate environments and always on the run. If his door’s open, come in and say hi! Adam is the City of Guelph’s representative on the GWSA Board of Directors.

Brian Smith was elected in 2019 to a two-year term with the GWSA, currently serving as GWSA Vice-President, chair of the Governance Committee, and member of the GWSA web team. He brings diverse experience from a career in education. As principal at several schools, Brian served on many committees, was a founding member of the local Ontario Principals’ Council, and achieved a Master of Education, and Supervisory Officer qualifications from the Ministry of Education. Brian is also active on the Board of Directors for Shelldale Family Gateway, which supports a diverse community including many of Guelph’s most vulnerable children, youth, and adults.

Roger Stevens is a volunteer for the CSS Outreach program, along with his wife Kathy. He is also a member of the Canoe Club. Roger was elected the Board in May 2019 and is serving on the GWSA Board as Treasurer, and as Chair of the Finance Committee.

Mike Woof came to Guelph in 1975 with a 33-year background in engineering which included Product Design, Project Management along with Product training and Marketing. Mike has been a member of the GWSA for 13 years but was only able to get more involved a few years ago after retirement, working on the annual Variety Show. You have probably seen him working on our new sound system console which he designed and built. “I want to see the new Board listen to the voice of the membership and to openly work to find solutions to their desires and concerns and to keep the GWSA a vibrant community program.”

Tonie (Sacchetti) MacInnis (Secretary for GWSA Board of Directors) is the current Recreation Program Coordinator for Seniors Services with the City of Guelph. She has worked in various roles within the Corporation of the City of Guelph over the past seven years, but recently, all of her attention has been put into developing new and exciting recreational programs for the senior community. Tonie looks forward to working alongside all GWSA members to support their initiatives and goals.

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