The management and administration of the GWSA is entrusted to its Board of Directors, elected each year at the Annual General Meeting which takes place in June.
Judith Carson joined the GWSA in September 2010 and trained as a “gentle exercise leader” with CSS and has led a group since January 2011. She served as a Board director from 2011-2017 and as President from 2013-16 finishing her final year as Past President. From 2016-18 she was Chair of the Membership and Marketing Committee. Also, she represented the GWSA on the Geriatric Services Network committee for Waterloo-Wellington and is a member of Age-Friendly Guelph. She is serving on the Board in the position of Past-President.
Kerry Detlor has been co-chairing the Program Committee for the last three years. She has also served on the Travel and Governance Committees. Kerry was elected to the Board in June 2014.
Becky Fiedler is active with the Monday afternoon quilters and provides Computer Mentoring for members with Apple product problems. She is a sometimes-techie who has helped with the GWSA website, implemented the email distribution list, and set up the online calendar. Her efforts on the GWSA Board will focus on good governance and strategic planning. Becky looks forward to re-establishing and expanding the GWSA’s previous Advocacy program to address some of the issues Guelph’s Seniors face – from finding suitable housing to dealing with organizations that engage in predatory financial practices. Becky was elected to a two-year term on the Board in May 2019 and is serving as GWSA President.
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 more recently joined the Membership and Marketing Committee. He 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, Gage Health Systems. You know her best for her time at the Evergreen Seniors Centre as the administrative assistant for Community Support Services for the past 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. She 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. She is presently the Interim Chair of the Programme 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.
Ann Grant is currently teaching the Feeling Better, Move Well exercise program at the new Dublin Street church location. She is a member of the Save CSS committee and a newly elected member of the GWSA Board of Directors. Ann brings experience chairing meetings and committees, planning special events, fundraising, and budgets. She looks forward to working with all partners of the Evergreen Centre.
Cem Kaner was one of the Save CSS crew and is committed to expanding the range of services that GWSA provides to the City of Guelph. Cem retired in 2017, returning to Canada from Florida (where he taught software engineering). Before that, he developed software and practiced law in California. Cem has served the public as a volunteer throughout his career. For example, he served as an investigator/mediator for the Consumer Affairs Department of Santa Clara County (California), helping consumers deal with unfair business practices. He hopes to apply that experience toward a renewal of the GWSA’s Advocacy project. He also helped draft legislation to manage electronic commerce, and was elected to the American Law Institute (ALI), a nonprofit that provides authoritative legal scholarship for the American judiciary. One of the projects he worked on was the ALI’s Restatement of Employment Law. He also served as a contract advisor and a grievance officer for the National Writers Union (part of the UAW). He expects to serve on GWSA’s HR committee.
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. Fell in love with the city and decided to give time to the community after retiring in 2017. In July 2017 joined GWSA and became a member of the Volunteers Advisory Committee. In June 2018 was elected to serve on the GWSA Board for a three-year term. In July 2018 also took on the role of Co-Chair Program Committee. His aspirations for GWSA in the coming years is to expand the organization and bring more of the seniors living in the fringes to enjoy and be happy in retirement.
Ross Knechtel is active with the Computer Club as President, Computer Mentoring, the Into Focus Photography Club, the Silvertones Choir, the Membership & Marketing Committee, the Program Committee as well as the GWSA Variety Show. He is the current GWSA Webmaster. Ross is looking forward to a supportive role with 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 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 13th, 2019 to serve the balance of a three-year term.
Brian Smith brings broad experience from a career in educational administration. As principal at several schools, he served on various committees, was a founding member of the local Ontario Principals’ Council, and achieved supervisory officer qualifications from the Ministry of Education. Aside from the GWSA, Brian is active on the board of directors for Shelldale Family Gateway, which supports many of Guelph’s most vulnerable children, youth, and adults. Brian is currently vice-president of the GWSA, and chairs the Governance committee. In other pursuits, he enjoys photography, technology, and travel.
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.
Adam Rutherford 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.
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 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. Most recently, Tonie has become a co-secretary for the GWSA and looks forward to working alongside all GWSA members to support their initiatives and goals.