New Directors Join Goodwill Amity Board at Annual General Meeting

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Hamilton, June 10, 2021 – The Annual General Meeting of Goodwill, The Amity Group was held in Hamilton, Ontario yesterday, June 9, 2021. Among the agenda items were the election of Directors and recognition of departing Directors.

Elected for her first term and re-elected for her second term respectively were:

Indira Naidoo-Harris, Director

Indira is a trusted public leader, policy-maker, journalist, and human rights advocate currently serving as the Associate Vice-President of Diversity and Human Rights at the University of Guelph. She is a former MPP for Halton and has held several cabinet posts, including Ontario’s first ever Minister of the Status of Women, Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care, Associate Minister of Finance, and Minister of Education. Before entering politics, Naidoo-Harris was an award-winning journalist in Canada and internationally with outlets including NBC, PBS, CBC, OMNI, TVO, and CTV.

Linda Nazareth, MA, Director

Linda has served on the Board since 2015. She is an economist, broadcaster, consultant, and speaker. She is a Senior Fellow for Economics and Population Change at the MacDonald Laurier Institute, a Globe and Mail columnist on economics and the labour market, and former senior on-air economic analyst with Business News Network/CTV. She is also the author of four books including Work is Not a Place, and the host of the podcast Work and the Future.

Continuing Board members are:

Andrea Donlan, Chair and Director

Andrea joined the Board in 2019, when she was the President and CEO of Manifest Communications, a social change firm. In January 2020 she joined MacMillan Vantage Policy and serves as a Vice President, engaged in public affairs and strategic communications with a particular focus on corporate purpose and social impact. She has been Chair since September 2020.

Glen Norton, CPA, MBA, Vice Chair and Director

Glen was first appointed to the Board in June 2020 then elected to his first three year term and appointed Vice Chair in September 2020. Glen spent over 22 years in Canadian mid-market commercial banking in Southwestern Ontario. Between 2009 and 2020 he worked at the City of Hamilton and retired in February 2020 from his position as Director, Economic Development. Glen has volunteered with community organizations including the United Way and was recently appointed to the Board of the Muskoka Community Foundation.

Martha Fox, M.ED., Director and Chair of the Board Development Committee

Martha has served on the Board since 2013. A former teacher, counsellor and mediator, Martha retired in 2012 after 26 years with Mohawk College, the last seven of which were as the Director of Accessible Learning and Counselling Services. She is a volunteer member of The Salvation Army Lawson Ministries, Ontario Special Olympics and Dundas District Civitan Club.

Cortney Oliver, MA, Director

Cortney was elected to the Board in September 2020. She is currently Manager, Municipal Sponsorship for Metrolinx. Prior to that role she was Senior Policy Advisor at the LCBO. She served on the LCBO’s Employee Engagement for Sustainability Committee and has volunteered for Woodgreen Community Organization and United Way in the past.

David Rathbun, MBA, FLMI, Director

David was re-elected in September 2020 to a second three year term. He has 30 years of executive experience across a number of sectors. Previously an Executive Vice President of Bell Aliant, President of xwave Solutions and Chief Talent Officer at Clearwater Seafoods, he currently consults on strategy, organizational development, and change management. He is also a Senior Consultant with the Atlantic Leadership Development Institute, a former member of the Counsel of Human Resource Executives for the Conference Board of Canada and past Chair of the Prior Learning Centre.

Vidis Vaiciunas, Director

Vidis brings extensive finance and governance experience and has served on the Boards of Directors for Central 1 Credit Union, Canadian Credit Union Association, Talka Credit Union, and a nonprofit subsidized housing institution. He served as a grant review team member for Ontario Trillium Foundation. Vidis joined the Board in 2019.

Ending his time on the Board, after a decade of service, is: 

Dan Sturk, Past Chair and Director

Dan served as Chair from 2017 to 2020 and on the Board as a Director since 2011. Dan has been with ArcelorMittal Dofasco for 40 years and is currently Head of Internal Assurance, Canada. He is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Dan has held a number of other leadership roles with community organizations. His leadership on the Goodwill Amity Board was recognized with an Ontario Volunteer Service Award in 2021 and as one of Burlington’s Community Heroes by Minister Karina Gould during National Volunteer Week in 2020.

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