As of our 13th Annual General Meeting on April 26 2016, we say goodbye to several members of the OCF Board of Directors as they complete their three year tenure with the foundation. OCF is lucky to have benefit from the wisdom, skills, networking, and passion of these individuals.
Rosemary George is one of the founding members of OCF, and helped to steer the course back in its humble beginnings over a decade ago. She has chaired the Fund Development Committee, provided some of the founding endowment funds and established the Brian & Rosemary George Cultural Fund along with her husband. A positive and active member of the community and philanthropist, OCF will sincerely miss her contribution to our monthly meetings. We wish you the best, Rosemary, and hope to see you back at our table in the future.
Bill Semeniuk has been a prominent member of local politics for some time, having previously served as the Mayor of Zorra Township. He was supportive of OCF from the outset, seeing the wisdom of a local community foundation and how it would serve the County’s interests. Bill has served as the Chair of the Board of Directors, and was instrumental in ensuring that the Beaty Foundation funds (Cold Springs Farm), held in London, would be distributed amongst Oxford County, where W. Harvey Beaty resided. Bill has always had a finger on the pulse of what his community needs, and we are sure that he will continue to advocate for Oxford County in the future.
Jim Pickard boasts an impressive resume including South-West Oxford Ward 5 councillor, director of the Rural Oxford Economic Development committee, and Chair of the Energy Conservation committee. He also received the 2014 ERTH award for energy conservation, and the 2013 OPA Community Conservation award. Jim has made time in his busy schedule, not only to serve on the OCF Board of Directors, but to Chair the Investment Committee and has overseen the annual Wardens Golf Fundraiser for the last few years. With his keen understanding of numbers, he has helped to ensure that OCF has seen growth that has allowed us to benefit our community with grants and scholarships. We are grateful to Jim for sharing his knowledge and expertise over the years.
Tanya Murray is currently self-employed as a licensed paralegal, and also boasts an extensive background in marketing, communications, and management. She previously served as Chair of Oxford Community Foundation, elected in 2009, and has chaired the Media and Marketing Committee. In her roles, Tanya helped to get a website off the ground and to grow our visibility in the community. Tanya has also volunteered her time serving on additional community boards, such as the Oxford Provincial PC Association and Oxford Creative Connections. Thank you for your service, Tanya!
Mary Anne Silverthorn is a retired elementary teacher who has not slowed down in retirement. She has served on the Oxford Community Police Services Board, the Woodstock Police Services Board, the Ontario Association of Police Services Boards, and the Board of local women’s crisis centre, just to name a few. She is an executive member of the Retired Teachers of Ontario, has completed two terms as a City appointee to the local Art Gallery Advisory committee, and is active with the United Church of Canada. A philanthropist through and through, she also supports many local charities, and has been a true asset as a board member of OCF, chairing the Grants Committee. Mary Anne was the 2012 recipient of the Wes Magill award, and the 2014 recipient of the AppreSHEation Award given on International Women’s Day. OCF has been lucky to have had her serve with us!
Oxford Community Foundation would not be what it is today without the generous gift of time and energy from volunteer board members. We have benefit directly from the unique gifts and skills of each of our members, and we are thankful for their service.