Welcome Liz Lessif, Our New Chair

We invite all of Oxford County to welcome our new chairperson, Liz Lessif.

liz-lessif3As a resident of the Town of Tillsonburg for 38 years, Liz and husband John, along with their two sons, have enjoyed the quality of life offered in Oxford County. Liz had an active role in the family business along with giving back to the community as a volunteer.

Liz has had leadership roles with the Tillsonburg Hospital Auxiliary Association, and has been a board member of the Children’s Aid Society of Oxford as well as the Tillsonburg Station Arts Centre.  She has serves as a past President for the Tillsonburg Curling Club, the Tillsonburg Kinettes, St Mary’s Catholic Women’s League and was a member of the Ontario Trillium Grant Review Team.  These are just some examples of Liz’s commitment to her community.

Liz and John have an Endowment Fund with the Oxford Community Foundation, which supports children and youth initiatives throughout Oxford.  Liz has been an active Board member of OCF for 8 years and is proud to lead the Board as Chairperson.


Introducing OCF’s New Executive Director!

Louise Wardrop, Executive DirectorThe Board of Directors of Oxford Community Foundation is pleased to announce that Louise Wardrop has accepted the position of Executive Director effectively immediately.

Louise has over 30 years’ experience in increasing senior roles in payments and banking.  Her career includes 14 years at MasterCard Canada, where most recently she worked as Vice-President of Account Management.

A life long volunteer, Louise’s current associations include the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Oxford, the Women & Wellness Committee supporting Walk-In Counselling Clinic Oxford and the Ingersoll & District Curling Club.

Louise grew up on a dairy farm in Oxford County and now makes her home in Woodstock with her husband Rick.

Board Chair Donald Woolcott says “Louise’s passion and proven background on non-profit boards and in business strategy planning and execution as well as relationship management will be a tremendous asset to the Oxford Community Foundation.”

The Oxford Community Foundation is part of a world-wide network of foundations whose objective is to help build stronger and more vibrant communities. We oversee endowment funds and based on our in-depth knowledge of Oxford communities and organization, distribute grants locally for most impact to specific fields of interest including arts and culture, children and youth, education, environment, health and wellness, recreation, seniors and social services.

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