I am a transplant to Chatham, but VERY happy to call it home now! Originally from Leamington area, my husband and I bought our first home here in 2011, and now share it with two “fur babies” that we adopted. I am the Executive Director of Restorative Justice Chatham-Kent, a local not for profit organization serving at-risk youth, and have been proud to hold that position for close to five years. Since putting down roots here, I have become actively involved and invested in this great community; Board Director with Big Brothers Big Sisters Chatham-Kent, member of the CK Crime Prevention Board, and honoured to serve as the 2013 Campaign Co-Chair for the United Way of Chatham-Kent…to name a few!
In my (very) spare time I like to spend time laughing with family and friends, ‘moonlight’ as a waitress, go for long walks with my puppy-dog, practice yoga, drag myself to the gym, cook for as many people fit around our dining room table, and of course…represent as a ‘band wife’ at Ryan Bradley shows! (It’s true – I’m married to a local country music artist – check him out! *shameless plug*)
Those who have met me know that I am extremely passionate about the work Restorative Justice Chatham-Kent – and the local non-profit sector – does in this great community. I am also passionate about CK as a whole; a community that has provided me with so many opportunities, successes, and happy memories. I have been involved with the Chamber’s Business and Members Connection (B.M.C.) Committee and look forward to continuing my work with that committee as Board Director. I am excited to bring my voice, not for profit sector experience, and outlook as a young professional to the Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Looking forward to working with this diverse group of dedicated community members to make CK a stronger, more vibrant place to live, work and play in!
I am a life-long resident of Chatham Kent with the exception my post-secondary education years in Toronto. I live on a cash crop farm in Orford Township & feel blessed to enjoy a good life in the country. My husband, John & 1 have raised our two boys who are both pursuing post-secondary school education in environmental programs.
I am a Hotel General Manager by experience, currently working at the Travelodge in Chatham, & prior to this, at the Chatham Comfort Inn. I am passionate about the hospitality business. I enjoy providing a welcome experience to the travellers who come to Chatham-Kent – for business purposes, for visiting friends & family, for enjoying our tourism & cultural assets or, for just the occasion of passing through on the highway. I also enjoy sharing my passion for hospitality with a group of employees, to enable them to provide a sincere & welcome greeting to our visitors. I am very proud of the teams that I am working with & that I have led, as we won national recognition several times in the industry.
I have a Hospitality & Tourism Degree from Ryerson Polytechnic Institute. I am involved in my community through the Rotary Club of Chatham Sunrise, and have been active with our boys’ schools & in sports organizations.
I look forward to continuing my contribution to Chatham-Kent with the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. With the exception of our summer cottage in northern Ontario (sorry!), there is no place that I would rather be!
I have spent my entire life in the Chatham-Kent area. I was born at Public General Hospital, (pre Alliance) and was taken home to a farm outside Highgate. My parents and 3 siblings eventually landed In Ridgetown where I grew up and stayed until moving to Chatham 15 years ago. I am happily engaged to my fiancée, Nicole Wharram, and I have one daughter, Ashleigh, whom graduated Brock University and Niagara College last year and has stayed working in the Niagara region.
I am a Chartered Professional Account, (designated as a Certified General Accountant). I started my career “at the bottom” with KSR International and through experience and continued education I have held various senior level Finance positions with various organizations in both the “for profit” and non-profit sectors.
I am currently co-owner of Southwest Granite & Glass with my business partner and brother-in-law, Brad Goldsmith. We are thankful to the citizens of Chatham-Kent for helping our business grow well beyond our expectations when we started the business “part time” 4 years ago.
I believe in “giving back” to the community we call home. I have been Treasurer with the New Beginnings Clubhouse for many years, volunteered with Heart and Stoke and worked with the Union Gas Blue Flame Helping Hands on various projects. As a new board member with the Chamber I look forward to new challenges and further community repatriation to help businesses’ thrive in Chatham Kent.
Trevor earned his Law Degree from the University of Western Ontario in 2001. He articled at a large law firm in London, Ontario. Thereafter, he returned to his hometown of Chatham, Ontario where he has been serving the community as a lawyer since 2002.
Trevor was born and raised in Chatham and spends a great deal of time giving back to his community through various volunteer efforts. In the spring of 2011 Trevor completed a seven year term as a Director on the Board of the YMCA of Chatham-Kent. During his tenure on that Board, the organization built a brand new, state of the art YMCA facility in Chatham. In addition, the organization’s regional relationship with the YMCA of Sarnia-Lambton flourished, in part, due to Trevor’s work on the Governance Committee. Trevor continues his volunteer work with the YMCA by sitting on its Audit Committee. He was also a member of the committee that launched the Celebration of Youth Awards in 2013.
In 2015 Trevor completed a six year term as a Director on the Board of the Chatham-Kent Children’s Safety Village. He is currently a member of the Board of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation. He also currently sits on the Thamesview Family Health Team Community Advisory Committee.
Trevor resides in Chatham with his wife, Kim, and his two young children. His main interests are music and sports. Growing up in Chatham he competed in various recreational and competitive sports including hockey, basketball, football, volleyball, and baseball. He played for various regional teams and represented the Southwest Region at the Ontario Summer Games in basketball. He was also a member of the 1995 Vanier Cup finalist University of Western Ontario varsity football team. He has also been a member of the Maple City Slo-Pitch League and the Chatham Granite Club in recent years. He enjoys playing the piano and guitar.
Trevor is a member in good standing of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Kent Law Association.
Gratefully born and raised in Chatham Kent I have spent nearly all of my life learning, living and working in this great community. I’ve come to appreciate the many unique qualities of Chatham Kent and the many people I am proud to call neighbours. Chatham has a deep history, rich with diversity in culture and experience that has long influenced business and community in Southwestern Ontario. I come from a large family network with a proud “Chatham” heritage. Being a part of the Chatham Chamber of Commerce will give me an opportunity to give back to the community the same entrepreneurial spirit and innovation I’ve been able to enjoy.
I’ve passionately worked within the financial industry over the past 15 years and I’ve been able to enjoy each of the many challenges and opportunities I’ve been given. In the past eight years I’ve managed retail banking in precious neighbouring communities such as Thamesville and Highgate with the Bank of Montreal, while equally I’ve come to better understand the distinct passions and values of the farming and agricultural community in Ridgetown and Blenheim serving our clients as branch manager for four years with the Royal Bank. Though, Chatham is still home for me and my family. I am fortunate to have spent the past 2 years managing the multi-talented team at RBC here at Keil Dr..
People are a passion! I’ve had many leadership roles and management positions that have allowed me to appreciate the intricate subtleties and sensitivity of building and fostering long standing, powerful relationships. The strength of any community is in its’ people and their sense of communal pride. It’s comforting being able to raise my two beautiful daughters in a safe community where “neighbour” still has meaning. My wife Aimee and I will continue to grow and work for our family while actively supporting the many great people in Chatham Kent.
I was born and raised in Chatham-Kent, growing up and attending school in Blenheim. After high school, I attended Brock University in St. Catharines, obtaining my Honours Bachelor of accounting, with first-class standing. While at Brock I was active in our annual free tax clinic, run entirely by student volunteers from the Bachelor of Accounting Program. Services offered by our tax clinic included reviewing, completing and filing personal tax returns for qualifying members of the community. I also participated in the peer tutor program as a mathematics tutor, as well as several intramural teams.
After University, and post graduate studies in Toronto, I moved back to Chatham-Kent, purchasing a home in Blenheim in 2013. Also in 2013, I obtained my Chartered Professional Accountant designation, while working at Collins Barrows in Chatham, where I articled throughout University. I am in my 9th year working at Collins Barrow, working primarily with owner managed businesses within the community, servicing several industries, including real estate, agriculture and construction.
While not working, I enjoy the many easily accessible pleasures the community has to offer. I golf at Willow Ridge Golf and Country Club (Formerly the Blenheim Community Golf Course) where I have been a member for 25 years. Prior to the sale of the course in 2015, I served on the board of the community run course for several years. I also like to take advantage of the surrounding bodies of water for fishing and boating activities and enjoy participating in several recreational sports leagues.
I look forward to working with the members of the Chamber to make a positive difference in the community, from both a social and a business prosperity standpoint.
Christopher Dewey moved to Chatham-Kent from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He studies mechanical engineering at Dalhousie University and proceeded to work for Union Gas Ltd. After University, Christopher joined Union Gas Ltd. as a pipeline engineer. Over the past 10 years he has been active in Union Gas’ charity events including Help Hand in Action and the United Way Campaign.
While not working, Christopher enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter. He also enjoys camping and traveling, getting out seeing the world around us.
Jim grew up on a farm west of London, Ontario. He graduated as a Professional Engineer from the University of Western Ontario in 1995, with a degree in structural engineering. In 1996, Jim was hired as a project manager on the Greenfield Ethanol Plant construction in Chatham, and he has remained in the agri-business and food processing sectors throughout most of his career. Jim joined BDM Millwrights Inc. in 2004 as the General Manager. At the time, BDM had five employees and an annual revenue of about five hundred thousand dollars, but since, it has grown into a company with more than 70 employees, and expected revenue over ten million dollars. Approximately 25 percent of BDM’s business comes from export work in the United States, the Caribbean and Central America.
Jim is a father, an IRONMAN, and a ‘once and future’ marathon runner. He has sat on the board of directors of the Chatham-Kent VON Foundation, and on the steering committee of the C-K Interactive Manufacturing Innovation Network, and is a founding board member of the Chatham-Kent Manufacturer’s Association.
I was born and raised in Chatham-Kent. After attending the Chatham Collegiate Institute I attended the University of Windsor, graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree.
Following university, I joined Daymond Aluminum as a Cost Estimator and have worked for Daymond Aluminum and Dajcor Aluminum for 31 years. I am currently VP Sales and Marketing at Dajcor Aluminum.
As a previous volunteer on the Chamber’s Business & Member Connections Committee, I look forward to continuing my efforts as a Director on the Board. While not working, I enjoy cycling and spending time with my wife and two adult children relaxing at our cottage in Sauble Beach.