Rev. John Vella - Chairperson
John is a retired Roman Catholic Priest who is very active musically in the local community. He sings at the Waypoint Mental Health Centre both in the Horizons unit and in the Provincial Forensic Division. He also sings at Community Living Huronia, and at The Groove, a monthly coffeehouse for folks associated with the Mental Health Centre. John is also a founding member of the weekly coffeehouse Good Vibes. He has spent many years in ministry, both in parish and seminary postings, and writing a publication for other priests for twelve years. He was a founding member of Retrouvaille, a ministry to married couples in difficulty.
Lu LaFrance - Vice - Chairperson
Lu is a retired teacher, having taught 36 years in the junior division in elementary schools in Peterborough, London, Hamilton, Kitchener, and Simcoe County. In retirement Lu has devoted herself to volunteer with the elderly, with retired teacher organizations, the poor and homeless, the disadvantaged socially and mentally, various church ministries and community events, and now with Sistema.
Simone Latham - Voluntary Bookkeeper
Simone Latham is recently retired from the position of CAO of the Township of Tay. Prior to her position as CAO, she was the Director of Finance at Tay, the Chief Accountant for the City of Barrie and held various other administrative/accounting positions in the private sector. She is a Certified Management Accountant. Simone is a life-long volunteer, through her church activities, Scouts Canada, and other organizations. She enjoys hiking, biking, snowshoeing, gardening and being with friends. It is her opinion that the Huronia area has so much to offer, and is so rich in cultural, natural and historical assets. Simone remembers fondly the string instruction that she received at the elementary school level, the excitement of performing in public, and is excited in being part of the Sistema Huronia initiative.
Diane Ouimet-Schryver is a retired Information Technology Director. Diane recently started volunteering for healthcare related and now music related committees. She enjoys sailing, hiking, cross country skiing, yoga, TRX (suspension training) and other classes at the gym.
Louise Stafford is a retired civil servant who worked for Canada Immigration in Toronto and Ottawa. She is a volunteer with the local women's shelter and their most recent project, Operation Grow. Louise believes that learning to play a musical instrument can help enhance skills needed for education and social interaction and she is thrilled to support and assist with the Sistema Huronia program.
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