Hopewell is governed by a dedicated and caring board. They generously volunteer their time to assist Hopewell in achieving our mission and vision, and to maintain our high standards as a community resource for individuals and families requiring specialized supports.
The board is always looking for talented, committed, and independent people with helpful expertise. If you are interested in learning more about a board position with Hopewell, please contact our Chair, Elizabeth Bowden, at
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Chair - Elizabeth Bowden joined in 2015 and became Chair of the Board in September 2016. Liz runs her own management consulting practice.
Vice-Chair - André Spekkens joined in 2017. André is a retired health care executive who worked for 35 years in long-term care facilities in Guelph. He has also been a director of a religious organization and the executive director at a district health council. André has also chaired the Guelph Ringette Association, co-chaired an ice allocation committee for the city, chaired the Physician Recruitment Committee, and chaired the Building Committee for Hospice Wellington.
Treasurer - Shanna O’Dwyer joined in 2012. Shanna is Manager of Finance - Social, Health and Emergency Services for the County of Wellington and also serves as chair of the Finance/HR Committee.
Secretary - Barb Adams joined in 2016. Barb started her consulting company, QualQuantex, in 2015. She combines research, training, and interactive design to create high-impact solutions for organizations.
Director - Laurie Iversen joined in 2016. Laurie runs her own administrative services support company, Productivity4u. Prior to joining the board, she served as recording secretary for the Hopewell board. Currently, she heads a team of volunteers for the annual Hopewell Bowl-A-Thon fundraising event and works on the Marketing/Fundraising Committee.
Director - Jane Stamp joined in 2018. Jane is the controller for Wellington Ortho & Rehab Associates and Wellington Physiotherapy Associates. Jane is a member of the Finance/HR Committee.
Director - Peter Pickfield joined in 2013. Peter is a partner in Garrod Pickfield LLP, an environmental and municipal law practice. He is a volunteer from Hopewell's parent/family community and sits on the Finance/HR Committee.
Director - Wendy Jespersen joined the board in 2019 and has a background in fundraising and marketing communications, as well as event planning and magazine publishing. She is currently Manager, Advancement Communications, in the department of Alumni Affairs and Development at the University of Guelph. She is a member of the Marketing/Fundraising Committee.
Director - Stephanie Smith joined the board in 2019 and comes from a career in corporate development in the nonprofit sector. She is currently a campaign manager for United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin. She also volunteers her time as the Adult Coordinator for Western Region Ringette, and is a committee member for Guelph Gives. Stephanie is a member of the Capital Assets Committee.
Director - Devlin Scalon joined the board in 2019. Devlin works in food safety and is currently working towards a Master's degree in Public Policy and Management.