The Board

On behalf of the AFP Central Ontario Chapter’s Board of Directors, welcome!

With a geographic area that covers a huge part of our beautiful province, from north of the Greater Toronto Area, to the Manitoba border and shore of Hudson Bay, our goal is to provide networking, education, fellowship, and advocacy resources for individuals and organizations that generate philanthropic support for a wide variety of charities and not-for-profits. With a lens of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access, we pride ourselves on providing fundraisers with the tools and information they need to “stimulate a world of generosity and positive social good through fundraising best practices” (AFP Canada, Strategic Plan).

Membership with the Central Ontario Chapter provides access to all of the education sessions and networking opportunities that AFP Central Ontario hosts throughout the year, including a National Philanthropy Day celebration and our annual Symposium. As is our new global reality, our sessions are currently provided online and through platforms such as Zoom.

Please explore our website to learn more about how AFP Central Ontario can support you, and reach out to us directly if you have any questions about membership.

Janet Fairbridge
President

Executive Director
Residential Hospice of Grey Bruce

Whitney Sallach
President-Elect

Coordinator, Annual Giving, Stewardship & Donor Engagement
Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation

The Board

The Board is comprised of community fundraisers who believe in giving back to build resources for our sector. If you are interested in joining us, please send us an email!

 Jamie Campbell, Past President

Jamie (pronouns he/him) currently works at Georgian College. He is a resourceful and collaborative leader, mentor, entrepreneur, volunteer, and fundraising professional, experienced in both healthcare and higher education fundraising, and is passionate about the promotion of equity, diversity, and inclusion. He is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), and chose a career in the charitable sector as a way of channeling his passion for social justice. In addition to his two decades of professional and volunteer service to the charitable sector, he worked for seven years in children’s protective services. He was raised in Newfoundland and currently resides in Orillia, Ontario with his husband and three dogs.

 Janet Fairbridge, President

Janet (pronouns she/her) is the Executive Director of Residential Hospice of Grey Bruce (Chapman House) in Owen Sound and was formerly the Foundation Director of the Hospice Georgian Triangle Foundation in Collingwood. She is very proud to be a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), a Fellow of the 2018-19 AFP Foundation Canada Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy, Chair of the Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO) Community of Practice for Fundraisers, and President of the AFP Central Ontario Chapter for 2021-22. Prior to becoming a professional fundraiser in 2014, Janet worked in television broadcast, media production and communications for 22 years with S-Media, World Snowsports Events Group, CBC Television, Discovery Channel, and many others.

Mandy Foster

Mandy Foster is the Founder of Gals that Give, a group of philanthropic women in Barrie, that’s mission is to give back. Mandy appreciates the importance of fundraising and how profoundly community involvement and contributions to the non-profit sector can impact lives. Mandy has also acted as a Community Events Ambassador with several local hospital foundations. Mandy believes each day we have the opportunity to create positive change doing what love, while continually growing, learning, and giving back on a small scale. Mandy couldn’t be more excited to be joining the AFP CON Board.

 Jeanette Heywood

With more than 25 years as a professional in the charitable sector, Jeanette (she/her) has a unique skill set to empower organizations to reach beyond their current situation, furthering their impact and changing lives! Her background includes completing the Recreation and Business Program at Cambrian College, the Executive Development Program at McGill University, Yale University’s Women’s Leadership Program, and other senior management/executive training programs. As a coach committed to developing people and teams, opening two state-of-the-art YMCA facilities and exceeding targets, building success-oriented strategic plans, her strengths are now focused as a Principal of The OtherHalf Consultants.

Susan Kulkarni, Secretary

Susan (she/her) has worked in the charitable sector for over 20 years. Currently, the Relationship Manager at the United Way of Simcoe, her focus is to improve lives and build communities by leveraging collective resources to achieve the greatest impact. A seasoned fundraiser and CFRE, Susan can ensure that donors are able to invest in local issues today and leave a legacy for future needs. She’s had the privilege to advocate for the residents of Simcoe, Muskoka, Peel, and Halton over her career. Susan’s motivation to do this work rests upon the desire to give people tools and support during times of crisis.

Katelyn Lees

The act of philanthropy is a continuous inspiration to Katelyn. Since 2010, Katelyn has had the honour of engaging with various donors, volunteers, and community partners. Her background primarily falls into social services, with experience in working and volunteering with agencies throughout Ontario. Katelyn completed her Fundraising & Resource Development certificate through Georgian College and has since been an active volunteer with various groups including Georgian College, the Planned Giving Council of Simcoe County, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Central Ontario Chapter.

Liz Noonan, Treasurer

Liz has over 25 years of experience in accounting and finance including positions in public practice, governance, and industry. Liz graduated from McMaster University with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce in 1991 and received her CPA designation in 1994. Liz joined Powell Jones LLP in 2013, providing accounting and auditing services to a varied base of clients in manufacturing and retail industries as well as to many not-for-profit organizations. Liz is a Barrie native and has volunteered with various groups in the community including as the Treasurer for MADD Barrie/Simcoe and Planned Giving Council of Simcoe County.

Jenn Rae

Jenn is committed to connecting the community to the causes that matter, and seeks out opportunities to partner with and elevate people and organizations. Jenn is the Executive Director of the Innisfil Community Foundation and has a background in healthcare fundraising, marketing, and communications. She is an advocate for the South Simcoe community, and a proud participant in the Rotary Club of Innisfil, Poverty Reduction Task Group, Simcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness and Reducing Social Isolation for Seniors Leadership Team. As an Accredited Director, Jenn has a passion for governance and is proud to serve as Government Relations Chair.

Whitney Sallach, President-Elect

Whitney Sallach is the Coordinator, Annual Giving, Stewardship & Donor Engagement at the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation and began her fundraising career there in 2017. Whitney is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). She started her career as a journalist after earning her BA in Journalism & Human Rights from St. Thomas University. After working at several community newspapers, she made the switch to the nonprofit sector, by completing her post-grad in Fundraising and Resource Development from Georgian College. Whitney is the Communications Chair for AFP Central Ontario and the President-Elect for 2022-23. She also is the PR Chair and the Community Services Chair for the Rotary Club of Innisfil.

Lisa Spinks

Lisa is passionate about making a positive difference in her community. Her donor-centered approach has helped raise millions of dollars in gifts for charitable organizations. Lisa’s passion for advancing philanthropy extends to her role on the AFP CON Board of Directors, and previously on the executive for the Planned Giving Council of Simcoe County. Lisa is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). Currently employed as the Development Director at Seasons Centre for Grieving Children, she launched her career in the charitable sector in 2005 at Evergreen. Other charitable organizations in Central Ontario that have benefited from her energy and expertise include Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation, Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie, Empower Simcoe.

Lynn Thomas

Lynn Thomas is passionate about Philanthropy being good for business. As a former Executive Director of a Chamber of Commerce and over 30 years in both small business and charity work, Lynn believes the two sectors are a natural partnership. As the capital campaign manager for the Building Hope campaign, raising $14.5 million to build The Lighthouse Community Services & Supportive Housing facilities (opened summer 2021), Lynn’s mantra for her team was “the campaign never sleeps”, raising all funds in 3 ½ years.

Lynn felt lead, and was excited to move forward, as of June 2022,  to a new season as Donor Relations Lead at Mariposa House Hospice, a new five bed residential hospice in Simcoe North, after five years as the Development & Communications manager with The Lighthouse.

As well as her role as Director with AFP Central ON, other volunteer roles in the Orillia community are: Director for Orillia & Area CDC (Community Development Corporation) and volunteer responder for North Simcoe Victim Services.  Being with family & friends, especially time at their family cottages is her happy place.

Katie Taylor

Katie (she/her) has always been drawn to volunteerism as a way to connect to the community. Katie is able to understand the motivating factors of donors and volunteers on a deeper level and genuinely and passionately enjoys exploring that space together. In her current role as Development Manager at The Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie, she continues to look for opportunities for growth, development, and connections within the community and beyond and is looking forward to getting acquainted. You’ll find Katie on a trail or a park with her partner and two little boys or by herself enjoying a good run.

Hunter Markle

Hunter Markle currently serves as a Development Officer, Annual Giving with the team at Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital Foundation in Orillia. Her previous roles include Fundraising and Community Development Coordinator at Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Simcoe and Student Development Assistant with the Royal Victoria Regional Healthcare Centre Foundation (RVHCF). She is the Past President of the North Simcoe Rotaract Club. A graduate of Georgian College’s Advertising and Marketing Communications program, Hunter is working on her Fundraising Management Certificate with Fleming College and working towards her CFRE. 

We are here to help you succeed

Why AFP?

The Association of Fundraising Professionals empowers individuals and organizations to practice ethical fundraising through professional education, networking, research, and advocacy.

Join Now

Education & Events

No matter where you are in your career, these opportunities to gather and learn with members of your fundraising community provide enrichment and connection.

Learn More

Building Your Fundraising Career

Seeking great candidates for your organization? Pursuing a rewarding career opportunity? The AFP Central Ontario Job Board is your answer!

Visit the Job Board

We love to meet new people

Join AFP Today

Networking

Events & Education

Build Your Fundraising Career

Career Opportunities