The Leadership Council is composed of a dedicated team of community leaders from diverse sectors who are responsible for setting the strategic direction for Headwaters Communities is Action.
Leadership Council Profiles
Sylvia Cheuy, Co-Chair
Sylvia works with Tamarack: An Institute for Community Engagement, assisting in the design and delivery of learning opportunities that profile and share the resources, tools and experiences of Vibrant Communities Canada and others engaged in comprehensive, community-based initiatives. In this role she’s also responsible for editing and developing content for Tamarack’s e-magazine Engage!, which is distributed monthly to more than 7000 subscribers across Canada and beyond. The former project lead for HCIA, and now a volunteer serving on the leadership committee, Sylvia has also been a Board Member of Community Living Dufferin since 2004 and was awarded their Extraordinary Commitment award in 2008-09. Sylvia lives in Caledon with her husband John Graham and their three young children: Gabriella, Garrett and Sean.
Gord Gallaugher, Co-Chair
Gord Gallaugher has over 25 years of public service, having served on Mulmur Township and Dufferin County councils, including terms as mayor and Warden respectively. He was one of 55 participants at the inaugural meeting on Headwaters Communities in Action in November, 2004. Gord’s strong commitment to community service is reflected in his service on many local boards. He has also been a member of the Board of the Central West Community Care Access Centre and of the Headwaters Health Care Corporation, and is currently on the community advisory committee of the hospital. In private life, he has been a beef farmer in Mulmur, he has been involved in his wife’s travel businesses in Shelburne and Orangeville, and has worked in the agri-business industry.
Ken Topping, Vice Chair
Ken joins the leadership team of HCIA with extensive leadership and governance experience on boards of quite a varied nature. He is just finishing a six year term on the CWLHIN where he chaired the CEO Compensation and Review Committee and sat on the Audit, Quality and Governance Committees. Responsibilities as chair of the Strategic Planning Committee and heading towards a term as Chair are key responsibilities Ken has with the Dufferin Arts Council. The board of the CWLHIN oversees a budget of close to $900 000 000 and as a director, Ken a shares the financial oversight of PACE Credit Union with a very similar budget. Ken, a retired school administrator, is still active in the local public education system working as a occasional principal substituting for school administrators. Ken has lived Shelburne with his wife Lynn since 1974 where they raised a family of three children and now have five grandchildren. Ken is a Lion and a Mason. A life- long interest in the arts continues as Ken works on many large abstract, acrylic paintings each year. Ken and Lynn enjoy international travel and until recently Ken has travelled thousands of kilometres all over North America on a motorcycle. In a new venture, they both look forward to exploring our lovely Headwaters Region in Ken’s new convertible “Where life gets real!”
Chris Broom, Past Chair
Chris is the former Chair of the HCIA Trails Working Group (now CHATT). As a lifelong resident of Orangeville, Chris has been actively involved with a number of local organizations for a number of years, including serving on the Board of Directors in minor soccer and as a coach in minor hockey. With over 20 years of experience in business management, Chris has had the opportunity to co-ordinate the opening of several new restaurants in Canada, facilitate numerous coaching and development workshops as well as working in the manufacturing sector. During his time with the Trails Working Group, Chris was part of an advisory committee that helped to bring the Dufferin County Active Transportation and Trails Master Plan to life, an accomplishment he is proud to note “ will leave a positive and lasting legacy for generations to come for the citizens of Dufferin to use to help promote the continued growth of cycling routes and trails in the county”.
Jeff Sedgwick, Treasurer
Jeff has been a full-time resident of Mulmur Township for 25 years. He works with The Co-operators in Guelph as their National Claims Property Director. His professional role involves providing technical and strategic leadership to a dedicated and committed group of claims professionals across Canada. He volunteers extra time as a Panel Member of Advisory Board for the Financial Services Commission of Ontario-Licensing and Compliance Division (since 2003) and is a member of a variety of professional associations such as the Ontario Insurance Adjusters Association, Canadian Association of Fire Investigators, and the Canadian Claims Managers Association. Jeff’s commitment to community is evident in a variety of past and current roles; he is an original and founding member of the Rosemont Fire Department; he has sat on a variety of local boards and committees and he has served several terms on local council. Currently he is a member of the Mulmur Planning Advisory Committee and the Dufferin County Museum and Archives Trust Fund Operating Board. Jeff is a graduate of St. George’s College Toronto, The University of Guelph, and is a Chartered Insurance Professional through the Insurance Institute of Canada.
Trish has worked in the social service world for over 40 years. Her management positions included provincial policy development in the areas of child care and domestic violence and supporting and funding homelessness programs for the City of Toronto. Most recently, Trish was Executive Director of Dufferin Child and Family Services and retired from that in 2013. She is now actively involved in the community. She sits on the board for Family Transition Place as well as on the HCIA Leadership Committee and is a lead sponsor for a newly arrived Syrian family. She lives happily in Mono!
In 1985 Sharon and her husband Ross moved to the Town of Mono. The property was to become an integral part of the Mono Nordic Cross Country Ski Club trails. Sharon is an organizer and instructor for the very popular elementary ski program for Dufferin County schools. Approximately 1200 visits are recorded each year. Sharon’s involvement with Family Day at Mono Nordic and Mono on an Bike has continued since they began several years ago.
Having served on both Mono’s Sustainability Advisory Committee and the Recreation Committee for 5 years and attending almost every council meeting, it seemed a natural move to become a Town of Mono Councillor. This job came with more involvement in the community and serving on Headwaters Tourism, Shelburne Library, Rosemont Fire Board and Mono’s Heritage Committee. Sharon has been part of Dufferin Arts Council for many years. All of these involvements contribute to the well-being of Dufferin and surrounding area residents and that is why being part of the HCIA leadership team is important to Sharon.
Shirley Boxem, Lead Project Consultant
Shirley is the current Lead Project Consultant with HCIA, overseeing all of the projects. She has been a Mulmur resident for over 10 years and now lives here full time. After over 20 years in Adult Learning, Performance Consulting, Business Analysis and Project Management in the IT and financial sectors, she brings a variety of skills. A passionate advocate of farmland and source water protection by way of the North Dufferin Agriculture and Community Task Force (NDACT), she is now the Chair and manages activities of the Food and Water First campaign. “Working with HCIA, which connects me to so many talented and committed people, and touches so many sectors of the community is a wonderful place to be. I feel very blessed to be here and I hope to put some solutions in place and make a difference”.
Karen Hutchinson, Project Consultant
Karen is a resident of Caledon and the founder of Caledon Countryside Alliance. She is a passionate Foodie and provides leadership and support to Headwaters Food and Farming Alliance.
Jennifer Payne, Program Coordinator Farm to School
Jennifer is a resident of Mono, a super foodie and the champion and lead coordinator of the Farm to School program. This program is supported by the Headwaters Food and Farming Alliance, a project of HCIA.
Seeking engaged and community-minded people!
Are you connected to the Headwaters community? Are you interested in making life better together, and the current and future project opportunities that can make that happen? HCIA is seeking Leadership Council members. Please connect with Headwaters Communities in Action and start the conversation.