Leadership Table

DC MOVES is guided by an experienced, diverse group of people around the Leadership Table.

Shirley Boxem, Lead Consultant, Headwaters Communities in Action (HCIA)

Shirley is the current Lead Project Consultant with HCIA, overseeing all of the projects. She has been a Mulmur resident for over 12 years and has become a passionate community supporter. 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 to her HCIA work. As past chair of the North Dufferin Agriculture and Community Task Force (Food & Water First), she continues to advocate for a better food, water and environmental future.

Brenda Burman, Campus Manager, Georgian College Orangeville Campus and Centre for Career & Employment Community Services

Brenda finds it a pleasure to live and work in Dufferin County. Her experience and skills related to community engagement, collaboration and developing partnerships are a perfect fit with the DC Moves Leadership Table. She committed to offering her time and expertise to projects that are focused on strengthening capacity in Dufferin County to support each other. As a member of the Leadership Table and the Lead for the Resource Pillar, Brenda is looking forward to seeing the impact DC Moves can make in the three priority areas that the community identified. It is a ‘doing’ group of community minded people that are action oriented.
She is committed to the community seeing progress and results from the work of DC Moves.

Elaine Capes, DC MOVES Coordinator

Elaine joined the DC MOVES Leadership Table in December 2017 as the new DC MOVES Coordinator.  Elaine, worked in the Finance Industry, holding senior management positions, managing teams of 10 to 100 staff in Personal and Corporate Banking, Systems & Technology, and Global Securities.  Being people – and results – oriented led her to specialize in Human Resources, with a focus on interactive learning and human performance improvement. After moving to Mono in 2005 Elaine established her own Performance and Learning Consulting business, serving International and local corporate clients and NFP Organizations, with the goal to improve individual and organizational outcomes through thoughtful program design and performance modeling. Elaine is involved in the community and volunteers on a number of Boards.  She runs Little Creek Ranch, a family operated Agri-Tourism business, offering family experiences, and a horsemanship program and summer day camp for kids.

Trish Keachie, Director, Headwaters Communities in Action (HCIA)

Trish is retired from a long career in the social services. She brings years of experience from her policy work in the Ontario government, homelessness programming with the City of Toronto and as former Executive Director of Dufferin Child and Family Services. As a current board member of Headwaters Communities in Action, the backbone organization for DC MOVES, Trish can play a liaison role and support the linkages and synergies between both. Trish believes strongly in the importance of community engagement around the key DC MOVES issues of poverty, well-being and resource sharing among community agencies and is pleased to have a role in enhancing services in Dufferin County.

Keith Palmer, Director, Community Services, County of Dufferin

Keith has endeavoured to enhance service delivery for Dufferin County residents. He has established himself within the human services community, both provincially and municipally, through his membership with a number of committees, including the Provincial-Municipal Social Assistance and Employment Committee, Income Security Reform Working Group, Dufferin Poverty Reduction Task Force, as well as during his tenure as the President of the Ontario Municipal Social Services Association from 2015-2017. Keith brings a “big picture” lens to the DC MOVES Leadership Table, being able to establish potential connections and opportunities for participating members which will benefit those within our community seeking much needed supports. With a focus on the three priority pillars of DC MOVES, Keith hopes to see transformational change in Dufferin County that supports greater collaboration, systems thinking, and ongoing professional development. Ultimately, Keith would like to see a “no wrong door” service delivery approach in Dufferin County, and DC MOVES is at the forefront of that movement.

Angela Pollard, Office Coordinator, Community Services Department, County of Dufferin

Angela has held numerous roles within the Department since 2011. Working with the County has allowed her to assist residents in various ways, including supporting people with their employment searches and delivering supplemental benefits to those in receipt of Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program benefits. She used her background in communications and event management to assist with the initial marketing endeavours of DC MOVES, and continues to provide administrative support to the DC MOVES Leadership Table. It is Angela’s hope that the membership of DC MOVES continues to grow, which in turn will bring new ideas and additional energy to the work of the priority pillars.

Rita Sethi, Director, Community Health and Wellness and Chief Nursing Officer, Wellington, Dufferin, Guelph Public Health

Rita has spent several years planning and developing across-the-lifespan programs with the communities throughout the area. Dufferin’s vibrant and engaged community excites her. She is pleased to be working with DC MOVES as the Lead for the Community Well-being priority pillar to continue to make Dufferin a great place to live, work and play.

Amber Wood, Manager of Family and Volunteer Services, Habitat for Humanity Wellington Dufferin Guelph

Amber is the Manager of Family and Volunteer Services at Habitat for Humanity Wellington Dufferin Guelph. At your local Habitat for Humanity, they believe that everyone deserves the shelter of a decent affordable home. Home is the foundation that provides strength, stability and self-reliance to families and individuals. But, building affordable homes is much more than the bricks-and-mortar – it’s about building community. Through Amber’s role on the DC MOVES Leadership Table, she is working to build a more vibrant Dufferin community through the pillar initiatives; Community Well-being, Poverty Reduction & Resource Sharing.