Foundation Board

This voluntary Board provides leadership and vision to the Foundation. The Board concerns itself with fund raising, events, policy, directions, decisions and financial planning for the Foundation.

We are looking for community minded individuals! The BGC Kawarthas Foundation is looking for new board members!

BGC Kawarthas Foundation

President Laurie Charlebois
Vice President Richard Christie
Treasurer Julie Yandt
Past President Geoff Grier
Director Broghan Dean
Director Krystina Cunnington
Director Vince Killen
Director Jen Hope
Director Lana McCaw
Honorary Member Emily Avery-Graves


Laurie Charlebois, President

Laurie Charlebois joined the BGC Kawarthas Foundation Board of Directors in April 2018 and participates as a member of the Risk Management and Investment Committees. Laurie currently serves as President of the Foundation Board.

Laurie is currently the Manager of Commercial Banking with CIBC in Lindsay. Laurie also sits on the Board for the Riverside Cemetery and is on their Investment Committee.

Richard Christie, Vice President

Richard Christie joined the BGC Kawarthas Foundation Board of Directors in June 2019. Rick currently serves as Vice President and previously served as Secretary to the Foundation Board.

Rick was born in Guelph, Ontario and raised in Lafayette, Indiana and Toronto. Rick graduated from Queens University with BSc. Honours, Biology and B.Ed.  Rick’s employment history covers being a Department Head of Science/Mathematics (American International School of Bolivia and Dr. F.J. Donevan Collegiate-Oshawa), Teacher at Brock High School and Fenelon Falls Secondary School, and Vice Principal at Fenelon Falls and I.E. Weldon Secondary Schools.

Rick is married to his lovely wife, Laurie Johnson and has two amazing children who Rick claims are perfect – Gavin (helicopter pilot), and Erica (4th year Laurier Health Sciences).

In his off time, Rick loves to travel, spending time with his very rested dogs, is an avid boater/canoe enthusiast and spends his winter renovating.

Geoff Grier, Past President

Geoff Grier joined the BGC Kawarthas Foundation Board of Directors in October 2017. Geoff currently acts as the Past President and previously served as Vice President and Treasurer in addition to participating on the Investment Committee.

Geoff is currently a Financial Planner for Investment and Retirement Planning with RBC Royal Bank in Lindsay.

Broghan Dean, Director

Broghan Dean joined the BGC Kawarthas Foundation Board of Directors in October 2020. Broghan also participates as a member on the Governance Committee.

Broghan grew up in Omemee and continues to reside in the City of Kawartha Lakes. Broghan completed her Juris Doctor at Bond University in Gold Coast, Australia and was called to the Ontario bar in June 2019 and iscurrently an Associate Lawyer at Friend & Dobson Professional Corporation.

Lana McCaw, Director

Lana McCaw joined the BGC Kawarthas Foundation Board of Directors in June 2023.

Lana is a new-comer to Lindsay, relocating here in early 2020 from Toronto. Lana has lived several places across Canada and the U.S. due to her family’s business and academic opportunities. Lana has extensive local and global volunteer experience with many charitable organizations, specifically youth focused, and is excited for this new opportunity to focus her time on an organization that repeatedly demonstrates such strong initiative for the Kawartha Lakes Community.

Outside of Lana’s professional life, she enjoys cooking, travelling, yoga and spending time with her family and pups at the lake.

Jennifer Hope, Director

Jennifer Hope joined the BGC Kawarthas Foundation Board of Directors in June 2023. She grew up in the farming community of Kawartha Lakes and is passionate about giving back to the community that helped raise her. 

Jennifer has previous experience on a Board of Directors for a local not-for-profit organization where she sat on their Executive and Fund Development Committee.  She has a diploma in Early Childhood Education,  her CIP (Chartered Insurance Professional) designation as well as her Yellow & Green Belts in Lean Six Sigma (process optimization). She currently resides in Durham Region with her 2 daughters and a house full of pets. Jennifer is currently the Director of Underwriting at The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group.

Julie Yandt, Treasurer

Julie Yandt joined the BGC Kawarthas Foundation Board of Directors in June 2022 and currently serves as Treasurer of the Board and is looking forward to getting involved! Volunteering in her community is near to her heart. She has previously served on Boards within family and social services, not-for-profit, and currently holds the Chair role for the Peterborough Chapter of HRPA.

She has dedicated her career in Human Resources to The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group, where she is the Director, Human Resources and holds the designation of Certified Human Resources Leader.

With children, grandchildren and many animals keeping her time after work fulfilled there’s never a moment’s peace… and she wouldn’t have it any other way!

Krystina Cunnington, Director

Krystina Cunnington joined BGC Kawarthas Foundation Board of Directors in June 2021. Krystina has worked for the City of Kawartha Lakes for the past 8 years in which she has taken the opportunity to get to know different roles; currently Krystina is working as an Administrative Assistant with the Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue Services. Krystina also sits on the Canadian Mental Health Association – Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, and Pine Ridge (HKPR) Board.

Vince Killen, Director

Vince Killen joined the BGC Kawarthas Foundation Board of Directors in June 2022.

Emily Avery-Graves, Honorary Member

Emily Avery-Graves joined the BGC Kawarthas Foundation Board of Directors in June 2010. Emily currently acts as Past-President of the Board and previously served as President and Vice-President. Emily is also actively involved with the Kawartha Haliburton Children’s Aid Foundation as a committee member for their annual Dream Ball gala event and continues in this capacity since this event was transferred to BGCKL. Emily is passionate about initiatives that help children grow and thrive in our community where she is raising her own family.

Emily is currently the Business Development Manager with Stewart Morrison Insurance Brokers Ltd.