Our Committees

At the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington, we believe in engaging local champions to further support the children and youth of our community. Through our Leadership and Community Connectors Committees, along with our event and campaign committees, we bring together diverse professional experience, those with lived experience, creative minds, volunteerism, and passion to help achieve our goals.


Leadership Committee

The Leadership Committee works in partnership with the staff of the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington (CFGW) to provide guidance and help execute fundraising strategies, in particular, for major gift fund development and donor stewardship.

Doug Adlam
 Charmaine Collins
Jenn DiRaddo Jefferson
Nancy Ingram

Tricia Kopec
Steve Robson
Chris Valeriote

Advocacy Advisory Panel

The Advocacy Advisory Panel will help guide the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington in the development, vision, and outreach of our advocacy plans and strategies. 

Elliott Corstonpine
Neil Dunsmore
Michael Glazier
Julia Grady
Jen Hutchinson
Brendan Johnson
Menah Kerr

Melanie Lang
Matt McCutcheon
Danai Mushayandebvu
Shakiba Shayani
Iona Sky
Marissa Teeter
Fay Yachetti

Finance and Investment Committee

The Finance Committee will work closely with the Board of Directors, CEO, and senior development and finance staff in developing strategic plans to support the long-term financial viability of the Foundation.

  • Jenna Francone, Chair
  • Dave Copeland
  • Henry Kielar
  • Marc Koenig
  • Joe Migliaccio

Community Connectors Committee

The Community Connectors Committee is a working group that aims to grow and share the mission of the Children’s Foundation in the Guelph and Wellington community. This will be achieved through the development of strategies that will engage the next generation of leaders to help give every child the opportunity to thrive. The members of this committee will work towards educating and informing the community of the needs of children living in poverty and how CFGW aims to solve these issues.

Amanda Gazzola
Ben Holtom
Garrett Duval

Rachel Major
Scott Fraser
Shannon Webster

Event & Campaign Committees

Our Event & Campaign committees are groups of volunteers brought together to help plan, promote and execute our events and campaigns. Committees include:

  • Trees for Tots Committees: Logistics and Outreach
  • Live Free Campaign Committee
  • Fore Our Kids Golf Committee
  • Gala Committee

Want to Learn More?

Interested in learning more, or joining one of our committees? Email Amanda Kavchak at for more information!