My Optimist life began in 1991 as a Charter Optimist in my home town of Mitchell (West Perth) Ontario. The Optimist Creed shapes my approach to every aspect of each day. Optimist service includes: Distinguished Club President (2002-2003), Governor of Midwestern Ontario (2004-05), several District Chair positions and membership on Optimist International Growth and Activities Committees. For the past five years, it has been a privilege to serve young people and their families all over Canada through membership on the Advisory Committees for the Childhood Cancer Campaign and its successor, the Spread Relief grant program. I look forward to serving, side by side, with dedicated Optimist colleagues and staff of the Canadian Children’s Optimist Foundation Board.
Ann Richer-Doyle is a proud member of the Club Optimiste Beacon Hill, Ontario, since 1988. Way before she was an Optimist member, she was already in charge of the Oratorical and the Kids Speak Out Contests. She has often been in charge of the Essay Contest in her Club and at the district level. In 2008-2009 and 2012-2013, she became District Secretary with the Eastern Ontario District. She also was District Foundation Representative in 2007-2008. As a result of her experience with OI Scholarship Programs over the years, she is quite aware of the importance of the Foundation and its impact with youths.
Immediate Past President
Past Optimist International President Jean-Claude St-Onge has been a District West Quebec Optimist Member since 1983. He has been a Distinguished Club President, Lieutenant Governor and Governor. He is currently serving as a Candidate Qualification Committee, and has been appointed as chair for 2018-2019.
He served the CCOF as a District Foundation Representative, as well as a Club Foundation Representative. He is a William H. Harrison Society Member.
Tim Bell joined Optimist International in 1997, as a charter member of the Optimist Club of Airdrie, and since then has served at various club and district levels within Airdrie, Calgary, and AMSNW, including District Governor (2010-2011), and District Foundation Representative (2018-2019).
Fundraising for the Childhood Cancer Campaign had a large influence in recruiting Airdrie Optimists through the 1990’s and 2000’s and became a primary program the Airdrie Club developed. He thinks continuing to fund and build a strong Canadian Children’s Optimist Foundation will provide a legacy for our future youth, and the reason he has stepped into this role.
Les became a member of the Optimist Club of Red Deer in 2005 and has enjoyed every moment of his journey.
He has served in many capacities over the course of his Optimist endeavours, and in various positions for his club, with his favorites being the Essay and Oratorical Contest Chair positions. He became Distinguished President in 2007-2008, Lieutenant Governor, District Membership Chair and served as District Governor in 2019-2020. In the upcoming year, he will serve as District Foundation Representative and CCOF Board member.
Les has been a strong supporter of the CCOF and is extremely happy to have been asked to serve as a CCOF Board and committee member. The youth involved in the programs provided by the Foundation have an impact towards lifetime memories. Les intends to support the Foundation in its current capacity of providing youth with opportunities and to help expand and grow its support network. He very much looks forward to working with the other Board and committee members.