BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Vince Parker
Past President
I have been an Optimist since1976, a member of the Optimist Club of Prince Albert, a club in the AMS & NW District. The Canadian Children’s Optimist Foundation became my charity of choice a number of years ago. I have just finished a successful year as DFR and I am honoured to have been asked to be part of the board of this Foundation and look forward to serving the needs of the Organization and working with a group of other dedicated optimists with the same focus “To bring out the best in kids”
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Rod McKendrick
President
I have been an Optimist since 1986, a member of the Optimist Club of Regina Downtowners in the Alberta, Montana, Saskatchewan and Northern Wyoming District. I have served on various committees at my Club and District level and became Distinguished Governor of this great district in 2005-06. I am honoured to have been asked to serve as a Board member of the Foundation and to follow others who have served in this position and served this Foundation so well. I have just completed a successful year as DFR, which would not have been possible without the support of fellow Optimist’s. I look forward to serving the needs of this great organization to the best of my abilities “To Bring out the Best in Children and Youth”.
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Jean-Claude St-Onge
President Elect
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.
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Dianne Josling
Director

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.

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Ann Richer Doyle
Director

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.

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Tim Bell
Director-Elect
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.
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