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The WRRA Board of Directors is composed of 6 to 12 volunteer residents who serve one-year terms.
These are the members for 2017-2018:

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Ted has been a Board member since 2014. He was elected Vice-President in 2016 and President in 2017.

"I used to say I was lucky to live in West River. Then I realized that the main reason that West River is this way now is because a great many people have pitched in with a lot of hard work over many years to make and keep it this way."

Ted and wife Susan moved here from Vancouver 18 years ago. Retired early, Ted's background is in communications, media and marketing. He's an active volunteer and enjoys travel, cycling, canoeing, fishing, bird watching and enjoying music at the Moonshine Cafe. Susan is a nurse at the new Halton Healthcare site and son Colin is finishing his last year at T.A. Blakelock.

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Craig became a WRRA Board member in 2007. He served as Vice-President in 2008 and 2012, and as President in 2010, 2014 and 2015. He was re-elected as Vice-President in 2017.

 

Craig grew up in New York City where he was a keyboard player and worked in television until moving to California in the 1970s. In Los Angeles, Craig worked for many years as a television producer, writer, and director, on shows including The Bionic Woman, The Incredible Hulk, Entertainment Tonight and Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, among dozens of others.

 

Craig and his wife Susan moved to West River in 2006, and Craig retired. Craig and Susan kind of lucked into the West River area, and are very glad they found it - it's a wonderful area with great neighbours.

 

Craig still plays keyboard, enjoys working on his computer, and aside from his duties as Board member, he also authors the WRRA's bulk emails to the neighbourhood and is the WRRA webmaster.

 

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Quentin has been on the Board as Treasurer since 2015.

He is a 16 year veteran of the GTA, having started out as an international undergrad student at the University of Toronto at Scarborough in 2000. Prior to that it was a whirlwind upbringing involving countries in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and Southeast Asia.

It took 11 moves over his tenure in the GTA, as well as marrying a childhood sweetheart from the Philippines, to finally land in West River at the end of 2014. Quentin and his wife Roxane feel like they have completely lucked out with where they are now - perched in a fantastic neighbourhood that is mere minutes from downtown Oakville.

Quentin earns his living as a sales and marketing professional in the software technology industry, and volunteers in his spare time with several organizations across the GTA. He endeavours to bring energy and ingenuity to the WRRA to help accomplish what the community expects of its board.

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Kelly Jo has been a Board member since 2008 and has served as Secretary since 2011.

A West River resident since 2003, she has enjoyed working with the various members of the WRRA Board over the years and participating in our many activities. Kelly Jo has also successfully recruited her daughters and her husband Michael for many neighborhood duties.

Kelly Jo keeps busy at her day job as a Forensic Scientist in the Biology Section at the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto, a job she has held for over 20 years.

She and her family ended up in this neighborhood by accident. It wasn't until they moved into the area and started exploring that they discovered their good fortune! Now that they have settled here, Kelly Jo can't imagine living anywhere else.

 

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Fraser was elected to the Board in 2017.

Fraser Damoff, his wife Taylor, dog Buster and cat Sunset have lived in Kerr Village since 2014 after moving to Oakville from Toronto's Annex neighbourhood.
 
An avid cyclist, Fraser is the Executive Director of Cycle Oakville, the leading advocacy organization in the promotion of cycle friendly business districts and the building of more cycling infrastructure in Oakville. He is a dedicated volunteer and community activist; working as a member of the Terry Fox organizing committee, former co-chair of the United Way's GenNext association, ardent supporter of Oakville's Big Brothers Big Sisters, and volunteer at the Kerr Street Mission helping underprivileged families access healthy food options for less.
 
Working hard to ensure Oakville has healthy and active citizens, Fraser has been a long-time advocate for the building of more separated bike lanes throughout Oakville. Changing the Town of Oakville's views on cycling (from a hobby type activity to a serious mode of transportation) has been a major goal of his.

Fraser also works for the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) as a lead on Aboriginal energy project financing, new venture financing and investment analysis for Energy Sector related start-ups as well as Conservation and Demand Side Management (DSM) programming.
 
Fraser earned a Masters of Arts from Brock University with a specialization in Ontario's Green Energy Sector, as well as a certificate in New Venture Financing from the University of Maryland.

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Vanessa was elected to the Board in 2016.

Vanessa is a lifelong Oakville resident who moved into the community with her husband, Chris in 2013. Their newest addition to the family, Emily, was born on May 20th, 2017.

Professionally, Vanessa studied at Wilfred Laurier University and now holds an executive role within a multinational real estate investment and development firm with an emphasis on employee relations, recruiting, personal development and team member engagement. Vanessa is widely known for her contagious work ethic and is a natural fit within the WRRA board and volunteer community.

When Vanessa and Chris aren't out sailing, you'll often see them exploring the neighbourhood along with Emily and her older brother Monty. Be sure to say hello!

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Elisabeth joined the WRRA Board in 2011.

She was born in Oakville and has been living in the West River area since 2002. Elisabeth is married and has three children all very active in the community.

Elisabeth is a Chiropodist, working in a family Foot Clinic in Oakville and Milton since 1998. She also is a clinical instructor for the Ontario Chiropody program.

Elisabeth has been involved in many community events including local Sparks and Brownie units, community health fairs, marathon clinics, and wellness talks. She volunteered with her professional association for over 10 years, in various positions, and chaired a wellness committee for the Oakville Chamber of Commerce for 3 years. She has enjoyed the enthusiasm of all the people she has met and worked with through volunteering.

Elisabeth has an interest in outdoor activities, gardening, sewing, arts/crafts and photography.

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Paul became a WRRA Board member in 2008, was elected Vice-President in 2010, President in 2012, VIce-President in 2014 and 2015, and President again in 2016.

Paul and his wife, Tricia, both grew up and went to university in Windsor and moved to Oakville in 1982. All 3 of their children were born at OTMH.

After working for NCR and Nabisco Paul moved to Hewlett Packard. He retired from HP in 2009 after 21 years of serving in a variety of senior Compensation and Benefits positions in Toronto, Hong Kong and California. He and his wife returned to Oakville in 2007 to be closer to their three children and extended families after 15 years of living away from Canada.

Activities that keep him busy include involvement with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton. Beyond enjoying the many cultural attractions of the GTA he also enjoys biking, hiking, kayaking, cooking, gardening and spending time at the cottage.

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Roslyn was elected to the Board in 2015.

She moved to Oakville in 1999 with her husband Kevin and joined the West River neighbourhood in 2012.

Roslyn is a Project Management Professional specializing in creating diverse teams and fostering effective inclusivity. Her experience in the investment banking industry has spanned 17 years and includes training, operations, and communications. Roslyn designed, launched and manages a Mentorship Program that facilitates the voluntary mentoring relationships of over 200 BMO Capital Markets employees.

Though they met when living in Toronto, Kevin was born and raised in Oakville. He now runs his business from here and is passionate about fostering the town's growing Arts scene. Roslyn writes in her spare time and recently earned her certification in Creative Writing from University of Toronto. Roslyn took over as the editor of the WRRA newsletter in 2016.

Be sure to say hello if you see Roslyn and Kevin out walking their dogs or enjoying the many great activities and events this community offers!

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Peter joined the Board in 2016.

Peter and his wife Polly say they have been fortunate enough to live in the WRRA for the past 8 years. They are both Americans with strong Canadian ties. Polly graduated from the U of T and Peter attended high school at St. Andrews in Aurora. Peter has spent all his summers in cottage country thanks, in part, to a wonderful Canadian grandmother. The couple have four married children and six grandchildren.

After a long career in designing and developing toys, Peter retired from Fisher-Price Toys in Buffalo as their VP of R&D. After retirement, he took one more toy consulting job in Toronto, and then he and Polly decided that Oakville was a great place to stay. Peter continues to invent and license toy and pet products and to spend time painting the great Canadian north country. He looks forward to working with the rest of the WRRA Board and volunteers in continuing their efforts to create a real sense of community in our beautiful West River area.

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Debbie served on the Board some years ago and was newly (re-)elected in 2016.

She is a long time Queen Mary Drive resident, having located here in 1988. She has two boys, Matthew and Stephen who attended Oakwood Public School. Along with raising her family, she managed a trucking company for 25 years from home.

After a 4-year stint as an office manager, Debbie started her own painting company. She has owned and operated DA Custom Painting for the past 12 years. Debbie and her childhood boyfriend Frank tied the knot in 2014 and his daughters Danielle and Christopher joined the family. Debbie and Frank now own and operate Halton Exteriors.

She has been volunteering for many years, enjoys connecting with neighbours and making them feel welcome in our community.
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Derek has been a board member since 2014.

Derek's involvement with the WRRA started in the summer of 2014 when he organized an outdoor movie at Forster Park to fundraise for the Oakville Fareshare Food Bank. The "Movie In The Forest" is now a hugely sucessful annual event the neighbourhood looks forward to every summer.

Derek grew up in Oakville, and attended Linbrook, E.J. James and Oakville Trafalgar High School, before studying photography and web design at Sheridan College. His roots in the neighbourhood go back to the late 90's when he lived with his dad on Queen Mary Drive and Stewart Street.

After finishing school and spending time teaching English in Asia, Derek and his partner Jenn moved back to the West River neighbourhood, where they found an engaged and vibrant community. He spent time working as a photographer for Metroland Media West, and now works as a Digital Designer for The Weather Network in Oakville.

In January 2015, Derek and Jenn welcomed Sadie to their family, and they couldn't think of a better place to raise her. You will often see Derek and his family out and about in the neighbourhood with their chocolate lab Griff. Be sure to stop and say hi!