Our People

Meet our valued members

The Foundation relies on the personal commitment and active involvement of a group of 12 individuals who serve as members of the Foundation Board. Board members are expected to be zealous advocates on our behalf, enthusiastic communicators of our mission and vision, and actively demonstrate their support of the work undertaken by SCF.

We also welcome volunteers to be part of our board committees or to assist with events .

Staff

Mike Barron
Executive Director
Irene
Irene Clarke
Office & Grants Administrator

Board of Directors

Silvana
Silvana Cservik
Past Chair
HR Specialist

Silvana has considerable experience as an HR manager for one of Sarnia’s larger employers. A native Sarnian, she is actively involved in the community as Board Chair of Junior Achievement of Southwestern Ontario and President of the Board of Directors of the Dante Club. in 2020 she has take on the role of Board Chair.

Bill Woods
Bill Woods
Board Chair

Bill is a life long resident of Sarnia and has been an active supporter of many community organizations through work and family life. He is currently a Portfolio Manger, Investment Advisor for TD Wealth Private Investment and has been in the investment industry since 2002 Prior to that he was with a large financial institution as a branch manager. A business graduate of Fanshawe College, Bill has obtained an accounting designation as well as having the CIM, FMA designations from the Canadian Securities Institute.

Monica
Monica Shepley
Chair of Community Engagement

Monica has deep experience with the Foundation having been the Office Administrator and Grants officer before moving on to be the Executive Director of the Bluewater Sustainability Initiative. After a stint at the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce as the Manager of Policy and Advocacy, she joined the City as the Economic Development Officer.

Gini
Gini Newman
Community Impact Chair
Retired Pharmacist

A resident of Petrolia, Gini is actively involved in that community through the church.

Rosanna
Rosanna Doidge
Retired Teacher

Having spent many years in the classroom , Rosanna brings multiple organizational skills to the work of the board. As a member of the Special Events Committee in 2018, she witnessed first hand the impact the Foundation has in the community.

John DeGroots
John DeGroot

Landscaper, Gardener, Business Owner and Community Volunteer

Margaret Dragan
Margaret Dragan
Retired Finance Vice President

Margaret Dragan joined the SCF Board in 2020. Prior to her retirement she served as Vice-President Finance and Administration of Lambton College and held senior management roles in the petrochemical industry. A member of the boards of Bluewater Power, Bluewater Health, and and The Inn of the Good Shepherd and previously of numerous local charities, Margaret was recipient of the SCF Women of Excellence Award in 2018.

Deborah Austin
Deborah Austin
Judge

Deborah Austin has been an active advocate for improvement in the indigenous justice system and is a respected leader within the legal community. She is a judge of the Ontario Court of Justice dealing primarily with criminal and family law cases. Her advocacy on behalf of the Gladhue court has made a significant difference in the community. She has a true passion for social justice and is dedicated volunteer both locally and abroad serving as project director for Rayjon Share Care.

Mat
Mat Berube
Leadwave Technology CEO

At 17, Mat registered his first company offering freelance software design and development, web design services, and custom computer builds. After expanding his knowledge in computer networking technologies he started Simply Networking Solutions and opened his first office. A couple of years in business attracted the attention of a nation-wide computer services company who offered him a place on their team where he met his current business partner and LEADWAVE® co-founder Aaron Weir.

In his personal time Mat enjoys spending time in the outdoors.

Andrew
Andrew Douglas
IT Analyst City of Sarnia

Andrew Douglas is an IT software analyst who has recently learned about the good work of the community foundation. He has volunteered for a number of smaller community organization and has seen how the work of the community foundation has impacted them. He is looking forward to helping the Foundation continuing to build a vibrant, inclusive, livable Lambton County.

Bill
Bill Hazlitt
Treasurer FCPA FCA

Bill has been the Treasurer for SCF for many years and the Foundation has been blessed by his knowledge of the community and local charities, his financial acumen and his concern for fiscal responsibility within our organization.

He has been involved in many of Sarnia’s charities as a board member, treasurer or auditor and has a broad range of charitable interests.

Alan Blahey
Retired

Alan has spent his entire career in Sarnia, conducting R&D for a major energy company. Although Alan held roles in many technical areas, and is inventor on several patents, his greatest contribution was to help develop the projects and careers of fellow researchers. Alan has raised his family entirely in Sarnia, enjoying the many activities and positive experiences that the community has to offer. Now in retirement, Alan is looking forward to giving back to Sarnia by actively supporting the SCF Board and activities.

Gautam Soparkar
Doctor

Gautam Soparkar is a local physician and author, specializing in lung disorders and sleep apnea. He is an adjunct professor at Western University, London, Ontario and a long-time resident of Sarnia. He has been involved with the community through the Soparkar Family Fund and the Awesome Foundation. He now looks forward to further community involvement as a board member of the Sarnia Community Foundation.