- William Motley-BaileyPresident
William spent his early life in England where he learned a trade, but his desire for travel was quickly apparent when he emigrated to Australia and spent a few years in early manhood. After this expedition, he transitioned himself back to the United Kingdom, and not too long after, in 1976, left for Canada helping to build and operate the nuclear power stations of Ontario. William left Ontario Power Generation in 2001 as a Senior Safety Advisor for the nuclear workforce and as a Canadian Registered Safety Professional. William also served for 12 years as a municipal councillor in the Town of Saugeen Shores, Ontario, where he was an active part of a small community with its many debates and funding challenges. In 2001, William found a new life in the travel industry when he met Diane Bailey whom he ultimately married in 2010. William and Diane have travelled extensively since meeting and now run three companies together, The RMR Group (purchased in 2011), Airstream Travel (32 years servicing corporate and leisure markets) and a new niche travel division, Golfstream Travel (opened in 2012) that serves the outbound and inbound Canadian golf travel market and was awarded the Word Golf Award for best inbound golf tour operator in Canada. The new entrepreneurial travel role that William found seems to suit him as seven days a week does not seem enough time for all the ideas and execution of business that he embraces willingly. William is a Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO) registered travel agency manager and counselor. Having been introduced to the Society by Diane in her capacity as a Past President of the Society, William has taken a keen interest in all the Society affairs in the last ten years, serving in 2015-2016 as COM member and Chair of the Membership Committee. At the 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM), William was elected as President for 2016-2017.
- Valerie BrennanCOM Member-at-Large
Valerie Brennan was born in Toronto to English immigrants, Irene Welstead, a Registered Nurse and Fitzroy Welstad, an entrepreneur and businessman. She has been a member of the construction industry since the mid-1960s and today is the Vice-President of the Amherst Group of companies, operating heavy construction equipment including mobile cranes and concrete pumps. She has served as Chair for the Crane Rental Associations of Ontario, the Crane Rental Association of Canada, and the Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario (OETIO) Training Trust for Operating Engineers, and was instrumental in the development of simulation for training heavy-equipment operators. Valerie has worked with various organizations and bodies including the Ontario College of Trades as an adjudicator, the Advisory Committees for CSA Group Standards (formerly the Canadian Standards Association), the Ministry of Labour, the Ministry of Transport, as well as the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (formerly the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities) as they all relate to construction equipment and trades. In addition to serving as a Board member for The St. George’s Society of Toronto, she has served as a Board member for The Royal Commonwealth Society and the Never Forgotten National Monument Foundation. Currently, she is President of Angelspeak Publicanations Inc. promoting and publishing fine art of artists in the Toronto area.
- Christine OzimekFirst Vice President
Christine is the CEO of Provincial Long Term Care Inc. (PLTC). As a CEO with 25 years of experience, Christine is responsible for the strategic and fiscal management of PLTC Inc. – which owns and operates five dual Long-Term Care/Retirement Living facilities. Some of her core strengths lie in the areas of governance, strategic planning, human and labour relations, public & community relations, and change management. In addition, Christine is a member of the Board of Directors of MyndTec, an early phase company commercializing an innovative technology co-developed at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and the University of Toronto that restores voluntary movement to victims of stroke and spinal cord injury. She has a history of involvement and investment with new technologies and early phase companies. She has been a Trustee of the Pension Plan for Employees of LTC facilities since 2006. Christine holds an International M.B.A. from the Schulich School of Business and a B.A. in French Language and Literature from the University of Windsor.
- Robert BainesSecond Vice President, Chair of George Committee.
Robert Baines is President and CEO of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Association of Canada and Executive Director of the Canada-Albania Business Council. He has a B.A. in Philosophy from Trinity College, University of Toronto and an M.A. in History from York University. Robert is active on multiple youth boards for Canada’s leading arts organizations and serves as Second Vice President of The St. George’s Society of Toronto. He has extensive experience working with NATO issues and the Canadian defence establishment. He is a member of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve and has received the Canadian Forces Decoration.
- Shelagh O’ConnorThird Vice President
Shelagh has been a member of COM for three years and has served as the Events Committee Chair in 2014-2015 and 2015-2106. Since her retirement five years ago, she has devoted much of her time to volunteering, not only for The St. George’s Society of Toronto but working with the Out of the Cold program, Meals on Wheels, and a clothing program at a community centre in Regent Park. Shelagh takes a keen interest in public policy issues and has been active in many political campaigns.
- Michael ChesherTreasurer. Chair of Finance, Fundraising, and Investment Committee. Chair of Governance Committee.
Michael is 35 years old and lives in Oakville with his wife Jacqueline and an energetic two-year old standard poodle puppy named Rudy. With his sister and her husband expecting in August, he is looking forward to becoming an uncle. He currently works as a Senior Manager in the Internal Audit Department of a leading mortgage lender in Toronto. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has been the Treasurer of The St.George’s Society of Toronto since December 2014. In his spare time, he enjoys mentoring aspiring accountants (through the CPA Ontario Mentorship Program) and young job seekers (through several mentoring programs), going for walks with Rudy, and watching whatever sport is on television with his wife (who is usually OK with this). He enjoys the Society’s charitable objectives and doing whatever he is able to do in order to maximize charitable donations since the Society supports many extremely worthwhile charities.
- Frances SommervilleSecretary. Chair of Heritage Committee.
Frances was born and educated in England and has spent over 30 years in the not-for-profit sector. Her experience includes Assistant Development Director at the Art Gallery of Ontario and Campaign Director for the Cancer Society’s residential campaign, organizing over 500 volunteers. She was National Development Director for Outward Bound Canada for 10 years, establishing endowment funds for scholarships for youth at risk and women who are living with cancer. She also initiated the annual fundraising Gala “Black Tie and Sneakers”. She then spent 14 years as Executive Director for The St. George’s Society of Toronto. Frances is Past Master of the Honourable Company of Freemen of the City of London of North America and a member of the Court.
- Christopher BainesPast President
Christopher Baines has extensive experience working in government (executive assistant to cabinet ministers), business (publisher at Southam), and the non-profit field. He is experienced in training and coaching people from all levels of business and government. Christopher regularly works with individuals and teams in mediation, assessments, conflict resolution, and team building. Christopher has been on the Attorney General’s roster of Mandatory Mediators since 1997, and as such, has conducted over 600 mediations to date. Christopher is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (ADRIO) and the Society for Training and Development (OSTD). He has also worked for ADR Chambers doing Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) auto accident benefit mediations. He is a former board member and volunteer for Conflict Mediation Services of Downsview (a charity conducting community conflict resolution in the Jane/Finch community). He has mediated many diverse issues from landlord and tenant to child custody to multi-million dollar corporate disputes. He has appeared many times before quasi-judicial bodies such as the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WISB), Legal Aid, the Social Assurance Review Board (SARB), and the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). Christopher is the principal of C. A. Baines Mediation, a firm that specializes in conflict resolution and training. In mediation, he specializes in dealing with estate planning around family lands transfer issues. His board positions have included the Ontario Land Trust Alliance, the Collingwood Police Services Board, the American Friends of Canadian Land Trusts, and the President of The St. George’s Society of Toronto.
- Sandra ComisarowCOM Member-At-Large
With a long, second generation affiliation with The St. George’s Society of Toronto and a previous four-year term on the Committee of Management, it is an honour for Sandra to serve again. Sandra has a background in public health nursing and 10 years of public service with the Ontario Government as personal assistant to the Minister of Finance and the Premier of Ontario. She created and ran a comprehensive postpartum program for new mothers. Currently she is representing the Bloomberg School of Nursing on the University of Toronto College of Electors. Sandra has served on the board of The Victorian Order of Nurses, Hillcrest Progressive School, and The St. George’s Society of Toronto. She has served in various capacities in a number of community organizations and holds all things British close to heart.
- Adam GreenCOM Member-At-Large
Adam Green is Vice President and Partner at Art & Science, a full service digital marketing firm in Toronto. He brings over 10 years of internet marketing experience to help grow web traffic and sales for clients. Adam received his start in internet marketing managing Google Adwords pay-per-click (PPC) accounts, complex Google Analytics implementations, and most importantly making sense of the data. He has worked on accounts ranging in spend from $500 per month to over $1 million in monthly click costs. His vision and team-focused leadership has helped grow Art & Science into one of the best digital agencies in Toronto. Adam’s work has garnered a Canadian Internet Marketing Award (2015) for “Best Use of Google Analytics” and runner-up for “Best Agency to Work for in Canada”. Adam is an avid traveler, amateur chef, and marathon runner who is working towards earning his Abbott World Marathon Majors medal with two of six of the required marathons completed. Adam was the recipient of the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal recipient for his humanitarian efforts especially in regards to working with cancer related causes.
- Ishrani JaikaranCOM Member-At-Large
Ishrani was born in British Guiana, now Guyana. She attended school there and in the United Kingdom and attend University College in London where she studied Dentistry for three years before leaving to take a different path. She attended fashion design school in London and worked as a fashion designer and then in television for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Independent Television (ITV), and some smaller production companies. In total, she lived in London for 30 years. Her parents retired in Toronto and her father passed away in 1988, she moved to Toronto in 1990 to be with her mother who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Ishrani worked for a Human Resources company as Office Manager for four years before moving into a position with a post-production company for two years. She also started her own company called Ducks In A Row to help companies and individuals be organized. Ishrani is currently the President of the Ontario Chapter of the Royal Over-Seas League and Treasurer and Master of the Honourable Company of Freemen of the City of London of North America.
- Diane Motley-BaileyCOM Member-At-Large, Chair of Charitable Trust Committee, Chair of Events Committee, Chair of Red Rose Ball Committee
Diane Motley-Bailey was born in Lancashire England, and as a British Army family, traveled at an early age to corners of what was known as the Empire. Her family members were raised in several cultures and Diane had a boarding school experience for a short time in Germany. Her last place of residence in England was Bournmouth before she immigrated to Montreal, Canada. Diane has been in the airline and retail travel industry for many years. In 1976, she began her career in the airline industry, and after several years, started her own travel agency. She has been running a busy and successful company since 1982. Her main business is corporate travel, however, the company is also very involved in custom holidays. Diane’s own travel experiences include many exotic getaways such as Africa, Egypt, India, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Dubai, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Costa Rica. Diane has a long list of past and current interests and she is a member of several organizations, including The St. George’s Society of Toronto (Committee of Management), The National Ballet of Canada (patron and adult classes), Carrying Place Golf and Country Club (member), The Ontario Jaguar Owners Association (member), The Australian Wine Society (member), William Osler Health Centre (ER department volunteer), Caledon Dufferin Victim Services (volunteer), Canadian Blood Donor, certified scuba diver, gourmet cook, accomplished water skier, and avid snowshoer.
- Lorraine PetzoldCOM Member-At-Large, Chair of Strategic Planning Committee
Born Lorraine Gladstone and raised in Copper Cliff just west of Sudbury where she attended primary and secondary school and then one year at North Bay Teachers College, Lorraine’s first teaching assignment was in Sudbury followed by two years in Kingston. She met and married her first husband, Bill Setterington, at Queen’s University and together they moved to his hometown of Leamington in 1956. As with most wives of that era, Lorraine stayed home to raise two daughters. In 1961, Lorraine moved to a family farm and enjoyed the life and chores of a country life while her husband opened an engineering and surveying business for which she assisted. She had her third daughter in 1965, and in 1969, qualified for the professional designation as an Ontario Land Surveyor, becoming the first woman in Canada to hold this professional designation. In 1974, she moved to Toronto with her two younger daughters and lectured at George Brown College for a year and then was on staff in the Survey Science program at the University of Toronto. One of her responsibilities was assisting in several law classes which piqued her interest in boundary (land and water) law. In 1976, she assumed the position of Executive Director of the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors (representing 700 individuals). Her interest and research in law led to her presenting seminars in Ontario to legal professionals, becoming a regular lecturer for the Bar Admission Course, Law Society, and Law Societies across Canada and the United States as well as Real Estate Associations. Lorraine remarried in 1981 to E.W. Petzold, also an engineer and land surveyor. He passed away several years ago. In the late 1980s, she lectured at a Commonwealth Conference in Cambridge, and was a keynote speaker for various conferences from Brisbane to Trinidad. Lorraine retired in 1992 to a heritage rectory built in 1843 by the Church of England outside Omemee, near Peterborough. Her time there included a four-year term on municipal council, President of the Victoria County Historical Society and Museum, and the founder of a Seniors Drop-In Centre in Omemee. She specialized in obtaining grants ranging from staff salaries to monies for a Wizards and Wonders Festival. A few years after retirement, she became a consultant for lawyers and insrurance companies in regards to claims relating to boundaries. This included research and attending court proceedings to assist lawyers and expert witnesses. In 2009, she received an Honorary Doctorate in Law from Laurentian University. Her time was eased by spending winters at her home in Maple Leaf Estates in Florida. Both her consulting and Florida residence were left behind in 2012 and she now resides in an apartment with her companion, a golden Shitzu, who like Lorraine, dislikes the cold.
- Christine YuCOM Member-At-Large
Christine Yu is a Senior Policy Advisor within the public sector with a passion for innovation, public safety, education, and community wellness for the public good. Active in the community, Christine has volunteered with the Canadian Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation, and Rotary Club of Toronto Skyline. Christine has also been an active member in various art patron clubs in Toronto including the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Next Young Patrons Circle (YPC) for the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), New Collection Toronto Public Library, and Canadian Opera Company (COC) Opera Club. Christine holds a Masters of Science degree in International Public Policy at the University College London, and an Honours B.A. in Economics from the University of Waterloo.
The Committee of Management meets regularly to provide oversight to The St. George’s Society of Toronto. One such way that it achieves this is via a Strategic Plan. The most recent Strategic Plan which runs from June 2017 to June 2018 focuses on the following guidelines:
· Sustain the goals and mandate of The St. George’s Society of Toronto via a string and sustaining membership.
· Create both annual and special events that will enable The St. George’s Society of Toronto to continue its good works and provide entertainment for its members
· Empower the Committee of Management to fundraise for special causes and for the Charitable Trust
· Liaise with educational institutions and grow The St. George’s Society of Toronto’s existing scholarship endowments
· Support The St. George’s Society of Toronto’s Charitable Trust
· Ensure the effective management of The St. George’s Society of Toronto via proper procedures, adherence to bylaws, and the nomination of new members and Committee of Management members.
· Preserve the legacy and history of The St. George’s Society of Toronto
· Ensure the continuance of The St. George’s Society of Toronto by recruiting and growing a vibrant “George Membership” (under-40 cohort)
· Plan ahead with short-term and long-term goals to support the viability of The St. George’s Society of Toronto