Albert immigrated to the Bradford area in 1967 from the Netherlands. He is married with two children. He worked in education and agriculture for 35 years, volunteered overseas for 10 years in development (PapuaNewGuinea, Ghana, Zimbabwe and Colombia), was the secretary and referee for Bradford Minor Soccer Association 1991-2002, and organises/leads a yearly Habitat for Humanity group to Central/South America, Malawi, from 2002 to today. Albert joined the Foundation in Nov. 2013.
Bill is a life long resident of Bradford and was raised on the family farm just west of Bradford. He is married to Maria and they have two grown sons. Bill retired after 46 years working as a paramedic for Simcoe County. Most of that time he served in the Bradford area. Bill is an active member of the Bradford United Church and volunteers with the Helping Hand Food Bank. He also works with the Syrian Relief Family of Bradford. Bill joined the Foundation in 2017.
Doug was born in 1936 in Simcoe. He joined Bell Canada in 1956 and worked for the Long Distance Department in Montreal and Northern Quebec in the sixties providing communications for NORAD during the Cold War. He later transferred to Hanover where he retired in 1995. He then moved to Cambridge. His wife died in 2009 and in 2010 Doug moved to Bradford. Doug has a daughter who lives in Aurora and a son who is a high school teacher in Alliston. Doug volunteers at the Farmers’ Market and the Community Meal and is a member of PROBUS and the York Region Naturalists. Doug joined the Foundation in 2013.
Jim, his wife Stephanie, and their three children moved to Bradford in 1974. He was a career banker for many years specializing in the financing of large construction projects in Ontario and Western Canada and was involved with many industry committees and organizations. He has participated in coaching and the financial management of minor hockey. He also does fund raising for worthy causes in Bradford. James joined the Foundation in 2015.
Jeanny Salmon – Jeanny has resided in Bradford for fourteen years with her husband and three children. Currently, Jeanny and her husband are foster parents to four teenage boys and she works closely with the Children’s Aid of Simcoe County. Jeanny is on the Catholic Board of Trustees for Innisfil and Bradford and held a position in its Town Council for four years. Jeanny works at various fundraisers and events in the community.
Mario Vittiglio been a resident of Bradford for over 50 years. He has had a successful career in the property assessment field for more than 35 years. Mario held various positions and responsibilities at all levels, including the position as Assessment Commissioner for York Region just prior to his retirement in early 2003. Currently he is the Executive Director for both the Bradford West Gwillimbury & District Community Foundation and the Institute of Municipal Assessors. Mario is a Founding member from 2007.
Bob is a life-long resident of Bradford. Bob is a lawyer in general practice, with emphasis on real estate and estate work, at Evans de Vries Higgins, a family firm founded by his grandfather T.W.W. Evans in 1894 and continued by his father Charlie, uncle Brock and his brother Tom. Bob is married to Janet and they have four children and currently fifteen grandchildren. Bob and Tom worked on the formation of the Community Foundation along with ex-Mayor Doug White and Executive Director Mario Vittiglio in 2007.
Sabi Ahsan has been engaged in community service for over 30 years and has received commendations from the Prime Minister, Premier and municipal leaders. He holds degrees from York University and Seneca in Economics and Administrative Studies. He currently operates a farm with over 200 head of beef cattle. He is an award winning real estate Salesman since 2006 specializing in investment real estate. He manages a $90 million real estate portfolio for clients including Royal Oak Estates, True North Estates and the Toronto Muslim Cemetery. with a capacity of 40,000 graves.
Sam Lee. The “Grand Old Man” of Bradford West Gwillimbury has been serving the people of the community for 70 years – as a farmer since he turned 15 and as a real estate salesman since age 50. His knowledge of the people, the farms and the urban communities in B.W.G. is a real treasure for our town. Sam has been an active member of Trinity Anglican Church all his life and is in its choir. In his youth he was part of Bradford’s Marching Band. Sam has been a Director of the Community Foundation since 2008. Sam is generous with his time and his talents and is a friend to many. Sam joined the Foundation in 2007.
Hernan Burgos has resided in Bradford since 1994. He is an IT / Business consultant with Vinezoom Corporation. Hernan provided leadership as Chair of the Bradford Economic Development Advisory Committee and Past Chair of the H.E.A.R.T committee that created “Bradford Carrot Fest”, the “Santa Claus Parade” and the “The Hub Youth Center”. Hernan created the www.TownofBradford.com website in 1997 and maintains it. That same year Hernan was awarded the “Citizen & Company Recognition Award” by the South Simcoe Police Service. In 2000 Hernan was awarded and presented with the “Good Neighbours Award” by MPP Joe Tascona on behalf of the Province of Ontario. In 2001 Hernan was presented with the “Citizen of The Year Award” by MP Aileen Carroll on behalf of the Government of Canada. He also earned the “Frances Reid Memorial Award” for Outstanding Community service. Hernan joined the Foundation in 2016.
Gary Baynes has been a lifelong resident of BWG. He graduated from BDHS in 1971 and from York University in 1974 (with majors in Mathematics and Computer Science). Gary worked in IT at TD Bank for 33 years advancing from Associate Programmer to Associate Vice-President of Application Management. He left TD in 2007 and started a second career in IT Consulting. In 2014 Gary ran for Council in Ward 2. He received 67% of the votes in a highly successful, first-time campaign. Serving on Council is one of the ways Gary enjoys giving back to BWG, the Town he takes pride in. Gary joined the Foundation in 2015.
Communication: Albert Wierenga
Grants: Bob Evans
Fundraising: Sam Lee
Investments: Mario Vittiglio