Our Board

Brenda Pearce

Co-Chairperson

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The vision of Bridges to Belonging is a simple one really – to see Waterloo Region as a community where everyone belongs – where we value and celebrate the uniqueness of each and every person, no matter their ability or disability; where we honour choice and help each other live an inclusive life in community.  Having worked and volunteered in both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors in Waterloo Region for over 25 years, I believe that that vision is one that is worth working towards.

As a member of the Bridges to Belonging Board of Directors, I’m thrilled to see the accomplishments of the many people that Bridges to Belonging serves and to know that what we do makes a difference in our community.  I look forward to working with the Board, our staff team, and the community at large to make this vision a reality.

 

Ralph Heinrichs

 

Co-Chairperson

 

 

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As a member of the Bridges to Belonging Board of Directors, Ralph brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the organization.  He is a low-key gentleman who prefers to keep his charitable involvement the same.  We are pleased to have him on our Board.

 

Jamie Moffat

Treasurer

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Hi! My name is Jamie Moffat and I am very pleased to become a part of the Bridges to Belonging family. I have studied Religion and Culture along with Philosophy prior to attaining my Masters in Business Administration, both at Wilfrid Laurier University, and following through by becoming a Certified Professional Accountant. I have been a part of the Kitchener-Waterloo community, where I live with my wife and two children, for almost 15 years. I currently manage the accounting function for a local general contractor, and have professional experience working in both Project Management and Recruitment as well. My prior involvement with Not for Profits comes in the form of consulting for small business owners in the community and also being a founding member of Net Impact at Laurier – the local graduate chapter of a global NFP based around promoting sustainable practices in business, both from a humanitarian and economical perspective. I look forward to working hard to further enrich this wonderful community! I am excited to interact with and learn more about the many wonderful individuals Bridges to Belonging works with, and look forward to putting faces to all of your names.

Emily Schurter

Secretary

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I am passionate about community and removing barriers to inclusion in our communities because everyone deserves to feel like they belong. I have experience working on grassroots initiatives, working in community development, and working with non-profits.  I have a Bachelors’ degree in Psychology and a Masters’ degree in Social Work.

Dr. Sandy Shamon

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The core values of Bridges to Belong, choice, uniqueness, relationships, full citizenship, respect, collaboration, and inclusion deeply resonate with me. Since moving to Cambridge, Ontario in 2000, I have come to love this region where I currently practice as a family physician. I am committed to building a community where every individual can experience these values to the fullest. I believe when a team with such strong values comes together, the potential for service, growth and positive change is grand. I look forward to a long term collaboration and learning with the Bridges to Belonging board and everyone else who makes BtoBe possible, especially the individuals who inspire this initiative and give our lives a greater meaning.