Meet our Board of Directors

At Feed The Need In Durham we are tremendously grateful for the guidance provided by our Board of Directors, as they continuously lead our collective pursuit to serve Durham Region.

Gail is the retired as the Executive Director of the Daily Bread Food Bank in Toronto and was in that been role for over 12 years.

In 2018 Gail was invested into the Order of Ontario for her work both in Breakfast Programs and in Food Banks.

In December 2009 she was asked to chair a provincial Social Assistance Review Advisory group made up of anti-poverty advocates who were charged with examining the Social Assistance System. The final report was submitted to government in June 2010 and it led to a complete review of the Social Assistance System in Ontario.

Prior to her work in food banks, Gail was an elected school trustee for 15 years and the first chair of the newly amalgamated Toronto District School Board.

Always passionate about her fight against hunger and poverty, she helped to create school breakfast programs in Toronto schools that, to this day, continue to make a positive impact on students’ education.

Gail is happy to give back to her community now as a volunteer.

David has had a 30+ year career in Sales/Management.

He’s been with 3 Major Consumer Packaged Goods Industry Companies, starting with Warner Lambert/Adams Brands, Atlantic Packaging/Cascade and Italpasta Ltd. He has been involved as a team member in a number of business initiatives including Employee Benefits Programs, Customer Driven Business Initiatives and Implementing ERP Systems.

Outside of work, David has been married for 30 years, has 3 children and 3 grandchildren. He has been a Coach, Certified Trainer and Manager for Hockey, Lacrosse and Soccer Teams in Durham Region as well as the President of a Parent School Council.

“I’ve lived in the community and worked in the food industry for 30 years. I wanted to give back and support FTND firstly as a member of the community and secondly to bring forward any learnings I have over the course of my career in the food industry that could positively impact and build on all the good FTND does for Durham Region. “

Terry is currently retired after many years serving in the Financial / Information Technology industries.

Previous experiences include auditing and tax services with a large public accounting firm, and global financial support for a large IT services firm in the roles of VP Finance/ CFO / Finance Director.

Terry has worked and lived in Canada, the U.S., and Europe, has a B.A. (Economics), B. Comm. (Accounting), and is a CPA CA in good standing.

He spends time travelling with his wife and family, is involved in a number of sports and enjoys cottaging.

Mary Anne’s work experience includes 35 plus years in the Information Technology field within the industries of manufacturing, wireless and land line telecommunications, and media.  She has a BMath from the University of Waterloo.

Mary Anne is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute (PMI) and currently teaches experienced Project Managers how to prepare for the PMP certification exam.

She also volunteers with a number of other local organizations.

Duncan is the owner of MFServices, a business consulting group that specializes in providing a full range of business services to small and medium sized companies, and has previous experience as a VP Finance/CFO and a Financial Controller.

He is a CPA.CMA with a B.A. from the University of Waterloo.

Duncan is a married father of three who enjoys woodworking, history and walking the family dogs.

Bill is retired from 40 years in the Information Technology field, working with major automotive and financial clients, on software development / infrastructure project management and process management.

He received his BMath from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from McMaster University. Bill also received his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI) and is a founding member and a former director of the local PMI Durham Highlands Chapter.

Besides volunteering with a couple of other local non-profit organizations, Bill enjoys slo-pitch, pickleball, volleyball, science fiction and grand-parenting.

Dave has held numerous roles within Feed the Need since 2014.

Dave brings a strategic approach when it comes to fostering and maintaining relationships with community leaders. With a growing demand on Food Banks across Ontario and Canada as a whole, he appreciates the need to tackle the problem of hunger in our communities.

Dave hopes to grow our current donor base, as well as develop new revenue streams in order to secure Feed the Needs position as a flag ship Food Hub across Canada.

Terry is retired after 37 years in the Information Technology sector working for a number of firms whose customers range from automotive manufactures and parts suppliers, financial and retail institutions as well as both provincial and federal governments.

His last position was that of a Global Alliance Executive responsible for HP Canada’s strategic partnerships with many of the world’s largest technology companies.

Since retiring Terry has been actively volunteering in the community including with the Toronto 2015 organizing committee, as a Venue Operations Manager in Ajax and Whitby for both the Pan Am and ParaPan Am games as well as other non-profit organizations.  Terry is currently a member of the Board at Simcoe Hall Settlement House.

In his spare time, Terry likes to travel with his wife and particularly enjoys cruising. He especially loves the time spent with his three grandchildren.

Allan has had a 30+ year career in Sales/Management. He’s been with 3 Major Consumer Packaged Goods Industry Companies, starting with Warner Lambert/Adams Brands, Atlantic Packaging/Cascade and is currently with Clover Leaf Seafoods.

He has been involved as a team member in a number of business initiatives including Employee Incentive Programs, Customer Driven Business Initiatives and implementing Revenue Management Systems.

Outside of work, Allan has been married for 10 years, and has 2 children. He has been a Certified Coach, Manager, as well as held various administrative positions for several Soccer Clubs within the Region. He has also served as a member of his local School Community Council.

” Love of community and caring for people are both very important to me, and both are at the core of what FTND represents. I want to  continue to give back to the community by bringing my learnings from having over 30 years of experience in the food industry to have a meaningful, positive impact that will help build on all the good that FTND does for the Durham Region.”

Eli Brooks offers a wealth of project management and problem solving skills to our organization.  She studied Computer Science at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, specializing in mainframe programming. She developed as a programmer and troubleshooter for the University and resolved issues for both students and professors.

The majority of Eli‘s work career was in Facilities Management and Project Management while working with Architects and Engineers of all disciplines.  During her 15 year career at General Motors of Canada, she worked  in the Facilities Department fulfilling roles that included project coordination, preparation of bid documents for construction projects, documentation and financial analysis.  She returned to the GTA to work with an international engineering/architectural firm performing similar duties on larger, more complicated projects.

After retiring in 2016, Eli joined the Rotary Club of Bowmanville and has been a Director for the last three years. Eli wants to give back and pay forward  her lifetime of good fortune in ways that can benefit others.