Meet New Board Members
Community Foundation Grey Bruce is pleased to welcome two new Board Members, Sharon Vokes and Jane Phillips.
Prior to retirement, Sharon worked for the County of Grey for 38 years where she gained extensive municipal experience in senior management. She served as Interim CAO at the County for eight months in 2015. As a Director she managed a varied portfolio providing her with a broad range of skill sets that support diverse aspects of community wellbeing.
Sharon is an Accredited Ontario Municipal Clerk and holds a diploma in Public Administration from Western University. Sharon is also an active volunteer in the community having served on committees with the Association of Municipal Clerks Treasurers and Managers of Ontario, Georgian College, and the Owen Sound and District Zonta Club. She also volunteers for the Municipal Retirees Organization of Ontario.
Sharon lives near Kilsyth (Georgian Bluffs) with her husband. She has two sons and is the proud grandmother of six lively grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and spending time with family and friends.
Sharon Vokes shares what being on the Board means to her "I'm honoured to join the Board of Community Foundation Grey Bruce where I have the opportunity to work with the talented Board members and staff to further the wellbeing of the people and communities of Grey and Bruce. I was looking for an opportunity to serve the community in my retirement and the Foundation is a natural fit for me after dedicating my career to local government." Community Foundation Grey Bruce looks forward to benefiting from the experience and knowledge that Sharon brings to the Board.
Jane Phillips holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Guelph, a marketing diploma from Ryerson University, and a Teaching and Training Adults certificate from Georgian College. Jane has a diverse set of employment experiences as an educator, marketer, journalist, and business owner. She has 35 years experience in business development and 40 years experience in self employment. She was the manager of the Business Enterprise Centre in Owen Sound for 18 years. She has been an active volunteer in our community with the Owen Sound Little Theatre, as a Past President of the Owen Sound Chamber of Commerce, and as a board member of Safe N Sound.
Jane Phillips shares the impact that the Foundation has on the community "I feel that when a community discovers what it cares about, real sustainability and growth happens. I belong to The Community Foundation Grey Bruce to do my small part in supporting local needs and wants; be that food sources, arts and culture, environmental sustainabilty and protection or social service needs. The careful consideration of the community 'asks' are hopeful and positive, for us all." Community Foundation Grey Bruce looks forward to working with Jane as one of our new Board members to continue to serve our local communities.