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Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce

Board of Directors 2017-18

Janet Harrop - TreasurerJanet Harrop 2012

Business Name: Harrcroft Acres Ltd

Type of Business: Agricultural Business – Dairy Operation

Community Involvement/ Previous Experience:
Janet has lived in the Fergus community for over 20 years and, through Agricultural or Volunteer Board opportunities, has held positions with: The Fergus Fall Fair, Wellington County Dairy Producers, Centre Wellington Preschool, School Parent Councils, Fergus Skating Club, Centre Wellington Youth Advisory Committee, and previously named Leisure Advisory Committee (now re-named the Parks, Recreation and Culture Advisory Committee).

She loves working as an RN at the Critical Care Unit in Guelph; however, her passion is agriculture and agri-business.


Kira Bailey - Past President

Business Name:  Shift: A Family Health Centre


Aileen Hawkins - DirectorAileen Hawkins

Franchisee: M&M Food Market, Fergus.
1985-1997 Owner of Birdland Music, Fergus and a Member of Board of Managers of BIA and Chair of Promotions Committee during that time.

Active member of the Centre Wellington community with fund raising events through the former M&M Meat Shops.

Married to Ken for over 50 years with three married daughters, seven grandchildren and one great grandson.  Resident of Centre Wellington for 20+ years.  Attends and is involved in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Fergus. Enjoys theatre, music, reading and travel. Member of Board of Directors for the CWCC since 2005.



Allan Teal - DirectorAllan Teal

Business Name: AL-DO-IT

Allan Teal is the Owner and Senior Project Manager for AL-DO-IT General Contracting, providing services to both residential and commercial clients from Handyman services to larger projects such as decks, fences, kitchens, bathrooms and other household/commercial renovations. Allan is also Vice President of Beyond Rewards in partnership with his wife, Lynne Bard. Coming from an extensive background of over 25 years in Manufacturing, Transportation and Construction, Allan brings a wealth of knowledge to his clients and to his volunteer positions within the community.

Allan is married with four children, five grandchildren.



Bryan Paul - DirectorBryan Paul 2014

Business Name: Ecclestone Financial Group Inc.

Bryan currently lives in Centre Wellington with his wife Sarah, and his children Emily and Ethan.

Bryan joined Ecclestone Financial Group at the beginning of 2013, having worked as Financial Advisor and Group Benefit Associate since 2009.

He is accepting clients and especially enjoys helping young families start a solid financial foundation.  Through education and an explanation of all the available options, he makes sure that the client’s goals are his top priority.  He also works with up to 10 employee benefit providers as a broker, giving him the ability to do a full market analysis and comparison of costs.  He will then put together a comparison package, for quick and easy review.  Bryan enjoys helping small businesses get the best coverage for the lowest price, with companies as small as one employee.


Niel Palmer - Director

Niel Palmer DeVadBusiness Name:  DevAd Consulting

As the owner of DevAd Consulting based in Fergus, and a Mentor at Innovation Guelph; Niel assists entrepreneurs and their businesses to grow, become more efficient and more profitable. High performance standards are achieved through business management coaching, implementation of lean principles, profitability analyses, strategic planning, process optimization, capability analyses and ISO registration. Niel’s targeted approach delivers sustainable returns, differentiation through performance and control over business operations.

Prior to business coaching and mentoring, Niel’s career involved engineering management, operations management and general management. This experience is the foundation that enables Niel to improve businesses operationally and financially. Prior industry niches include aerospace, wire and cable management systems, and composite component manufacture for electrical, electronics and power generation industries.

With friends and family; Niel enjoys fly fishing, cycling, and basement jams on the drums.



Derek Graham - Director

Derek GrahamBusiness Name:  Derek G. Graham Limited

Derek and Alexandra have operated Derek G. Graham Limited since 1979 having
lived in Elora and now Centre Wellington since 1974.

As a professional surveyor, Derek is licensed as a cadastral (boundary) surveyor, land
use planner and drainage engineer.  He is a fifth generation professional surveyor having
worked in both the public and private sector.

He has past community experience as president of the Elora Chamber of Commerce,
president of the Fergus Elora Big Brothers, a member of Elora Council and a committee
member of the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors.

Alexandra, Derek’s former fiancée (47 years ago) and Derek enjoy their small farm operation
and are members of the Elora Salem Horticultural Society.


Joanne Young Evans - Director

Joanne Young EvansBusiness Name:  Family Counselling and Services of Guelph-Wellington

Joanne Young Evans, CPHI(C), CAE, is currently the Executive Director for Family Counselling and
Support Services for Guelph-Wellington. She describes herself as an energetic leader who focuses organizations and people to build on their strengths and shore up areas of required development.  She has been, and longs to return to being, an avid international volunteer. Her vast array of expertise includes: organizational and staff development, change management, marketing/communications, stakeholder and government relations, capacity building and negotiations. Joanne has been honoured with receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 for her work in Namibia, Africa and the Outstanding International Volunteer Contribution Award from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in 2003.



Sheri Copplestone - Director

Sheri CopplestoneBusiness Name:  ASC4Business

My life motto is:  "I try to leave everyone a little bit better for having met me, even if it's just a smile."

With a lifetime of entrepreneurial, business advisory, and financial industry experience, I have always enjoyed working with businesses and non-profit groups to help them find viable, practical solutions that will "stick" for them. As an Advisor, Teacher, Leader, Coordinator, Volunteer, & Empress of My Own Universe, I am always looking for ways to help out, step up, and assist where needed. Giving back is something that has always been important to me and I try to lead by example. 
Sheri & ASC4Business are proud to support:  The YSTOP program (WWCFDC) - Company of Women (Centre Wellington) - Centre Wellington Chamber - Centre Wellington Community Foundation -  Toastmasters Centre Wellington -Confident Careplanners - Cambridge Chamber - Small Business Community Network - Guelph Women in Networking - Channel Your Inner Redhead & many more organizations + events over the years.
We are always looking for opportunities to give back this community (anywhere - big or small) as much as possible! Look for us at an event, charity, or workshop and stop to say HI!

Diane Cook - Director

Diane CookBusiness Name: Diane Cook TPI Travel

Type of Business: Independent Travel Advisor, Customized Travel Experience Designer

After 32 years of commuting, working for National Retail Travel Companies, 30 in Management, Diane made the decision that 2 years ago was the time for her to live her dream of Entrepreneurship owing her own Travel Company under the umbrella of TPI -Travel Professionals International, creating unique, authentic and immersive  experiences worldwide. As a by invitation only Virtuoso Advisor, Diane specializes in Adventure/Active Travel (walking, cycling, etc), Specialty Cruising(expedition, river, small ship, luxury, etc) and Culinary (food and wine) Travel.


Diane has enjoyed building relationships and connecting within Fergus, Elora and Centre Wellington working from her home office; building her business 1 client at a time. Diane is the first and only Canadian Travel Advisor named to the Saveur Virtuoso Advisory Board and also sits on The TravelMarketPlace and TPI Advisory Boards.


Diane considers it a privilege to serve our community of small business and the Chamber of Commerce in this role.



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