Board of Directors – 2018 to 2019

CHAIR
Elco Drost

After taking early retirement in 2004 as CEO of Greif Brothers Canada Inc., Elco focused his energies on his volunteer commitments. Elco has been on Alzheimer Niagara and Alzheimer Ontario Boards, Strive Board and presently is the Pathstone Board Chair.

VICE-CHAIR
John Darch
John is an Insurance/Financial Advisor and owner of John Darch Insurance & Investments Inc., representing The Co-operators in Beamsville and Grimsby. He is a lifelong resident of Niagara and father of three.

TREASURER
April Cotton resides in St. Catharines and isa certified public accountant and chartered accountant. After working at Deloitte for nearly a decade, she took on the role of CAO at Breakwater Investments Inc. in Burlington. April has served on various non-profit boards and committees including the Alzheimer’s Society Niagara Foundation Board, ProAction (Niagara Council Member) and has a dual role on both the Foundation and Agency Boards at Pathstone.

SECRETARY
April Cotton resides in St. Catharines and is a certified public accountant and chartered accountant. After working at Deloitte for nearly a decade, she took on the role of CAO at Breakwater Investments Inc. in Burlington. April has served on various non-profit boards and committees including the Alzheimer’s Society Niagara Foundation Board, ProAction (Niagara Council Member) and has a dual role on both the Foundation and Agency Boards at Pathstone.

BOARD MEMBERS
Alykhan Kassam

Jennifer Ferguson is a dedicated marketing professional with a strong focus in advertising, direct mail and public relations. In her role as the Director of Marketing Services, Jennifer continues to develop new and successful initiatives and strategies for Niagara Casinos in the constantly evolving gaming industry which she has proudly been a part of for over 19 years. As a devoted supporter of mental health in the Niagara Region, Jennifer is passionate about improving the community and contributes through her participation with various community boards and volunteer work.

Laura Fyfe is a consultant in the Niagara region working with businesses and organizations doing research, writing and consumer insights. Her background is in history, anthropology and labour market research. She moved to Niagara in 2015 after completing her graduate work at Trent University.

Paddie Lucas is a marketing professional with 15 plus years of experience in branding, marketing, and sales. Prior to starting her own company, Brand You, Promotional Products, Paddie worked in corporate sales for Manheim Auctions as well as Account Management in the technology industry. Paddie worked for 10 years at the Attorney General Support and Custody Office as an Enforcement Officer. Her passion is mental health promotion and awareness in the community.

Taylor McRae is a Brock University student studying Medical Sciences with the future goal of working in pediatrics. She has been involved in our youth volunteer program for many years and is currently a member of our Youth Advisory Committee.

Diane Weller owned and operated Weber’s Art store for 5 years. Currently Diane is the Director of Finance and Human Resources for Can-Eng Furnaces International Ltd. and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. She has worked in the local manufacturing sector for 32 years.

Carling Wright recently graduated with her Masters of Social Work from Western University and has worked with both adult and youth populations in the Niagara Region as a Registered Social Worker focused on housing stability, addictions support, and mental health-related concerns. Carling has been a volunteer with Pathstone for 7 years and is also currently a member of the Youth Advisory Committee.

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