Our Board & Team

TEAM MEMBERS

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PROGRAM HOSTS / PROJECT CO-ORDINATORS

Allan & Lynn Smith-Reeve

Allan

Allan is an innovator and creator of many collaborative community projects. In Toronto’s east end, his church was a woodshop and business incubator. He’s taught Community Development at George Brown and Fleming colleges. Rev. Reeve has served both urban and rural congregations in Bobcaygeon and Peterborough. He is passionate about bridging class, religious, and cultural divides.

Lynn

Lynn brings extensive knowledge and creative energy as an educator and artist. Lynn’s lived experience of poverty – raising her five children and caring for a disabled husband for two decades – has inspired her desire to organize community resources to serve low-income families and lead her to become a certified Bridges Out of Poverty facilitator. She’s been pursuing the Emerging Church from evangelical roots, through the Third Wave movement, to Diaconal Ministry within the United Church. Lynn’s motto is “It has to be fun.”

 

 

STRATEGIC MARKETING & MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT

Katherin (Kat) Snajdr Zabehlicky

Kat has degrees and diplomas from Ryerson University and Fleming College, and holds much gratitude in receiving an Indigenous Perspectives Designation. She worked in film/tv and advertising for over 20 years before finding a calling in social work. Some wayword adventures include teaching English in Asia, managing product placement on a films, including the cult trilogy, Hostel. After extensive travel across 4 continents, she landed a gigs in Prague, and met her partner there. These life and career defining experiences offered insight and curiosity into the human condition and cross-cultural relationships. The Bridges Out of Poverty Workshop and framework opened the door to becoming a certified Getting Ahead Facilitator. She strives to be a true friend and ally —  having volunteered with the New Canadian Centre supporting refugee families, and now with Bridges Peterborough supporting Catalysts and building a network of resources.

CERTIFIED GETTING AHEAD & BRIDGING TEAM CO-FACILITATORS

Todd Coombes

Ralph Gutkin

Laura Warren

Ralph Gutkin

Rebecca Turland

DIRECTOR OF FUND DEVELOPMENT & OUTREACH

Miriam Lyall

BOARD MEMBERS - Bedford House & Bridges Peterborough

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ACTING BOARD CHAIR

Cheryl Lyon

Cheryl is well known in Peterborough as a catalyst for social transformation. She works as a local advocate of the global shifts emerging because people like her are paying attention and acting. She has a wicked sense of humour and a sly wisdom we really love.

BOARD TREASURER

Geneviève Lavallée

Gen spent over 20 years in the financial industry in Toronto before  moving to the Peterborough area with her son. She was fortunate enough to become involved with several community organizations. With a strong sense of purpose and through her work with Bridges Peterborough, Gen feels optimistic that she is part of a solution to change the conversation about poverty and privilege and build a community that provides everyone the opportunity to be their best self!

BOARD MEMBER

Peggy Abbott

Peggy & her husband Richard,  moved to Peterborough to retire in  2016, to be closer to their children & their growing families. Peggy was a member of the first Bridging Team in 2017, and found the experience very rewarding while making lasting friends. Retiring after 30 years of working in different areas of social services, her passion has always been working with families and supporting parents through all the ages and stages of their growing families. She and her husband now volunteer supporting individuals that are readjusting after coming out of prison.
She's happy to be back in the Bridges bubble.

BOARD MEMBER

Ann Barrett

Ann was a sexual health educator for 40 years. She worked with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds, communities, ages and abilities. Most recently she has  been part of a group that is involved with supporting people released from the prison system. She is a member of Greenwood United Church.

BOARD REP FOR THE CCC

Rebecca Turland

Welcome Rebecca!

Rebecca has been part of the social enterprise, The Company of Conversation Changers for almost a year now. She was recently appointed Secretary for the CCC and is representing the CCC on the Bedford House Board. She began her journey with us as a Catalyst in the current Bridging Team.

A Detailed Bio is on its way!

PARTNERS

Joint Venture Partners in the Bridging Teams Project. Representatives from Greenwood United Church.

Ruth Benson

As a long-time member of Greenwood, she currently serves as its Treasurer. Ruth served as the deputy-treasurer of Douro township and deputy clerk before her retirement. She continues to serve the township as a volunteer and pursues her passion for the environment as beekeeper and avid gardener.

Bonnie Jull

Bonnie is a retired teacher and fabric artist. She journeyed with Lynn as a member of the Diaconal Ministry Circle of Accompaniment. This process inspired the seeding of Bedford House and the development of the Bridging Teams project. Bonnie represents Greenwood United on the Bridging Teams Joint Venture Project Management Team.

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