Board of Directors


Mary Bourgeois - President

Born and raised in Penetanguishene, Mary Bourgeois obtained a Business Administrative degree from the University of Saskatchewan moved back to this area in 2010.

As the Manager of Human Resources with the Near North District School Board and serving some 30 years in Human Resources, she retired in 2002.

During her work experience and later in her retired life, she served in numerous capacities such as:

- Board member of the Elliot Lake Police Commission
- Chair and member of the Canada Pension Plan Tribunal Committees 
- Board Member of the Lakeland Long Term Care Facility 
- Volunteer - Belvedere Heights Long Term Care Facility 
- Volunteer - Vcars 
- Volunteer - Georgian Nordic Ski and Canoe Club

Over the last few years Mary has assisted numerous organizations with the development of Human Resources policy and practices.


Ron Crane


Ron was born and raised in Toronto attended high school at De La Salle Oaklands, university at St Patrick's Ottawa and York University Toronto. He obtained his J.D./L.L.B. for Osgoode Hall in 1968 and called to the bar in 1970. Ron practiced until 2004 with a Toronto firm where he was managing partner and in 2004 made Midland/Penetangushene, where he cottaged for many years, his home and joined this firm.

Ron has always been involved in community activities and on the board of many charitable and non-profit organizations including being a Rotarian since 1975 in Toronto and now in Midland.  His areas of law include real estate, corporate commercial and Ron is also a trademark agent.


Manon Jacques

Manon Jacques was born in Ville-Marie, Québec, and was raised in Sudbury. She moved in this area with her family in 1995. Her son now teaches in Borden while her daughter is working on her PhD at l'Université d"Ottawa.

She received her B.A. and Teachers College Certificate at l/Université Laurentienne. She completed her specialists in teaching the blind and deafblind at Western University. In the past 27 years she has taught both at the elementary and secondary level. Presently, Manon teaches for the Conseil scolaire de district catholique centre-sud. She works as Resource Teacher at École élémentaire catholique Saint-Louis, Penetanguishene and as a teacher for the blind and deafblind at École secibdaure catholique Nouvelle Alliance, Barrie.

Doug Thorhauge

Doug was born and raised in Ottawa and moved to Midland in 2006 along with his wife Debbie and their two sons, Scott and Matthew.

Doug has been in the financial service industry since 1992 and is working with TD Wealth as an Associate Investment Advisor. As port of Thor Wealth Management Group, they manage all of the financial affairs for high net worth individuals in the Georgian Bay area.

Over the past nine years of living in 'cottage country', Doug has enjoyed coaching Matthew's minor hockey team and Scott's Special Olympics bowling league.



Dwayne Frans

Dwayne was born and raised in Simcoe County, he graduated from Georgian College from the three year Business Administration course. Shortly after that he went to work with ServiceMaster and worked throughout Simcoe County. In 1997 Dwayne and his wife Tanya purchased ServiceMaster of Midland and moved up to Wyevale. In 2003 they purchased the ServiceMaster of Orillia.

Dwayne and Tanya have three wonderful daughters.

Dwayne has been a Rotarian in Midland since he moved here in 1997. He is a board member with the Chamber of Commerce and recently finished two terms on the Huronia Community Foundations board.

Janet Weersink

Janet Weersink was born in Penetanguishene and grew up in Midland. She briefly moved away, but ended up bringing her husband back to the Midland area where they are raising their 3 sons, Christian, Matthew and Adam. They have been happily married for 24 years.

Janet grew up in the retail sales industry, as her father owned and operated the local grocery store. She was part of the family business for many years before purchasing Minds Alive Toy Store with her husband. After 5 years, they decided it was time to expand and opened a second location in Collingwood. After another five years, it was time to expand the Collingwood location once again with a larger space. She and her husband have run two successful businesses for over 10 years now.

As a member of the Neighbourhood Toy Stores of Canada, she was the Catalogue Coordinator for the past two years producing a toy catalogue that is distributed nationally.

While her children were growing up, she volunteered at their elementary school with fundraisers, breakfast club, lunch baskets, field trips and sat on parent council for over 10 years. 

Chris Harding

Chris Harding is a Principal for the Simcoe County District School Board. He has taught in both the Secondary and Elementary panels for both the Simcoe County District School Board, with a majority of his career spent teaching various Special Education classes. Chris is currently the Principal at Byng Public School in Stayner and previous to this he was the Vice-Principal at Ardagh Bluffs Public School in Barrie.

He received his teacher training at the University of Western, Sydney, Australia, and has since completed his specialist in Special Education. He is also an associate Professor for York University, teaching Special Education Additional Qualification courses for teachers through their Department of Continuing Education.

Chris and his wife Jana, who is also a teacher for the Simcoe County District School Board, have a wonderful daughter named Willow who has Down Syndrome, and a beautiful daughter named Ella. Chris has previously served as a board member at the Midland Curling Club and is an avid curler and hockey player.

James G. Young, O.Ont, M.D.

Dr. Young has held prominent positions during numerous national and international disasters and emergencies. He had a long career with the Ontario Government and served as Chief Coroner of Ontario for 15 years, as the first Commissioner of Emergency Management and as the Assistant Deputy Minister of Public Safety for the Solicitor General. In the later role the Centre of Forensic Sciences, Emergency Measures Ontario and the Ontario Fire Marshal reported to him.

As Ontario's former Commissioner of Emergency Management, Dr. Young provided guidance on a number of unprecedented provincial emergencies. He led the central operation during the 1998 ice storm, which devastated eastern Ontario . He played a pivotal role in the Government of Ontario's management of SARS and was honoured with the President's Award from the College of Physicians and Surgeons for effective emergency coordination and public communications during the outbreak. During the August 2003 power blackout, he ensured a coordinated government response and effective communication with the public. In recognition for these efforts and his role as one of Canada's foremost forensic scientists, Dr. Young was honoured with the Order of Ontario in 2005.


Maryse Piché-Desroches


Born in Saint-Jérôme, Québec, and raised in the Sudbury area, Maryse moved to Penetanguishene after finishing her B.A and Teachers College at Laurentian University in the French program.

Maryse married Charles Desroches. They have been married for 19 years. She has two step sons, another son and a daughter. Her youngest son, who is 14 years old, was diagnosed with Asberger Syndrome last year. The family is learning more and more about the syndrome and the services that are provided in the area.

She has been teaching for the Conseil scolaire de district catholique centre-sud (CSDCCS) at École Saint-Louis in Penetanguishene for the past 22 years. She took additional qualification courses to obtain her Special Education degree. She also offered tutoring whenever possible to students in need.

Maryse was elected to the CLH Board of Directors in 2012.


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