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Charities / Governance Partners Program (GPP) / GPP - Consultants

GPP - Consultants

Your GPP Consultants

If a charity is approved by the GPP they can choose from any of the 4 listed below.  All are accredited as Certified Standards Program Coaches through Imagine Canada.

Rosanna Thoms

Rosanna spent her professional career of 37 years with Information Niagara.  As Executive Director for the past 27 years, Rosanna has focused her energy developing the organization to the highest level of professional achievement. Under her leadership the organization was awarded accreditation status for meeting national standards in 2007 and 2013.  This year she was certified as a Standards Program Coach through Imagine Canada.   
Rosanna has experience with board governance and has led her boards from a traditional governance model to a policy governance model, developing the required policies and procedures. Under her leadership, the board has completed several strategic planning sessions and developed and implemented a succession plan policy.
Rosanna has a strong commitment to the community and the voluntary sector. Over the years she has led many Boards as President both in her community and the Information and Referral sector including InformCanada, the Association of Community Information Centres in Ontario, Early Childhood Community Development Centre, and the Fort Erie Refugee Reception Centre.

Lyn Russo

Lyn held senior positions with Niagara College, the Niagara College Foundation, Welland Hospital and Welland Hospital Foundation, and the Niagara Health System Foundation, prior to her retirement in 2015. She has extensive experience with consulting, strategic planning, facilitation and training for non-profit organizations in a variety of sectors: community development, social service, environment, health, recreation, religious and professional associations.  Prior to moving to the non-profit sector, she worked for 20 years in the private sector in communications and management positions.

She is a Certified Standards Program Coach through Imagine Canada. She has been a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) since 2003, an internationally valued credential that attests to knowledge, skills and achievements as a fundraising professional. Her education includes a diploma in communications, a degree in management, and many workshops and courses over the years.

Her volunteer activities include serving as treasurer of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Golden Horseshoe Chapter, club secretary for the Rotary Club of Welland, and numerous other boards and committees over 30 years.

Liz Palmieri

Liz Palmieri has worked and volunteered in leadership positions in Niagara's non-profit sector for more than 30 years.  She is a passionate advocate for good governance in the sector and during her tenure as the Executive Director of the Niagara Community Foundation she led their work to become one of the first non-profit organizations in Canada to be accredited by Imagine Canada's Standards Program. 
She was also one of the first Imagine Canada Accredited Coaches.  Since her retirement from the Foundation, she is consulting with organizations facilitating their strategic plans, working on board policies, and conducting training workshops on a variety of topics, including risk management, strategic planning, and the roles and responsibilities of boards of directors.

Gay Douglas

Gay’s career spans more than 30 years as a board volunteer, executive director, adult educator and entrepreneur.  She is passionate about the importance of strong governance in the not-for-profit sector.

In 1976 she was a founding board member and Chairperson of the Niagara Block Parent Program. Since that time has served on many other boards, most recently the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity Niagara and the Early Childhood Community Development Centre, where she served as Chairperson for 6 years.

Gay has worked in non-profit management since 1989 for a variety of important causes including The Kidney Foundation of Canada, Big Sisters Association on Ontario, and the Recycling Council of Ontario.  Always the entrepreneur, in 1992 she created Canada's first car donation program, and 3 years later developed Canada's first on-line auction.

For the past 20 years, she’s served as the Executive Director (now Co-Executive Director) of Literacy Link Niagara, coordinating, planning and facilitating a diverse service system of government-funded adult literacy programs.

In 2005 Gay established Gay Douglas and Associates Inc., (GDA) a consulting company specializing in board governance, outcomes-based evaluation and strategic planning.  She is a Certified Standards Program Coach through Imagine Canada.
For more information
For more information on the Governance Partners Program, please contact Gay Douglas, the Governance Partners Program Coordinator at douglasandassoc@gmail.com or by calling 905-835-2446.