Board Members

Hopewell is governed by a dedicated and caring group of individuals from various backgrounds and experiences. They generously volunteer their time to assist Hopewell in achieving its Mission and Vision and to being a high-quality community resources for individuals and families requiring specialized supports.

Chair - Elizabeth Bowden: joined in 2015 and became Chair of the Board in September 2016.  Liz runs her own Management Consulting Practice.

Vice-Chair - Peter Pickfield:  joined in 2013.  Peter is a partner in Garrod Pickfield LLP, an environmental and municipal law practice.  He is a volunteer from Hopewell's parent/family community and chairs the Board's Quality of Care Committee.

Treasurer - Shanna O’Dwyer: joined in 2012.  Shanna is Manager of Finance for Guelph-Wellington-Dufferin Public Health and also serves as chair of the Finance/HR Committee and as a member of the Personal Committee.

Director - Barb Adams: joined in 2016. Barb started her consulting company QualQuantex in 2015 and combines research, training and interactive design to create high impact solutions for organizations. Barb is a member of the Quality Outcomes Committee.

Director - Peter Barrow: joined in 2012.  Peter owns a marketing and corporate training company, Petrona Associates, and was Chair of the Board from December 2014 until September 2016. Peter is currently the chair of the Marketing/Fundraising Committee as well a member of the Quality Outcomes Committee.

Director - Divya Handa: joined in 2016.  Divya currently works for the United Way and has a professional background in community social service and fundraising. She is also a volunteer from Hopewell's parent/family community. Divya is a member of the Quality Outcomes Committee.

Director - Laurie Iversen: joined in 2016.  Laurie runs her own administrative services support company, Productivity4u.  Prior to joining the board, she served as Recording Secretary for the Board. Currently she heads a team of volunteers to complete up the Annual Bowl-A-Thon fundraising event, and works on the Marketing/Fundraising Committee.

Director - Martin Van Dam: joined in 2007.  Martin is a financial and investment advisor, who has served Hopewell in many capacities over the years, most recently as Board Secretary. He has been very active in numerous Hopewell fundraising initiatives. Martin is a member of the Finance/HR Committee.

Director - Douglas Pflug joined in 2017.  Doug is a Sergeant in Guelph's Police Service and works in the Communication Unit.  He is a very active longstanding community volunteer with Special Olympics and the Gryphons football team among others. Doug is a member of the Marketing/Fundraising Committee.

The board is always looking for talented and committed individuals that have expertise in various skills sets. If you are interested in learning more about a board position with Hopewell please contact Chair, Elizabeth Bowden at