The Clubs voluntary Board provides leadership and vision to the Club. The Board concerns itself with policy, directions, decisions, financial planning and stewardship and assigns the responsibilities for implementation and management to the Executive Director.
BGC Kawarthas Board
President Catherine Miller
Vice President John Hagarty
Treasurer Michelle Finley
Director Wilma Lynch
Director Lynda Craven
Director Manju Asdhir
Director Steve Green
Director Kyley Stevenson
Director Laraine Hale
Director Brandon Clarkson
Catherine Miller, President
Catherine Miller joined the BGC Kawarthas Board of Directors in March 2018. Catherine currently holds the position of President of the Board in addition to participating on the Risk Management, Service Quality and Executive Committees. Catherine retired from a 33 year career with the Ministry of Children & Youth Services and the Ministry of Community & Social Services. Her role included community development, management of contracts with non-profit agencies and providing oversight to a broad system of human services that supports children, youth and families.
John Hagarty, Vice President
John Hagarty joined the BGC Kawarthas Board of Directors in January 2021. John is retired Police Chief KLPS, M.O.M. (Member of the Order of Merit), Ret. John started his policing career with the Stratford Police Service in 1983. In 2005, John left Stratford as a Deputy Chief to become the Chief of the City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service. He retired in 2018 after 35 years of service. In June 2019 he became the Executive Director for Victim Services of Kawartha Haliburton. John is married to his wife Deb who is a Police Officer with the City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service. He has 3 adult children, an 11-year-old daughter , 4 Grandchildren…and counting.
Michelle Finley, Treasurer
Michelle Finley joined the BGC Kawarthas Board of Directors in July 2017 and has been an active member since 2014. Michelle currently acts as Club Board Treasurer and previously served as Secretary of the Board in addition to participating on the Risk Management and Executive Committees.
Michelle has managed the Lindsay branch of Kawartha Credit Union for the past 6 years and previous to this spent 10 years with CIBC in both advisory as well as management positions.
Wilma Lynch, Director
Wilma Lynch joined the BGC Kawarthas Board of Directors in January 2017 and participates as a member of Governance Committee.
Wilma recently retired as the Senior Manager of Employee Services with Trillium Lakelands District School Board and she has her designation as a Certified Human Resources Leader. Wilma now enjoys her time as a grandmother and is committed to students and young people in the community.
Lynda Craven, Director
Lynda Craven joined the BGC Kawarthas of Directors in June 2019 and participates as a member of the Service Quality Committee. Lynda has a teen age daughter and has lived in Lindsay for almost twenty years. Moving from southwestern Ontario where I grew up on a farm in a family of seven.
Lynda's work keeps her close by, selling in the medical industry allows her to be active and aware of what’s happening in the community of Kawartha Lakes.
She volunteers with Lindsay Kids of Steel as a board member, local equine 4H and as a team parent for her daughters rep. Volleyball club here in Lindsay.
Lynda is looking forward to learning more of what great things happen here at the Boys and Girls Club.
Stephen Green, Director
Steve Green joined the BGC Kawarthas of Directors in June 2019 and serves as a member of the Service Quality Committee. Steve was a member of the Club under Ron Kennedy's dream from 1969 to 1971, to this day it is one of the most memorable experiences he was involved in and now with some free time Steve wants to give back to the community and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes was a perfect fit.
Steve grew up right here in Lindsay. Having owned, operated, cooked for, and made famous, the Durham Cafe for 25 years; Steve was interested in mastering something new. In 2015 Steve joined Stewart Morrison Insurance, successfully completed his RIBO license winning the Don Lambie award for receiving the highest mark in Ontario for that year! Steve continues to give back to his community as Vice Chair of the Kawartha-Haliburton Victim Services, Media Relations for The Lindsay & District Toastmasters Club and is a Board Member of the Kawartha Haliburton Crime Stoppers. Steve often volunteers his chef's talent at fundraisers such as Fightin' Fillies, and coaching little league sports.
Kyley Stevenson, Director
Kyley Stevenson joined the BGC Kawarthas of Directors in June 2019 and serves as a member of the Service Quality Committee. Kyley has been a part of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes since 1996. She started attending the club as a child participating in a variety of programs that the club had to offer. In June 2006 she started as an employee in our Summer Camp program as a Sports Camp Leader and continued working at the club in multiple departments in various positions until January 2019 when she started volunteering her time within the organization. Although Kyley has moved towards a different career, she is still happy to be involved with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes as a Board member and looking forward to giving back to the organization that has made her into the person she is today.
Dr. Manju Asdhir, Director
Manju Asdhir joined the BGC Kawarthas of Directors in October 2019. Manju is a Chiropractor and owns an Award Winning multi-disciplinary clinic, Kawartha Care Wellness Centre, in Lindsay which she started in 2011.
After pursuing her healthcare aspirations and becoming a mom herself, Manju started working with several organizations that aim to give all children the best start to life, such as Let's Talk Science & The Youth Quality Club. Manju also started changing her focus from orthopedic patients to a younger (and possibly cuter!) demographic, as she saw the shift in parents seeking more drug-free treatment options for their young children’s aches and pains.
Having grown up in an immigrant household in Mississauga, she understands how financial insecurity, lack of knowledge of resources, and even cultural differences can be so defining to a child’s success. This was one of the main reasons she was so keen on joining the Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes, to hopefully help to give back to the community and the array of children from differing backgrounds. Manju truly believes from her own experiences as a mother and also from the families she is blessed to work with that (now more than ever), “it takes a village to raise our children.”
Besides her love for her profession and passion to give back to the community, Manju loves cycling, teaching yoga, being a business mentor, paddle boarding and working in the beautiful City of Kawartha Lakes!
Laraine Hale, Director
Laraine joined the BGC Kawarthas board in October 2020. Laraine is a woman of mixed ancestry (English, Irish, Cherokee and Haudensaunee). A mother, daughter, sister, and auntie, Laraine began her ‘career’ in her place at the dinner table. The seventh of eight children, Laraine learned early the value of ‘listening’ (probably because she couldn’t get a word in edgewise!). This habit gave way to understanding the wealth of diversity that exists in perception, beliefs and understanding. Wishing to expand on these skills she gained her ‘formal’ training in Social Work, completing her undergraduate degree in Social Work at the University of Western and her graduate studies through Wilfrid Laurier University. Laraine learned about systems, safety, diversity, advocacy and culture. Putting these teachings into practice, Laraine has spent over 30 years investing in the lives of individuals, families, groups and communities through her work as clinician, supervisor, educator and consultant in the fields of Child Welfare, Mental Health, Indigenous Mental Health and Education. These experiences inform and inspire Laraine’s investment in the lives of individuals, families, groups and First Nation, Metis and Inuit communities where she continues to listen, share and learn.
Laraine proudly parents her eighteen year old son, Tyghe, who now surpasses her in height, wit and electronic prowess. He keeps her humble and humoured. Laraine especially enjoys her time gathering with her parents 91 and 87 "through the window". They have been married for 66 years and continue to stimulate, amuse, encourage and inspire her.
Laraine is presently a Cultural Counsellor with First Peoples House of Learning, Trent University and has a small private practice. Laraine is a member of BGC Canada’s National Indigenous Advisory Circle
Brandon Clarkson, Director
Brandon Joined the BGC Kawarthas board in January 2021 and is currently the Chair of the Service Quality Committee.
Brandon first became involved with the Club in 2009, shortly after moving to the City of Kawartha Lakes and has worked in several departments offering programs and services across many communities in the City for children, youth and families.
Through his employment at the Club, Brandon developed a passion for recreation and the impact the positive impacts it can have on the community and its residents and went on to receive his Recreation and Leisure Studies Diploma from Fleming College and his Bachelor of Recreation and Leisure Services from Brock University.
Brandon now works for the City of Oshawa in the Recreation and Culture Services Branch, but still calls the City of Kawartha Lakes home where he is raising his young daughter. Brandon is delighted to once again be involved with BGC Kawarthas and to be giving back to the community and to the children, youth and families who access BGC Kawarthas programs and services in this new capacity.