Virginia Hildebrandt

Virginia Hildebrandt

Chair

A scientist by profession and a lifelong gardener, Virginia’s passion is plants. She has a lovely garden and a large vegetable patch; the vegetables are for the tummy and the flowers for the soul. After completing her doctorate in plant physiology, she ran a business cloning perennials for many years. Virginia is a firm believer in giving back to the community and is a strong advocate for volunteer work. She is also a proud mother, devoted wife, and a loving grandmother. She enjoys spending lots of time with her family.

Anne Day

Anne Day

Editor

Originally from Scotland, Anne emigrated to Canada with her husband in 1975. They moved to Crieff ten years ago and for the past five years she has been editor of the Pioneer. She owns Company of Women, an award-winning organization that supports women in business. Author of three books, she is working on two more. She is also a regular columnist for Huffington Post and former Managing Editor at Today’s Parent. Anne has two daughters.

Barbara Chillingsworth

Barbara Chillingsworth

Secretary

Originally from Coventry, England, Barbara emigrated to Canada after a four-year stay in Germany. She lived in Burlington for 30 years before moving to Puslinch in 2010. She worked as a bookkeeper while raising her three children and is now enjoying retirement as a proud grandmother to seven. She is part of the Scrabble Club, loves to travel, play ten-pin bowling, and garden.

Dianne Churcher

Dianne Churcher

Advertising Sales Manager

Dianne moved to Puslinch with her family in 1987 and commuted to her job with a consulting engineering firm in Waterdown until retiring. She now enjoys spending time with friends and family, volunteering, gardening, reading, and at the YMCA.

Stella O'Krafka

Stella O'Krafka

Church & Community Notices, Circulation

Hailing from Preston, Stella has lived in the area all her life. A retired accountant, she loves to work at numerous volunteer projects and keep active. Outside of the Pioneer, she volunteers at the Cambridge Centre in Hespeler and as a financial clerk with the federal elections office. Outside of volunteering, she enjoys meeting new people and challenging herself to try new things. She likes taking road trips across Canada with her husband Bob, to whom she has been married 51 years.

George Harris

George Harris

Technical Advisor

Having lived in Puslinch for the past 43 years, George grew up in Toronto. Now enjoying retirement, he worked in computer programming, system analysis and consulting for many years. He is father and grandfather to three, with a fourth grandchild on the way. He takes great interest in planting and nursing trees, and enjoys working on auto mechanics in his spare time.

Dianne Paron

Dianne Paron

Accounts Receivable

Dianne has been involved with the Puslinch community for over 30 years, and moved from Mississauga in 2001. Outside the Pioneer, she has served on the board at Duff’s Church, with Friends of Mill Creek, in the Mini Lakes community, as a Rotary Club member, on the Township’s Well Protection Committee, and as a member of the Township’s Planning and Development Committee. Dianne currently works full-time as a property manager at Mini Lakes. She is the proud mother of twin daughters and has 5 grandchildren.

Barbara Bulmer

Barbara Bulmer

Special Projects

Registered nurse, real estate saleswoman, Rotarian for twenty-two years, Barb served two terms on Puslinch Council, was chairman of the Guelph and Suburban Planning Board, and a member of the provincial Mineral Aggregates Working Party. Her son Matthew serves on the Puslinch Council, her daughter Alex is a playwright in London, UK. She lives with her husband Bob. Important to her are family, friends, home, community, honesty, good manners and education, which she is still working on.

Cameron Tuck

Cameron Tuck

Board Member

Cameron is a part-time financial planner and a full-time volunteer. He is very active in the Puslinch community and volunteers with the WhistleStop Pre-School, organizes the old timers baseball league as well as with the Pioneer. He ran for Council last year as well. He has been living in Puslinch for 18 years, his wife Tonya was born and raised in the Township. His three-year-old son Chase is the fifth generation to live on their family property! Cameron enjoys hockey, baseball, cottaging and reading in his spare time.

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