Board of Directors


Arthur Ayers


Arthur Ayers is a lawyer with his own practice. His professional experience has included immigration and refugee issues. He is bilingual in English and French, a resident of Gatineau and keenly interested in the situation of the English-speaking community of Quebec. He has taught English in Japan and is fluent in Japanese. He describes himself as having proven adaptability to various work and cultural environments. His sports interests include cycling racing and cross-country skiing

Alain Guy

Vice-President / treasurer

Donna Cushman


Donna has recently returned to the area after spending 35 years in southern Alberta. Raised in a military family, she spent her childhood years in a variety of communities but always had ties to the Pontiac. Her summers were spent at the cottage, a meeting place that continues to welcome extended family members. Donna now lives in a cottage in the Otter Lake area. She continues to pursue her career in Early Childhood Education as a professor at Algonquin College in Ottawa. When time permits, Donna enjoys quilting, dancing and yoga. Donna has an interest in exploring the intergenerational impact of gathering seniors and young children together in literacy pursuits.

Ken Bernard


Ken Bernard was elected to the board in 2017. He grew up in the Gaspe in the town of Murdochville. Quebec was more “English” during those years but he slowly saw that accommodation slip away. Having done quite a bit of travel throughout Europe, he understands the comfort level one has of being able to be understood in their native tongue. As he wants the English-speaking community to be a strong participant in the growth of the province, he thinks that French-speaking Quebecers should feel equally comfortable language wise in the rest of Canada.

Stephanie Crowley


Bryan Daly


Bryan Daly was born in Ottawa and raised in Wakefield. In 2001 he retired after serving for 35 years in the organization now known as the Canadian Border Services Agency. In the years following he has occupied himself with parish work and the Irish Society of the National Capital Region. He is Secretary-Treasurer of St. Camillus Church in Farrellton, and Chair of the ACU Network (Anglican-Catholic-United), based in Kazabazua and covering Christian churchesin the Gatineau Valley from Wright to Chelsea

Citlalli Elizalde


Citlalli is 19 year old graphic designer born in Mexico and immigrated to Canada at the age of 11. Citlalli studied graphic design at Cégep Heritage College. When she was 18, she began working for the Regional Association of West Quebecers in the conception of the "Discover the Outaouais" Trivia Board Game. The following year, She worked as the youth coordinator representing the Outaouais region for QCGN’s Young Quebecers Leading the Way. Citlalli has participated in the organization of numerous cultural events in the Outaouais region.

Chris Judd


Born in Shawville, Quebec, Chris was a founding member of Quebec Young Farmers Association in 1967. He has been member of different Associations, such as the Ottawa Valley Tractor Puller, and the Shawville and district Snowmobile Club. Chris set three main life goals in 1978. The first one was to “do things right” or don’t do them at all. The second one was to build a farm that “ALL” his family could be involved in, when they were ready, (If they wanted to), and build a farm that could financially support “ALL” the families. The last one was to teach “someone” on our farm to do each job, task, or future planning, so that the “family” and “farm” could continue without him. Later in life, Chris was a councilor for the Village of Shawville (water, roads, and fire dept. committees) 1991-1995 to what he resigned in 1995 to accept presidency of Quebec Farmers Association. He was also a director of Shawville Ag. Society for two stretches. He was also a director of Pontiac milk producers from 1979-2014, (president from 1992-2013), (Provincial director of “Federation les Producteurs du Lait de Quebec” from 2003-2006).

Presently, Chris is a voluntary director on the “Villa James Shaw” project, planning a 40+ bed retirement home in the village of Shawville. He is also on the CANAMEX committee (with both Canadian and United States members) to explore agricultural tourism, sustainable agriculture, and trade between Canada and the US. Currently he serves as a director on the Quebec “cull cow and veal calf” marketing committee, and a director for the Regional Association of West Quebecers.

Sam Labrecque


Joe Mackevic


Judith O'rourke


Judith was born in Norwich, England and has called Aylmer home for more than 40 years. Her 2 older children and all 7 grandchildren also live in Aylmer. Her youngest daughter, a former “Aylmer Citizen of the Year” is a teacher in the Gaspé region of Québec. Judith spent 13 years as a Commissioner for the Western Québec School Board and chaired several committees during her tenure. She is a long-time member of Christ Church Cathedral, in Ottawa where she has held numerous volunteer positions. An avid traveller, who has visited 82 countries, Judith believes that there is always something new to learn. For relaxation, Judith enjoys reading, knitting, making teddy bears and working on her family tree.