WindReach Farm Foundation is committed to raise funds, awareness and profile to support the programs and services delivered by WindReach Farm

Carol Dahlquist, Executive Director

Carol’s is excited to lead the Foundation Board to fulfilling it’s mission of raising funds and awareness for WindReach Farm. In her role she has the pleasure of reaching out and connecting with potential donors and sponsors to support the valuable work of the Farm. She is passionate about the work we do at WindReach Farm and takes delight in sharing this with our donors and stakeholders in the community.

Carol is committed to working with the Foundation Board as we strive to meet the needs of WindReach Farm through fundraising, community presentations, as well as grant and proposal writing. In addition, she is excited to take the lead in planning the annual fundraising gala – A Night at WindReach Farm – which takes place every September. Carol is fortunate to work with a wonderful team of volunteers on this planning committee.

WindReach Farm is a magical place providing impactful programming for those with special needs and of which there is limited opportunities for in the community, and she is honoured to work at place that brings meaning and joy to these peoples lives every day.

WindReach Foundation Board of Directors

Harry Worsley – Chair
Hejsa Christensen
Glenn Healy
Ken Hurst
Larry James
Dr. Gary Polonsky
Paul Sullivan

Patrons

Mrs. Alexander J. Mitchell (Sally)

Harry Worsley

Harry Worsley joined the WindReach Farm Foundation Board in 2015 and has been in the role of Chair for the Foundation over the past year. Harry has been involved with WindReach for many years as his daughter Nicole has been riding in WindReach Farm’s Therapeutic Riding program for over 12 years.

He sees the value and impact that WindReach has had on his daughter and family and is committed to reaching out in the community to bring together partners in support of the programs and services provided by WindReach Farm.

Harry is owner of Uxbridge Nurseries Limited, a wholesale grower of nursery stock on 750 acres in Durham Region.   Harry has been involved with many service clubs in Uxbridge over the years and was a past Councillor of Uxbridge Township. Harry is an enthusiastic outdoors men and lives in the country with his wife and three children.

Hejsa Christensen

Hejsa Christensen joined the board in 2017.  She is a writer and has worked in fiction, non-fiction and screenwriting; and earned masters degrees in both environmental geography (University of Toronto) and creative writing (University of British Columbia).   After her nephew began participating in and benefiting from the therapeutic riding program at WindReach, Hejsa saw the magic of the Farm and wanted to be a part of the WindReach community.  She lives just outside of Uxbridge with her husband, daughter and two dogs.

Glenn Healy

Glenn Healy joined the Foundation Board in 2017. Glenn is a former ice hockey goaltender who played for 15 years in the National Hockey League. Prior to that, he was a member of the Western Michigan University hockey team, and 1985 graduate of the school. He also served as the director of player affairs for the National Hockey League Players’ Association.

Glenn is also lead piper and organizer of the Highland Creek Pipe Band which plays at many community events and fundraiser in Durham Region.

Glenn is a huge supporter in our community and has a strong believe in giving back to organizations like WindReach Farm who provide meaningful and life changing experiences to those who have limited options in our community.

Ken Hurst

Ken Joined the Foundation Board in 2018 after spending a few months on WindReach Farm’s Board where he gained a great understanding of all the many programs and services that WindReach Farm offers to those of all ages and abilities. He learned first-hand how impactful these programs are in changing the lives of so many.

As Past President of Ajax Rotary, Ken continues to coordinate the support from the 10 Rotary clubs of Durham Region for WindReach Farm’s key events; Founders Day and A Night at WindReach Farm. Ken has also coordinated the support of the Rotary Clubs of Durham with Grandview Children Centre, Durham College and Durham Para Sport Games. Ken continues to be on the Board of Directors at Ajax Rotary, St David’s Village senior centre, Canterbury Commons Port Perry and drives cancer clients on Tuesdays and Fridays to and from their cancer treatments. With years of Rotary and specifically fundraising experience Ken is put his skills to use on the Foundation Board and raise funds to support the Farm.

Larry James

Larry James has long been active in the community, both through his work as President of James Campbell Insurance, and through past service as President of the Uxbridge Hospital Foundation, the Kinsmen Club and as Director for Uxbridge Minor Hockey. After a friend introduced him to the impact of WindReach Farm, he dedicated himself to the Foundation Board, where he has served since 2016. Larry is an avid traveler who enjoys time at the cottage with his family, including his newly-arrived first grandchild. 

 

Dr. Gary Polonsky, I.C.D

Dr. Gary Polonsky, a native of Thunder Bay, served students for 42 years, across five institutions in five provinces, and over half of those years as a president. In 1988, Dr. Polonsky became President of Durham College, a position he held until March 31, 2006. In 2001, Dr. Polonsky became Founding President of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) as he remained President of Durham College, making him the only Canadian to have been President concurrently of both a college and university. Read his detailed bio.

Paul C. Sullivan, B.Sc.(Agr.)

Accessibility, Inclusion and Advocacy – These concepts have been a major focus of Paul’s life for a long time.

Paul’s creative and innovative approach to the work at hand has always been his trademark. His attitude of “start with no, and go from there” has pushed Paul to remove barriers and deliver results beyond expectations – whether in his previous roles as interim Executive Director, WindReach Farm in past years, his current role as a Foundation Board member, or on one of the many committees in which he participates.

Since 1985, when the Farm was acquired, Paul has been integral to WindReach. Combined with his past and present commitments to WindReach Farm, he continues to be involved with WindReach Bermuda, a similar facility with common roots. Paul is a current member of the Board and is a trustee of The WindReach Bermuda Trust.

Paul holds a BSc in Agriculture and Rural Development from the University of Guelph and a Diploma in Agriculture from McDonald College/McGill University. Along with his deep knowledge of farming, he also draws upon the principles of market research and consultation from his early years at Deloitte.

Paul’s consistent mindset, as he works with fellow Board members, donors, staff and stakeholders, is to further the vision – and stay true to the legacy – of the late Founder, Alexander (Sandy) Mitchell, MBE.