Shari Cunningham has been an active member of the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) for 24 years and served as President in 2007 to 2008. From 2008 to 2011 she chaired the club's major fundraising event Art in the Park, leading a significant re-vitalization of this iconic start to summer which has been a local tradition for 35 years. Shari has been the Chairperson of the Rotary Club of Windsor Foundation Fund for 5 years and has been a member of the Foundation Fund for over 14 years. Shari has also been involved in various committees of her Club. She is honoured to have been a member of the Canadian Rotary Collaboration for International Development since 2008 and became a Director in 2011 as well as the Chair of the Public Engagement Committee. Shari was appointed Assistant Governor in 2011.
Shari is excited to have supported the work of Rotary International and its Polio Eradication efforts first-hand by joining other Rotarians and like-minded individuals in Polio Vision 2010 a trip to India in February 2010 where she had the opportunity to participate in a polio NID and to observe and assist with other Rotary and Rotary Foundation projects, including an eyeglass clinic.
Shari, who has her BA in Psychology and a Masters degree in Social Work, has had a fulfilling career with extensive experience in the design and management of community-based services for children and adults. As area manager for the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services of the Windsor Area Office, she managed a multi-disciplinary team of 168 management, professional, and support staff, along with an annual budget in excess of $145 million. Her excellent leadership, negotiation and project management skills provided her the ability to translate government policy initiatives into specific implementation plans by consulting effectively with community partners.
Since her retirement in 2000, Shari has dedicated her time and expertise to a number of organizations in addition to Rotary. She has served on the Board of Directors of Riverside United Church, chaired the Parent Council at the primary school attended by her children and is currently a long-standing member of the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army. Shari is also a member of the Ministry of the Attorney General, Windsor Advisory Committee for Family Law Mediation & Justice Services since 2011.
After being appointed to the Board of Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital as a Board member in 2005 she has carried significant portfolios and now is Chair of the Board. She has been an active Board member through a period of major change.
Shari is married to Dave Langstone. Dave is a retired engineer who worked for Chrysler USA in the development of new vehicles for 39 years. Dave has an extensive interest in automotive history. Together they have two children, Edward and Rebecca. All the Cunningham/Langstone family are Paul Harris Fellows.
Marty Beneteau is the former Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Windsor Star and southwest region vice-president, editorial, Postmedia Network Inc.
Marty is an award-winning journalist, executive and community leader with 15 years of reporting and editing experience and more than 20 implementing change in the media industry.
He stepped down from The Star in October 2016 and now focuses on home life, physical fitness, volunteerism and occasional business consulting, while serving on a number of community boards.
Barry Fowler is a Certified Financial Planner and President of Fowler Financial Group Ltd. He has worked in the retail financial service industry for 32 years. His community involvement has included the Windsor Port Authority, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry - Windsor Program Fundraising Campaign, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Windsor Public Library, the Windsor and District Chamber of Commerce and the Windsor Jaycees. Barry has been recognized for his community service as the recipient of both of the Queen's Golden Jubilee and Queen's Diamond Jubilee medals.
Bethe is the Corporate Manager at Farrow Customs Brokers, an integrated national customs brokerage and logistics organization headquartered in Windsor, Ontario. In this role, she is responsible for the management of the Farrow Collection portfolio and coordinating the activities of the credit and colletions for all Farrow Companies in both the United States and Canada.
In conjuction with her present position as Board Member of the Changing Lives Together Foundation, Bethe's community involvement included having served as a Board Member of Jewish National Fund of Windsor along with her current role the Chairperson of the Board. She is a Director of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund of Windsor as well as a National Board Member of Jewish National Fund. Together with her husband Sheldon, Bethe will be recognized as the 2017 Jewish National Fund Negev Dinner Honouree.
In her most important role, Bethe is mother of three beautiful daughters, Devin, Erica and Melanie.
Teresa is currently Director, External Affairs with FCA Canada. Prior to this position she was the Member of Provincial Parliament for Windsor West as well as Minister of Children & Youth Services and Minister responsible for Women's Issues.
A lifelong resident of Windsor, Teresa attended the University of Windsor for her BA, International Relations and her MBA.
Richard is a lawyer with Mousseau DeLuca McPherson Prince LLP, admitted to the Bar in 1988. Areas of preferred practice include civil litigation including personal injury and employement law, as well as agent for the Director of Public Prosecutions. Richard is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Essex Law Association and the Giovanni Caboto Club.
In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the Changing Lives Together Foundation, Richard has served many community organizations including Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital, St. Clair College Foundation, St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology, Association of Canadian Community Colleges, Essex Law Association, City of Windsor Environmental Advisory Committee, Clinique Juridique Bilingue, Conservation Foundation, Windsor Liberal Association 1989-1994, Association of Canadian Community Colleges. He has also acted as an instructor for Trial Advocacy and Law Society Upper Canada Bar Admission Course, Civil Trial for University of Windsor Faculty of Law and the Law Society of Upper Canada Bar Admission Course.