Notice of Nomination for Board of Directors 2024-2027

The Governance Committee respectfully submits the following nominations for the YMCA Northumberland Board of Directors for the period 2024-2027.

Elections for these positions will take place at the 2024 Annual General Meeting on Thursday, April 25, 2024.

Their term of office begins immediately following the adjournment of the aforementioned Annual General Meeting.

Elizabeth Vosburgh, Chair
Beth Selby, Vice-Chair
Mark Galonski, 1st Vice-Chair 
Spencer Selhi, Chair, Finance, Audit & Risk 


Emily Chorley



Emily, a Northumberland County native, returned to Cobourg a decade ago after a seven-year stint as an international security analyst in England. As a Councillor for Cobourg from 2018-2022, Emily developed a deep understanding of local health and recreation services, emphasizing the impact of strategic collaborations. Emily also served as the Coordinator of Parks and Recreation Services, and contributed to the Memorial Arena, Cobourg’s Parks and Recreation and the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Advisory Committees.

In addition, Emily initiated a ‘Women in Governance’ mentorship program and served on a local school board’s First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Education Advisory Committee. Furthermore, as a volunteer with a refugee sponsorship group, she witnessed firsthand how the YMCA helps newcomers integrate into the community. Emily’s family enjoys the YMCA facilities, and she eagerly anticipates supporting YMCA Northumberland’s vital work through her board role.


Jennifer Lavoie



Jennifer brings 25+ years of experience in marketing, communications, management, governance and resource mobilization. Having lead teams in the public, private and non-profit sectors, across Canada, she brings in-depth perspective, knowledge and skills to the table.

As a consulting advisor with partners in emerging economies in Asia, Africa, the Balkans and Canada’s North, Jennifer enjoys finding new markets and new capital to create sustainable livelihoods and communities – for the benefit of generations to come. She and her husband, Colin MacKay, joined the Cobourg community and YMCA in 2021. They have 2 adult children, 3 grandchildren and 1 black Labrador, Bella.

Bob Biffin


Port Hope

Bob Biffin and his wife relocated to Port Hope in 2013, seeking retirement in a welcoming community that surpassed their expectations. With 45 years in information technology, Bob retired in 2017 after guiding clients in technology-driven business transformations. His extensive senior management experience spans sales, administration, logistics, and general management. Bob’s commitment to lifelong learning led him to management development programs at prestigious institutions like the Universities of Toronto, Western, McGill, Harvard, and the Wharton School of Business.

Active in community service, Bob served as President of the Rotary Club of Port Hope in 2020/21 and chaired the Climate Change Working Group for the Municipality of Port Hope from 2019 to 2021. Bob is currently Vice Chair and Director on the Board of the Community Health Centre of Northumberland, leading the Finance & Audit Committee.

Bill Lee



Bill and his family have been long time members of YMCA Northumberland since moving to the area in 2002. Bill is a former member of the YMCA Northumberland board, serving as chair of the Finance, Audit & Risk committee as well as a past board Chair. Bill is currently the Vice President – Sales & Marketing for Soluroc which recently acquired Canadian Wear Technologies in Cobourg, serving the global mining, aggregate and cement industries.

Bill is a graduate of the International Trade program at Fleming College along with holding General Management and Financial Management programs from Queen’s University.

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