Power of HOPE Community Organization Board of Directors consists of the following members:
Chair: Penny Jamieson
Founder of Power of HOPE Community Organization, Penny Jamieson has passion and compassion for others and, with her vision, has taken what was once a dream of “Helping Other People Everyday” to reality.
As Executive Director, she brings a wealth of experience in not only helping others, but in understanding the needs of others, having been there herself. Her selfless compassion for others led to her abandoning her own small business to run Power of HOPE on a full-time basis.
Her role as executive director involves creating awareness for the organization as well as the needs of others in the community and the support needed to provide for those in need; collecting, sorting and packaging donations; and distributing the much needed items to agencies in the area.
Her tireless efforts bring her into contact with Power of HOPE’s many generous supporters, the agencies it helps and many people in need of the bare necessities of life whose faces light up on receiving Power of HOPE gifts. Bringing joy to others brings joy to Penny, and it is her goal to see this joy every day.
Penny also enjoys being a grandma of nine grandchildren from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia to London, Ontario. Becoming a great grandmother last summer and a grandmother of twins, her spare time is certainly busy. Penny is able to fit in reading, gardening and some travelling with her husband George. Read her story here.
Phone: (519) 848-5024
Vice Chair: Karen Geerts
Karen has lived in the Woodstock area all her life and has worked for more than two decades in the food production industry. She is the Director for Power of HOPE (Woodstock), a role that she took on after meeting Penny Jamieson at a networking event.
Karen is passionate about expanding the work of Power of HOPE into Woodstock and the surrounding area and she believes that every child should have a new pair of PJs and a teddy bear for Christmas.
Karen has made a huge impact on her community since joining Power of HOPE and the Board of Directors look forward to working alongside Karen during her journey to “Help Other People Everyday”.
Karen has been married to her wonderful husband for 40 years and in her spare time she enjoys gardening and spending time with her three children and ten grandchildren.
Director/Treasurer: Margaret Tofflemire
Margaret Tofflemire has been self-employed for 15 years. As the owner of Toffson Management, she brings a wealth of experience to her role as Treasurer on the Board of Directors. Marg was introduced to Power of HOPE by fellow board member Andrea McKeown and when she saw the need she was driven to help.
Having previously been involved with the Association for Bright Children and has served on the Committee at Waterloo City Board of Education, Marg is committed to the success of Power of HOPE. If she could have one wish granted, it would be that Power of HOPE grow so large that it needs and office location and a full-time Assistant! In her spare time, Marg likes to read, walk and spend time with her family.
Office: (519) 745-4654
Cell: (519) 571-4234
Secretary/Webmaster: Karen Coleman
Karen Coleman is the owner of Kaz Design Works and has been a volunteer for Power of HOPE Community Organization since its inception, helping it to grow to charity status, fund raising and volunteering at events.
In her role as Secretary and Webmaster her goal is to provide administrative and web support to the organization in its endeavours to help families in need in her local community.
Prior to joining Power of HOPE, Karen had been a regular participant in the Weekend to End Women’s Cancers and the Ride to Conquer Cancer, raising in excess of $70,000 for cancer research, and supports a number of other charitable and non-profit causes. Karen is also on the Board for Oxford Women in Networking and is a volunteer and foster for Purrfect Companions of Norfolk.
Director: Janet Benedict
Public Relations: Dan Knight