Community Futures Huron is a not-for-profit organization serving the communities of Huron County since 1993. As a Community Futures Development Corporation, we are mandated by and partially funded through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (a.k.a. FedDev Ontario).
CFHuron operations are overseen by a 13-member volunteer Board of Directors including 1 County of Huron councillor appointed by the Warden. These individuals represent the various communities and economic sectors of Huron County. In addition to possessing financial, strategic planning and community development skills, board members are committed to improving the local economy through their involvement in community-based business and economic development initiatives.
Our 2021/2022 Board of Directors
Alison Lobb was involved in economic development in Huron County before Community Futures Huron came into existence. It was through that involvement that she came to be the founding director of Huron Business Development Corporation, now known as Community Futures Huron.
Alison takes community involvement seriously. As well as being a founding director of Community Futures Huron, she sat on the Marketing and Policy & Procedures Committees at the Blyth Festival and held the position of treasurer at the Festival for 10 years. She was treasurer for 3 years and is currently a director of the Centre for Coastal Conservation. Alison was actively involved in both the Centennial Celebrations for Goderich Township in 1967 and was on the executive committee for the Sesquicentennial celebrations in 1985. She has edited and written books on Goderich history, and served as co-chair of the 175th Celebrations of Goderich Township. Alison has served 25 years as a Municipal Councillor.
Alison was born and raised in Toronto and married into rural life in Central Huron. She has five great kids and 6 fantastic grandchildren.
John Kiser has worked in the financial services industry since 1986, and joined the Libro Credit Union team in 2012. He graduated with a Bachelor of Education in Adult Education (BEd ADED) from Brock University and holds a Business Administration & Marketing Diploma from Fanshawe College. As a Coach, John focuses on helping Owners achieve financial prosperity.
Maureen Agar and her husband Merv raised four fantastic children on their dairy/cash crop farm in McKillop Township until retirement.
Maureen was born in Stratford and learned all about farming ‘cold turkey’ when she and her husband married. A few mishaps during the initial years of transforming the city girl to a country girl kept many of the ‘seasoned’ farmers entertained.
After taking the Canadian Securities Course, Maureen helped form the ‘Pick Up Investors’ Club’ in the late 80’s, and for over 20 years a group of farmers met to discuss crop pricing, management practices, and financial issues important to agriculture.
As a passionate community volunteer Maureen Agar has been President of Seaforth Minor Hockey, Chair of School Parent Councils, and Director/Secretary of Huron East/Seaforth Community Development Trust.
Maureen now is Chair of the Seaforth Country Classic, Secretary of the Seaforth BIA, and a Director of Community Futures Huron. Maureen loves the community she adopted and recognizes that to have a vibrant community it is very important to be involved.
Laura Overholt was born and raised in Huron County on a farm just east of Exeter in what was then Usborne Township. She graduated from University of Waterloo and soon after started her married life with her husband Marty in Exeter where they still live today.
Laura’s work experience has been rich with the 17 years with federal government during which time the Huron Business Development Corporation was formed. Later, Laura worked with various other levels of government and agencies to manage projects related to the human resources field. During one such project, Laura had the pleasure of working with the Huron Business Development Corporation on the HealthKick project from 2005 until 2015 as the project manager. This project offered multiple prongs of activities that focused on youth engagement in healthcare career exploration and related work experiences, local training initiatives for registered practical nurses (RPN) and personal support workers (PSW) as well as other types of training. Working with the healthcare community to meet the increasing need for healthcare workers was a very fulfilling and engaging experience.
Now retired, Laura brings a keen interest in the success of Community Futures Huron and its value to the communities it serves.
Now retired, Keith Roulston was the founder and long-time publisher of North Huron Publishing Company Inc., a community-owned company that publishes The Citizen, The Rural Voice and Stops Along the Way.
Keith was also co-founder of the Blyth Festival.
Myles Murdock is deputy mayor of the Town of Goderich and a county councillor. Formerly, he taught Business Education (B.Comm.,B.Ed.) at Goderich Collegiate for almost 30 years. He sat on the AMGH Foundation for the past 12 years, chairing it for five years.
Myles, as part of his county responsibilities, sits on the Huron Perth Public Health Board, Finance Committee, and Water Protection Steering. His Goderich responsibilities cover Source Water Protection (10 years), Public Works liaison, and the Community Economic Development Committee. Despite having left teaching, he continues to coach basketball both at the high school and in the town, and is in his 45th year of doing so.
Anita van Hittersum
Anita van Hittersum and her family immigrated from the Netherlands in January 1999 where Anita used to work as a registered nurse. Together with her family she now owns and operates a dairy farm in North Huron. Through a variety of volunteer work, courses, and other opportunities Anita has gained a broad knowledge and interest in the rural community.
Anita was elected councilor for North Huron in 2018. She is the council representative at the North Huron Economic Development Committee, the Wingham and Area Health Professional Recruitment Committee and the Cross-Border Service Committee. She is also a board member for the Maitland Valley Conservation Authority. Anita looks forward to continuing to support the well-being, economic growth and prosperity of farmers and rural residents in Huron County.
Anne has spent the past decade as a Certified Financial Planner for Integrated Wealth Management in Goderich. She holds a bachelor of arts (BA) from Western University.
Judy Keightley moved to Huron County with her husband in 2006 to build their dream home in Bayfield and has since then become heavily involved in the Community which she now considers home.
Judy spent 30 years teaching in Lambton County before retiring and along the way used her passion for art and drama to write and produce numerous plays, write a series of murder mystery novels, and still find time to sit on various committees to share her life experiences and leadership skills.
As a passionate community volunteer Judy co-chaired the Bayfield Chamber of Commerce, was acting president of the Bayfield Historical Society, is a past Warden of Trinity Anglican Church and was appointed to the Grant Review Team for the Ontario Trillium Foundation for Bruce, Huron, Perth. Judy also sat as a community member on the Huron County Immigration Partnership during its early years.
When Judy is not helping out with her family and eight grandchildren, she and her husband Philip can be found tending their vines at their latest venture, Huron Estates vineyard located just south of Bayfield, where they are planning to build a boutique winery later this year.
Lisa Harper has worked extensively in the not-for-profit sector and brings a wealth of experience to the Community Futures Huron Board of Directors. For 12 years Lisa worked for Community Futures Huron (formerly HBDC) in administrative and information management role. As the Blyth Festival Box Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator for 8 years, Lisa was able to continue her customer centric approach to her work and client/volunteer stewardship.
Lisa currently works for the United Way Perth Huron as a Resource Development for the Northern Huron area. She lives in Blyth with her husband Keith and their dog Strider. She is very excited to be joining the board!
Natasha Gaudio Harrison
Natasha Gaudio Harrison Ec.D., is an Economic Development Officer with the County of Huron. She brings almost a decade of experience in the economic and business development field, having worked in and with rural communities across Canada. She holds a Master of Environmental Studies from York University and a diploma in Business and the Environment from Schulich School of Business. She is also currently pursuing a second Master of Science in Rural Planning and Development at the University of Guelph. She lives in Goderich with her family, which includes her one-year-old son and a Jack Russell terrier named Barley.
Dave Jewitt is a retired General Manager of Gateway Casinos Clinton. Dave is a lifelong resident of Huron County and is a graduate of Western University with a BA in political science. He served on municipal council for the town of Clinton for six years and Central Huron and Huron County council for 12 years. He is a past Chair of the Huron County Health Unit and Vice Chair of Huron Perth Public Health as well as past Chair of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority.