Ron Strike, President
A graduate of Queen’s University, Ron was called to the Bar in 1983 and was a senior partner with Strike Furlong Ford, until 2016 when he merged his practice with Will Davidson LLP where he is now counsel. Ron practices exclusively in the area of Personal Injury Law. He is a proud member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers’ Association, Durham Region Law Association and Canadian Bar Association and a Certified Risk Manager. He is an avid sports enthusiast and enjoys golf, tennis, skiing and windsurfing.
Melissa Westover, Vice President, Communications
Born and raised in rural Clarington, Melissa now lives in historic downtown Bowmanville with her husband. She is a communications professional with more than 15 years in public service. Melissa is passionate about her community, green space, and walkability; and she is honoured to serve on the Valleys 2000 board. Say hello to Melissa if you see her in the Bowmanville Valley trail – she walks it daily with her friendly goldendoodle, Piper.
Kimberly Maxwell, Vice President, Finance / Treasurer
Kimberly is a proud Bowmanville resident with her backyard overlooking the Bowmanville Valley. By day, she is Vice President at Matheis Financial Group, where she guides growth, operations, client management, and strategy in the area of group benefits. Kim earned her Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) at Dalhousie University in 2014 which built on her Human Resources education at Nipissing University and later York University. In her spare time Kim enjoys cottage life, activities with her husband and children, as well as running, cooking with her family, gardening, reading and painting.
William Humber, Secretary
William (Bill) Humber has been part of the Valleys 2000 Board for over 20 years and currently serves as its Secretary. He is an Order of Canada appointee (2022), the author of 13 books (the most recent, Soccer Triumphant from St. Johann Press), and an inducted member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ontario. He founded the “Office of Eco-Seneca initiatives (OESi)” at Seneca College where he worked for 42 years before retirement.
Doug James is a life-long resident of Bowmanville, now well into retirement after 35 years as owner/president of James Insurance Broker Ltd., a downtown Bowmanville business since 1893. He has acted as chair of both Memorial Hospital Bowmanville’s board and Foundation board, as well as finance chair of Bowmanville’s Trinity United Church. He coordinates the Commemorative Forest for Valleys 2000 and is an avid skier, golfer, and a regular on the Valleys 2000 trail network.
Keerthana Rang is a communications professional who is inspired by community building, dedicated to making life easier through technology, and who enjoys telling important, complex stories in everyday language. She is the Corporate Communications Lead for Uber Canada where she is responsible for public announcements and media relations. She has spent the majority of her career working in government and politics, including for Toronto Mayor John Tory, Metrolinx, and Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty. She has also worked in the private sector for Radical Ventures, one of the world’s largest AI funds, and at Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs for its Quayside project in Toronto.
Dave, who has lived in Bowmanville for the last 32 years, retired in 2021 after 44 years with Bell Canada as a Technician. Dave has done various volunteer work over the years, including with St Albans and West Scarborough Boys and Girls clubs, 4th Bowmanville Scouts as group committee chairperson, coach and assistant coach with Darlington soccer as well as assisted other local groups from time to time such as Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue, Team Chelsea, Mally’s 3rd chance racoon rescue, Shades of Hope Wildlife Rescue and the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre. Dave enjoys swimming, cycling, squash, camping, nature and doing whatever he can to preserve our natural heritage.
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