Board of Directors

Board of Directors

JoAnne Fletcher, Chair

JoAnne was born in Lyn and raised on a family agri-business farm. She attended Queen’s University and graduated with a B.Sc. Nursing degree. She worked for over twenty years in the field of public health nursing for both the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark and the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington health units. During that time, she was a general practice public health nurse serving families and communities throughout the rural areas of Leeds and Grenville, eventually becoming a staff supervisor and program manager for a variety of specialties, particularly in the area of immunization and communicable diseases. During her tenure with the two health units she also served on a number of local and provincial planning committees including addictions treatment, AIDS education, tuberculosis management, universal influenza, measles and hepatitis B immunization campaigns and outbreak management in institutions, as well as serving on the board of the Red Cross association in Brockville and as chair of the board of Mallorytown Residential Support Programs (MRSP).

In 2001 JoAnne was hired as executive director of MRSP where she managed staffing and client issues, family dynamics, community partnerships, budgets, was an active member of the local pressures and priorities committee and liaised regularly with area program supervisors. She served in as ED until 2008, when, after several volunteer vacations to rebuild homes in the tsunami-devastated region of Tangalle, Sri Lanka, she resigned her position to volunteer in Tangalle for a year as a liaison with Developing World Connections, a non-profit organization that provides volunteer assistance to communities in need around the globe.

Since her retirement in 2010 JoAnne has been an active member of the board of directors of Career Services, is an active member of the board of the Hudson-Burnbrae Foundation, serves as pastoral care chair and presbytery representative on the council of Christ United Church, Lyn, and is the current chair-elect of Four Rivers Presbytery of the United Church of Canada.

Robert Croxall, Treasurer

Robert is a long-serving board member whose background in manufacturing has been invaluable to our program planning throughout the years. He is active in the local Lion’s Club and serves as the chair of the Finance Committee for Career Services.

Candy Burkitt, Past Chair

Candy holds a BA from Queens University and a Masters from the University of Calgary with a specialization in workplace learning.

Candy is active in the community and volunteers with numerous agencies, some of which include St. Lawrence Lodge, Girls Inc. of Upper Canada and Ontario SPCA, Brockville Branch. As well she was a member of the organizing committee for the Brockville Care & Share Golf Tourney which raised $250,000 in support of the Brockville Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Program at Brockville General Hospital.  Candy has held various Executive positions with the Brockville Women’s Network and is currently serving as Secretary.  Her success in fundraising and project management can be attributed to her friendly personality, attention to detail, and skills she obtained at Shell Canada where she held positions in software support, finance, customer service, production scheduling and materials management.

Candy works on various committees for our Board, and held the position of Board Chair from 2012 until 2014. She can be described as a lifelong learner who enjoys the many opportunities that arise with new and different challenges, viewing each experience as a means for both personal and professional growth. Candy is a sought after volunteer due to her eye for detail, ability to commit to an organization, and her broad understanding of business issues and processes.

Roland Glenndinning

Roland was born and educated in Northern Ireland and emigrated to Canada in 1951. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Theology from McMaster University and ministered in the communities of Grimsby and Brockville for many years. Over the years Roland has served on many boards including the VON, the Volunteer Bureau and the Brockville Accessibility Committee. He was also employed by the Leeds and Grenville County Board of Education as Co-ordinator of Continuing Education and Community Liaison, where he had frequent contact with young people with disabilities and began his long association with Career Services.

Michael Jiggins

Michael has been the executive assistant to MPP Steve Clark since 2010, pleased to have the opportunity to make a positive difference in people’s lives as member of Mr. Clark’s staff and as a member of the board of Career Services. Michael is very familiar with the opportunities and challenges faced by our clients and programs from his extensive background in the newspaper business, including many years spent as a reporter throughout Ontario and in Brockville and a year as managing editor of the Brockville Recorder and Times. His current position provides him with extensive knowledge and understanding of the legislative, economic and political issues that affect our clients and our services.

David Paul

David is responsible for community economic and development, marketing, investment attraction and property negotiation in Brockville, Ontario.

David  was educated at University of Waterloo and Fleming College in Economic Development, Tourism and Transportation, and Hotel Restaurant Management. He has 42 years experience in economic profession with Ministry of Industry and Tourism in Owen Sound, Brockville, Ottawa and overseas experience as the Canadian representative to complete strategic plans in Loch Lomand Scotland and Mt. Snowdonia Wales as part of UK Countryside exchange.  Investment attraction mission outreach in Hanover Germany with Ontario Government and with current position in China, Russia and France.   Recipient of the Inaugural VIA Rail Canada Economic Developer of the Year Award, the Royal Bank of Canada national award for economic development and Presidents Award for Tall Ships 1812 Tourism Festival.

Volunteer work includes School Board Chair, President of the Eastern Ontario Economic Commission, Governor for regional Hospital board, President of Brockville Chamber of Commerce, Director on the National Safe Community Board, Chair of the 175th Celebrations and Tall Ships 1812 Tour and Past President for Economic Development Association of Canada.

David enjoys mountains, the outdoors and smiling people with a sense of humor. Bilingual in English and Irish! Married forty-two years to lass Janice with two boys Darryl and Christopher.

Ronald Pottinger

Now retired, Ronald was born, raised and educated in Brockville.

Ronald was employed at Phillips Cables for forty years: thirty-three of those in Shipping, Receiving and Dispatch, dealing with highway and rail transportation throughout North America, six years in Timekeeping and one year in Cost Accounting.

He is a proud father of a daughter with physical and developmental disabilities who was a client of Career Services for many years.

Member of the Brockville Lions Club and the Brockville Probus Club.

JoAnne Systma

JoAnne is currently the co-owner of Dedicated Shunting Services.  Founded in 1996, Dedicated Shunting Services has provided drop lot management and logistical support to the Procter & Gamble Company for the past 20 years.  In addition to her professional career, JoAnne is an active community volunteer.  Her current volunteer activities include her position as General Manager and Board Co-chair for the Brockville and Area Food Bank, Past President and current Vice President of Girls Incorporated of Upper Canada, Treasurer of the Auxiliary Volunteer Program, St. Lawrence Lodge, and Scholarship Committee Chair, Brockville Women’s Network.