Chair
Ashlee Gerard - Nogdawindamin Family & Community Services
I am the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Services at Nogdawindamin Family and Community Services. With a full year as chair under my belt, I have a better understanding of the wants and needs of our membership and executive and look forward to serving the network better. I thrive in growing, innovative work environments with opportunity for advancement.
Vice Chair
Greg Lefave - Superior Auto Group
I am the President of the Superior Auto Group in Sault Ste Marie, representing Chrysler, Nissan and Thrifty Car Rental. As a new member of the Strive executive, I look forward to helping the team achieve their growth goals and add a fresh perspective to an already successful core.
Secretary
Mary Garside - Pinchin Ltd.
I am a Project Manager with Pinchin Ltd., an environmental engineering and consulting firm specializing in Environmental Due Diligence and Remediation. I coordinate spill management and remediation, commercial and residential assessments and audits and manage field and on-site environmental projects throughout northern Ontario. I am associated with Rotaract, STRIVE, the Sault Steelers and Sault Women in Business, bringing my enthusiasm and ambition to the Sault Ste. Marie community. I am delighted by the interest in the community for young professionals and the ambition of our local young leaders. I hope to continue the support and growth of STRIVE as an essential group to the diversity and prosperity of our city.
Finance Officer
Dean Beilhartz - Sun Life Financial
As a financial advisor, I’m also a small business owner. I work with individuals, families, and business owners of all ages, preparing for the future and protecting against the financial impact of unexpected health and life events. This is my second year on the Strive executive. Within our membership you’re sure to find other individuals just like you, to network and share ideas with. Meet new people, create partnerships, and help drive the Sault forward!
Events Officer
Carly Creagh - Freedom 55 Financial
With a B.A. in Community, Economic and Social Development, my passion is strengthening community and helping others. During my last employment with a non-profit, following a position at a local financial institution, I was approached by a good friend regarding a career at Freedom 55 Financial. Together we understood that this opportunity would be a great fit. I’ve been working as a Financial Advisor for over a year now. I am lucky that I get to help my clients actualize their potentials and achieve their goals & dreams, while remaining true to my passion of helping people and working within my community. I am excited to apart of STRIVE and the community of young professionals that come with. I strive to help other movers and shakers realize their potential and follow their passions in their careers, like I did mine.
Events Officer
Mikaela McDermid - The Ontario Finnish Resthome Association
I work at The Ontario Finnish Resthome Association as a Payroll Administrator. This is my first year on the Strive Exec as Events Officer. I look forward to working on some new and innovative events this year that will provide some great resources to YPs in the Sault. Sault Ste. Marie has an amazing group of young intra and entrepreneurs and I am excited to work along side them and support them.
Marketing Officer
Kurtis McDermid - Odd Job Jacks
Communications Officer
Laura Christian - OLG
I work as an Inbound Specialist at Ontario Lottery and Gaming. I graduated from Algoma University in the Spring of 2018 with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Minor in Marketing. I have been a Strive member since 2016, and I am very excited to now be a member of the Strive Executive. I am grateful for the opportunity to make an impact in our community and to be a voice for young professionals here through Strive.
Recruitment Officer
Carly Dool - Floreani O'Toole and Dool Orthodontics
Advocacy Officer
Terri Sheth - RBC
Sponsorship Officer
Kristen Greco - Community Development Corporation
I currently work for the Community Development Corporation as a Community Project Officer. I get to oversee a variety of projects in which we work with community partners to try and create an impact through Community Economic Development practices. During my time at the CDC I have developed a sense of the importance of sustainability within a community and what it means to actively help shape the future and prosperity of the Sault. I strongly believe in Strive’s purpose and mission as a place for like minded young professionals to meet and grow professionally and personally. I joined Strive almost 2 years ago and have seen in a short period of time Strive make positive impacts within the community. I wanted to join so that I could be a part of this group of dynamic people and I am excited to be part of the executive as the Sponsorship Officer.
Member at Large
Paul Mason - the Disability Assistance Group
I am an original Saultie, moved back 2 years ago from downtown Toronto. I live and work downtown, running my own business, the Disability Assistance Group, helping people with disabilities get money from the government. I also utilize my B. Commerce degree as a financial advisor as well as. I can be seen daily walking downtown with my dog, Chewie, as well as my toddler and wife. Frequent stops are Outspoken Brewery, Ernies diner, and the Downtown Association, where I am a board member, and sit on/chair several committees. I am very excited to be part of Strive, as I feel the SOO is at a major turning point. Economically, politically, socially, and professionally. To be a part of that, helping the other members and executives in getting people involved, and developing the community of young professionals is important to me, as I am invested in seeing the Soo grow and develop. Oh, fun facts... I am an avid axethrower, just started a dodgeball league in the SOO,
Chamber of Commerce Liaison
Derek Jackson - Wardlaw Heating & Cooling Inc
I am the Sales & Marketing Manager at Wardlaw Heating & Cooling. I also work as the company's Health & Safety Manager. I am a member of the Board of Directors for the SSM Chamber of Commerce. I chair the SSMCOC Membership Acquisition and Retention committee and sit on the Business Development and Education committee. As Chamber of Commerce Liaison for Strive YPG I ensure open communication between both boards to continue our open and supportive working relationship. I feel both the Chamber and Strive are essential groups in our community to ensure a prosperous and dynamic future for our entire community. This will help to facilitate growth, lessen outmigration and ensure The Soo continues to be an amazing place to live, work and play.