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
Marketing Officer
Kurtis McDermid - Odd Job Jacks
Communications Officer
Laura Christian - OLG
Recruitment Officer
Carly Dool - Floreani O'Toole and Dool Orthodontics
Advocacy Officer
Terri Sheth - RBC
Sponsorship Officer
Kristen Greco - Community Development Corporation
Member at Large
Paul Mason - the Disability Assistance Group
Hi! I am an original Saultie, moved back 2 years ago from downtown Toronto. I live and work downtown, as a financial advisor as well as helping people with disabilities get money from the government. 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. 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'm an avid axethrower, just started a dodgeball league in the SOO,
Chamber of Commerce Liaison
Derek Jackson - Wardlaw Heating & Cooling Inc