Our Board


Meet CFPEI’s hard working Board!

Left to Right: Jonathan Ross, Vice President; Steve McQuaid (passed January 3, 2017); Heather Tedford; Rod Nicholson; James Travers; Tracey Laughlin, Treasurer; John Robinson, Past President; Pam Borden, Secretary. Missing from photo: Tom Davies (President), Giselle Bernard, Paula Foley, and Joanne Donahoe.

Photo taken by CFPEI Volunteer Photographer Phil Matusiewicz

Tom Davies: President

Tom Davies by PM 2015Term: 1993/05/01 – 2017/05/01

Tom Davies is the Past President of the Community Foundation having been a part of the Foundation’s formation in the late 1980’s. Tom, along with his family, are the franchisees of Kentucky Fried Chicken for Prince Edward Island. He has been involved in many organizations related to municipal governance, area development, volunteerism, and church. He is a Rotarian and Jaycee Senator. Tom is married to Eleanor (Haywood) Davies and they live in Stratford. Photo: Phil Matusiewicz

Jonathan Ross: Vice President 

Jonathon Ross by PM 2015Term: 2015/10/01 –  2018/10/01

Jonathan Ross is a Director of Wealth Management with Richardson GMP, and a partner with Cudmore Ross Wealth Management, a specialized team within the larger firm of Richardson GMP. With a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Prince Edward Island, Jonathan has achieved numerous industry certifications and most recently is a graduate of the Securities Institute at the Wharton School of Business. In addition to his community work with the Community Foundation, Jonathan is a Paul Harris fellow in Rotary, a national director with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Chair of the J. Angus Society and President of the Charlottetown Executive Association. Photo: Phil Matusiewicz

Tracey Laughlin: Treasurer

Tracey Laughlin by PM 2015

Term: 2009/05/01 – 2018/05/01

Tracey Laughlin received her CMA Designation in 1996 after graduating from St. Mary’s University. Tracey currently is the Vice President of Finance at On-Line Support Inc., a call centre headquartered in Charlottetown, with nine sites in PEI, NS and ON and approximately 1800 staff. Prior to joining On-Line Support, Tracey held various positions of responsibility in United States and Canada. Tracey has been Foundation Treasurer since year 2009. Photo: Phil Matusiewicz

Pam Borden: Secretary

Pam Borden 2016Term: 2016/05/26 – 2017/05/26

Pam has been recruited as a volunteer to the committee because of her interest in assisting the Foundation in its work matching worthy community causes to caring Islanders. Pam is the current Library Manager, Law Society of Prince Edward Island Library. In her unpaid work Pam served with the Rotary Club of Stratford, most recently as its President. She is now a member of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown.

John Robinson: Past President

John Robisnson by PMTerm: 2004/05/01 – 2019/05/01

John Robinson and the Robinson family name are well known to the agricultural community on the Island. He grew up on the family farm in Augustine Cove, attended the local 2 room school, then Prince of Wales College, and attained a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick. While at UNB he met his wife to be, Hazel, and they moved back to PEI in 1966 to join his father, Eric and brother, Alan in the family business, Eric C Robinson Inc. at Albany.

John and Hazel raised their 3 children in North Tryon and the family has grown to include 8 grandchildren. Although he continues to serve as Chairman of the board of directors since retiring in 2001, the Robinson Group of Companies is currently owned and operated by Eric’s six  grandchildren. A successful business person in the agricultural arena, John has held many leadership positions at the local and national level dealing with business development, the economy, the environment, and agriculture. John and Hazel are privileged to now live in Charlottetown where they are quite involved in their grandchildren’s lives, travel extensively, all the while being active in their church and various volunteer roles including John’s current role as Past President and Chair of the Fund Development Committee at the Community Foundation of PEI. Photo: Phil Matusiewicz

Paula Foley: Director

pfoleyTerm: 2013/05/01 – 2017/05/01

A graduate of UPEI and Holland College, Paula Foley is Manager of Holland College, West Prince Campus. She has worked as a private consultant for ten years on rural development projects. Prior to that, Ms. Foley was project manager for Northport Development Inc., and was a business development officer for Enterprise PEI for 10 years. Paula has continued to take an active role in community development of West Prince for the past 35 years. Paula is the Chair of the Foundation’s Granting Committee. She lives in Northport with her husband, Phillip Weeks.


Rod Nicholson: Director

rnicholsonTerm: 2015/05/01 – 2017/05/01

Rod Nicholson resides in Summerside with his wife Leona. He works as a business consultant with Dynamic Outcomes Consulting. In the past he has been employed in management positions in both the private and public sector, recently as Operations Manager of Food Trust of PEI and General Manager of Mid-Isle Farms Inc. He has been a director on a number of boards, in both the private and public sectors. Rod served as Chair of the Foundation’s Granting Committee until May 2016.


Jim Travers: Director

James Travers by PM 2015Term: 2010/05/01 – 2019/05/01

Jim Travers graduated from Dalhousie University with a law degree in 1980 and is currently practicing corporate law with the Stewart McKelvey law firm in Charlottetown. He became Queen’s Counsel in 1998 and has been listed as one of the best lawyers in Canada. He currently serves as a director with several groups including the Fathers of Confederation Building Trust, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, the Children’s Wish Foundation. Photo: Phil Matusiewicz

Heather Tedford: Director 

Term: 2016Heather Tedford/05/26 – 2019/05/26

An Islander by choice, Heather Tedford has enjoyed an extensive career in the sales and marketing field. She recently retired from TC Media PEI as Director of Sales and Marketing for The Guardian and Journal Pioneer and Publisher of G! Magazine.  Heather now takes on freelance projects for various businesses and organizations–interesting work that has the added advantage of leaving plenty of time for golf, gardening and travel.

Active in the community, Tedford works with numerous non-profit organizations and as a volunteer on many events. She is a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Hillsborough and a Paul Harris Rotary Fellow.

Giselle Bernard

Term: 2016/08/17 – 2019/08/26gisellebernardlowres1[1]

Giselle Bernard lives and works in Wellington. She works as Community Development Officer with the, Department of Rural Development. She is an active community volunteer working on numerous local projects and initiatives while also representing her Francophone community on provincial and national organizations.

Joanne Donahoe

Term: 2016/10/30 – 2019/10/30Joanne Donahoe head

Born and raised an Islander, Joanne Donahoe resides in Cardigan with her husband Edward Donahoe. They have three grown children. She graduated from UPEI with a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration and completed her MBA from Athabasca University. Joanne has extensive experience in public service with the federal and provincial levels of government, primarily in healthcare. She is currently employed by the Workers Compensation Board of PEI. Joanne has volunteered in leadership positions with the local Home and School Association, Friends of MRHS, and church groups. Donahoe’s volunteer work includes fundraising for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the PEI Cancer Society, and the Terry Fox Run. She also helps organize numerous community events, such as the Annual Cardigan Winter Carnival, and benefit concerts held for individuals and families who are in need of community and financial support. Joanne enjoys singing in her church choir, golfing, reading, swimming and the great outdoors.