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Thames Valley Education Foundation Strategic Plan

We are proud to release our new three-year strategic plan for the Foundation - CLICK HERE to view

Education Foundation Board of Directors

We are pleased to introduce the Board of Directors of Thames Valley Education Foundation. Our Board volunteers govern the work of the Foundation and ensure the Foundation is a solid steward of donations and an innovative fundraising force.

  • Chris Thompson, TVEF President, Community Representative
  • David Foster, TVEF Vice - President, Community Representative
  • Rick Doerr, TVEF Secretary/Treasurer, Community Representative
  • James Stewart, TVEF Past - President, Community Representative
  • Mark Fisher, Director of Education, TVDSB
  • Graham Hart, TVDSB Trustee
  • Jeff Pratt, Associate Director, TVDSB
  • Sherri Moore, TVDSB Trustee 

Education Foundation Staff

Melissa Derbyshire, CFRE

Melissa Derbyshire, fundraising specialist, TVDSB/ chief philanthropy officer, TVEF joined the team in 2022. With almost 20 years in the fundraising sector, Melissa has a passion for supporting youth and, in particular, youth education. She has worked with numerous organizations helping them raise millions of dollars, most recently as a Director at Junior Achievement (JA) South Western Ontario.

Melissa graduated with a Fund Development Diploma from Fanshawe College, has a Professional Certificate in Not-for-Profit Management from Western Continuing Studies, earned a CFRE designation in 2021 and is a member of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) London and Region Chapter. She has been volunteering for over 20 years at her church and supported many one-day events with numerous organizations. 

In her free time, Melissa enjoys travelling, visiting beaches in Ontario, practicing meditation and learning new things. She is excited to continue her career journey in stewarding donor support to provide and enhance youth learning and opportunities

Jackie Ellefsen, CFRE

Jackie Ellefsen, development coordinator, TVDSB, joined the TVEF team as Executive Director in August 2016. With over 10 years experience in fundraising for community organizations, Jackie has a passion for education and enjoys building meaningful relationships in the community.

Before her current role, Jackie led a $40 million Cardiac Care Campaign at London Health Sciences Foundation and is proud to have earned her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation in 2014.

In addition to free time hobbies such as travel, food and BBC mysteries, Jackie also enjoys her role as a instructor in Fundraising and Development at Western Continuing Studies and hopes to graduate with a Masters in Professional Education from Queen's University in 2019. Jackie professes that she now has her 'dream job', and hopes to continue to grow TVEF's profile and enhance educational opportunities for students in Thames Valley.

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Lindsay Walker

Lindsay Walker joined TVEF in March of 2022 as the Assistant, Community and Corporate Development. Lindsay has a Graduate Certificate, with distinction, from Humber College in Arts Administration, in addition to an undergraduate Bachelor of Music degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, with honours in Music History, Theory, and Critical Analysis and a minor in Geography. In her previous role, Lindsay managed artist relations with the Stratford Summer Music Festival.

Lindsay supports the Caring Fund, the awards and scholarships portfolio, and events. She has a passion for learning and is looking forward to supporting equity in education at Thames Valley Education Foundation. 

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