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Appointee Biographies

Soldiers' Aid Commission


In 1969, Colin Rowe joined the Ontario Public Service in what was then the Department of Social and Family Services. Through part-time studies, Mr. Rowe graduated in 1972 from the Social Service Administration program at the former Ryerson Polytechnical Institute. Until his retirement in November 1999, Mr. Rowe's entire public service career was in the Ministry of Community and Social Services and primarily in the Income Maintenance program. Mr. Rowe is a forty- year member of the Royal Canadian Legion and served for fifteen years in the Canadian Armed Forces Militia. He retired in June 2002 from his position as the Regimental Drum Major for the Band of the Governor General's Horse Guards, Canada's senior militia regiment, but maintains a busy schedule as editor for several military publications. Upon retiring from the OPS in 1999, he returned to academia and earned a Music Diploma at Humber College in the Jazz Studies program, graduating in June 2002 with a major in Arranging and Composition. He still performs as a free-lance musician (trombonist) and arranger in the Greater Toronto Area and is the current Drum Major of the Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines Association in Cobourg, Ontario.


Homer Brooks served in the Canadian Army Regular Forces and the Reserve Unit, 50th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery. He was also with the Government of Ontario for over 30 years and served in the Ministries of Mines and Northern Affairs, Correctional Services and the Ministry of Community and Social Services. Mr. Brooks' educational background includes Military Police Training at the Canadian Provost Corps School, (Canadian Army Reg.), Certificate in Correctional Services and Certified Northern Affairs Officer. His community and professional organizational involvement includes serving as a long-standing member of the Royal Canadian Legion, past President of the Moosonee Lions Club and Fenelon Falls Rotary Club, and a former member of the Ontario Real Estate Association. He is presently a school bus driver with First Student Transportation Services in Bowmanville.


William Thomas joined the Army Cadet Corp in 1944 and served until 1947 as a Lance Corporal. He attended Ryerson Institute of Technology where he obtained his Diploma as an Engineering Technician. Over the next 48 years, Mr. Thomas worked for four companies in both technical and management positions. He has been a member of the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (CTE) since 1957. Mr. Thomas' community involvement includes serving as a volunteer with the Rockcliff Nursing Home, St. Ninians Anglican Church, Scarborough Recreation and Parks, Wexford Baseball Organisation and the YMCA.


John Stapleton worked for the Ontario Government in the Ministry of Community and Social Services for 28 years. After leaving government in late 2002, Mr. Stapleton became Community Undertaking Social Policy Fellow at St. Christopher House in Toronto in association with Massey College at the University of Toronto. He freelances as a social policy consultant with governments while continuing to work with other diverse interests at the Caledon Institute of Social Policy, Human Resources and Social Development Canada and the Toronto City Summit Alliance. Mr. Stapleton is a volunteer with St. Christopher House and Woodgreen Community Services of Toronto, a former Research Director for the Task Force on Modernizing Income Security for Working Age Adults in Toronto and a former co-chair of the working group. He completed an analysis of the legal aid needs test in Ontario and is currently undertaking an Innovations Fellowship with the Metcalf Foundation. He teaches a course on public policy at the Schulich School of Business.


LCol (ret'd) Susan Beharriell served in the Canadian Forces for more than 35 years at the tactical, operational and strategic levels. Key posts included running intelligence for the Air Force, serving in NORAD HQ in Colorado, with NATO in Germany and a secondment to the Privy Council Office on Parliament Hill. Her community involvement includes being a member of The Memory Project Speakers' Bureau and contributing to various environmental and sustainability committees in King Township. LCol. Beharriell holds an Honours BA from Queen's University and is an Officer of the Order of Military Merit, the military version of the Order of Canada.


Kenneth Osborne served in the Canadian Forces for 24 years. As a lawyer with the Office of the Judge Advocate General, his key posts included roles with NATO, the Strategic Joint Staff, and as a Deputy Judge Advocate. He is a veteran of peacekeeping operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina and combat operations in Afghanistan. Deploying to Afghanistan on two occasions, he served as the lawyer to Canada's Special Operations Task Force, and subsequently deployed as legal mentor in a rule of law capacity with the US Forces. For service as a mentor in Afghanistan, he was awarded the United States Meritorious Service Medal. Mr. Osborne's community involvement includes service with the Town of Aurora Council Compensation Committee and he has volunteered with the Government of Canada Charitable Workplace Campaign. Following retirement from the military, Mr. Osborne now resides in Stoney Creek, Ontario, and works with the Law Society of Upper Canada.


John Cyril Greenfield worked for the Corporation of the City of Oshawa for 40 years. Mr. Greenfield has been a member of the Royal Canadian Legion for 32 years, a Service Officer and a Sergeant at Arms for 15 years, as well as a member of the Clarington Older Adult Association for 15 years. He is a life member with the Temple Lodge AF and AM No. 649 ERC, Oshawa, Ontario, where he has been a member for 56 years. Mr. Greenfield's community service includes volunteering at the Legion and the Adult Centre serving meals.


Rosemarie McGuire is a Law Clerk for Benson Percival Brown LLP. Ms. McGuire is a former Office Manager with the Ear, Nose and Throat Association. Her community involvement includes serving as Director of the Warrior's Day Council and as a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. Ms. McGuire earned her Law Clerk credentials from George Brown College.