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Appointee Biographies

Grant Review Team - Durham, Haliburton, Kawartha and Pine Ridge - Ontario Trillium Foundation


Benjamin Currelly is recently retired from a career in business and is now actively volunteering in a variety of areas. Following university, where he received a BSc in Agriculture, he operated a cash crop farm. Modernized and computerized operations. Sold to son in 2008. In 1982, he founded Ganaraska Grain Ltd. Bought, processed, and stored grain for local farmers. Built business to 55,000mt, with sales of $25 million. Sold to son in 2016. In 1998 he founded grain merchandising company with office in Port Hope, Winnipeg, and Montreal. Built volumes to 600,000mt with sales of $150 million. Wound company down and merged with grain elevator. In 1990 founded Ganaraska Systems Inc. to develop software to manage grain elevators. Company was successful, with clients across Canada and the US. Sold in 2015. In 1995 bought industrial hardware business. Computerized operation hired sales staff. Business not profitable and was sold in 2000. In 1992 he started fertilizer company, Ganaraska Agricultural Supply Limited. Manufactured nitrogen fertilizer from an industrial by product. Marketed, distributed and applied fertilizer. Sold company in 2005. Ben is a pilot and owner of aircraft. Enjoys Motorcycle Touring and Tennis. Active Rotarian for over 25 years. Married for 45 years.


Elizabeth Finnie-Hunt lived in Moncton, Edmonton, Toronto and currently in Port Hope, Ontario. Education: Concordia University BFA Integrative Music Studies, ARCT, CHRM, HARP, Millinery Certificate. Business experience: Edmonton Opera Association, St. Stephens United Church Edmonton, Northumberland Orchestra Society, Plumage Millinery-owner/designer, Legal Assistant- self-employed. Volunteer experience: Northumberland Orchestra Society- Director (1998), Art Gallery of Northumberland-Chair of Resource Development (1998-2002), La Jeunesse Youth Orchestra- President and Treasurer (1999-2004), La Jeunesse Youth Orchestra Foundation-President (2012, 2015, 2019), Conservative Party of Canada Election Readiness Chair & Campaign Manager (2005-2011), St. John’s Anglican Church Port Hope- Health and Safety Committee (2006-2012), Arts Council of Northumberland Board- Special Event Organizer (2010),Victorian Operetta Society-make up crew & coordinator (1999-2016), ROM FRC Board- Secretary (2005-2009), Newsletter Editor (2006-2010), Vice Chair and Program & Events Coordinator (2010-2011), Chair (2011-2014). Community care Northumberland- Friendly Visitor (2017-pres), Community Health Ctr Port Hope-Senior Fitness Instructor (2017-pres); In 2016, awarded the Ontario Volunteer Service Award for volunteer work at the ROM.


Thomas Rowden is a former Owner/President of Ecoplas Industrial Inc., and a former General Manager for Miller Plastics Limited. His community involvement includes serving as a teacher for Durham Region Literacy Program.


Yvonne Chornobay resided and worked in Whitby for over 40 years. Yvonne as a public educator and served in her community in many ways. As Chair of the Library Board, I was a strong advocate for library services to meet the growth populations. Yvonne participated in fund raising for athletics, arts, Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society. Currently, Yvonne is a member of a committee to participate in the development and implementation of Whitby’s downtown development strategy. Yvonne serves on the Whitby Fire Chief’s Public Advisory Committee. Yvonne continues to work part-time for her previous employer, and an instructor for Queen’s University.


Stephanie Ball is an Executive Dean of School of Justice and Emergency Services, and School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Durham College, and a former Chair for Oshawa Hospital Foundation. Her community involvement includes serving through student centered initiatives to fundraise for Terry Fox, CIBC Run for the Cure and other community-based organizations.


has been a nurse for 24 years, she is the Founder/Owner of Wellness Clinic. Her community involvement includes serving as a Volunteer for Church, Homeless Shelter, and Variety Village.