Cheryl Keetch, Coordinator
Marshall Buchanan – President
Joanne McManus, Treasurer
Joanne McManus is the current treasurer for the Ottawa Valley Food Co-op board. As the treasurer she is responsible for managing our financial resources. She has worked as an organizational change management and business process management expert within the finance industry and with a number of non-profit organizations. Ms. McManus has a strong background in both finance and accounting. In previous work, she has been responsible for multi-currency, multi-million dollar budgets. She has experience in all aspects of financial forecasting, resource allocation, fund management, accounting and control. Ms. McManus received a Bachelor of Environmental Science from the University of Waterloo, a Master of Arts in Integrated Studies from Athabasca University and is a Certified Management Accountant. Currently based in Burnstown, Ontario, she grows organic vegetables to supplement food she buys through OVFC.
Chris Tanner, Secretary
Chris has been on the OVFC board for 3 years and is currently the secretary. He is an active OVFC consumer member and was part of a food coop in Deep River during the 1970’s and 80’s, where he also served on the executive. He served as treasurer of the Deep River Choral Group for a number of years, is on the board of THEOP, which presents concerts in Deep River, and is a member of the executive on the local NDP riding association. He retired from AECL in 2003, where he worked for most of his career, primarily as a computer engineer.
Ashleigh Cluff, Vice-President
Ashleigh (Ash Anne) moved with her family to the Ottawa Valley from Dartmouth N.S. in 2017. While living in Nova Scotia, she started OH! Bagel, an organic, gluten-free, sourdough bagel business, vending at the famous Keith’s Brewery market in Halifax. Ash Anne attended the University of Waterloo for her undergraduate degree in anthropology, with a special interest in the relationship between food and culture, as well as the use of food as medicine cross-culturally. She went on to earn her designation as a registered holistic nutritionist and continues to develop her knowledge and experience in implementing the use of food as medicine. She has been a consumer member of the coop since discovering its existence after her relocation. Ash Anne enjoys spending her free time learning about the secret and sacred lives of plants and the wisdom they hold. She joined the board in 2019 to contribute to the continuation of an important food system component in the Ottawa Valley.
Sarah Bennett lives and farms between Beachburg and Foresters Falls. She is a producer with the food co-op “Sarah’s Goats” providing customers with goat meat raised on her farm. Sarah farms together with her husband Jeff (owner of Reiche Meat Products) and 3 children Leigha, Liam and Lora. They also raise beef and pork. Sarah also owns Burnt Bridge Quality Meat’s in Petawawa. B.B.Q. Meat’s is a small store that provides Reiche Meat Products with a store front for their local meats and also sells other locally produced items and is the current location for our Petawawa deliveries. Sarah is passionate about local food systems and desires to support local small farms and business in any way she can.
Perri-Rae grew up on a small hobby farm on the Barr Line between Cobden and Douglas. Her father raised chickens, beef cattle and also had horses. Perri-Rae is the financial advisor/owner of Perri-Rae Boell & Associates Inc/The Co-operators in Pembroke, Ontario. She has worked for The Co-operators for over 30 years. She worked along side her father Brian Yuke who was the farm specialist with The Co-operators in the Ottawa Valley. He taught her the farm business and is happy to carry on with his legacy. Perri-Rae lives in Rankin with her husband Rob. They have 3 children who happen to be triplets and they are 24 years old. “I am a huge supporter of local farms and businesses and I enjoy volunteering and giving back to my community.”
Connie Matthews-Cull, BA, MA, B.ED. is very grateful to find the OVFC as a reliable source of sustainable, healthy food and products. She is a volunteer on distribution day for the OVFC and a member for over a year taking advantage of direct access to small local businesses. She is keen to promote healthy eating while supporting our vibrant local economy and is the editor of the OVFC Newsletter, Food For Thought.
Originally from New York, Cara’s love of the Ottawa Valley began almost 20 years ago when her boyfriend now husband brought her home to Eganville for Christmas. For the past 30 years she has toured the world as a professional dancer and choreographer and now calls Pembroke her home. A performer who loves to cook, Cara was introduced to the OVFC by her sister-in-law Paula Bashford and vows to carry on Paula’s legacy of supporting local food, businesses, and community spirit. When not dancing around her kitchen, you’ll find Cara on stage with six-time Grammy Award winners The Chieftains or The StepCrew – the acclaimed dance show she created with The Pilatzke Brothers featuring Irish, Tap, and Ottawa Valley step dancing . Cara can be seen in the famous nationwide Folgers coffee commercial “A Dancer’s Morning” and Shania Twain’s video “Don’t Be Stupid.” You can follow Cara on Instagram @cb_stepcrew and on Facebook at The StepCrew
Dianne Isaacs is the retired co-founder and CEO of a high tech company. She lived in Denbigh for many years and was known for her extensive vegetable and fruit gardens. These days Dianne lives in an off-grid house on a small acreage just outside Renfrew. She is currently attempting to transform old pasture land into a productive organic garden. She is grateful to have found the Co-Op because its producers supply her with all sorts of excellent items including and not least of all, two sources of composted manure! Dianne also volunteers at Valley Animal Rescue as a dog foster. She can be seen from time to time in Renfrew’s parks attempting to persuade confused rescue dogs to Sit, Walk and Stay. Dianne and her husband Paul enjoy music and play fiddle and guitar together daily. Dianne also loves being on the water and is a happy flat water kayaker.