This week we are featuring Dr. Derek Coleman. Derek is a generous community-minded donor who is passionate about the environment and education.

Derek has been an environmental and ecological consultant for 46 years and has worked in seven provinces on about 1000 projects. He has been called upon to give expert testimony before various administrative hearings on more than 225 occasions.

He has supported the City of Cambridge through membership and chairing its Environmental Advisory Committee (CEAC).  He and his wife Kay enjoying their summers at a remote cottage property next to Killarney Provincial Park where their cottage is next to a waterfall.

Derek has also been recognized by the University of Toronto, receiving the Arbour Society Award for volunteerism; the Terry Fox Foundation as the July 2015 Hero for completing 37 of the 38 “marathons of hope”; and by the Grand River Conservation Authority for the 2018 Watershed Award, for outstanding efforts in protecting the environment of the watershed.  He has also backpacked/completed four of the various historic pilgrimage routes that consist of the Camino de Santiago in Spain and Portugal.

Tell us how you are involved with the Cambridge and North Dumfries Community Foundation?

I established a donor-advised fund with the Foundation in 2007, and have worked with Jane Neath, Lisa Short and Anne Lavender to award about $150,000 in grants through the fund and with flow-through contributions.

What brought you to the Cambridge and North Dumfries Community Foundation?

There is a definite current need for the administration and contacts and opportunities the CNDCF provides.  In the longer term, they will administer the Endowed Fund.

What is your favorite thing about the Cambridge and/or North Dumfries Community Foundation?

I enjoy looking back at the current and past year’s achievements.

What are your hopes for the future of our community?

I believe we are fortunate to be located in the best geography and community in Ontario for quality of life. As the headaches of the larger urban centres multiply, this will become more evident.