Hon. Col. John Cairns
As President and CEO of Voice of Victory and Motivational Speaker, John aspires to inspire. He has spoken to numerous NGOs, NPOs, organizations towards implementing vision and launching success. John’s altruistic involvement in philanthropy and interest to make a difference grew from a life transformational work place accident; granting him another chance to live.
John is the Past President of The Rotary Club of Belleville. John is past Director and Alumni with the Quinte Health Care Board of Directors and Belleville General Hospital Foundation. John is a recipient of the 2009/10 Volunteer Award for Excellence in Volunteer Service, Rotary International Presidential Citation, and recipient of the Les Faludy Award of Leadership Excellence. John currently serves as the Past Chair of the Board of Directors for Volunteer Information Quinte, an Advisory-Member of Belleville Municipality Accessibility Advisory Council, and Board Member with Quinte Children’s Foundation.
John is excited and passionate to serve Wheelchair of Hope Foundation as it is another needed opportunity to make positive upward change in peoples’ lives though the freedom of mobility.
Dianna Cairns is an accomplished entrepreneur and owner of Polish Salon and Spa which has been in operation since 2009. She possesses considerable skills and knowledge in business and exceptional financial awareness towards sustainable growth. Dianna enjoys bringing vision to reality and giving back to the community by bettering the lives of those in need. In addition to being nominated for Business Person of the Year 2012 (in Belleville, Ont), Dianna’s previous business Palm Beach Mega Tan won the Business of the Year award in 2004. Dianna is a wife and mother to five children who truly enjoys being involved in her community and helping wherever she can.
Prior to her entrepreneurial activities, Dianna had a career as a nurse and then went on to work for a number of years at Proctor and Gamble.
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Mike Wilcox is a Professional Personal Property Appraiser and Author of more than 300 articles related to Antiques and Collectibles. Mike was the sole proprietor of Second Century Restoration (1987-2001) and established Antique-Appraise.com in 1996 as an online service for the identification and evaluation of Antiques and Collectibles. Clients include Worthpoint.com, Instappraisal.com, Valuethisnow.com, Lofty.com and E-djuster.com.
Prior to opening his own business Mr. Wilcox was the Pre Vocational Program Co-ordinator for Serenity House , a residential Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation center (1980-87), overseeing the operation of their non profit workshop and providing workplace assessments for Community & Social Services, Workman’s Compensation, CFB Trenton and Meta Pre-Vocational. Mike Wilcox also developed and taught the course “Antiques 101” (1989-91) for Loyalist College, Belleville, Ontario.
Lauren Frantz-Reid was appointed to lead the Life Enrichment Department in 2012 after working in Administration and as the Recreation Assistant since 2007 at The Richmond Retirement Residence in Belleville, ON. Lauren was unaware that signing up for a co-operative elective course in High School at The Richmond would lead her into a career that not only changed her life but has meaning to the older adult community.
Lauren’s typical work day includes department budgeting/accounts payables, marketing & event planning in-house and community hot leads, supervision of recreation aides, recruiting and training volunteers, overseeing the development and implementation of therapeutic programs that meet the physical, social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual and cultural needs/interests to the older adults within the home, and daily maintaining a close contact with community and volunteer groups.
Lauren’s passion is event planning/marketing for The Richmond and over the years has planned and hosted many events within the home/community. Some of the events Lauren has planned include the Annual Christmas Event, Night of Elegance, Intergenerational Choir Events partnered with Seniors from the community and the children of Holy Rosary Catholic School, Alzheimer Charity Luncheons, Charity Fundraiser partnered with RBC on behalf of the Humane Society, War Bride Ceremony, Remembrance Day Service for the community hosted with Knights of Columbus.
Shauna is a graduate of the Photojournalism program at Loyalist College and owner of Wiseman Photography Ltd. She grew up in the nations capital of Ottawa where her passion for writing and photography grew from an interest in preserving history.
Having been successfully published in several papers across the country, she looks to use her camera to shed a light on those who donate always necessarily have their own voice to do so. She has worked with Voice of Victory on a trip to visit Boston bombing survivors and another charity in Ottawa called Finding Life which let her work to bring an Everest expedition via skype and web to over 20,000 students. She has also lent her time and camera to many Rotary club functions as well over the years.
Lieutenant Colonel Brandon Sing is a 22-year military veteran serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He is a Logistics Officer by trade and is currently employed in the exciting world of Air Movements. As the Commanding Officer of 2 Air Movements Squadron, he oversees an incredible team of Officers and Traffic Technicians who are responsible for ensuring the reception, packaging, storage, loading and distribution of mission-critical material destined for theatre of operations across the globe.
Brandon has served in Afghanistan, Pakistan, West Africa, the United Arab Emirates, and the Caribbean. He is a graduate of the Royal Military College and holds a Master’s Degree in Defense Studies.
Having served the RCAF from coast to coast with a few stops in between, Brandon has never really been in one place long enough to call it home, to become too attached or to be involved in the community. However, having grown some roots after nearly 5 years in the area, he has seized the opportunity to give back to the community through involvement in the Wheelchair of Hope Foundation.
Brandon’s son has been challenged with mobility issues and some life-changing disabilities, leading both to become involved in Quinte West Special Olympics where Brandon is a volunteer coach. Having seen the joy that comes with making a positive impact in people’s lives, he is equally enthusiastic and committed to helping to address the mobility needs and raising awareness within the local area.