At a Glance

Board of Directors

Jean-Guy Soulière
Following a 30-year career in the federal government, Jean-Guy Soulière joined the Association in 1994, retiring 13 years later as Executive Director. He played a leading role on a number of seniors’ groups coalitions and represented the interests of pensioners on numerous boards and committees. As the Association’s representative, he negotiated the Public Service Health Care Plan and is still the pensioners’ representative on the Public Service Pension Advisory Committee. He was appointed first Chair of the National Seniors Council in 2007, is a Life Member of the Association, and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013. 

Roy GoodallRoy Goodall served in the Canadian Forces for 38 years, retiring with the rank of Major. He brings comprehensive financial, personnel and project management know-how, in both national and international settings. After joining the Calgary and District Branch board in 2005, Roy served as a director, Treasurer, First Vice President, President and Past President. Roy was a key player in authoring the organization’s national by-laws and led the team that completed the branch incorporation process. Roy is also committed to advocacy, having served as the Provincial Advocacy Officer for Alberta since 2012. He was elected to the National Board in 2014.

Megan Williams
Megan Williams’s career in the federal public service was with the Canada Council for the Arts in Ottawa and Canadian Heritage in Halifax.  Her expertise includes non-profit governance, strategic planning, succession planning, board governance and capacity building.  In the latter part of her career, she was National Director of the Canadian Conference of the Arts, an arts advocacy organization, where she gained experience in government relations and advocacy by addressing the CRTC, the Finance Committee, and the Heritage Committee as well as lobbying individual Members of Parliament. She was elected Vice President of the Board of Directors of the South Shore Branch in April 2017 and elected to the National Board in June 2017.

Léonard LeBlanc began his career in teaching, which quickly segued into work with the federal government. Highlights of his career include being Director, Corporate Programs at the then-new Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and Regional Vice Chairperson (Atlantic Region) of the National Parole Board. After retirement, Léonard became involved with the Association. He was elected to the National Board in 2011 and re-elected in 2016. In 2014, Léonard was elected District Director (Atlantic) for a two-year term. He chairs the Regulations and Governance Committees and is a member of the Board’s RSO Transition Committee. 

A member since retiring in 2009, Jacques Lambert served in the public service for 41 years with several departments, including Veterans Affairs Canada and the Ministry of Employment and Immigration. For more than 15 years, Jacques has been actively involved in national committees and on management boards. Jacques was elected to the board of the Montreal Branch in 2009 and most recently served as its President. He was a key contributor to the Association’s by-law review process and worked diligently on the Honour Your Promise campaign within the Montreal region. Jacques was elected to the National Board in 2014 and re-elected in 2017.

James Nicholson

James Nicholson has more than 24 years of service in the Canadian Forces, a dozen years of experience in the private sector and six years more with the federal government. Since joining the Association in 2005, he has taken on increasingly responsible roles, using his managerial and practical experience to help update the Quebec Branch’s bylaws, organize advocacy campaigns and bring people together. He enjoys situations that require meeting precise objectives within short deadlines, working with stakeholders and preparing and overseeing budgets. While working in a union environment, he participated in two negotiations that led to renewed collective agreements.

Linda MacDonald

Linda MacDonald brings 40 years of advocacy experience to the national board. She spent her 30- year career with the Canadian Forest Service, and for 25 of those years, was the PSAC representative and local president. Since retiring, she has volunteered with the Association, and for the past 10 years was president of the Algoma Branch. Linda also serves on the board of her curling club and is a member of the Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma Seniors Health Advisory Committee. She continues to advocate for protection of members’ pensions and benefits and for better volunteer training opportunities. 

A member since his retirement in 2000, D.E. “Ted” Young served in the public service for over 37 years, with careers in the departments of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Farm Credit Canada. Ted brings a wealth of leadership and management experience in finance, negotiations, contracts, customer service, communications, and training with government and industry. Ted served as a director on the Kitchener-Waterloo Branch board before being elected to the National Board in 2014. In 2015, he was re-elected to the National Board.

Cynthia Foreman
Cynthia Foreman’s career spanned 35 years that includes 20 years in various management positions, participation in the Career Assignment Program (CAP) as well as a few assignments in Ottawa. She worked in departments that included Transport Canada, Parks/Heritage Canada, Veterans Affairs and Indian and Northern Affairs. She joined the Winnipeg and District Branch in 2012 as a Director at Large and then became 1st Vice President of the Branch in 2015. Cynthia coordinated two Regional Learning Conferences for her Branch and was involved in the development of the Branch’s first Strategic and Operations Plan. She was elected to the National Board in 2017.

Brian Strongman is a retired peace officer with over 38 years of experience at all levels of management. Throughout his career, he acquired extensive skills and experience in personnel administration, career planning, conflict resolution and crisis management while employed with the RCMP and the United Nations. Brian has served the Association as a Regional Services Officer in British Columbia. During his years as an Association volunteer, Brian has also served as Health Benefits Officer, Secretary/Treasurer and President of the Kootenay branch before being elected to the National Board in 2014 and re-elected in 2017. 

Guy Bird brings extensive professional and volunteer experience at local, national and international levels to the Association. Beginning in the private sector in finance, foreign exchange and trade, Guy had a successful 27-year career in the federal government, most notably at Natural Resources Canada’s Canadian Forest Service and as Counsellor, Forest Products at Canada’s Mission to the EU in international trade and development, policy and program evaluation. Since 2007, he has held increasingly responsible positions with the Association’s Central Okanagan, British Columbia branch, focusing on member services. Guy has written and stage-managed 4 musical shows, one at the National Arts Centre and was the Musical Director of the Kelowna Barbershop Harmony Society Chapter.

Anne Ashcroft
Anne Ashcroft has 32 years of experience working in the Federal Public Service in the Human Resources field and retired as the Assistant Director of Human Resources at the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) in 2005.  While employed with CRA, Anne was awarded the Queens Golden Jubilee Medal.  Over the course of her career, Anne volunteered at numerous not-for-profit organizations where she has played key leadership roles.  Anne joined the Saskatoon Branch Board of Directors in 2010, was appointed President in 2014, and was instrumental in reviving the Saskatoon Branch recruitment strategy.  She was appointed to the National Board in 2016.
Dyane Dufresne
Dyane Dufresne brings more than 35 years of experience of leading and managing operational and human resources functions in the public and international sectors including numerous executive-level positions. She has also served and chaired numerous executive Boards and Committees in the Federal Government of Canada and in the United Nations. Since her retirement in 2011, Dyane has volunteered with the Association where she chaired the Ottawa Branch Advocacy Committee on the protection of pensions. She served as a member of the Ottawa Branch Board of Directors as well as a member of the National Finance Committee.  Dyane was appointed to the National Board in 2016.

Daniel Brunet
Daniel Brunet is a lawyer and was admitted to the Bar in 1979. Over the course of his career at the Federal level, he appeared before the Federal Courts and the Supreme Court of Canada. He first practiced as a prosecutor on behalf of the Attorney General of Quebec and subsequently practiced as a litigator on behalf of the Information Commissioner of Canada.  His last position was Senior Legal Counsel.  After retiring from the Public Service in 2014, Daniel was elected to the Ottawa Branch Board of Directors in 2016 and appointed as chair of the Branch’s Membership and Services Committee. Daniel was elected to the National Board in 2017.

Simon Coakeley
Simon Coakeley is a seasoned, fully bilingual lawyer and government executive with almost 30 years of operational and policy-oriented experience in the federal government - most recently serving as the Executive Director of the Immigration and Refugee Board. He has achieved success and earned great respect during his time in government thanks in large part to his experience in managing large organizations, working with central agencies, cooperating with parliamentary committees  and conducting  high-level negotiations.  

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