Board of Directors
- President: Murdo McLean
- Welcome To The Harrow & Colchester Region!
I would like to welcome you to the Harrow & Colchester region of the municipality of Essex, in Essex County in the Province of Ontario, Canada. That sounds like a long description for a very unique area of North America. As a native of the area, I believe this is a great place to live and raise a family.
We have many amenities close by including a new medical centre, dentist clinic, retirement community, schools, library, service clubs and churches.
Agriculture has been and still is a major focus of this north shore Lake Erie community. More wineries are opening each year due to the ideal weather and soil conditions (terroir). A wide variety of fruits, vegetables and field crops are grown. This region has the most growing days of any area in Canada.
The Lake Erie influence is enormous on our recreational activities: cycling, bird watching, boating, fishing, including the famous Walleye Derby in Colchester Harbour. The lake also moderates our temperatures making us a warm and sunny destination. There is a great deal of opportunity to develop new ventures here.
We boast a wide variety of career options for a small community that include heavy and light industry, research, agriculture and tourism. Renewable Green Energy is becoming important and will be a very significant to our future prosperity.
The Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome you to our area, on a day trip, as a potential permanent resident, or to set up a business. We are more than pleased to help.
Murdo McLean President of the Harrow and Colchester Chamber of Commerce
- Vice President: Jill Marontate
- Jill Marontate has been a citizen of the Harrow community for 40 years.
She works as Administrative Assistant for BDO Canada LLP – Harrow office. Jill sat on the Recreation Advisory Board for the Municipality of Essex.
She is a 20 year member of the Harrow Rotary Club and Past President and has held numerous positions within club.
At the Rotary District level she was the District Chair for Rotary District 6400 Interact Clubs and a member of the Conference Committee for Rotary District 6400.
A director for the Harrow Colchester Chamber of Commerce for 2 years she is currently Vice President for Harrow & Colchester Chamber of Commerce.
Jill has 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren. She enjoys, walking, yoga, and working in the garden.
- Treasurer: Tim Smeltzer
- Director: Jennifer Ring
Jennifer Ring was born in Macomb County Michigan and grew up a portion of her life in St. Clair Shores, MI. Her parents remained Canadian citizens and returned to live in Ontario in 1980.
She has lived in various places in Canada including; Vancouver, B.C., various cities in the greater Toronto area & London, Ontario. She attended the University of Western Ontario in London.
She moved to Harrow in 1999 and began working locally at Colio Estates Wines in 2000. Her position is Hospitality/Events & Tour Coordinator.
She has been a director of the Harrow & Colchester South Chamber of Commerce since 2008. She has played an active role in local events held by the chamber. Possibly the most memorable was the downtown “New Year’s Eve Party” held on King street in 2011, when the street was shut down and a live band helped close to 400 towns people ring in the new year.
She enjoys giving back to her community and is involved in other local organizations such as; EPIC (Essex Pelee Island Coast grape growers association),and the Booster Club who is the fundraising body for the local Harrow High school.
She has been happy to raise her son in such a wonderful community. He currently attends Harrow’s local high school.
- Director: Peter Timmins
Peter Timmins is married to Theresa, and have 2 married children and 5 grandchildren. Born and raised on a mixed farm near Ottawa.
Attended Kemptville Agriculture College, Ontario Agricultural College and U of T (Forestry, Fish & Wildlife). Worked for Ontario Department of Highways (survey party chief) Ontario Department of Lands & Forests (reforestation, conservation officer, property relocation and layout, certified forestry fire boss) and at Ottawa Experimental Station (genetics and plant breeding).
Worked 32 years in research branch at Harrow in entomology and tree fruit breeding.
Served the people of Harrow 16 years as Mayor, 2 years as Deputy Mayor of amalgamated Town of Essex and 12 years as Councillor. Served on many boards and commissions including Hydro.
Own TimHaven Farms raising steers and cash crops.
A collector of cast iron seats from horse drawn farm implements and their history.
Currently a Director on the Chamber of Commerce, Harrow Early Immigrant Research Society and Town Accessibility Committee. Also participate in a fraternal organization serving community programs and projects.
- Director: Corrie Bramhall
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- Director: Bill Baker
- Director: Craig Miller
- Director: Michael Janisse
- Director: Keith Bridgen
- Director: Sherry Bondy
- Director: Timothy Ternosky
- Secretary: Connie Vollans
My name is Connie Vollans, and I’ve been married to my best friend Henry for 37 years. I have 2 grown children Lisa & Krystopher and 2 grandsons and a granddaughter to be born in September. I have lived and worked in Harrow my entire life. I have been with United Communities Credit Union for the last 19 years, with positions ranging from teller to supervisor. I recently joined the Chamber this past year and also belong to Harrow Colchester South Lions Club where I was nominated as President for the 2013 – 2014 year. We are a small but busy community and I enjoy working and serving the people of Harrow very much. I look forward to serving you too.