Grand Valley Educational Society


One person working toward a dream is worth 99 people just working. ~ Lani Kraus

Board of Directors and GVES Committees

2016-2017 Executive

GVES Board of Directors Colleen Miller (President)
Bob Ogilvie (Vice-President)
Vyrt Sisson (Secretary-Treasurer)


Vern Gale
Rebecca Godbout
Ian Harper
Amy Kendall
Vincent Shiu


Syd Bolton
Stuart Parkinson
Betty Anne Whitney

Nomination Committee

The Nomination Committee develops policies and makes recommendations to the Board on matters pertaining to the recruitment of members and nomination of directors

Communications Committee

This group develops and implements communication strategies and information programs, publicizes events and activities, and maintains media relations on behalf of GVES. Through its website, community presentations and projects dedicated to the enhancement of post secondary education, the GVES focuses on raising the profile of; Laurier Brantford, Mohawk College Brantford and Nipissing University Brantford. Through research and report activities the GVES strives to increase public awareness of post secondary initiatives, in addition to trends and issues facing the post secondary institutions and their students.

Fundraising Committee

The efforts of the fundraising committee spans from an initial campaign to assist the Laurier Brantford campus, to raising $475,000.00+ for the Student Life campaign. The monies secured through the Student Life campaign is currently distributed equally between Mohawk Brantford and Laurier Brantford to assist with student life activities, services and amenities. A continuous challenge for the GVES is securing sufficient funds for ongoing operating expenses and administrative support of our volunteers. Multiple levels of stakeholders have commended the GVES for providing critical coordination, facilitation, and for being the "catalyst" and "community voice" for post secondary initiatives in our community. As a result, this committee continues to focus on securing the necessary financial support through community associations, organizations and individuals to support an expanding and evolving mandate.

Lobbying Committee

The lobbying committee members include community and post secondary representatives from the Brantford-Brant area. The goal and efforts of this committee is to actively work with key representatives of post secondary projects to collect critical information, newsworthy and noteworthy milestones and achievements. The committee members work to actively support these projects and generate a high profile and public awareness throughout our communities.
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