Donald Montgomery
Executive Director

Travel and learning about other cultures has always been important to “Monty.” As a high school rugby coach, Monty took his teams across Canada and abroad to England, Wales and South Africa, combining friendly competition with education. After teaching and coaching in high schools in BC for fifteen years, he launched “Monty’s Beach Lodge” on Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast in 2007. A key component of his business model was giving back to the local communities of Jiquilillo, Padre Ramos and Los Zorros. Immersing himself in the local culture, Monty sought out to learn about the challenges, hopes and dreams of these communities in order to develop projects and initiatives designed to help alleviate poverty. With promising results, Monty is excited about the future of these communities, and grateful for the opportunity to continue working with locals through Together Works Society to improve their quality of life.

 

Mary Lendway
President

mary.lendway@humber.ca

A seasoned and accomplished tourism industry professional, Mary has successfully started and managed several travel and tourism businesses and has traveled throughout the world extensively. She holds an MBA from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Since joining Humber College in 2007, Mary has taught a variety of subjects including Tourism Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Sustainable Tourism. She coordinated Humber’s Tourism Management Program for four years and has been a key driver of curriculum development and industry relations. She is a passionate educator dedicated to promoting sustainable tourism and global service learning through innovation in education that often included providing students with transformational learning experiences. In 2011, Mary was the recipient of Humber’s School of Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism’s Innovation Award for creating, developing and successfully implementing the Study @ Sea program in partnership with the Institute for Shipboard Education. As service learning was an integral part of the Study @ Sea experience, Mary organized and facilitated service learning volunteer opportunities in Granada, Guatemala, Morocco, Ecuador, and Nicaragua. In 2015, Mary was recognized with Humber’s Innovation Award for her contribution to the development and implementation of Humber’s Global Citizenship Certificate, Humber’s Extra Mile Award and Humber’s Sustainability Award. She is both excited and grateful to bring her expertise and passion to Together Works Society.

 

Tricia Burbidge
Treasurer

tricia.burbidge@gmail.com

Having a passion for community, youth and international development, Tricia brings her professional experience serving her own community of Waterloo Region for over 14 years working for a local charity as a CPA/CGA supporting children, youth and families in mental wellness, financial stability and safe housing.  By bringing these things to Together Works Society, Tricia hopes to meaningfully contribute to ending deep poverty for families in Northern Nicaragua.

 

Cheryl Murtland
Secretary

cheryl.murtland@brentwood.bc.ca

Cheryl has been part of Together Works Society since 2012 acting as a Director and now she is the Secretary. She is passionate about her work with the organization and has taken her own family and two student groups to Nicaragua to allow them to experience this special place. Cheryl spent a month in Jiquilillo in 2013 to become fluent in Spanish and to appreciate the people and their challenges to better represent them on the Board. She is the Director of Academics and a Geography teacher at a private school in British Columbia. This background motivates her to make education a priority in the projects supported by Together Works Society.

 

Sherry Chamberlain
Director

sherry@adobie.com

Sherry started her career as a graphic designer and advertising agency owner and after 18 years moved into commercial sales for a large security firm.  Her interests and involvement with Crime Stoppers in Vancouver and Kamloops lead her to want to make a difference in preventing crime and providing solutions for victims. This volunteer work later lead her to Rotary International.  She is an active director of the Rotary Club of Kamloops and was the Assistant Governor for Area 1 in District 5060. She trained as a facilitator for future presidents of Rotary Clubs and club leaders.  She has spent the past 15 years actively involved in the international work travelling to six different countries on 14 various projects including Nicaragua which she has helped to raise more than $120,000 over the years.

Sherry has been president for Crime Stoppers Kamloops and the Rotary Club of Kamloops West and now acts as president for Together Works Society for the year 2015-2016.

Her goal is to help build TWS into a strong and stable Charity that will offer much needed assistance to those less fortunate in Nicaragua.

 

Sandra Shimmin
Director

sandrashim2002@yahoo.ca

Nicaragua; the country and its people captured Sandra's heart in 2009, while leading a women's group on their first visit to Monty's. Since then, Sandra has taken many other women, family, and teen groups to be part of various programs focussed on health, education, and poverty reduction, and is in awe of the community development initiatives that have taken place over the last 6 years.
Back in Canada, Sandra worked over 15 years with various not-for-profit organizations serving children, teens and families before starting Core Strengths, the individual and team development business that led her to Nicaragua. Sandra currently works with Alberta Health Services in Learning and Leadership Development, and is excited to be part of the passionate group of people on the TWS Board who share a desire to be of meaningful service to the people of Nicaragua.

 

Jenn Hesson
Director

consulting@jhesson.com

For more than 17 years, Jenn has managed, coached and led teams focused on improving the lives of others in her home community of Waterloo Ontario.  Whether helping people find employment, housing or accessing programs and services to support their mental health, Jenn is passionate about supporting others to reach their potential.  After visiting Monty’s in Nicaragua in 2016 Jenn was inspired to give back in ways that extended beyond her local community.  Through innovation, determination, creativity and with a kind heart Jenn believes anything is possible.

 

Chris Taylor
Director

chris_taylor66@mac.com

Chris has called either Vancouver or Toronto home, working in several different areas of the film and television industry. Seeking a slower pace, he and his wife Angie recently moved back to his home town of Owen Sound, Ontario, to raise their twins, Cohen and Olivia, where Chris owns a boutique creative agency that focuses on website design, web visuals and video production. Deeply involved in his local community, Chris volunteers with Owen Sound’s minor soccer and minor hockey and serves on the Board of Bruce Grey Child and Family Services. 
Chris will be traveling to Jiquilillo, Nicaragua three times this year, working on several sustainability and conservation projects, as a member of Global Medic / Global Fire and Project Nicaragua. He hopes to make a difference in how locals interact with their natural environment, including the fragile Padre Ramos Estuary. For Chris, Joining Together Works Society represents a unique opportunity to help a Nicaraguan community that has come to mean so much to his family.