Gilbert was born in Trois-Pistoles Quebec and lived in Ottawa for many years.  In 2017, he and his wife Shelley built their dream home in beautiful Tay Valley just west of Perth.  They are proud parents of three children who all live in Ottawa.  He has spent the last 20 plus years honing his IT skills, setting up and transitioning help desks of all sizes for private and public sector clients.  His hobbies include gardening, cooking, and boating on the Big Rideau Lake.    

PAUL COCKBURN, Co-Chair/ Treasurer

Certified Professional Accountant with 40 plus years of experience in senior financial operations, systems and administrative management roles in the public, private and non for profit sectors. Volunteer to youth development and sports groups for over 30 years. A recipient of a number of volunteer recognition awards.

NATHAN O’NEIL, Secretary


Kathryn was born and raised in Perth; has a Bachelor of Arts from St. Francis Xavier, a Bachelor of Social Work from York University and a Master of Social Work from The University of Toronto. She is currently employed as a Child Protection Worker with Family and Children’s Services of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville.


Lauren has worked in finance for 10 years including the UHNW sector and has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). She is a business owner providing RESP’s in her community now and serves on the EarlyON board of directors as well. Lauren is married and is a mother of 2 children and plays tennis and golf in her spare time. 



Rachel has 4 years of prior experience with a local registered not for profit private school. She brings a general knowledge of cooperatively run fundraising, governance and administrative duties. She is a mother of two boys, and an adult stepdaughter who, in the past, benefited greatly from various YAK programs and courses. Rachel recognizes the vital importance of YAK and the positive impact it continues to have on the youth in our community.