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Paul McDonald is a partner at Cox & Palmer law firm in St. John’s, former President of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, an Adjunct Professor (Humanities) in the Faculty of Medicine of Memorial University of Newfoundland, and past Director and Chair of the Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland and Labrador. He was formerly Director and Chair of St. Michael’s Artists-Printmakers Association, and Director and Treasurer of Riverdale Tennis Club, and Director and Chair of Kids Eat Smart Foundation. Paul presently serves as a Director of Bannerman Park Foundation and as a Vice Chair of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. He was awarded the Canadian Bar Association - Newfoundland and Labrador Branch's Distinguished Public Service Award for 2002. This award was instituted by the Newfoundland and Labrador Branch in 2000 to recognize outstanding contributions to community service.
Eleanor Swanson, Vice-Chair
Eleanor Swanson was born and raised in Buchans and she proudly embraces all the connections and experience that she has acquired from this background. She has recently retired from a distinguished career as a highly respected dietitian with her final position being Director of Health Promotion and Wellness for the provincial government. She received national recognition of her work when awarded the Dietitians of Canada's Ryley-Jeffs Memorial Award for leadership and contribution to the profession. Eleanor has extensive experience in the community sector, having served on the boards of the Community Sector Council, the Lung Association, Cancer Society, Food Security Network, Lady Cove Women’s Choir, and the Atlantic Light Theatre. She also served as a Regent for Memorial University for nine years, which included two terms as Vice-Chair. Her stellar service to MUN was recognized with the distinguished JD Eaton award for service.
John C. Perlin, CM, CVO, LLD, Treasurer
John Perlin has served on the boards of numerous charitable and nonprofit organizations, in such roles as National President of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award (Young Canadians Challenge), President of Wildlife Habitat Canada, Vice-Chairman of the Salvation Army Territorial Advisory Board, Founding and Past Chairman of the Newfoundland and Labrador Legacy Nature Trust, and as a director of the Community Services Council of Newfoundland & Labrador . John is the current Chairman of the Salvation Army’s Newfoundland East Advisory Board and the Rising Tide Theatre Board and the Chairperson Emeritus of the Quidi Vidi/Rennie’s River Development Foundation, having served as its Founding Chairman for the past 20 years. He also holds a honourary degree of Doctor of Laws from Memorial University of Newfoundland.
William D. (Bill) Mahoney, OMM, CD, Secretary
Bill Mahoney is the owner and president of Regal Realty Ltd., Murray Premises Hotel Inc., and St. John's Executive Suites Ltd. He is Past Chairman of the St. John’s International Airport Authority, Provincial Chair of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council , and active with the Newfoundland and Labrador Division of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires and the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Historical Society. Bill is a former director of the John Howard Society, a current director of the Irish Newfoundland Business Partnership, and a member of both the Royal Newfoundland Regiment Advisory Council and the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association.
Sean provided account- and brand-planning services for an active portfolio of Colour-NL clients locally, and for the Colour Group in Atlantic Canada and Toronto. His experience preceding this included international brand planning and management responsibilities for Colgate, South African Breweries – Miller, British American Tobacco – Benson & Hedges, Ford, Nissan, Land Rover, Coca-Cola, Xerox and the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS), in his native South Africa and the UK. At Colour, Sean was project lead on Memorial University and Marine Institute recruitment materials, including the initial application of all new branding requirements for MUN, and had an active creative, planning and writing role for Colour-NL clients like the City of St. John's, Martin Whalen Hennebury Stamp, Technip Canada, and Fortis Inc. He has extensive and specific experience in the energy sector, utilities, oil & gas; on a Colour-NL client cluster that included Suncor, Husky, ExxonMobil (Hebron, Hibernia & Sable), KKC and Pennecon Energy. Sean is currently on sabbatical; gruntled and pursuing his writing interest.
Tim Crosbie, President for Coldwell Banker Pro Co since 1991, has 21 years experience in real estate. Prior to real estate, Tim had many years experience in construction and related industries. Tim's strong sense of community is reflected in his attitude toward his family and career. He is Past President of the St. John's Real Estate Board, Past President of the Newfoundland Real Estate Association and Past President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Realtors. Tim has also been active in the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), having served as Atlantic Regional Director on the CREA'S national board and member of CREA'S MLS Committee. Tim has served on local and provincial boards in many capacities for the last 19 years. He is very active in the community; supporting the Newfoundland and Labrador Figure Skating Association and Skate Canada, serving as 2nd Vice-Chair of Skate Canada Newfoundland and Labrador.
Eleanor Dawson is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland. She has been involved in the cultural community of Newfoundland and Labrador for the past thirty years in a variety of production, administrative, and managerial roles. In 2001, Eleanor joined the Provincial Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation and in 2006 assumed the position of Director of Arts. In that position she participated in the creation of the provincial cultural policy as well as creating and administering various support programs for the cultural sector. Additionally, she has played a key research, development, and administrative role in various sector-expanding projects. She retired from the provincial government in 2015 and continues to be quite active in the cultural community. She currently works in a freelance capacity with various community organizations. She is past president of both the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society and the Newfoundland Historical Society. Eleanor currently sits on the Boards of: The East Coast Music Association; Business and Arts NL; Winterset in Summer Literary Festival; and Fogo Island Arts.
Ainsley Hawthorn, Ph.D., Executive Director
Ainsley Hawthorn has served as Executive Director of CFNL since 2012. She had previously co-founded and served on the founding executive of numerous charitable initiatives, including Yale University's annual Trick-or-Eat food drive, Hips Against Hunger, the Queen's Helping Hands Association, and Queen's University’s Cuts for Cancer. She holds a doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Yale University, which she attended on full fellowship. Her academic achievements and commitment to community service have been recognized with a number of awards, including a National Millennium Excellence Award, a Queen's University Chancellor's Scholarship, and a United World College Scholarship.