2016 Campaign Chair Announcement

Gwyneth James, 2016 Campaign Chair (center), Bob Marshall, James' partner (left), Mitchell, James' son (right)

Gwyneth James, 2016 Campaign Chair (center), Bob Marshall (James’ partner, left), Mitchell (James’ son, right)

Jim Russell, CEO United Way Peterborough & District announced today at the United Way office on Stewart Street that local accountant and entrepreneur, Gwyneth James, MBA CPA, CGA would Chair the 2016 Community Campaign.

Russell made the announcement saying, “Gwyneth is a well-respected community and business leader, she approaches all tasks with a focus and determination which inspires.”

Gwyneth was born in British Columbia and graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science and Microbiology in 1985; later coming east to the University of Ottawa to complete her MBA in Finance in 1993. Gwyneth continued her education receiving her Certified General Accountants Designation in 1997. She eventually took on the role of Controller and Manager, Business Development at Nexicom for 11 years and then made an entrepreneurial leap into Financial Consulting and Accounting as a Partner at Cody & James CPAs in early 2009.

Gwyneth has devoted countless hours to our community through a variety of local organizations including; Women’s Business Network, Community Futures Development Corporation, Peterborough Economic Development, Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, Fleming College, Five Counties Children’s Centre Foundation, Peterborough Theatre Guild, and Peterborough Symphony Orchestra; some in roles as Board Chair and President; including Past Board Chair and Cabinet Member of United Way Peterborough. Gwyneth is a natural and well-respected leader.

Gwyneth believes it takes a whole community to build a strong community. “A strong economy is only half of the equation. We need to leverage the strengths, experiences and expertise of everyone if we are to succeed. Having been involved with the United Way for many years in the past, I’ve seen firsthand the power of the organization and I strongly believe in its direction and reach,” says James. “Chairing the 2016 Campaign is a wonderful opportunity to combine my passion for business development with helping all our community’s citizens become healthy contributing members of society. I’m humbled by the responsibility of the role and what it means to so many in our community,” James added.

Gwyneth brings a passion to both her work and volunteer activities, affirms Russell, “Reflecting on United Way’s 75 years in our community, we looked for an individual who is well respected and a leader.

Media Coverage

Gwyneth James will lead this year’s United Way campaign in Peterborough – Peterborough This Week, March 31, 2016

Gwyneth James to chair 2016 United Way campaign – Peterborough Examiner, March 31, 2016

United Way Names 2016 Campaign Chair – 90.5 Extra Peterborough, March 31, 2016

James named United Way community campaign chairperson – CHEX Television, March 31, 2016

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