Community Builders Awards


Meet the Judges

Sharon Baiden
Sharon Baiden The chief administrative officer with the Greater Sudbury Police Service since April 1995, Sharon Baiden is actively involved in the community having served as the founding co-chair of the Luncheon of Hope and as chair of the Games Organizing Committee for the 2011 Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Floor Hockey Championships. She has served on many boards. Inducted into the Special Olympics Hall of Fame in October 2011, Baiden was recognized by the YWCA as a Woman of Distinction in May 2011. She is a proud recipient of a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and in May 2013 was inducted into the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.

Chris Gavard

Chris Gavard Chris Gavard is the owner/operator of The Co-Operators Insurance/Gavard Financial on Regent St. in Sudbury. He has been in the financial services industry for over 25 years. Chris and his wife Helen have three children and three grandchildren. His passion for serving the community has led him to volunteer with the Sudbury Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Sudbury-Manitoulin Alzheimer Society, and for the last 10 years as an executive member of Sudbury Dragon Boat Festival. He enjoys curling, but most important to him is spending time with his family.

Nicole Gauthier

Nicole Gauthier A public health professional with Public Health Sudbury & Districts, Nicole is responsible for the planning, implementation and evaluation of a broad range of interventions – promoting healthy behaviours, creating supportive environments, encouraging healthy public policies – enabling equal opportunity for people and communities to increase control over, and to improve their overall health. She has an undergraduate degree in Health Promotion and a Master’s in Interdisciplinary Health, where she studied to understand potential impacts of the interactions between increased physician immigration, the feminization of medicine and the geographic maldistribution of physicians in Northern Ontario. She is a recipient of a Forty Under 40 award.

Don Chapman

Don Chapman Don is a familiar face to many because he worked as a reporter and anchor at CTV in Sudbury for many years. When he retired in 2014, after 43 years at the station, he was the news director, a position he held since 1980. Don grew up in Aurora, and worked in radio and television in Manitoba and Sault Ste. Marie before coming
to Sudbury. He is enjoying his retirement playing hockey, baseball and volunteering.

Lise Poratto Mason

Lise Poratto Mason A partner with Mason Poratto-Mason LLP, Lise has practiced law for 31 years in Sudbury. She was a public sector lawyer with 13 years of service as solicitor and director of administrative services with the former City of Sudbury and then another two years as general counsel with the then Sudbury Regional Hospital. She has served as a volunteer with many professional associations, community committees and boards. She is currently a past chair and member of the McCulloch Hospice board, as well as past chair and member of the board of directors of the Sudbury Airport Community Development Corporation. She completed her undergraduate studies at Laurentian University and graduate studies in Business and Law at the University of Windsor and Western University.

Kevin O’Connor

Kevin O'Connor Kevin is the vice-president and branch manager for RBC Dominion Securities in Sudbury. He spends his work days helping his team ensure their clients achieve their financial and life goals while delivering an exceptional client experience. In the community, Kevin is a proud board and campaign cabinet member of the United Way North East Ontario. He is an avid curler who spends many hours at the curling club throwing stones and coaching youth curling. Kevin is married and enjoys stolen moments playing board games with his wife and three children.

Lona Dabous

Lona Dabous Lona Dabous is a retired Rainbow District School Board principal. An invitation to England to attend the Oxford University Round Table on Education was a career highlight for her. Lona’s served as president of Rainbow Principals’ Council, chair of numerous provincial and system-wide committees and initiatives including Sudbury Regional Heritage Fair, and vice-president of Ontario Principals’ Council. Lona is a published author and has participated in the development of curriculum resources in partnership with the Aboriginal community.

Sarah Woods

Sarah Woods Sarah is the Wetlands and Stewardship specialist with Conservation Sudbury where she wears many hats, including managing a tree planting program. She holds a BSc in Biology from Laurentian University and an MSc from McGill University. She is particularly interested in improving stewardship of the natural environment through education and community involvement. Sarah is vice-chair of VETAC – Sudbury’s Regreening Committee, is a past-member of the Watershed Advisory Panel, and is the former co-ordinator of the Junction Creek Stewardship Committee.