Board of Directors

Duncan Hawthorne 2012 – Chair
Duncan Hawthorne
Duncan Hawthorne is President & CEO of Bruce Power, Canada’s first private nuclear power generator and the largest nuclear complex in the world. Duncan began his career as a craft apprentice in the Scottish electricity industry and now has more than 30 years of experience in the power generation business; one of his greatest achievements to date is the acquisition of the Bruce nuclear facility and the formation of Bruce Power.

For the last 10 years, Duncan has been an extremely generous supporter of Easter Seals Ontario through private donations as well as corporate-led initiatives. In 2006, he founded the Spirit of Giving Dinner, and in 2007, Duncan was honoured at Easter Seals’ Toronto’s Tribute Dinner. Over the past five years, Duncan has been instrumental in raising significant funds for Easter Seals through the Toronto’s Tribute Dinner, the Spirit of Giving Dinner and capital contributions.

In 2010, a personal donation from the Hawthorne family resulted in the opening of the Duncan & Lesley Hawthorne Cabin at Camp Woodeden in June, 2011. In 2013, the Hawthorne family made an additional gift toward a new project at Camp Woodeden, which will open in 2014.

John M. Herhalt 2013 – Treasurer
John was a partner with KPMG LLP and has over 34 years of experience, leading
many projects within the public sector and power and utilities sector, and advising clients extensively in areas of strategic and business planning, governance, organizational restructuring, risk management, performance management, alternate service delivery and process improvement. John’s experience includes projects with municipalities, universities and colleges, hospitals, school boards, public and private utilities, provincial and federal government ministries, crown corporations and agencies and regulatory authorities. John has a B.A. (Economics) and B. Comm. from the University of Windsor, a Chartered Accountancy designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor.

Doug Ackhurst 2010
Doug AckhurstDoug is a retired broadcast executive, having spent his 40 year career in management positions within the Radio Broadcasting business in Quebec and Ontario. He served as Vice President/ General Manager for Telemedia Ontario radio stations, until his retirement in 2004. He participated in many broadcast-oriented Boards including FACTOR, Canadore College and Centennial College. He was active in industry organizations and served as President of the Ontario Association of Broadcasters. Doug was born in Peterborough, Ontario and was educated in Montreal where he earned a BA from Concordia University. He is married to Muriel and they have 2 children: a son in Toronto with two children and a daughter in Ottawa with four children. Two of the grandchildren have cerebral palsy from birth and are Easter Seals campers. Doug is an active grandfather, very interested in specials needs. He and his family are generous supporters of Easter Seals Camp Merrywood. In retirement he is active with condominium management, as chairman of Swan Lake Village in Markham, ON.

Debbie Braun 2011
Debbie BraunDebbie Braun is the mother of Lucas Braun, one of the 2010 Easter Seals Ontario Provincial Ambassadors. Her association with Easter Seals Ontario spans many years and in 2010 her association expanded to include speaking engagements at events in support of Easter Seals. As an enthusiastic and concerned advocate for children with physical disabilities, Ms. Braun has previously served as a Board member and Vice-Chair of the Canadian MPS Society and for 5 years was a member of the Lucknow Central Public School Community Council in Lucknow. Debbie has worked as a Veterinary Technician for over 22 years, currently practicing at the Ripley Huron Veterinary Clinic. She lives with her partner Jay and her four children, two of whom have physical disabilities, in the southwestern Ontario community of Whitechurch.

Gino DeVuono 2015
Gino is President of The DeVuono Group and has over 20 years of experience in the watch and jewellery industry. Prior to forming his own company, he was Director of Sales at Movado Group Canada. Gino is also President of Jewellers Vigilance of Canada, an organization that serves as an industry advocate and liaison with the government on matters including crime prevention, financial tracking, anti-money laundering and diamond code. In addition, he is President of the 24K Club of Canada, an industry organization he has been involved with in various executive capacities over the past 12 years. Gino has been a volunteer with the Canadian Computer Charity Golf Classic for the past 20 years. He also coaches youth soccer and hockey, and is a martial arts instructor.

Alex Lolua 2012
Alex Lolua is the general manager of the Electrical Power Systems Construction Association (EPSCA). Alex Lolua has previously worked as the Director of Government and Public Relations for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Construction Council of Ontario and as Director of Government Relations for the Ontario Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario. Alex has decades of fundraising experience and previously served in senior roles at Queen’s Park at the Legislative Assembly.

James Scongack 2010
James Scongack is currently the Vice-President of Corporate Affairs at Bruce Power responsible for external communications, stakeholder relations, community relations, aboriginal affairs, employee communications and environmental stewardship. James has been a strong supporter of Easter Seals through his involvement with six successful Toronto Tribute Dinners and the annual Spirit of Giving Fundraiser in Port Elgin.

James joined the Easter Seals Board to support the organization’s fundraising efforts that directly support families and specifically, the capital campaign for the refurbishment of Camp Woodeden, in London, ON. James also serves as Chair of the regional physician recruitment committee for the municipalities of Saugeen Shores and Kincardine and is a member of the Energy Council of Canada Board of Directors.

James holds a Master’s Degree from the College of Management and Economics in Leadership and an Honours Degree from the University of Guelph. James, his wife, Jennifer, and their daughter call Port Elgin home.

Frank Squizzato 2008
Frank SquizzatoFrank Squizzato is an entrepreneur with over 30 years experience in the computer industry. He is involved in the high tech community with many interests. Frank is the co-founder of the Computer Charity Golf Classic for Easter Seals, an event that has benefited Easter Seals for 28 years. He is currently director/partner for UpMarket, a computer products sales and marketing firm and a director/partner for Woodlandia, an equipment sales company. Frank has personally made Easter Seals his Charity of Choice and has been a member of the President’s Circle since 1994. Frank lives in Toronto with his wife, Denise, a Registered Early Childhood Educator for special needs children, and his two daughters.

Dr. Paul Truelove 1993
Dr. Paul TrueloveDr. Truelove joined Easter Seals Ontario’s Board of Directors in 1993. He was the Chair of the Board from 1997 to 2000. In 1997, he served as Acting Executive Director during Easter Seals’ restructuring. Dr. Truelove is a Chiropractor in Toronto and has been in practice for 32 years. He is a member of The Rotary Club of Toronto, where he has been a Director of the Club’s Board and has chaired several committees. Dr. Truelove has also served on several not-for-profit Boards including Ray McCleary Towers, a residence for seniors. He is the current Chair of the Off Centre Music Salon. Along with past provincial ambassador, Sarah Dell, he formed the Truelove-Dell scholarship endowment for post secondary students from the greater Toronto area.