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 Cheryl Keetch, Coordinator





Joanne McManus, Treasurer

Joanne McManus is the current treasurer for the Ottawa Valley Food Co-op board. As the treasurer she is responsible for managing our financial resources. She has worked as an organizational change management and business process management expert within the finance industry and with a number of non-profit organizations. Ms. McManus has a strong background in both finance and accounting. In previous work, she has been responsible for multi-currency, multi-million dollar budgets. She has experience in all aspects of financial forecasting, resource allocation, fund management, accounting and control. Ms. McManus received a Bachelor of Environmental Science from the University of Waterloo, a Master of Arts in Integrated Studies from Athabasca University and is a Certified Management Accountant. Currently based in Burnstown, Ontario, she grows organic vegetables to supplement food she buys through OVFC. 


Chris Tanner

Chris has been on the OVFC board for 3 years and is currently the secretary. He is an active OVFC consumer member and was part of a food coop in Deep River during the 1970's and 80's, where he also served on the executive. He served as treasurer of the Deep River Choral Group for a number of years, is on the board of THEOP, which presents concerts in Deep River, and is a member of the executive on the local NDP riding association. He retired from AECL in 2003, where he worked for most of his career, primarily as a computer engineer.


Robert Dobson

Robert is a founding member of OVFC and the past president. He has been a beef farmer in Renfrew County for 40 years. For the past 10 years he has direct marketed his beef through a farmers market in Ottawa, on line and farm gate sales. For the past 6 years he has also sold his beef through the Ottawa Valley Food Co-operative (OVFC). Robert has been active in a number of agricultural organizations, including serving a term as president of the Ontario Cattlemen’s Association, director of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and chairman of their Environmental Committee.


Daniel McCarthy - President

brd danDaniel McCarthy, a lawyer by training, worked with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters as Director of Research until his recent retirement in the spring of 2013. He has sat on various Boards of Directors of non-profit corporations including the Institute for Work and Health and the Canadian Union Advantage Benefit Program. McCarthy lives in Burnstown, Ontario. He is an avid “birder” and still enjoys recreational hockey.



Sheila Selby

Shelia Selby is a long-time resident of the Ottawa Valley. Farming is in her blood as her maternal line comes from Scottish smallholdings and her father’s family from the orchards of the Niagara Peninsula. French to English translator by trade, she took up market gardening after an internship with local producers Zach Loeks and Kylah Dobson at the former Rainbow Heritage Garden in 2010. She served two years as Vice-president of the Deep River Horticultural Society and sits on the executive board of the Deep River Farmer’s Market. Owner and operator of Wellspring Gardens in Laurentian Hills, she sells her products on the OVFC, at the Deep River Farmers’ Market and through her online farm store, Wellspring Food Stop. 


Gregg Parsons

Gregg Parsons-1Gregg is a chemist by training, recently retired from a chemical distributer where he had worked in the quality and regulatory area the food, pharmaceutical divisions. He has moved onto a farm outside Eganville where he and his wife Michele have a market garden, chickens for eggs, and bees. They are using a team of Belgian horses to do the heavy work on the farm. They are producer members that sell vegetables in season and sour dough bread year round. Gregg is a photographer who sells his prints and has run a community based photography club for a number of years.


Cassie Davies



Supporting local, sustainable agriculture is so important to us and the OVFC makes it remarkably easy to do so. It’s wonderful that we have the chance to reconnect with the community that we know and love even though we’re no longer living right in the valley.  The Co-op is one of the things we miss most about Renfrew County, so I was more than delighted to learn that you were adding a pick-up location in Ottawa. 

Sara Kowalski MacLellan

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