2015 Judges

Northeast Judges

Sandra Hollingsworth

Sandra Hollingsworth

Watching the family business, Soo Mill and Lumber, grow into a third generation of family ownership has shaped Sandra’s principles in giving back to the community and learning from experiences. Her career started in 1996 with Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Vancouver and Toronto before turning to fundraising with the College of Family Physicians of Canada. She’s volunteered with the To-ronto Broad Reach Youth Leader-ship, the Lutheran Christian Fund, United Way and Curl for Kids. A visit to Nicaragua inspired her to become a nurse. Back in Sault Ste. Marie, she works with Des-tination North in revitalizing the former St. Marys Paper mill site.

Victoria H. Hanson

Victoria H. Hanson

Tori is the director of trades, technology and applied re-search at Northern College in Timmins, and a Northern Ontar-io Heritage Fund Corporation board member and former first vice chair. She previously held positions on the board and ex-ecutive of the Timmins Chamber of Commerce, including liaison and co-chair of the Timmins Tourism Committee, and co-chair of the Timmins Regional Economic Outlook Conference as well as the Timmins and Dis-trict Community Futures Devel-opment Corporation, and other boards and committees.

Northwest Judges

Louise Thomas

Louise Thomas

Louise Thomas is the owner-curator of Thunder Bay’s Ahnisn-abae Art Gallery and the keeper of the memory of her late hus-band and celebrated Aboriginal artist, Roy Thomas.
Best known for the symbolic imagery of the Ojibway Wood-land style, Thomas produced thousands of paintings that are featured in international exhibi-tions, collections and museums across Canada and globally. The gallery showcases the work of 140 Aboriginal artists from across Northern Ontario. Lou-ise is a self-taught entrepreneur who handles online sales and ships prints to customers around the world.

Nicole Gale

Nicole Gale

Nicole began her working career at age 15 in a New-foundland rural community with a summer retail business before picking up valuable skills in sales, marketing, customer ser-vice, accounting and computer training prior to her arrival in Ontario in 1998. With more than 10 years of experience in office administration, work-place industrial hygiene and joint health and safety; Nicole transitioned into the public sec-tor with the Dryden Development Corporation in 2012. A wife and mother of two boys, Nicole enjoys reading, golfing, hiking, cross-country skiing and being a community volunteer.