Maplegate House

Board Members

PRESIDENT Susan Jenkinson Member Since 2012.

Susan Jenkinson has been on the Maplegate Board for nine years. 

Why she wants to be on the board: Susan first came on the Board in the Fall of 2012 at the recommendation of a former Board member, our real estate agent, and now, dear friend.  She has always been a volunteer in some capacity and being new to Elliot Lake in the Summer of 2011, it was time for her to get involved.  Besides which, she has always had an interest in women's issues and had heard good things about Maplegate.  Susan is still on the Board because she feels that it's rewarding to be part of such a dynamic, forward thinking, evidence based organization under Melody Rose's stellar leadership!

Areas of interestAs Susan has noted, she is interested in women's issues having grown up in the second wave of the women's movement, the 1960's-1970's.  She has been particularly interested in violence against women and what keeps women in abusive relationships.  She has learned it's often because of a lack of emotional support and/or financial resources.  More recently, due to her learning on the Board, harm reduction, trauma informed care, and homelessness have been added to her interests.  Other areas of interest relate to maintaining competency as a RN of 40+ years!  She is presently working part-time at St. Joseph's Manor, so keeping current in geriatrics is a must.

Areas of Hobbies: Susan has always liked sewing and handwork, such as embroidery and knitting, but once another dear friend introduced her to quilting, she has been hooked! She loves fabric and especially likes working with scraps (fits well with her passion for the 3 Rs (reduce, reuse, and recycle... although my spouse says she has a 4th R, (ridiculous) 🙂

Additional comments: Another reason for her interest in Maplegate was and is to "give back".  Many years ago, while she never needed a shelter, due still to another good friend, professionals were there for her when she needed them to get "out from under" an abusive relationship and Susan will be forever grateful.


VICE PRESIDENT Emily Prebble Member Since 2020 

Emily Prebble has been on the Maplegate board for one year. She has experience working in the youth and adult education fields, as well as organizational administration. She has a background in business and real estate economics and has worked as a self-employed residential appraiser. 

Why she wants to be on the board: She believes in the empowerment of all women regardless of circumstances or background, and that only through helping each other can we overcome the obstacles too often faced by women and the vulnerable in our society. 

Areas of Interest/Hobbies: Emily enjoys knitting, weaving, and camping with her family.


TREASURER Laurie-Ann Reddick Member Since 2019

Laurie Ann Reddick had been on the Maplegate Board for three years.  She has worked in various fields such as Social Work, Violence against Woman and Children (VAW), addictions and mental health.  She feels that fundraising is her strong suit.

Why she wants to be on the board: She strongly supports the mission and goals of Maplegate.  She has been involved with Women in Crisis in the Guelph area as well as the Waterloo Sexual Assault Centre.  Laurie Ann has a strong value of community involvement and believes in the importance of being involved in making a change.

Areas of Interest/Hobbies: Laurie Ann is interested in public education and awareness.  She loves reading, yoga and hiking.


SECRETARY Chloe Hamelin Member Since 2021


DIRECTOR Cathy Groh Member Since 1999

Cathy Groh has been on the Maplegate board for over twenty years.  She is a doctor at the Family Health Team in Elliot Lake and has been recognized for her contributions in the medical field.

Why she wants to be on the board: She wants to assist in providing services to women, children and the homeless.  She wants to remain current on the challenges that face women and children in the VAW sector as well as the homeless situation in Elliot Lake.

Areas of Interest/Hobbies: Cathy loves to travel and garden in her free time.


DIRECTOR Tammy Roberts Member Since 2015

Tammy Roberts has been on the Maplegate Board for seven years.  She is a dedicated Midwife who is self employed.

Why she wants to be on the board: She has a keen interest in women’s issues, particularly autonomy.

Areas of Interest/Hobbies: Tammy enjoys making the most of all four seasons with a variety of outdoor activities.


DIRECTOR Stephen Snow Member Since 2020


DIRECTOR Jennifer Carling Member Since 2015

Jennifer Carling has been on the Maplegate Board for seven years.  She is retired from administration and quality and operational risk management. She has lived – and is living – a full life, filled with challenges that she has overcome, new starts in life, re-inventing herself, finding herself, and always looking to the future. She has learned a lot along the way and is eager to learn more.

She has worked in a number of different fields in her working career, from hospital administration to law to professional services. She brings a broad perspective and sometimes healthy skepticism to anything she undertakes, but she also believes in the team approach and working actively as a member of the team.

Jennifer is a Board member at Maplegate House, and sits on them Board at St. Joseph’s General Hospital in Elliot Lake as a Trustee.

Why she wants to be on the board:  She has walked in those shoes. She has such a profound respect for anyone who has the courage to try to change their circumstances. It doesn’t matter if it takes many attempts before the individual succeeds. Finding the courage to try is what counts.

She wants to be a supportive part of that journey, even if her role is limited to governance and fundraising.