Meet the UWSM Team

Embracing different abilities, perspectives and experiences, we are jointly motivated by a strong commitment to service – to our donors, our neighbours and our region. Our achievements are defined by the collective success of the communities we serve. Devoted to excellence and innovation, we strive to go beyond expectations, always seeking new and better ways to achieve our shared goals.

Dale Biddell
Chief Executive Officer

“People provide me with the motivation, inspiration and desire to leave my campsite better than I found it.” With an M.A. in Philanthropy and 25+ years in business and community leadership, Dale has established four charitable foundations and served on 10 boards. Recently, the change maker, coach and collaborator has transformed United Way Simcoe Muskoka into a leading-edge social-change agency. She values UWSM’s unique role in understanding the most pressing challenges facing local communities, partnering to find solutions, and engaging donors to build the communities we all want to live in.

Katie Burrell
Board & CEO Liaison

When Katie was offered the opportunity to join the team at United Way Simcoe Muskoka, she knew that it was a jump she had to take. As an employee volunteer who led the workplace campaign at her previous job, Katie knew all too well how much of an impact UWSM has on our communities and she wanted to be a part of that. With a diploma from Sheridan College in Human Resources and many years of experience in administration, Katie and her passion for doing good are both welcome additions to the UWSM team.

Mary Thomas
Director, Strategic Development

UWSM’s mission and Mary’s are one in the same: the desire to make a difference in the community. After early success in the technology sector, she decided to follow her heart and employ her sales and management skills to improve life for our most vulnerable populations. Now, with more than a decade of volunteering and experience at some of Ontario’s largest public and non-profit organizations, Mary is dedicated to building the strategies and gathering the resources to ensure every resident of Simcoe Muskoka has the tools to craft successful lives.

Suzanne Prosser
Relationship Manager – Orillia & Area, District of Muskoka

With a self-admitted need to help people, Suzanne loves to share information about the resources available in local communities – and how UWSM funding makes a difference in the lives of our neighbours by making those resources stronger and more accessible. Her 20 years in the charitable sector has taught her the value of listening – to the challenges of front-line staff who deliver programming; to residents who are affected in so many different ways to the pressures of today’s world, and to the donors who each have a vision of a better tomorrow.

Laara Losier
Relationship Manager – South Georgian Bay, South Simcoe

Laara sees herself as a community connector, matching people interested in making a donation to the right giving opportunity. She realizes she was fortunate to have grown up in a community and a family that surrounded her with support and gave her a great start. Now she wants to build on her education (a B.A. in English and a Volunteer Management Certificate) and give back. Laara believes there is something truly satisfying in bringing individuals together, connecting them to a common goal, and building a better, brighter community because of it.

Douglas Landsborough
Marketing & Communications Specialist

Doug spent three months as a sponsored employee with United Way Simcoe Muskoka and just couldn’t stay away. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Sciences, a Graduate Certificate in Professional Editing and another in Communication and Professional Writing, Doug brings a passion for words and getting UWSM’s message across. Doug, who moonlights as a freelance writer and published his first book in February of 2019, is excited to use his skills to bring positive change to Simcoe Muskoka, his home for as long as he can remember.

Alex Hughes
Resource Development Associate

Alex once thought she wanted to be an elementary school teacher, but after graduating Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Education, she decided classroom teaching wasn’t for her. While deciding what her next career move should be, Alex had the opportunity to work at UWSM for three months as a sponsored employee through the RBC Career Launch Program. She is now back at UWSM full time and is loving every new learning opportunity that comes her way and the passionate people she shares her days with. Having lived in the GTA her whole life, Alex now resides in Simcoe County and is happy to work at an organization that makes a difference in her new community.

Rosslyn Junke
Director, Community Impact

After six years assisting regional employees with their UWSM fundraising, Roz moved to the community impact and investment side of the house where she oversees the deployment of donor dollars with the help of passionate and skilled volunteers. A B.A. in Canadian Studies and post-graduate certificate in Resource Development provide an ideal foundation for the multi-layered challenges Roz faces while addressing high-priority social issues and local service gaps. She feels fortunate to live, work and volunteer in a community where there is such strong cross-sector collaboration tackling these big problems.

Jenna Thorkildsen
Programs Coordinator, Community Impact

Jenna, a recent graduate from the Georgian College Social Service Worker Program with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Guelph, has always been interested in helping others any way that she can. She grew up in a very small town two hours north of Barrie, so has been enjoying getting to know the Simcoe Muskoka area. She feels that by working in the Community Impact department and helping to administer the Homelessness Partnering Strategy program, she has started her career off in the perfect place.

Tally Lajeunesse
Corporate Services Associate

If Tally could sum up her experience with United Way Simcoe Muskoka in one word, it would be “rewarding.” Tally has worked with United Way in different capacities during her time here, starting in the LEAP call centre and becoming a Team Leader, where she assisted residents across the province with their utilities. It was work that allowed her to provide relief and security to the most vulnerable in our communities. Now, Tally has transitioned roles and returns to United Way as a Corporate Services Associate to support the organization in the crucial work it does throughout Simcoe Muskoka. When not at work, Tally likes to get outside and be active. She has a love for fishing and likes to take advantage of the beautiful lakes, rivers and bays here at home.

Andrew McCullough
System Administrator

With a Master’s degree in History and graduate certificate in research, Andrew’s commitment to learning new things and applying that education is well documented. UWSM staff and volunteers rely on his ability to develop technology-based solutions that streamline processes, increase internal capacity, and produce valuable data that drives funding decisions. Andrew credits his research background for his ability to visualize and present innovative solutions. His thirst for knowledge and efficacy is quenched on a daily basis as he confronts new and varied challenges that are important for his community’s wellbeing.