Why Elderstone?

Someone once said “Elderstone Resource Development – are you in Mining?!” My reply was, “I’m in prospecting… of sorts”.

“Elderstone” was the name of the 1860 fieldstone farmhouse where I grew up near Elder Mills, northwest of Toronto. It was in our family for 47 years and gave me a solid foundation to my life so I’ve named my business in its honour.

“Resource Development” refers to my goal to build your assets. That promise requires a dedicated partnership! Together we identify leadership and management strengths (resources) and through a committed team effort, we can take your organization to new heights.

While I have a vast collection of tools to share with you, I will challenge you to stretch your limits. If your Board and senior managers are motivated to change and grow, nothing will stand in our way!


  • Certified internationally by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
  • Abides by a strict professional code of ethical fundraising
  • Recipient of AFP’s Chamberlain Scholarship
  • Authored feature articles for the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy and Charity Village
  • Honours graduate of York University’s Voluntary Sector Management Program
  • Trained adult educator, facilitator and coach
  • Highly-acclaimed conference speaker
  • Selected by CFRE International as Subject Matter Expert
  • Committed to an ongoing pursuit of knowledge

Professional Memberships

  • The Association of Fundraising Professionals
  • Board Source (formerly The National Center for Nonprofit Boards)

My parents gave me a good introduction to responsible citizenship. My family and their closest friends were fundraisers long before wwwelopment was a profession. Pre-teens, I volunteered with the Ontario Humane Society and canvassed for the Canadian Cancer Society on horseback. My mother’s brother, Lyman authored “The Ten Lost Commandments of Fund Raising” (an Ontario Bicentennial Project). I learned from the greatest volunteers around!

I have since studied Fundraising, Nonprofit Management and Adult Education to hone my skills further. I enjoy working directly with leaders of charitable organizations – I admire their tenacity and gain from their experience.

My business allows me to travel, meet many new people and see a variety of places. None of these activities however, are quite as sustaining as farmlife at “Neverdun” where I pursue my love of nature through horseback riding, photography and beekeeping.