Through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, the Federal Government provides funding, advice, and support to a network of CFDCs across Southern Ontario who carry out the following services:

  • Community Economic Planning & Development
  • Investment in Local Business
  • Business Development and Counselling Services

Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) offer services that help Ontario's rural communities expand their economies. As a community-based, non-profit organization, CFDC is run by a board of local volunteers and staffed by professionals who encourage entrepreneurship and the pursuit of economic opportunity.

Our Vision:

Community Futures Development Corporation of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin`s vision is to create sustainable self-reliant communities in our region.

Our Mission:

Community Futures Development Corporation of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin provides programs and services to support enterprise, community-based development, and employment in our region.

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Hot off the press! Here's our 2020-2021 Performance Report - A year in review. Hover over the slide show to bring up the navigation arrows. You can also download a PDF version of the report to view offline by clicking on the button below:

Here's our 2019-2020 Performance Report - A year in review. Hover over the slide show to bring up the navigation arrows.

Direct Contact Melanie Wright

To apply, please submit a resume to CFDC with the subject “Attention: CFDC Chair” or by mail to:

Attention: CFDC Chair
Community Futures
26 Chemaushgon Rd
PO Box 517
Bancroft, Ontario
K0L 1C0

Jim Etmanski - Community Futures Director

Jim Etmanski - Chair

Jim joined the Board in 2007. Jim was born and raised in North Bay but has lived in Whitney, Ontario in the Municipality of South Algonquin with his family since 1986. Jim first came to Bancroft in 1977 as the manager of the Hudson's Bay Company Store. He left Bancroft on a transfer back to North Bay from 1983 to 1986. From 1986 to 1990 he worked as an office clerk for the construction and forestry industries. He returned to Bancroft as owner of Cafe B.C. in 1990 and operated the restaurant in Bird's Creek until 2010. Jim is the former Mayor of South Algonquin Township first elected in December of 2000 and retired after his second term in office. Jim is presently the Executive Director for the South Algonquin Family Health Team.

Joan Donaldson - Community Futures Director

Joan Donaldson - secretary / treasurer

Joan joined the board in 2014. The majority of her career was spent at Bell Canada in the Administration Departments working in clerical positions from budgeting to Client Representative positions in both the Residential and Business sides of the Company, working with the Federal Government and Banks during her time with the Business side.

She recently spent 3.5 years at the Township of Tudor & Cashel assisting the Clerk with Administration, tax collection and other clerical duties along with taking on the position of Deputy Clerk, attending Council meetings and scribing those, and covering the Clerk’s position during sickness and vacation periods. She was instrumental in providing a Human Resources Policy, Performance Review process and the conducting of the review process for two years. She chaired and spearheaded both the Roads Committee and the Sustainability Committee during her time working there and continues to attend both committees. She was Treasurer of the Hastings County Clerk and Treasurer’s Association for a period of two years.

Jean Ménard - Community Futures Director

Jean Ménard - vice-chair

Jean, was appointed to the board of Community Futures in 2018. Jean, a mechanical engineer, moved to Bancroft in 1990 to work at Combiboard (later GP Flakeboard) as a Plant Manager and Safety & Environmental Manager. Jean is currently retired and is an active volunteer in the community. He currently holds the position of Treasurer for the Hospital Fund Development Committee as well as helping with the Terry Fox Run, Vintages on Hastings, and Justice Fund.

Megan Abraham - Community Futures Director

Megan Abraham

Megan joined the Board in 2015. In 2020, she took a brief hiatus from her position as a director, but returned as of September 2021.

From 2013 to 2020, Megan worked for the Municipality of Marmora and Lake, first as the Tourism and Economic Development Coordinator and later as the Manager of Economic Development. In 2020, she worked for TorStar as a Community Coordinator for a grassroots journalism pilot project. In 2021, she joined the team at Redbrick Communications as a Communications Consultant and works with clients such as the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and the Rural Ontario Municipal Association.

Megan holds a diploma in print journalism from Loyalist College and an associate’s certificate in local government from Dalhousie University. She currently lives in Marmora with her husband and four daughters, where she works remotely in her position with Redbrick.

Warren Gee - Community Futures Director

Warren Gee - Director

Warren joined the board of Community Futures in 2018. Warren is currently employed in the role of Director of Bancroft Campus and Employment Ontario programs with Loyalist College. He joined the Loyalist team in 1995 when he began his career as an Instructor, in the Futures program, a youth employment initiative funded by the Government of Ontario. Since that time, he has served in a number of different roles for the organization including Summer Jobs Coordinator, Employment Counsellor, Job Developer and Programs Manager. Most of these roles worked directly with the local employer base and individuals that were looking for employment or training options.

Warren is an active member of various regional and provincial groups and committees that focus on improving government funded employment and training programs.

Warren was born and raised in Norwood, Ontario and still resides and commutes from the area.

Janice Sears - Community Futures Director

Janice Sears - Director

Janice joined the board in 2013. Janice was born and raised in Bancroft and has worked in the financial services industry, employed by TD/Canada Trust since 1979. Janice has completed several university courses through correspondence to upgrade her education level and has her Financial Planning Designation and Investment Funds in Canada Certificate from the Institute of Canadian Bankers. Janice also worked for a 2 year period for Community Futures as a part-time Credit Assistant.

Janice volunteers for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and the Hearth and Stroke Foundation. She was also a committee member (Survivor-Chair) for Relay for Life (2006-2012) and Treasurer of the Bancroft & District Minor Hockey Association (1999-2006). Janice has an excellent understanding of business and is very committed to the economic development of the community.

Dean Laundry - Community Futures Director

Dean Laundry - Director

Dean joined the Board in 2003. Dean is a lifelong resident of the Town of Bancroft in North Hastings. He is retired as the manager from the Bancroft Public Utilities Commission but is still working as a Risk Inspector for Insurance Companies and is involved in land development projects in the area. Dean is still a volunteer firefighter with over 50 years with the Bancroft Fire Department and is presently the chairman of the North Hastings Rescue Unit and former volunteer fire chief. Ten years ago he served a 4 year on the Town of Bancroft Council.

Kimberly McMunn - Community Futures Director

Kimberly McMunn - director

Kimberly joined the board in 2013. Kim has worked extensively in the cultural sector for the past 20 years and is currently employed by the Bancroft Public Library as its Interim CEO, Treasurer, secretary and Head Librarian. Previous to this, she was employed at the Hastings Highlands Public Library as the Library CEO and Community Resource Officer.

Kim has extensive board experience and formerly served on the boards of the Community Advocacy and Legal Clinic and Bancroft Lion's Club. She is currently a member of the North Hastings Quilt Club. Kim's focus areas are in the economic and cultural sectors but is also aware of the environmental and social aspects that impact them. This was demonstrated through recognition of the House of Commons for a Hastings County-wide initiative for an environmentally-friendly project.

Kim currently resides in Carlow/Mayo Township.