Director Snapshot: Susan Wavell

Commitment to Her Community

When U ask Susan Wavell how long she has been on our Mutual Boardher honest response is, “I’ve lost track!  

Susan’s board governance and management experience led to an invitation to become a member of the Board of Directors at Norfolk Mutual Insurance Co. over twenty years ago; the company’s first female Director! Transitioning to the Nova Mutual Board of Directors with the merger of the two legacy companies, Susan brought with her 30 years of executive management and leadership experience.  

With a dedication to serving her community, Susan has played an active role on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sistersprovided management leadership to the Tillsonburg & District Multi-Services Centre, served as the first woman on the Tillsonburg Police Services Board and sat on the Tillsonburg Figure Skating Board. How does she find the time? 

When working as the Executive Director of the TDMSC, Susan was instrumental in building partnerships with the federal, provincial, and municipal bodies which created the Livingston Centre, a long-standing hub for community services. 

A Farm Girl at Heart

Growing up in the small, rural community of Norwich, Susan had experienced farming firsthand, spending ample time at her grandparent’s dairy farm, picking asparagus and rhubarb in the summers and working the tobacco harvest.   

Susan and her husband have a deep appreciation for #LakeLife and have been avid boaters for more than 30 years. They enjoy both the beauty and recreational activities that Lake Erie has to offer and have shared this love with their daughter and grandchildren.  

Some Girls Dance, Some Girls Sing, I Hang Out at the Rink with my Stick and a Ring

A lover of all things outdoors, Susan has always been involved in organized sports as a player and supporter. She appreciates the value that sports bring to the fiber of the community and the development of its children. This appreciation led her to select Tillsonburg Ringette as her charity of choice. Ringette enriches players by building athleticism and confidence as well as encouraging teamwork and improving social skills.

When U score a goal in ringette, the ring *MUST* be passed at least three times between teammates for it to count. Our #WorkingTogetherMatters initiative at Nova works a little like that as well. As a part of our Director Snapshot series, each Board Member selects a cause or initiative which speaks to them for us to focus on. We then feature said cause on our blog and social media (shoutout @TillsonburgRingette!) AND the organizers work together to ensure that our donation is as impactful as possible.

Making an Impact

In the case of Tillsonburg Ringette, Julia RoutleyManager for the U10 Tillsonburg Twisters says…

When I was approached about this project by Susan, I got together with the other team staff that works with this group.  We came up with a list of ideas that would help to benefit this team, but I was overwhelmed when I learned exactly how much support you were offering!  It is just amazing that an organization such as yourselves would dedicate time and funding to support this small group of girls.   

As far as the items that you have provided, this season has some added challenges as far as how our teams are managed.  We can no longer use some of the equipment that was previously provided by the facility, due to the necessary cleaning, so the pylons will be greatly appreciated on the ice!  Likewise, we would like to do some office training with the players, to help them start the habits of keeping themselves well rounded with their physical fitness, so we will be using the agility equipment and the yoga mats for that purpose.  Last but not least, the practice jerseys will be so helpful when we practice breaking into smaller teams for drills and scrimmage.  We have to wash jerseys in between every practice and doing so with the heavy game jerseys is not only difficult, but also will put more wear and tear on them.   

Again, your help means so much to this teamYou have contributed to building the confidence, leadership, and teamwork skills of a great group of girls! 

And so, Susan’s record of outstanding commitment to her community, continues.

Written by Jessica Lymburner, Director of Strategic Partnerships