The Rayjon Board
The Rayjon Board of Directors is a volunteer, elected board that meets monthly to discuss and make decisions on issues pertinent to the organization. Specific responsibilities are described below. Board members are expected to attend Board meetings and contribute in a manner which advances Rayjon, in the most effective way possible, to achieve its vision, mission and goals.
President (Non-voting): John Barnfield
Chairperson: Ann Tuplin
Past Chair and Eyeglass Liaison: Den Shannon
Vice Chairperson: vacant
Secretary and Eyeglass Liaison: Mary Weerdenburg
Financial Director: John Spinozzi
Medical and Safety Advisor: Dr. Glen Maddison
Trips Director: Bryce McGarvey
Project Director: Debbie Austin
CEC Liaison: Joanna Catterson
Member at Large: Brian Rea
Member at Large: Cheryl DeGroot
Member at Large: Terry DeMarco
Executive Director (non-voting): Heather Smith
The trips committee reviews all requests for Rayjon Trips including Awareness Trips, Work Trips and Project Engagement Trips and makes recommendations to the Board with respect to the approval of trips, trip safety and policy.
Community Engagement Committee:
This Committee is responsible for fundraising, outreach/awareness, and coordinating volunteering for events. Sub-committees organize special major fundraising events (i.e. Fall Fair, DeGroot’s sale, Women Helping Women event, and more).
The Finance team is comprised of the Financial Director, the Executive Director and those volunteers within Rayjon who carry out financial activities including donation acceptance, trips accounting, account reconciling and audit readiness. The team provides a coordinating function and assists the Finance Director in his role.
Projects Advisory Team
This team provides support to the Projects Director and Project Manager to oversee the three Community Development projects supported by Rayjon in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. They are actively involved in building and maintaining relationships with Haitian & Dominican partners, monitoring and evaluation, and ensuring all project activities align with Rayjon’s overall mission, goals, and Strategic Plan.
Fund Development Committee:
Provides strategic recommendations to the Board of Directors and committees of Rayjon Share Care regarding fund development in order to ensure long-term financial stability.
The Eyeglass Program:
The Rayjon Eyeglass Program is coordinated by a committee of volunteers who meet regularly to plan all activities related to Eyeglass Trips. It takes many volunteers in Canada who receive, clean, sort, and enter glasses into a database for use in clinics.
Rayjon’s Impact on the World
Children educated from preschool to grade 13
Pairs of prescription eyeglasses distributed in 9 countries
Vaccinations for children and adults
Impoverished elementary & secondary students received tuition support to attend school
Women received loans & training to start small businesses
Malnourished children received life-saving treatment
Adults learned to read & write
Where does the money go?
Rayjon values accountability and transparency. As a grassroots, volunteer-based organization we are able to keep our administration/overhead costs amazingly low!
We are proud to report that over the last 5 years our total administration costs averaged only 5%!
We are thankful for the support of community partners that generously allow us the use of their building spaces to hold our meetings, helping us to keeps costs down further and allowing us to send maximum funds to Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Volunteer administrators maintain home offices and secure information storage, eliminating the need for formal office space while maintaining security and privacy. Thank you to our many volunteers and community partners that make this possible.