The County Foundation Key Contacts
Diane Milan – Vital Signs & Working Groups Co-ordinator
As coordinator of the Vital Signs project since 2014, Diane works closely with organizations and individuals in the Food Security, Getting Around, and Learning working groups.
Diane and her husband Bruce moved to PEC from Northfield, Minnesota in 2006 to establish their home and two small businesses – a bed & breakfast and a blacksmith shop – on Bloomfield’s Main Street. Prior to their move to Canada they operated a 25-acre organic farm, producing vegetables, herbs and flowers for farmers’ markets in southern Minnesota and restaurants in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Before their farming adventure took root, Diane’s work experience centered on addiction counseling and public health education.
Once settled in PEC, Diane joined the Bloomfield and Area Business Association (BABA), serving on the executive committee. She also served on the PEC Studio Tour executive and represented the PEC Arts Council on the regional Tourism Development Alliance. Diane is a grateful member of the small but mighty PEC Field Naturalists.
In leisure time, the Milans are drawn to Lake Ontario, enjoying their vintage sail and power craft in the waters around Waupoos. Among Diane’s most prized possessions is her Canadian citizenship, granted in an unforgettable ceremony in Ottawa in 2014.
Judith Zelmanovits – Researcher, Vital Signs 2018
A resident of Prince Edward County since 2006, Judith gradually made the transition from research and teaching in the field of Canadian social history at York University to a focus on the cultural, social, and economic aspects of local history. Prior to beginning her work as researcher for the 2013, 2015, and 2018 Vital Signs reports, she participated in a number of history-based projects in the County. She served as a member of the working group that coordinated the reprinting of The Settler’s Dream, as a member, then chair, of the Museum Advisory Committee, as a member of the County Cultural Round Table, as a board member and volunteer of Glenwood Historic Cemetery. Judith is also an active member of Quinte Grannies for Africa, a group associated with the Stephen Lewis Foundation that raises awareness and funds for African grandmothers and their community-based projects. Judith begins every day by checking the Statscan update in her email box.
Jefferson Gilbert – Executive Director, Grants and General Foundation Operations
Jefferson has spent more than 25 years working in the non-profit and cultural sectors, primarily with groups that serve the publicly-funded libraries of this country. He holds a Certified Association Executive designation, a MBA and a BA in urban geography from Queen’s University.
In addition to his work with The County Foundation (TCF), he is the Principal of Gap. Point. Reach. Inc., a Canadian consultancy that works with non-profit organizations. He serves as Executive Director of the Canadian Urban Libraries Council. He has worked with TCF since 2015 in the area of administration, grants and fund development. In 2012 he was recognized with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Jefferson has served on a number of local boards in the areas of arts/culture and sports/recreation. With his wife Alison, and two sons, they split their time between Bloomfield and Cressy.
Phone: 613-476-7901 x.218