The County Foundation Key Contacts

Jefferson Gilbert – Executive Director, Grants and General Foundation Operations

Executive Director, Jefferson Gilbert

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
Fax: 613-476-7235

Anne VanVlack– Vital Signs & Working Groups Co-ordinator

Anne VanVlack, coordinator, Vital Signs - The County Foundation

In her role as Vital Signs Co-ordinator, Anne supports organizations and individuals involved with Food Insecurity, Public Transportation, and Learning.

Anne is a long-time resident of Prince Edward County.  After growing up in Picton, she worked in Ottawa and Kingston before returning to The County to marry Bill VanVlack.  Anne and Bill raised their two children on the VanVlack family farm in Cressy.

For many years, Anne taught journalism, business & computer courses at Prince Edward Collegiate in Picton. Through her keen interest in the vitality of Prince Edward County, Anne has served on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce, Picton BIA, Taste the County, HQnet (the precursor to EORN), North Marysburgh Recreation Committee, and the Tourism Development Alliance. Her community leadership has been recognized by several business and economic development awards.

In her leisure time, Anne enjoys spending time with family, gardening, photography, writing, and watercolour painting.  The people and natural beauty of the County inspire her every day.


Judith Zelmanovits – Researcher, Vital Signs 2018

Judith Zelmanovits

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 an interviewer for the Chronicles of Wellington oral history project, as a member of the County Cultural Round Table, as a board member and volunteer with Glenwood Historic Cemetery.

She is currently a volunteer with Prince Edward Historical Society and a founding member of Hastings Prince Edward Data Consortium. Judith begins every day by checking the Statscan update in her email box.