Our 2020-2021 Board of Directors


Margaret Barrie has both a clinical and business background in Cardiology as an Echocardiographer. She worked clinically at the Ottawa Hear Institute for many years and then went into the medical device industry working for industry leaders Toshiba, Hewlett-Packard and retired from GE Healthcare as the National Product Sales Manager. Her career gave her the opportunity to present and share her expertise globally. Throughout her career, education was always a strong focus for Margaret. She went back to school to get a BSc and became a Professor at McMaster University. She went on to develop and coordinate the first and only full time accredited educational program for Echocardiography in Canada.



Ken Brooks is a lawyer who has been practicing poverty law as an Executive Director in the community legal clinic system for over 35 years.  He was a founding director of the Inn and in the past was involved with a shelter for street kids.  He is active in the community as president of a community foundation and a director and past president of two conservation foundations.



​This is Marg Payson’s third and final year on the Inn board. Marg is a Retired Registered Nurse and a Retired Drug and Alcohol Counsellor. She worked many years in Emergency and surgical units at STEGH as well as a local physicians’ office. In the early 90’s Marg attended Western University to complete her Addiction studies. After 5-7 years of related education, she also completed Relapse Prevention Specialist 2 by Terry Gorski, levels 1 and 2 Bereavement Training, Level 2 Reiki and many other related courses and workshops. Marg worked at the London Withdrawal Management Center for 14 years then part time counsellor at Quintin warner House, a 4 month alcohol and drug  treatment center for men in London, and also Westover in Thamesville, specializing mainly in relapse prevention there. Marg  started volunteering with Inn out of the Cold in 2010 when it first opened. She has been available over the years, to the guests who wanted help with their addiction and health issues. She has greatly enjoyed her time there and hopes to carry on.


Scott Doupe has been involved with the Inn Out of the Cold since its opening, helping in a variety of ways.  He joined the board of the Inn to continue the lines of communication between the church and the Inn.  This has proven to be quite beneficial for both parties.  He has been the chair of the board at Central United Church,  the Inn's current home for a number of years, as well sitting on a variety of different committees of the church.  He has witnessed the positive effects on how the Inn has helped and impacted the many guests that have used this facility and continues to do so. For employment Scott works in the retail / customer service sector for Costco.  Joining this board has allowed him to gain valuable life experiences and give a  feeling that he is making a difference in the guest's lives as well.        

Allan Weatherall has experience in non-profit administration, fundraising, corporate communications, and public relations. He currently works as the Executive Director for the Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance. With professional accreditation in both fundraising (FAHP, CFRE) and public relations (APR) he has worked in hospital foundations in Ottawa, Huntsville, and St. Thomas. Through these positions, he acquired experience and led numerous fundraising and communications initiatives. He was also employed with the Development Department of the Canadian Museum of History, public relations for the Canadian Space Agency’s RADARSAT project and also eight years in television production. Allan is a graduate of both Carleton University and Algonquin College.

Janice Fisher attended HBA Ivey Business School, Western University and was born and raised in Elgin County and with her husband have raised their family here.  Throughout the years she has lent her expertise to a number of community, church, and sports organizations, as well as working in the seniors and the social service sectors.  In 2019 Janice crossed paths with others involved with the Inn and knew when an opportunity to be on the Board came up in 2020 that this was a way she could serve.

Karon Vaughan has lived in St. Thomas for 12 years. She has been a PSW (Personal Support Worker) at LHSC (London Health Sciences Center) for 9 years. After working with mental health patients and the effects of it she developed a passion to help others. As a Charity Event Co-ordinator she has been able to help out multiple charities and assists with raising funds for different organizations. Some of these include the Inn Out of the Cold and the Air Cadets.


Melanie Rowley was a Housing-Based Case Manager through the Youth Homelessness Protocol at the YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin before returning to school to complete a Master of Social Work degree from Kings University College at Western University. Melanie is a registered social worker and brings passion for and knowledge of our community through a social work framework, to support the important work of the Inn.


Susan McConnery has worked in the accounting field for over 35 years with over 10 years as a CPA. She has worked in various industries including manufacturing, government and  health care. Susan has been involved in other community initiatives involving poverty prevention and animal rehabilitation.



All inquires of our board should be directed to board@innelgin.ca  



Our Management Team:

Executive Director: Lori Fitzgerald  director@innelgin.ca   or 519-933-9895

Program Manager: Cherisse Swarath  manager@innelgin.ca  or 226-980-7876