Ontario - Staff

Jeff Needham

Jeff Needham

Executive Director

Jeff started with the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in June 2005. He obtained a Political Science degree from McGill University and he brings a variety of experience to the Award, including international development, outdoor retail, and the operation of a guiding company in Ontario. For the past several years he has been a volunteer for the United World Colleges and is currently part of his son’s school advisory committee. Jeff enjoys playing hockey and soccer, surfing, restoring classic cars, and travelling. His leisure time is spent having fun with his family and he hopes to inspire his son to enjoy outdoor pursuits as much as he does!
Donna Dupuy

Donna Dupuy

Program Coordinator

Donna has been involved in the Award for over ten years.  She served as an Award Leader for several years before joining the Ontario staff.  Donna earned her Master’s in Music from the University of North Texas and taught music at the university and high school level for 23 years.  Donna now conducts the Toronto New Horizons Band.  She is passionate about swimming and lifesaving and teaches aquatic leadership on the weekends.  She and her son and their menagerie of pets love living in the country.  Her interests include knitting, gardening, and reading.
Karen Gormley

Karen Gormley

Award Officer - Eastern Ontario (K Postal Code)

Karen has been working for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award for the past 12 years.  She is based out of the Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa with a specific focus on working with youth with disabilities and those youth who are new to Canada. Karen has a keen interest in the outdoors and staying fit. In her spare time, she enjoys playing soccer, swimming, cycling and skiing. Living the spirit of the Award, Karen can’t say no to a volunteer opportunity! Karen is married with two daughters who require regular drives to arenas and swimming pools!
Marjorie Henhawk

Marjorie Henhawk

Award Officer - Six Nations and Surrounding Area

Marjorie ‘Marj’ Henhawk is a busy woman in the Award world and a dynamic mother of four and grandmother of three (though you would never guess it!). She has been an Award Officer with the Award on Six Nations, Ontario since 1997. She also holds down an additional position at GREAT (Grand River Employment and Training). Marj has a BA in Social Sciences from the University of Western Ontario, and her many interests include arts and crafts.
Brian Hendery

Brian Hendery

Award Officer - Central Ontario (L Postal Code)

Brian worked for several years in outdoor education nonprofits before joining the award in 2018. He holds a degree in English Literature from McGill University, where he particularly enjoyed literary theory. He has spent the last year adding rock climbing to his rotation of outdoor pursuits and also loves to cook, read, and spend time in our beautiful parks!
Camille McArthur

Camille McArthur

Communications and Events Coordinator

Camille is a graduate of Media and Communications at Humber College.  As a well-traveled individual Camille is always up for a journey. In her free time, Camille enjoys playing soccer and hockey and is intrigued and captivated by good graphic design and effective public relations. Camille works with both the Ontario and National Division at the Duke of Ed. 
Laura Roberts

Laura Roberts

Award Officer - Southwestern Ontario (N Postal Code)

Laura joined the Ontario staff in 2017 and is based out of Craigwood Youth Services in London, Ontario.  She is passionate about experiential education and helping youth find the tools they need to challenge themselves and contribute to their communities. Laura has a history in outdoor education/summer camp and is continually seeking ways to expand her leadership and facilitation skills. She is passionate about yoga, gardening, and exploring the outdoors. Laura loves finding new ways to be active and travelling to far off places to explore natural sites.
Laura Cogill

Laura Cogill

Award Officer - Eastern Ontario (M Postal Code)

Prior to joining the Ontario staff, Laura was already familiar with the Duke of Edinburgh Award and its positive impact on young people. She is a Silver Award Achiever and now volunteers as a dedicated Award Leader with a local Ranger group.  She has earned a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto, and MBA from Queen’s University.  In her spare time Laura enjoys performing Japanese dance, travelling, and working on her camping skills. She feels privileged to be a part of young peoples’ Award experience and especially enjoys supporting youth through their Adventurous Journeys. Even her own daughter and son are working on the Award!
Lorraine Johnson

Lorraine Johnson

Director of Program Advancement

With over 20 years of experience in fund raising and a certificate in Project Management, Lorraine brings with her a thorough understanding of the principles of fundraising and social marketing, along with a contagious passion and commitment to youth development. Lorraine will use her past experiences to help DoE strategically plan by continuing to enhance our events portfolio and enhance engagement with our different stakeholders including alumni, volunteers and supporters. 

Lorraine’s mantra:
At the end of the day and my life's journey, I want to know that I made a positive impact on the quality of lives of others.