August 26, 2021

Six new members join Future Oxford

New volunteers reflect local diversity and strengthen geographical representation

This week, Future Oxford announced the addition of six new members to its group of volunteer partners who are helping to advance the Future Oxford Plan.

The new members, spanning multiple age groups from both rural and urban areas, will bring fresh ideas to the conversation on shaping Oxford’s future and inspiring other local residents toadvance the Future Oxford vision.

The new members are:

Sam Coghlan, Zorra Township

Kayla Doan, Norwich Township

Whisper Gardiner, South-West Oxford Township

Samantha Haverkamp, Woodstock

Heather McDowell, East Zorra-Tavistock Township

Al Lauzon, Ingersoll


Future Oxford’s newest members join current members Monica Clare (Tillsonburg), Stephen Cornwell (Ingersoll), Rick Cox (Tillsonburg), Chris Kennedy (Woodstock), Bryan Smith (South-West Oxford Township) and Jeff Surridge (Woodstock).

A recruitment campaign was launched this spring to bring partners with new interests and abilities to the table and support the work of the three pillars of the Future Oxford Plan, environment, community and economy. Pillars are supported by a network of action teams such as Zero Waste Oxford, Smart Energy Oxford and more. All Future Oxford volunteers work together to promote the Future Oxford vision of an Oxford where communities, economies, and environments thrive together.

Over the past six years, Future Oxford has focused on 100% renewable energy, zero waste, zero poverty, community wellbeing, supporting entrepreneurs, workforce ready businesses and people, wetlands restoration and more.

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Bryan Smith, Joint Chair, Future Oxford

“The positive response to our recruitment campaign proves community sustainability remains as important to our communities today as it did when the original Plan was released in 2015. We’re expanding on our sector and geographical representation, as well as adding members from generations that aren’t currently represented. I’m inspired by the applicants joining Future Oxford and look forward to getting to know them.”


About Future Oxford

Future Oxford presents a vision to foster and maintain a high quality of life throughout Oxford. It is a vision that inspires community members to explore and expand the potential to improve quality of life for Oxford’s current and future generations. It is a vision that respects who we already are, and sees the possibilities of who we can be.

Future Oxford: A Community Sustainability Plan is the plan for how we will achieve this vision. The plan is guided by the Future Oxford Collective, a group of volunteers and partners who are advancing the Future Oxford Plan through collaboration, education and promotion. For more information and to read the Future Oxford Plan online, visit