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Riding Executive

Eileen Viola, President
Eileen Viola, of Bright’s Grove, is a retired secondary school teacher of French Immersion and English. Prior to becoming president in December of 2009 Eileen served as policy director and is currently the LPCO policy representative for southwest Ontario. She was instrumental in ushering a proposal for a national transportation strategy all the way up to the #1 platform priority of the Liberal Party of Canada. She attends regional, provincial, and national meetings of LPC in order to keep Sarnia Lambton connected with other ridings and the national party. She is especially proud of the SLFLA’s outreach to the community with such activities as an annual scholarship, an adopt-a-road clean up, and advocacy for local passenger rail.

Kim FyfeKim Fyfe, Executive Vice President
Kim is a retired research scientist with 30 years experience in the petroleum industry. She has been active in the Federal Liberal Association for 3 years, serving on the Executive first as chair of the Strategic Planning Committee and then as VP Communications, taking over from Vern Chiles as executive Vice President in June 2014. In that role she serves as chair of the Election Readiness Committee and the Candidate Search Committee. She has been active on the Policy committee and has participated in the last two LPC Biennial Policy conventions.

Alex Palimaka, Vice President, Fundraising
Alex, a lawyer by profession, has practised municipal law in both Toronto and Sarnia before joining a local utility as Vice President. He has found time to be very active in the Sarnia-Lambton Federal Liberal Association and we welcome his passion and energy in this important task.

Joe Viola, Treasurer & Financial Agent
Joe is a retired Chemical Valley professional with over 30 years of commercial business experience. He returns to the position of Treasurer after a brief stint as VP of Fundraising. He will be responsible for keeping the association’s books, preparing budgets, and insuring compliance with both the Canada Elections Act and the Income Tax Act. Joe will be happy to receive contributions and promises to issue receipts promptly!



Joe Simon, Recording Secretary
Formerly the Chief Administrative Officer for the Village of Point Edward but now retired. Member of the Executive Committee for the SLFLA for approximately twenty years, including past Treasurer for six years. I intend to work hard to see our Riding elect a Liberal in the 2015 Federal election.


Dave McPhail, Past Candidate (Ex Officio)Dave McPhail
Our former candidate Dave McPhail passed away January 2017 at the age of 72, after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Dave was an educator with the Lambton-Kent District School Board for 34 years and served as president of the Ontario Public School Principals’ Association. He also was a former chair of the Sarnia-Lambton Chamber of Commerce, and was the head of the successful “Save the Jail” campaign.
As a Liberal candidate he was a tireless campaigner and carried the Liberal banner with dignity and enthusiasm.

Board of Directors:
Joe Boudreau, Vernon Chiles, Ray Fillion, Anne Marie Gillis, Bernard Hendrickson, Jonathan Krall, Dave & Marianne Nichols, Roseanne Orcutt, Bruce Ritchie, Lou Scherlowski, Judy Scherlowski, Raj Seth, Bob Sutton, Pat Whitton, Earle Woolaver

“What do the members on the Board of Directors do?”
The answer is easy – they win elections.

  • They win elections by continually recruiting new members to join the party.
  • They win elections by continually raising money.
  • They win elections by leading our committees.

A position on the EDA board isn’t symbolic. It isn’t a role that only matters when it’s time to pick a candidate or run a campaign.

Board members need to be active and engaged throughout the year.

  • That’s how you build a strong association.
  • That’s how you win an election.

A position on the board is a great next step to establishing yourself as an important part of the association. It’s the opportunity to show your commitment, enthusiasm, and dedication.

There’s room for you on the board – are you ready to get the job done?
Check out our committees and vacancies below:

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