BPW Cambridge Member Profiles

Get acquainted with some of our members:

Mary Balfour Mary Balfour

Life Member 2016
Historian/Archivist and Honourary President, BPW Cambridge

Mary is a life-long resident of Cambridge. She worked for Gore Mutual from 1966-1991 and at Canadian General Tower from 1994-2002, at which time she retired. Mary is active in her community as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, Cambridge Library (Galt branch) as well as singing in the Durward Centre Senior's Choir. She is also involved in the women's group and sings in the choir at Trillium United Church.

Mary has been a member of BPW Cambridge since 1986.

Laura ThomasLaura Thomas

1st Vice-President of BPW Cambridge and past member of both BPW North Toronto and Brampton.

Laura is a full-time Entertainer and Music Educator. She plays music for both adult audiences and children. Young children know her as Cousin Molly! She is currently the newest Board Member for The Cambridge Mill Race Traditional Folk Music Festival.

Laura is a front and backing singer, as well as a multi-instrumentalist. She currently designs music programs and shows for daycares, kindergartens, school-age and afterschool programs. She brings high quality hands-on music to thousands of Ontario children every year. You can also see Laura in the Toronto Band "That's Close Enough". She has performed in Canada, USA and Germany. Some notable artists that Laura has performed live with include Vince Gill, Amanda Marshall, Jeff Healey and Norm Hacking.

www.CousinMolly.com and www.LauraThomas.net

Lin BuxtonLin Buxton

Treasurer,  Past President (2006-2013), BPW Cambridge

Drawing on her years of management experience as Vice-President of Finance at North American Automation and owner of First Impressions Consulting, Lin works tirelessly to improve the economic, political and social conditions for women.

A compassionate, courageous and consistent mentor for women, Lin uses her strong leadership skills to “lift women around her to their own levels of personal growth and belief in themselves,” and to maximize their potential and is therefore, “undoubtedly, one of Cambridge’s strongest advocates for women and girls… and overall for our community.”

In 2012 Lin received the YWCA's Women of Distinction Award in the category of Advancement of Women.

Lin has been a member of BPW Cambridge since 2001.

Amy PhillipsAmy Phillips

Past President of BPW Cambridge (2013-2015) 

Amy Phillip's has worked in the field of management for over 15 years. Amy resides in Waterloo with her husband and enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends. Amy is a supporter of the local community and enjoys volunteering for charities and projects to help make a difference.

Amy has been a member of BPW Cambridge since 2011.

Phyllis HemmingwayPhyllis Hemingway

Past President, BPW Cambridge, 1979 - 1981
Life Member Since 2007

In her retirement, Phyllis Hemingway is still very active in her community as a volunteer. Phyllis is passionate about human rights and continues to write letters for Amnesty International. She has been a Telecare volunteer for the past thirty years. Also, she is presently serving as Secretary for the United Church Women's group in Cambridge.

Margaret HighMargaret High

Resolutions By-laws Chair,
Member since 2016

Margaret is an author and poet, loves to compose personalized poetry for any occasion. She has written several books of poetry and published internationally. Winner of Editor’s Choice Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry from the National Library of Poetry.

Margaret is passionate about helping to spread the word on the importance of being prepared in the event of a medical emergency. She has published a book entitled Just N Case and has prepared a kit to keep important documents together. www.justncase.ca