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KEVIN FREDERICK ALMOND
Funeral Director

Owner of Ferguson Funeral Home Inc. in Meaford and Ferguson Funeral Home (The Valley Chapel) Ltd. in Thornbury and Managing Director at the Meaford location.

Kevin was raised in Meaford where he attended both Elementary and Secondary School.

Kevin began his working career with a local Consulting Engineering firm but determined after six years that he would return to further his education in another field of endeavour.

He graduated from the Funeral Service Education Program at Humber College with honours in 1979 and began a career in funeral service as a licensed director in that year.
He has been with the Ferguson Funeral Homes since 1987 and purchased the business in 2002 following the death of Allan A. Ferguson in 2000.

Kevin has been involved in the administration of Hockey in Ontario for many years beginning with the Meaford Amateur Athletic Association and the local Georgian Bay Minor Hockey League.

He has served as the President of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) from 2002 to 2004 and continues as a member of that Executive Committee since 1991.
He has also served as a Director of Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) and continues to enjoy his work on behalf of youth in sports as a member of the OHF Bursary Committee.

SHAWN MICHAEL SMITHSON
Funeral Director

Managing Director of Ferguson Funeral Home (The Valley Chapel) Ltd., in Thornbury.

Shawn was raised in Meaford where he attended both Elementary School and Georgian Bay Secondary School.
Shawn began working with the Ferguson Funeral Home in Meaford while attending Secondary School assisting in many aspects of funeral service.

His interest in assisting families served by the Ferguson Funeral Homes evolved to his desire to obtain certification as a Funeral Director.

Shawn became a graduate of Humber College Funeral Service Education in 1981 and obtained his Ontario Funeral Director’s License in that same year.

His many years of experience have provided him with the knowledge and expertise required to provide excellent service to the community in his role as a Funeral Director.

Shawn is presently serving his second term as a Director of the Georgian Bay Funeral Service Association.

Shawn and his family continue to reside in Meaford where he is an active volunteer with the Meaford Amateur Athletic Association and currently serves as the manager with the hockey program and a convenor of tournaments.

When time permits, Shawn enjoys spending time fishing in Georgian Bay and looks forward to his annual fishing trip into northern Ontario.

JOHANNA BETH HAYWARD
Funeral Director

Funeral Director with the Ferguson Funeral Home Inc. in Meaford and Ferguson Funeral Home (The Valley Chapel) Ltd. in Thornbury.

Johanna (née Almond) was born and raised in Meaford where she attended Elementary School and later graduated from Georgian Bay Secondary School.

Johanna, an honours graduate of the Developmental Service Worker Program at Georgian College in Orillia (1994), enjoyed her position as a Support Counsellor for twelve years with the Ministry of Community and Social Services, supporting individuals with mental illness and intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Johanna decided to return to school in 2005 and began her studies at Humber College in the Funeral Services Program relocating to Meaford and successfully completing her internship with the Valley Chapel location.

Johanna graduated from Humber College with honours in 2007 and attained her Ontario Funeral Director’s License that same year and became a welcomed addition to the staff of the Ferguson Funeral Homes.

When not at work, Johanna enjoys spending time with her husband and her three young children who keep her busy with hockey, baseball. soccer, gymnastics and piano lessons. During the warmer months they enjoy family bike rides to the beach. Johanna volunteers with the Meaford Amateur Athletic Association and the Sunday school program at Meaford United Church.

DOUGLAS ROBINSON
Funeral Assistant

Doug, born in Meaford and a lifelong resident of the area, has become well known for his compassionate assistance rendered to the people of the communities of Meaford and the Beaver Valley served by the Ferguson Funeral Homes.

Doug worked for many years with Amerock in a sales and marketing position.

He also owned and operated Executive Limousine Service for six years. It was during that time that Doug and the Ferguson Funeral Homes developed their longstanding relationship of service which led him to funeral service assistance.

Doug also volunteered as a driver for many years with the local Canadian Cancer Society.

He has maintained his interest in music performance throughout his life beginning as a member of the Meaford Citizen’s Band for many years and continues this interest as a member of the Beaver Valley Concert Band.

Currently Doug also enjoys sharing his talent as a member of ‘Encore’, a men’s chorus group belonging to the local chapter of the Barber Shop Harmony Society for which he currently serves as an officer.

Through this group, he enjoys participating and providing music to support local community events and especially to residents of area Seniors, Nursing and Retirement Homes.

Now, in his ‘retirement’ he continues his enjoyment of reading and, when not lending his valued assistance to the funeral home operations, Doug enjoys brief travel vacations, especially in the late winter when the southern islands beckon.

LORI KAREN ADAMS
Office Administrator

Lori (née Reekie) was born and raised in the Beaver Valley where she attended elementary school in Thornbury and later graduated from Georgian Bay Secondary School in Meaford.  

Lori, an honours graduate of the Personal Support Worker Program at Georgian College, enjoyed working with seniors at a local Nursing and Retirement Home for several years while she also worked for a local Bank/Trust Company as a Customer Support Representative for 15 years. 

Her extensive background in those careers have provided the Ferguson Funeral Homes with an experienced administrator gifted with the talents required to serve the people in the communities of Meaford and the Beaver Valley.

Lori enjoys a casual game of curling or golf and outdoor activities with her husband and two children as they share family time together whether it be while camping, snowmobiling, swimming, biking or ‘ATVing’.

She continues to support the community by volunteering as a Director of the Rocklyn Agricultural Society.