Community Work

Dedicated to
Helping Hamilton for Over 35 Years

Throughout her life, Rebecca has been a forceful advocate for a wide variety of causes near and dear to her heart. She has served at the helm of charitable committees, such as the Women in Law’s Build in partnership with Habitat For Humanity and the Scleroderma Society of Ontario, as well as esteemed positions in the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and the Green Belt Council, where she advocated on behalf of small business owners.

Currently, she is the President of the Tiger Town Council, which serves as an advisory committee to the Hamilton Tiger Cats, and remains an avid supporter of the Scleroderma Society of Ontario among other community-building organizations and nonprofits. Below is a partial timeline of Rebecca’s community involvement endeavours spanning her career.

Rebecca presenting a cheque at the 2018 Scleroderma Society Benefit Gala.
Rebecca presenting a cheque at the 2018 Scleroderma Society Benefit Gala.

Community Involvement

Hamilton Chamber of Commerce

  • President 2004 – 2005
  • President-Elect 2003 – 2004
  • Vice President 2002 – 2003
  • Treasurer 2001 – 2002
  • Director 1999 – 2000

Hamilton Chamber of Commerce - Dundas Division

  • Dundas Division President 1997 – 1999
  • Chairman Energy Efficiency Task Force 2002 – 2005
  • Chairman Communications Task Force 2002 – 2005
  • Chairman Finance & Admin Committee 2001 – 2005
  • Citizen of the Year & Youth Volunteer of the Year Judging Panel 2000 – 2005
  • Outstanding Business Achievement Award Judging Panel 2001 – 2005
  • Gallery of Distinction Judging Panel 2005
  • Athena Foundation Executive 2000 – 2005

Ontario Trillium Foundation

  • Executive Committee 1995 – 1999
  • Chairman of Granting (mandate up to $100 million/year) 1998 – 1999
  • Director 1993 – 1999
  • Provincial Grants Review Committee 1993 – 1995
  • Regional Grants Review Committee 1990 – 1993
Rebecca and her husband. Bill Kelly, at the 2019 Grey Cup cheering for the Hamilton Tiger Cats as the Chairman of the Tiger Town Council..
Rebecca and her husband. Bill Kelly, at the 2019 Grey Cup cheering for the Hamilton Tiger Cats as the Chairman of the Tiger Town Council..
Rebecca as the keynote speaker for the 2017 Scleroderma Society Benefit Gala.
Rebecca as the keynote speaker for the 2017 Scleroderma Society Benefit Gala.

Tiger Town Council

  • Chairman 2018 – Present
  • Vice-Chairman 2016 – 2018
  • Member 2013 – Present

Scleroderma Society of Ontario

  • Board of Directors 2010 – Present
  • Past President 2018 – Present
  • President 2015 – 2018
  • Vice President 2014 – 2015
  • Treasurer 2012 – 2014

Greenbelt Advisory Council of Ontario

  • Provincial Appointed
  • Appointed as the “voice of business” to the inaugural Greenbelt Council 2006 – 2011

Hamilton Club

  • Board of Directors 2004 – 2008
  • Treasurer 2007 – 2008

Bay Area Economic Summit

  • Co-Chair 2013

Hamilton International Airport

  • Community Advisory Committee
  • Committee Member 2004 – 2007

Brain Injury Services Hamilton

  • Vice Chairman 2007 – 2008

Vision 2020

  • President (non-arm’s length Board struck following the wrap-up of City of Hamilton’s Action 2020) 2003 – 2005
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Professional Associations

Rebecca is an involved member of her professional community, serving as a member of the following organizations. 

  • The Law Society of Ontario 1987 – Present 
  • Canadian Bar Association 1987 – Present 
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Medical Malpractice Section (since 2000) 1987 – Present 
  • Hamilton Law Association, Finance Committee (1999 – 2002) 1987 – 2002 
  • Hamilton Medical-Legal Society 1987 – 2008 
  • Hamilton Lawyers’ Club 1987 – Present 
  • Women in Law’s Golf Team
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