About Gay

Gay Douglas grew up as Gay Preston, in a family where the volunteerism and the non-profit sector was a way of life. Both of her parents were active community volunteers. Her mother was the Executive Director of the Canadian Red Cross Niagara Chapter for 30 years. Gay remembers as a small child, watching her mother at the kitchen table tallying numbers on an adding machine to prepare the annual Red Cross budget.

The Preston family values were clear: you are lucky to grow up in a strong family and a healthy community and you have a commitment to give back.

Gay’s commitment to the non-profit community has spanned all areas of service. As a teenager, she volunteered with the Red Cross and as a Candystriper at the St. Catharines General Hospital. As a young mother, Gay helped to create the Niagara chapter of the Block Parent Program along with a committed group of police officers and parent activists.

Gay was widowed at the age of 34. With 2 children to raise, she returned to college to better her chances of a sustainable future. After graduation she was hired into a non-profit management position, setting the stage for the rest of her career.

Always the entrepreneur, in 1992 Gay created Canada’s first car donation program (The Kidney Car Program), and 3 years later developed Canada’s first on-line auction (Celebrity Book Auction).

For 10 years, Gay taught three courses in the post-graduate event management program at Niagara College – human resources management, innovation and leadership. She’s also served as a leadership volunteer on a dozen different boards of directors, often as Chairperson.

The culmination of Gay’s experience and passion for the non-profit sector is the creation of Gay Douglas & Associates Inc. (GD&A) – a consulting firm providing facilitation, tools and resources in 4 key areas:

  • Board Governance
  • Strategic Planning
  • Communications
  • Organizational Development & Restructuring

Our Values


Our strong reputations precede us.

You’re only as good as your reputation and ours is impeccable! You can trust us – we’re glad to give you references who can tell you about their positive experiences.


Nothing replaces experience.

As a community activist, non-profit leader, teacher, facilitator, consultant and entrepreneur, Gay brings a lifetime of experience and lessons learned to the challenges presented by each client. Over her years serving and working in the non-profit sector, she’s collected tools and resources that she shares with her clients.

Our entire team brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from many sectors.


Honesty and integrity are the foundation of our work.

Personally and professionally, the GDA team operates in alignment with our values. We’ll explain costs up front, and tell you if we feel you’d be better served by another consulting firm. When you work with us, we’ll let you know if we hit a roadblock or need more information.


Honesty and integrity are the foundation of our work.

No two organizations are the same.

We never use the same approach twice. Every client has unique needs and circumstances. Sure, we’ll build on the resources and tools we have – but we never use a cookie-cutter approach. We’ll listen to you – and do our best to meet your budget, timelines and desired results.

Ingenuity & Innovation

We find creative new ways to solve problems.

If you have a challenge that seems insurmountable, bring it to the GDA team! We’re objective, and come with distinctly different perspectives. We’ll gather our collective energies to create solutions you wouldn’t come up with on your own.