William (Bill) Merrifield has deep roots in the community. He was volunteer Chair of Stonehammer UNESCO Global Geopark from 2010 to 2014 and remains member of board and Executive Committee. He was appointed by UNESCO Global Geopark Network as field evaluator and revalidations of existing Global Geoparks in May 2016. He has been actively involved in official UNESCO application process and corporate/government fundraising since 2008. He is past president of Lily Lake Pavilion Inc., and co-founder of the annual Pavilion Cup Pond Hockey Tournament and New Brunswick’s All American Soap Box Derby to raise funds for outreach programmes offered by the Pavilion for children and adults with financial and physical challenges. His commitment as a volunteer has been formally recognized many times, including as recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for community service (2012), recipient (on Stonehammer’s behalf) of Deloitte Innovator of the Year Award (2011) and recipient of City of Saint John Volunteer of the Year (fundraising – 2010).
Merrifield is a Professional Wealth Manager engaged in the financial services industry since 1986 and is presently a Senior Investment Advisor. He has been married to his wife Dawn for 48 years, and together have 2 daughters (Shannon and Brittany) and 6 grandchildren.