Our OWNERS at Community Alternative
John Cunningham, President / Managing Director
Office Phone: (705) 742-1875
John Cunningham has been an Ontario licensed funeral director since 1985. He is the Owner and Managing Funeral Director of Community Alternative Funeral Home, and Ashburnham Funeral Home, both located in Peterborough. John’s father’s family settled in the Warsaw area in 1831 and his mother’s family has been providing funeral services to Ontarians for 5 generations.
John earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Diploma with Honours in Funeral Service Education from Humber College. In April of 2014, John became one of a very few funeral directors in Canada to earn the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner. He is a Past President of the Bay of Quinte Funeral Service Association, a Past Chair of Guaranteed Funeral Deposits of Canada, and has been a member of the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce for the last 10 years. He is a current member of the Peterborough Estate Planning Council and the Bereavement Ontario Network
Volunteer activities have included Rotary, Caring in Action, James Strath School Council, Liftlock New Horizons Band, and Activity Haven. John speaks to many groups throughout the year about various topics relating to funeral service.
In his spare time, John plays electric bass with a local blues band, and tuba with the Peterborough Concert Band and the Liftlock New Horizons Band.
Heather Cunningham, Owner
Heather Cunningham (nee: Wilkins) grew up in Peterborough. She attended Fanshawe College, earning a certificate in Behavioural Science. She then earned an Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours and a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Western Ontario. Heather had been an elementary school teacher for over 25 years She has her Special Education Qualification and has worked for many years with students with special needs. She is currently a Literacy Teacher teaching at both Westmount and Keith Wightman schools. Heather's family has a lengthy history in the Peterborough area. Her father, Wally Wilkins is the former marketing manager of Quaker Oats.