Board of Directors
Effective September 2020
Steve Gorton, President
Steve Gorton was born in London UK and served 20 years in the Royal Air Force before emigrating to Canada with his wife Ann, a native of Toronto. He continued his aviation career as a test pilot and corporate VIP pilot before retiring last year. He settled in Thornbury having owned previous homes in the Blue Mountains since 2002.
He is widely travelled and has experience of personnel and project management in both military and civilian fields. He is a ski instructor at Blue Mountain Resort and a recreational cyclist, kayaker and fisherman. He is keen to contribute to the community and participate fully in local activities.
Jan Seneshen, Vice-President, Director Fundraising
Jan has an extensive business and board history. Having set up and run several of her own small businesses and served on small boards here in Canada and overseas. Jan loves working with fellow team members to create community interest and energy in worthwhile projects.
Jan and her husband have always loved Georgian Bay and its surrounding area. This is their forever home, their forever town and their forever community. They cannot imagine living in a more spectacular, welcoming, beautiful place and they are grateful they found it! The best surprise about this town was the Marsh Street Centre. This Centre represents life, community and fun for all. Jan feels privileged to be able to serve on its board and continue its legacy and gift to the town!
Anthony (Tony) traversa, Treasurer
Anthony (Tony) Traversa is a resident of Thornbury. He and his wife Julie first came to the area in 1993 and immediately fell in love with it. They are very proud to call The Blue Mountains home.
Tony joined the Marsh Street Centre Board of Directors in January 2018. He brings with him extensive board and professional experience in the not for profit sector. In addition, Tony worked professionally as a Certified Financial Planner prior to his retirement is 2019.
Tony places great importance on volunteering and derives tremendous satisfaction from helping others. He is a passionate supporter of local music and the arts and believes they play a vital role in our community. Tony is delighted to have the opportunity to serve as a member of the Marsh Street Centre Board of Directors.
Tim Bristow, Director
When Tim is not at the Marsh Street Centre working on the upkeep of our wonderful building, he can be found all over town tending to many people's needs as a contractor/handyman. Tim is also a big supporter of the Marsh, as well as a key volunteer, always ready to lend a hand. Tim is also a volunteer with the BVO.
Marty Mayr, Director
Moved permanently to the area with his wife Sharon as of May 2017, after having been in the Georgian Bay area (Collingwood) part-time since 2011.
Has always lived by a personal code of “making a difference”.
Hopes to apply his business and sales skills coupled with his desire to help within the community as a way for him to bifurcate his career from full time to semi-retired with a defined cause.
Extremely grateful to be fortunate enough to live in this area. The MSC is part of what makes this area special and I look forward to helping with that and make a difference.
Judy Grinton, Director
Mike and Judy moved to The Town of the Blue Mountains in July 2019 drawn by its beauty and outdoor playground hoping to find a sense of community.
Born in Montreal, Judy graduated from the University of Western, after which she made her home in Toronto and worked in the area of accounting and international tax; Judy also held several volunteer positions.
Judy loves music, sang in a rock choir for a number of years, and also loves the outdoors. She is a ski enthusiast, snowshoes, cycles, hikes and can be found most days working with Mike on their property trimming trees and taming wild grape vine!
Robert Brown, Director, Events & Marketing
Robert and his wife Laura have lived in Thornbury since 1997. His earlier experience was in insurance, packaging and lighting but his interest in art and music led him back to college to study Visual and Creative Arts and Design at Niagara College. After graduating he worked as a designer and marketing representative for a magazine in Windsor ON. He later moved to Thornbury and opened a sign company in 1998. Robert still does work as a graphic designer and enjoys recording music and playing with his band Cabin Fever. Robert has enjoyed managing several social and fundraising events at the Marsh Street Centre since 2010 and looks forward to contributing to the community for many years to come.
Ashley Earl, Director, Media
Ashley Earl has mastered the fast-paced online environment and is soon to be certified in Digital Marketing. She is heavily invested in growing her experience in both Marketing and Communications. Prior to the Marsh Street Centre, Ashley has successfully managed various social media accounts. Ashley specializes in content creation and social media management; her latest project is with IFY Infrared Fitness and Yoga, where she currently helps curate and organize engaging content.
John Milne, Director
John and his family have been coming to the Beaver Valley and the Town of The Blue Mountains for over 30 years, retiring permanently to Thornbury in 2014. John brings to the board of the Marsh Street Centre 40 years of senior management and executive experience in the Canadian Media Industry and volunteer work on multiple boards and foundations. Actively involved in the Town of The Blue Mountains through his role on the Council Communications Advisory Committee as well as the Steering Committee for Citizens Forum, John wants to help the Marsh Street Centre build on its track record and important role in the community.
Michele Myrah, Director
Michele is a professional accountant who transitioned into humanresources early in her career.She is an avid reader,loves the arts, especially live music, dance and musical theatre, and is an aspiring cyclist and hiker.Michele and her family have been coming to the Blue Mountains area for over 15 years.Michele and her husband Gord are thrilled to call Thornbury their home.
Michele is looking forward to participating in all the great year-round activities in the area and supporting the Marsh Street Centre in its important role in the community.
Krista Voigt, Interim Facility Manager
Krista has lived in the region through various stages of her life. She currently resides in The Blue Mountains with her husband, Robert, and their two young sons. She is deeply committed to a philosophy of Servant Leadership – a commitment to best practices that enrich the lives of individuals, build better organizations, and ultimately create a more just and caring world.
She tackles life with an entrepreneurial spirit and draws from a broad range of experiences in multiple fields/sectors. She holds a Master of Arts in Leadership & Training earned at Royal Roads University, Victoria B.C., and she is a Certified Parent Coach. Krista has been a member of Marsh Street Centre since 2016.
Gavin Leitch, Legal Advisor
Gavin joined the Marsh Street Centre Board of Directors in the Spring of 2014. Originally from Toronto, Gavin obtained an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the Universite de Montreal (2007) and went on to complete his law studies in Moncton, New Brunswick (2012). On his return to Ontario in the Autumn of 2013, Gavin was called to the Bar and sought to establish himself in the Grey-Bruce area to practise law. Living in Thornbury, he is now an associate lawyer with the firm Schefeile, Erskine & Renken in Meaford. Eager to stay active outside of work, Gavin joined the MSC Board to contribute to the Centre’s growth as the cultural heart of our community. You will find Gavin relishing the great outdoors and enjoying the company of friends over pints in town. Gavin completed his four-year terms as a part of the board on June 2018, and will now continue to be a part of the Marsh as a valued member, volunteer and legal counsel.
Al Hagerman, Health & Safety Coordinator
Al was born in Regina Saskatchewan and moved to Ontario in the late 70’s to attend UWO in London Ont. After University Al moved to the Beaver Valley and fell in love with the area immediately. He set roots in this amazing community and has never looked back. Al worked for the City of Mississauga Fire Dept. as an Officer for 30 years as well he started a Marketing, Manufacturing and Distributing Company and marketed and distributed products all over North America. Al has years of volunteering experience with various programs within the fire Dept. as well as in the Town of The Blue Mountains. He has been involved with BVO in Thornbury, as well as Alpine Canada and Alpine Ontario as a Ski/ Snowboard Race Official. Skiing has been a passion for Al and his family, they have been involved with ski racing at Alpine Ski Club for many years. After years of living in Thornbury part time AI and Rose finally retired and moved here permanently in 2016 and looks forward to serving the community and making The Town of Blue Mountains an even better place to live.
Tom Kennedy, Advisor & Lifetime Member
Tom retired from his position as a project, customer service, and resource control manager to assume an active role in the ongoing operations of Marsh Street Centre. Father of two and grandfather of six, Tom loves to work with wood, metal and people. He is an active member of the Beaver Valley Lion's Club, the Royal Canadian Legion and is a team builder/supporter of the Marsh Street Centre.
Tom was re-elected to the Marsh Street board for the fiscal year 2015-16 and has been involved in coordinating the completion of the kitchen renovations and the addition of the patio. As well he has filled the role of operations manager for the Centre and heading up the administration side of the operations committee.
Tom stepped down from the Marsh Street Board in November 2017 but will continue to provide his assistance as an Advisor to the Marsh.