Board of Directors
Effective September 2022
Robert Brown, President
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, where he opened a sign company in 1998. Robert brings his flare and expertise as a graphic designer to MSC promotions. Robert also enjoys recording music and playing with his band Cabin Fever, and he plays an active role in event management and organizes concerts with local talent at the Marsh as well. The community has enjoyed working with Robert. He's organized several social and fundraising events at the Marsh Street Centre since 2010, and he looks forward to contributing to the community for many years to come.
Mike Weller, Vice President
Mike Weller jumped at the opportunity in the summer of 2021 to offer energy and support to the Marsh Street Centre as the community hub for everyone in The Blue Mountains and beyond. As the new Vice-President, Mike brings significant experience to the MSC Board. He has been involved with a variety of not-for-profits including acting as Board Member and Chair over the past 25 years, raising money for much needed community programs including Youth Programming for Sports, School Programs, Women’s Shelters, and Outreach for Marginalized Youth particularly those identifying as LGBTQ2S+.
Mike is excited to bring (non-musical) talents and time to the Marsh Street Centre and benefit from enjoying its music and arts programming. Mike lives in the village of Eugenia with his wife, Christine Smaller; and continues to work full time with one of Canada’s largest healthcare companies, Lifemark.
Michele Myrah, Treasurer
In March 2021, Michele assumed the role of Treasurer at the Marsh Street Centre. She was a professional accountant who transitioned into human resources early in her career. She's an avid reader and loves the arts — especially live music, dance, and musical theatre. She is an aspiring cyclist and hiker. Michele and her family have been coming to the Blue Mountains area for over 15 years. She and her husband are now thrilled to call Thornbury their home! Michele enjoys participating in all of the year-round activities our region has to offer, and she is looking forward to supporting Marsh Street Centre in its vital role within the community.
Liz Kennedy, Secretary
Originally from Toronto, Liz and her husband David were seasonal residents in the area for many years before moving to Thornbury full time in May, 2020. She started her career in banking, but left to manage the financial side of her husband’s business once their children were born. Over the past twenty years Liz has held a variety of volunteer and leadership roles, and has enjoyed organizing many Community and fund raising events.
She is an avid photographer and a lover of live music, theatre and travel. Since moving to the Blue Mountains she has taken up golf and resumed curling.
Liz is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve on the MSC Board, meet new people and support her community.
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 a Board Member and 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. Thank you Tim for everything you do tending to MSC.
Ward Cornforth, Director
Ward, his wife Nisa and two children moved from Toronto to Meaford in 2016. His career started in business in the areas of Finance and Marketing after which he taught business and law in education for 25 years. Ward has been active in musical performance his entire life. He is an accomplished jazz drummer, guitarist and vocalist. He currently performs in and promotes his own Johnny Cash Tribute concert show in Theatres across Canada. Ward’s family is active with sports and work in the local community. Ward is excited to have the opportunity to serve on the MSC Board and to bring his passion for music and the arts to the community.
Bill McKetrick, Director
Bill McKetrick developed his interest in music like so many other teens in the late 50’s and early 60’s. The big difference was, growing up in the Yorkville district of Toronto……he had a front row seat to not just the local coffee house folk club scene, but also local songwriters and performers like Gordon Lightfoot, Ian & Sylvia, Buffy Saint Marie, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, and Joni Mitchell, all of whom would soon become Canadian music icons.
By the summer of 1966, Bill was performing at the ‘Open Mics’ in the local coffee houses that many of the venues held to help develop local talent. By the summer of 1968, he had graduated to opening sets at the Riverboat, the Penny Farthing, the Mouse Hole, Charlie Brown’s, and the Mynah Bird for the headliners of the day; like Richie Havens, Phil Ochs, Tom Rush, and Jesse Winchester.
Over the next 54 years, Bill worked in just about every possible capacity within the music industry in both Canada, and the U.S.. From Songwriter/Performer/Session Guitarist/Touring Musician to Audio Engineer/Producer/Composer for Film & Television, and finally for the last 20 years, teaching song writing and music production at Belmont University in Nashville, and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Bill has also taught a six week course on the Evolution of Modern Music at the L.E. Shore Library in Thornbury, as part of the Beaver Valley Life Long Learning program, and recently, has taken on responsibility for programming the summer ‘Music In The Park’ concert series at Bayview Park in Thornbury, along with Thornbury Jazzworks’ ‘Jazz At The Library’ sessions. Bill sees helping the Marsh Street Centre with their musical offerings as another opportunity of widening the entertainment palate of the community.
Erna Scholz, Director
Erna had professionel training as an Architect Technician, Diploma 1964.Working as an architect till 1973.
Married 1975 my husband who had his own company as a CA and CPA. Got my Diplome as accountant technician 1976
I have one son Max, he is 46. I owned a restaurant in downtown Munich, 130 seats.
1980 we’ve bought a 620 acre farm in New Liskeard. Then became Canadian Citizen.
My husband and I established a tourist and horse centre. I served the company as Secretary and Treasure.
Went to College of Agricultural Technology and got my education in sheep industry and
Was secretary/treasure for a German/Canadian real estate company.
Was secretary/treasure for the local horse club.
Had a career as a successful barrel racer, trained horses and had students.
After my husband and I retired and the farm was sold, we moved to Thornbury and bought 2020 a place at Thornbury Meadows.
We enjoy living here and I am looking forward to take on a new experience.
I also love Clarksburg and Marsh Street Centre and would like to volunteer !
(pictures and Bios to come)
Steve Gorton, Past 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 recently retiring. He settled in Thornbury, having owned previous homes in the Blue Mountains since 2002. Steve is widely travelled and has experience in 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.
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 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 in the community outside of work, Gavin previously joined the MSC Board to contribute to the Centre’s growth as the cultural heart of our community. You will also find Gavin relishing the great outdoors and enjoying the company of friends over pints in town. Gavin completed his four-year term as a part of the board on June 2018, and has been a valued part of the Marsh ever since.
Al Hagerman — Fire, 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 immediately fell in love with the area. He set down roots in this amazing community and has never looked back. Al previously worked for the City of Mississauga Fire Dept. as an Officer for 30 years. He also started a Marketing, Manufacturing, and Distributing Company, distributing products all over North America. Al has years of experience volunteering with various programs within the fire Dept. and in the Town of The Blue Mountains. He's been involved with the 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, and 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. Al enjoys serving the community and making a difference, and we are lucky to have him on the team.
Keith Broughton - Sound Technician
Keith Broughton, born and raised in Stratford Ontario, has always had a keen interest in audio and electronics. In his early 20s, he was able to translate that interest into touring the rock and roll scene throughout Ontario and Quebec for five years with musicians he had connected with in Cambridge. After touring, Keith settled in Kitchener/Waterloo, working for several sound production companies as a systems designer, builder, service technician and mix engineer. He spent 30+ years honing his craft both in Toronto and on tour working with corporate, theatrical, and musical clients.
In 2018, Keith and his wife, Kat, moved to the Beaver Valley area to settle and semi-retire. He is happy to find a local community and arts centre in Clarksburg, and feels that the Marsh Street Centre is a jewel in the Blue Mountain area, providing many opportunities for community events, concerts and support for up and coming talent. Keith looks forward to passing on some of the skills he has learned, making some new friends, and helping to fulfil the Marsh Street Centre mandate.
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.