Board of Directors
Effective March 2, 2021
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 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.
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. They cannot imagine a more spectacular, welcoming, and beautiful place and they are grateful to be part of our community. Jan says the best surprise about this town was the Marsh Street Centre. The Centre represents life, community, and fun for all. Jan feels it's been a privileged to be able to serve on the board and continue its legacy and gift to the town.
Michele Myrah, Director – 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.
Anthony (Tony) traversa – Director / Past-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 the area. 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. Tony also worked professionally as a Certified Financial Planner prior to his retirement is 2019. He places great importance on volunteering and derives tremendous satisfaction from helping others. He is a passionate supporter of local music and the arts as they play a vital role in our community. Tony has been delighted to serve as a member of the Marsh Street Centre Board of Directors. He is now our Director of Music, and he looks forward to supporting the MARSH STREET ROCKS program.
Tim Bristow, Director – Maintenance
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 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.
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, 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.
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.
Marty Mayr, Director
Marty moved permanently to the area with his wife Sharon in 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”. He applies 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. Marty is extremely grateful to be fortunate enough to live in this area. The MSC is part of what makes this area special, and he says "I look forward to helping with that and making a difference".
Judy Grinton, Director – COMMUNITY
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!
Krista Voigt, 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, including 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, which is when her children began participating in Marsh Street Rocks. Krista believes the multi-generational programs offered make the Marsh an integral part of the community.
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.
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.