Staff, Regular Office Volunteers and Event Directors
Regular Full-Time Staff
• Judy McWhirter – Facility Manager
• Bill Schregardus – Assistant Manager
Regular Part-Time Employees
• Peggy Roberts, Accounting Clerk
Regular Part-Time Volunteers
•Bev Strongitharm , Nancy Fairweather
• Diane Skinner
• Judy Staszak
Buckhorn Festival of the Arts
• Allyson Allin –Director
• Michell Lemme –Assistant Director
• Diane Michell – Director
• Christine Pell – Assistant Director
Kent Edmunds – Chairman
Buckhorn Farmer and Craft Market
Janet Clarkson – Chairman
The BCC is under the direction of a Volunteer Board of Directors. Directors are elected and at the Annual General Meeting held in the Spring.
2018/2019 (See biographies below)
• Linda Dill, Director
• Paul Enright, Director, Treasurer
• Derek Bland, Director
• Bill Kent, President
• Nancy Fairweather, Director
• Sue Torrance, Director
• Cindy Claus, Director
• Lynn Woodcroft, Director
• Jasmine Murray, Director
• Keith Harding, Director
• Glenn Joray, 2nd VP
• Maria Tagliabracci, Director, Secretary
Ex-officio, non-voting members:
• Councillor Gerry Herron – Selwyn Township Liasion
• Councillor Kim Letto- Municipality of Trent Lakes Liasion
• Judy McWhirter, Manager
• Peggy Roberts, Bookkeeper
BIOGRAPHIES OF CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS
Bill Kent, President
Diane and I moved to Buckhorn in the summer of 2011 when she retired from the TDSB. I have since also retired after 37 years at a big blue computer company. We were familiar with the area having spent summers at Grandview Trailer Park in the 90’s and participated in many of the BCC events along with generally enjoying the local amenities. Still, moving here was a leap of faith since growing up and raising two kids in suburban Scarborough and later in Whitby is not exactly living in the country. The sense of community, the people, and the activities we’ve found in the area have been a wonderful surprise. We’re year ’round residents and our home and community are important to us. We look forward to many years of making new friends and “living the dream in Buckhorn”.
Linda Dill, Director
For 59 years I lived in the little town of Dresden Ont. I married my wonderful husband Ken and we were blessed with two beautiful children, Melissa and Kenton. We now have five grandchildren. After 30 years of working for TD Canada Trust we decided to retire to our cottage. We moved to beautiful Buckhorn in February of 2009, to bee closer to our children. Melissa and her family live in Courtice and our son Kenton is a Sergeant with the Royal Dragoon in the Canadian Armed Forces. Kenton has served on two tours in Afghanistan. On each tour the Buckhorn Yellow Ribbon Campaign sent him packages filled with LOVE. Choosing Buckhorn for our new place to call HOME has been the best decision for our family. We have met such wonderful people, in a community full of life. I am honoured to be on the Board of Directors since 2010 and chairperson for the Fundraising Committee. I currently work at the Buckhorn Welcome Centre for the Buckhorn District Tourist Association (BDTA), a job I just love. LIFE IS GOOD!!!
Paul Enright, Treasurer
Buckhorn became my full-time home in 1999, as I prepared to retire as a District Chief from a 37-year career with the Toronto Fire Department. During my work life, I served for 14 years on the Executive Board of the Canadian Association of Fire Fighters, and held various positions in both my local and provincial associations for more than 30 years. In addition, I worked with the Canadian General Standards Board for 10 years to develop standards for firefighters’ protective clothing, and I remain involved working for the well-being of firefighters as the current President of the East York Retired Fire Fighters Association.Currently, I serve as the Chairman of the St. Mary’s Cemetery Board in Young’s Point, where I also volunteer as the manager and custodian of this beautiful and historic graveyard. Along with volunteering, I enjoy golf, travel, and spending time with my family; my wife Andrea, son Michael and daughter Lee-Anne and their families. We are blessed with five healthy and wonderful grandchildren, ranging in age from 15 months to 13 years.
I was born in Toronto, and was summer-cottage-raised in Buckhorn since 1959. I am wife of 42 years to husband, Derry; mom to two wonderful daughters and grandmother (Nanny) to four lovely grandchildren. In 1995, after dismantling and donating our family cottage, we built an all-season home on the cottage site. Upon retirement, I resided here while hubby commuted weekends. Aside from being wife and mom I have experienced a varied career from Canada Trust, Peel Manor and Financial Post to working from home transcribing for a market research firm. Since moving permanently to the Buckhorn area I’ve enjoyed volunteering in many capacities: People’s Warden and ACW President St. Matthew St. Aidan church, OPP Community Police, founding member of Rural Outreach Centre, President/Deanery Rep to Toronto Diocese Anglican Church Women Board of Directors, and volunteer at BCC for many years. It is an honour to serve as Board member and President for the Buckhorn Community Centre.
Derek Bland, Director
Having lived and worked in Durham Region for most of my life I knew that when I retired we would like to relocate to a more peaceful environment.
Well luckily for us we found Buckhorn and relocated here 2.5 years ago. It did not take long to hear from our new neighbor hood friends about the Buckhorn Community Center. The BCC is truly the core of this community. The dedication from the Staff and all its volunteers is second to none.
I truly am looking forward to being part of the Board and contributing any way I can to the ongoing great success that has been established in our amazing community for 40 years now.
Blessed in Buckhorn!
Keith Harding, Director
Keith’s family built a cottage on Sturgeon Lake in 1955 and have been “ Kawarthas People” ever since.
He and his wife Lee purchased a small cabin on Buckhorn Lake in 1999 and built their permanent home on that site in 2006.
Keith’s working career has been spent in the entertainment industry serving as Executive Vice President Capitol Records EMI, Vice President Theatrical Merchandising Paramount/Famous Players, Vice President Executive Producer of the Living Arts Centre.
He has worked as a professional musician and currently is semi retired as President of Spangle Entertainment,a production/development /consulting company with operations in Canada and the U.K.
Lee and Keith are loving life in Buckhorn and only those pesky business trips to England take them away.Well, a little business – mostly pleasure connecting with their daughter who performs internationally but is based in London!
Lynn Woodcroft, Director
After spending 10 years hauling our boat back and forth to the lakes, we decided in 1998 to make the move to beautiful Buckhorn. I returned to school and obtained my B.Sc. in Biology and Environmental Science with strengths in aquatic ecology from Trent University. I graduated alongside of my oldest son. It was the best day ever. I spent several years doing contract work using my field skills however not knowing when the next contract would come along was stressful. I worked 3 years as a lock operator for the Trent Severn Waterway and loved every minute of it. Life in Buckhorn is so good, 6 years ago I decided to make it my place of work. I enjoy the outdoors, fitness and spending time with our families. Buckhorn is my home. It is my favourite place to be and I hope to be here for many years to come.
Glenn Joray, 2nd Vice
“Glenn moved to Buckhorn 10 years ago after discovering this wonderful area with his wife, a local business owner. They live on Big Bald Lake and have been very active as members and volunteers for the BCC in many of the successful events for the past 10 years! Glenn also served as vice president of the Big Bald Lake Cottage Association for 3 years. Glenn worked as an executive in retail for over 25 years and retired from the corporate world one year ago and has just recently assisted Andy Staszak in the organization of the now Annual BCC Charity Golf Tournament!
Considering Glenn and Kim’s interest in the promotion and success of the local community, giving his time and interest, organizational and professional background skills to the BCC as a board member, was a natural decision!”
Jasmine Murray, Director
I am happily married to my childhood sweetheart, Robert and we have one son, Trevor who currently works in China. We are all originally from Hamilton “The Hammer” but have vacationed in this area for over 20 years. It was always our dream to one day be living in this area. What we didn’t know before. and have only found out the last few years, is the Community Spirit here in Buckhorn. BCC is really the hub here that brings people together, and the volunteers with their generous and kind spirit is undeniable and quite unique.
I am retired from, Arcelor Mittal Dofasco, where I worked in Accounting and Purchasing, a certified Zumba instructor, a graduate from the National Institute of Broadcasting with training in film, radio, television and theatre, and my big passion is singing. I have been actively involved with fundraising for The United Way, the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Breast Cancer Awareness, Mission Services and Neighbourhood Watch programs.
I am also a “Snowbird”, dividing my time between Buckhorn and Costa Rica, where I am involved in fundraising events there like Breast Cancer Awareness, Save the Monkeys, Coco Care animal rescue, and Souls Helping Soles childrens’ charity. I teach Zumba in Canada and Costa Rica which is very rewarding, too.
Cindy Claus, Director
Born and raised in Toronto, I first discovered beautiful Buckhorn in the summer of 1975 when my best friend and I rented a cottage here to celebrate our high school graduation. I stayed in Toronto for many years, raising my daughter and working as a bookkeeper for Dominion Stores followed by some time working in the Canadian Music Industry. In 2006 I moved from Toronto to Peterborough on my own. In the summer of 2015, 40 years after my first visit, my husband Rick and I bought a home here in Buckhorn from which we run our own marine service business.
Shortly after our arrival I ventured to the BCC to purchase Dinner Theatre tickets and while I was there I inquired about possibly becoming a volunteer at the Centre; and the rest, as they say, is history!
In just two and a half years of volunteering and attending events at the centre I have met so many wonderful people and developed several friendships. Buckhorn is a great community where everyone is made to feel welcome. Buckhorn is now truly our home.
Susan Torrance, Director
My career has encompassed a variety of positions in the Social Service Sector government both provincial and municipal, non profit, private sector and community college . I have lived ,worked and volunteered in Thunder Bay, Toronto,Korea and until my retirement in 2016 , Peterborough County. My husband Jim and I moved to and renovated his cottage on Big Bald Lake in 1996. I continued to work while he renovated. We enjoy all that the area has to offer and are avid boaters , and curlers , both of us being members of the Bobcaygeon Curling Club. The Community Centre has been an integral part of our social life and through the years we have enjoyed bringing our out of town company to the many dinner theatres, art festivals and other activities. I am pleased that I am now able to work to help support and keep the centre a viable part of our community.
Maria Tagliabracci, Director, Secretary
I lived in the beautiful GTA for the last 35 years prior to moving to Buckhorn. I worked as a product manager and project manager during my career in the pharmaceutical industry.I have been involved in a couple of charities over the years – Dress for Success / Adopt-a-Family.We moved to the area two years ago and are settling in to a new life in beautiful Buckhorn. My husband is enjoying work around our home & the great outdoors. Our goldendoodle Lucy is thrilled to be here (shout out to Cooper!). I am involved in the BCC (Director on the Board/ and Secretary of the Board) and am enjoying new friends and freedom from a busy work schedule & commuting!
Kim Letto, Trent Lakes Twp Council Liaison
Gerri Heron, Selwyn Twp Council Liaison
Judy McWhirter, Manager, Ex-Officio Board Member
I moved here with my husband in 1980 to raise our two young children. We now have four grandchildren! I have been manager of the Centre since 1986 and enjoy meeting new people, organizing events and working with amazing volunteers. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, sewing, golfing and spending time with family.
Peggy Roberts, Bookkeeper, Ex-Officio Board Member
I came from Eastern Ontario, where I grew up along the St. Lawrence River. As a young person, I experienced the relocation of my hometown, Morrisburg, during the development of the Seaway Water System. My career was in the municipal area, where I was a Clerk-Treasurer for 20+ years. I have a financial and political background. My strengths are in fundraising planning. I have been very involved with Crime Stoppers locally, provincially and internationally. For the past four years I was Chairperson. My husband and I moved here in 1999 and instantly fell in love with the community and have enjoyed volunteering at the BCC ever since. I have been involved with all of the major fundraising events as well as sitting on numerous committees of the Board