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
• Roger Clark – Assistant Manager
Regular Part-Time Volunteers
•Maria Tagliabracci, Nancy Fairweather
• Diane Skinner
• Judy Staszak
Buckhorn Fine Art Festival
• Allyson Alin –Director
• Michell Lemme –Assistant Director
• Diane Michell – Director
• Christine Pell – Assistant Director
Ruth Leblanc – 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.
2017/2018(See biographies below)
• Linda Dill, Director
• Paul Enright, Treasurer
• Derek Bland, Director
• Bill Kent, President
• Nancy Fairweather, 2nd VP
• Lynne Armstrong, Director
• Anne Connolly, Director
• Lynn Woodcroft, Director
• Jasmine Murray, Director
• Keith Harding, Director
• Glenn Joray, Director
Ex-officio, non-voting members:
• Gerry Herron – Selwyn Township Liasion
• Peter Raymond, Past President- Trent Lakes Liasion
• Judy McWhirter, Manager
• Peggy Roberts, Bookkeeper
• Maria Tagliabracci, Secretary
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.
Nancy Fairweather, 2nd VP
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.
Lynne Armstrong, Director
I think my love of the Kawarthas started when I was six. That was how old I was when my parents bought property and built a cottage in the area. As an adult I married, moved to the Durham region, had 2 children and enjoyed a varied career in nursing. Fast forward to the late 90s and it was my family that bought a cottage near Buckhorn. Now it was our kids turn to be bitten by the Kawartha bug.
That same cottage was rebuilt to become our retirement home and we moved here in 2010. While some things didn’t go a planned, I now have 3 grandchildren that love coming to visit Grammy. Oh, did I mention them coming up to go swimming, boating, sledding, fishing, collecting bugs etc…………………….The allure of the Kawarthas continues.
Anne Connolly, Director
My husband Steve and I moved from the GTA to Buckhorn in the spring of 2013. We vacationed in the area with our three children for over 25 years and Buckhorn became our second home. It was always our plan to wait till we retired to move up to Buckhorn full time. We run a small business and as long as we have internet access, we can work anywhere. We began to wonder what was keeping us in the city. We listed our house and here we are! We have never looked back and have not regretted the big move for even a second. The BCC is a wonderful and welcoming place to get your feet wet as a volunteer new to the area.
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, Director
“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.
Peter Raymond, Twp Council Liaison, Ex-Officio Board Member
I am the Harvey Ward Councillor and was past president of BCC. I act as a liaison between the Board and Trent Lakes Council. The municipality helps to fund the B.C.C. and I listen to the Board’s needs and deliver messages on behalf of the Board.
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