Staff, Regular Office Volunteers and Event Directors
Regular Full-Time Staff
• Judy McWhirter – General Manager
• Bill Schregardus – Facility Manager
• Carol Buttineau
Regular Part-Time Volunteers
• Nancy Fairweather
• Diane Michell
• Diane Skinner
• Judy Staszak
Buckhorn Festival of the Arts
• Coordinator – Emily McAleer
• Coordinator – Jocelynn Vieira
• Coordinator – Angela O’Grady
Kent Edmunds – Team Leader
Buckhorn Farmer and Craft Market
Janet Clarkson – Team Leader
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.
2020/2021 (See biographies below)
•Steve Connolly, Director
•Dan Greene , Director
•Keith Harding, Director
• Bill Kent, President
• Molly Kriksic, Director
• Gwen McCallum, Director, Secretary
• Teri McIntosh, Director, Treasurer
• Peter Raymond, Director
• Margaret Roberts, Vice President
• Susan Torrance, Director
• Jeff Voyer, Director
•Lynn Woodcroft, Director
Ex-officio, non-voting members:
• Councillor Gerry Herron – Selwyn Township Liaison
• Councillor Peter Franzen- Municipality of Trent Lakes Liaison
• Judy McWhirter, General Manager
•Bill Shregardus, Facility Manager
• Carol Buttineau, Accounting Clerk
• Sheila Cook, Volunteer Coordinator
BIOGRAPHIES OF CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS
Steve Connolly, Director
My wife Anne 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, so Buckhorn had already become our second home. We started volunteering at the BCC and the BDTA soon after we arrived permanently and met so many great people. In July 2019, we wound down our business which focused on distributing educational resources, and fully retired. This allowed us more time to volunteer. In addition to volunteering at BCC events and serving on the board, I am also part of the BCC Building, Finance and Strategic Planning Committees and I currently Chair the Smith-Ennismore Police Service Board.
Dan Greene, Director
My first visit to Buckhorn was when I was 13 years old staying with a friend’s family in a trailer near Adam & Eve Rocks. In 2011, my wife (L’Anne) and I purchased a cottage on beautiful Buckhorn Lake. We loved and cherished our time as weekenders however our ultimate goal was to live here year-round. In October 2019, we retired and moved up to our cottage full-time. I spent my 35+ career as a Senior Business Leader in healthcare (hospital’s). Before retiring, we both knew that we wanted to give back to our community by getting involved in volunteering. We immediately became a member of the community centre and felt instantly welcomed into the BCC family. Since joining in October, we have volunteered our time to many of the BCC events that have taken place. Over the course of the last year, we have met so many incredibly loyal and committed individuals who dedicate their time to ensure our community has an outlet to enjoy a number of cultural, physical and social activities and events right here in our own backyard. We look forward spending many years enjoying the BCC and our amazing community!
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”.
Molly Kriksic, Director
My husband & I purchased a beautiful home on Little Bald Lake and have made a permanent move to Buckhorn this past spring. We fell in love with the beauty and community of the area. Our big move was from Guelph where we raised 3 children who are now scattered in Ontario with one living in Australia. My background has always been either working or volunteering in the charitable, not-for-profit sector with a passion for children and youth with special needs. I’ve sat on both sides of the funding table – applying for funds from various sources and reviewing grants. Looking forward to meeting wonderful new people in our new home town.
Gwen McCallum, Director, Secretary
Our “Buckhorn” adventure started on a rainy day in May 2011 by going to the BCC Spring craft show. While there, we met two lovely ladies who spoke to us about the Buckhorn area and in that conversation told us that they had a friend who had a house on the lake for sale. We went to see the house that day and here we are!!! We bought the house and moved in at the end of August. I have two beautiful daughters and two grandchildren. All of your family members have volunteered at the BCC at one time or another.
Before moving to Buckhorn, I worked in the auto sector for 24 yrs. I went to university at the age of 40. I graduated in 2007 with a B.A. in Psychology and immediately started working for the KPRDSB as a Child and Youth Worker specializing in Children with Autism and Children with Extreme Behaviours.
Life is great 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.
Teri McIntosh, Director
I met my husband Dave while tagging along on a ski trip with my brother and his work buddies. We have three children (Brian, Paul and Daniel) and now have 3 grandsons (Tristan, Ethan and Benjamin)as well. I grew up in beautiful Guildwood Village in the east end of a Toronto and moved back there with Dave after we had been married for a few years. In 2013 we decided to sell our cottage near Bancroft and find a home on a lake a little closer to Toronto.
Luckily for us we discovered beautiful Buckhorn. We made the move from Toronto in July of 2014 and have been very happy with that decision. I continued to work as a District Manager for H & R Block for the first year that we lived here but decided to retire in the fall of 2015. The people in Buckhorn as well as the sense of community have been very welcoming. Choosing Buckhorn to retire in was the best decision we could have made. Our children always comment on how busy we are now and are happy that we are enjoying our retirement in such a wonderful place.
Peter Raymond, Director
My family and I bought property in Oak Shores area in 1981 as cottagers and became permanent residents in 1990 It was very much a quality of life decision, for our son to grow up in a Safe & more Natural Environment. We are blessed with two wonderful twin grand- daughters.Over the years, both my wife and I have been engaged in many community activities. Brief sample: Scout Leader, Beautiful Buckhorn Task Force – geraniums in Buckhorn & Christmas Tree lighting, Trent Lakes Christmas Hamper group, and various other groups. I have project management, strategic planning, facilitation, IT, and customer service skills and experience from working in the Financial Services & IT sectors in North America with major corporations.
Margaret Roberts, Vice President
I’ve worked for years in the public education sector, as a teacher and administrator, and then supervising schools as a superintendent. After moving into the operational side of a school board, I managed the facilities department and then all the operational departments that supported a $1.4 billion budget. I hold degrees in education and business, and diplomas in child studies and human resource management because my curiosity leads me into new studies every few years! Right now I’m learning to play the banjo. I have thoroughly enjoyed volunteering ever since I became a Sparks leader and currently serve as Chair of the Trent Lakes Library Board, am a Community Care volunteer, and Vice-President of the BCC. It’s a pleasure to contribute to the community that provides such a supportive place to live, learn and work.
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.
Jeff Voyer, Director
My working career started in operations and service management followed by 21 years in water treatment in both commercial and residential sales and owner operator of my own business. For the past 6 years I have been working in the fuel industry, specifically propane as a territory sales representative for commercial and residential application. My volunteer resume consists of working on the Canadian Cancer Society board for the Relay for Life in Peterborough for 3 years. I was also the Deputy Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus in Peterborough (Council 798) for 1 year before being elected Grand Knight for which I served for 2 years. My volunteer duties included food drives, financial aid for families in need, coats for kids programs, various fund raising programs etc. My wife Patti our boys and I moved to the area 5 years ago and we quickly realized that the community spirit and volunteerism in the Buckhorn area is outstanding, I was very excited to apply for a position on the BCC board and I am very proud to now be a part of it to help continue building momentum for the fantastic programs and events the BCC has to offer.
Judy McWhirter, General Manager, Ex-Officio Board Member
My husband Rob and I moved to Buckhorn 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.
I was raised in Muskoka, and spent most of my working life bouncing between custom home building and theatre. During my life in home construction I did everything from swing a hammer, take offs, and project management. In theatre I was a stage carpenter, sound technician, lighting and acting. Then in 2009 I discovered Buckhorn, and the BCC. I’ve always been somewhat nomadic so the fact I’m still here says something for this Centre.