Call for Nominations and Applications for
OMAH’s Board of Directors

The Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH) seeks nominations and applications to fill two vacancies on its Board of Directors.

We encourage nominations and applications from  individuals residing in the City of Orillia as well as within Simcoe County. OMAH will respect its commitment to inclusivity in the recruitment process of members of its Board of Directors. We encourage persons with disabilities, Black, Indigenous, other racialized candidates, members of the 2SLGBTQ+ and youth (18+) to apply.

Nominations must be received by Friday, May 10.


Stephen Davids: Board Chair

Stephen Davids, MA (he/him) is a management consultant, writer and speaker, with over four decades of experience running software companies. He obtained a Master of Arts with Merit in Creative Writing (2015) from the University of Surrey, England, where he resided for twenty years. Stephen’s creative writing has won several awards/prizes.

He was a Finalist for 2022 Orillia Citizen of the Year.

Stephen is Board Chair of the Orillia Museum of Art and History (OMAH) since July 2022. He also serves as a member of the ‘Inclusive Orillia’  Leadership Team. Stephen represents OMAH on the City of Orillia’s ‘Art in Public Places Committee.’ He is also Founder/Moderator of the free writing group ‘Just Write Orillia,’ now in its sixth year. He represents OMAH on the Advisory Circle for the joint Mnjikaning Fish Weirs project with Chippewas of Rama First Nation.

Stephen has lectured on Professional Writing for Digital Environments at Lakehead University. He’s Past President of the Bass Lake (Oro-Medonte) Ratepayers’ Association and an ex-VP of the Board of Orillia’s Stephen Leacock Associates. Stephen also served on the Board of Mensa Canada and on the Township of Oro-Medonte Heritage Committee. 

Stephen Davids lives with his wife Nicola on the shore of Bass Lake.

Trish Crowe-Grande: Vice President

Patricia (Trish) Crowe-Grande received her Honours B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Toronto as well as a Marketing Diploma from Seneca College.  She recently retired from Procter & Gamble after a 30-year career in Shopper Marketing and Product Supply. She has volunteered for the Toronto Regional Conservation Authority as an Archeological Field Crew Member working on indigenous & historical archaeological sites.  She joined OMAH’s History Committee in 2019 and has supported OMAH’s research activities by contributing her time to working on OMAH’s collections database and publications.

Douglas Frost: Treasurer

Doug was born and raised in Orillia. He left in 1977 to attend the University of Waterloo. After graduating with an Honours Economics degree, he became a Chartered Accountant working with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”) in Toronto. He spent about 30 years with PwC (most of those as a tax partner) retiring at the end of 2013. Doug’s practice at PwC focussed on advising clients on the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions (“M&A”) transactions.

After retirement, Doug and his wife, Patricia, moved to Horseshoe Valley and operated the Forks in the Trail B&B until the end of 2018. 

Doug currently serves on the boards of several non-profits in the following capacities: 

  • President, Forks in the Trail Private Foundation
  • Vice-Chair & Board member, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre 
  • Board member & Treasurer, Orillia Museum of Art & History
  • Board member, Huronia Woodland Owners Association
Ted Duncan: Past President

Ted was born in Orillia, lived in a log farmhouse near Atherley, and moved to that village when he went to school. He was educated at ODCVI, Lakeshore Teacher’s college, and Wilfred Laurier University. An elementary teacher for over 30 years in Toronto, Orillia, and Ramara, he finished his career as a Teacher Librarian. 

A lifelong volunteer and committee member, Ted is a Past President of Orillia organizations;  Mariposa Folk Festival, Soccer, Basketball, and the Conservation Club where he is a Life Member. He is now also President of the Simcoe County Historical Association because of his interest in local history.

On the Board since 2017, Ted has served as Vice President, President and is now the Past President. He believes in good governance as it allows any organization to meet its goals and mission. He is proud to be part of a great team of members, volunteers, and staff at OMAH.

Jessica Allen

Jessica Allen is a seasoned administrative professional with extensive experience in municipal operations and a proven track record in customer service. Currently serving as a Clerk’s Assistant with the Township of Essa, Jessica holds a post-graduate diploma in Museum and Gallery Studies. Her dedication to history and heritage shines through in her work, where she actively contributes to the Heritage Committee for the Township of Essa. Additionally, she passionately curates content on her Instagram account, @SimcoeCurator, which is dedicated to showcasing the rich history of Simcoe County. Moreover, Jessica is not only adept in administrative roles but also excels as a digital artist with showings internationally. Her artistic endeavors further demonstrate her commitment to preserving and celebrating cultural heritage through a modern lens. With her blend of administrative expertise, artistic flair, and fervor for preserving and sharing local history, Jessica is an invaluable asset in promoting and safeguarding cultural heritage.
Scott Allington

Scott Allington is a retired lawyer. He practiced law in the private sector, followed by 30 years as counsel in the Ontario Government, with the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Transportation. Scott studied history at the University of Toronto and law at Queen`s University. He worked with the Heritage Branch and the Ontario Heritage Trust at Culture. He follows art and jazz music, and plays saxophone in a local jazz big band.

Marlene Bulas
Steph Dunn

Steph Dunn is a professional musician and visual artist from Orillia. She Is a singer-songwriter who performs regularly in the Orillia area and has released two full-length albums. Steph teaches visual arts and music at Georgian Bay District Secondary School in Midland.

Janet-Lynne Durnford

Janet-Lynne has been an Orillian since moving here with her parents at the age of eight. She attended Orillia Central School, Marchmont Public School, and Park Street Collegiate, before attaining an Honours BA in English, and a Bachelor of Education. She and her husband Max have raised two children in Orillia. After a 30-year career as an elementary school teacher, she retired in October 2022 to take on her new role as Orillia City Councillor for Ward Four.

Janet-Lynne has been an Orillia Farmers’ Market vendor, a long-time union representative at her workplace, and has served on the boards of the Orillia and District Arts Council and Mariposa Arts Theatre. She is a cofounder of Mosaic Productions, a theatre company that has raised over $50,000 for local women’s and children’s charities. As co-host of Rogers TV Arts Scene Orillia, she promoted our vibrant local arts community. 

She is a life-long learner who loves to act, garden, read, walk her dogs, and spend time with family. Janet-Lynne is committed to working with other members of council, residents of Ward Four, and all citizens of Orillia to ensure a bright and sustainable future for the Sunshine City.

Shannon Jackman

Shannon Jackman graduated from the Ontario College of Art & Design University (OCADU) and worked as a wallcovering designer and art director for 30 years.  She pursued a postgraduate certificate at Georgian College in Museum and Gallery Studies at Georgian College, Barrie.  For six years, she was president of the Orillia Heritage Centre, an organization that oversaw the collection and preservation of artefacts related to Orillia’s industrial history.  She has been a member of many OMAH’s committees and supported numerous programming initiatives.  She is currently sitting on OMAH’s Fundraising Committee and has an interest in expanding membership and community engagement.

Abby Sirisegaram-Cole

Mrs.Sirisegaram-Cole ( pronounced sir-REES-sir-GA-rum- Cole)  has recently moved to Orillia and is already in love with the community and the city. Her desire to join OMAH stems from a long history with the arts. In addition to formal training in Carnatic vocal music and Classical Indian dance style bharatanatyam, Abby holds an HBSc in Biology and Psychology, BSc in Radiation Medicine, and is currently working on a MSc in Organizational Leadership through John Hopkins University. 

Professionally, she is currently working at the Cancer Centre at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie as a radiation therapist. She has a number of publications and oral presentations that speak to her high level of engagement and commitment in innovation and quality improvement. Previous Board experiences included the Research Ethics Board @RVH, Talk is Free Theatre @Barrie, and the Alumni Association @The Michener Institute for Applied Health Science, Toronto. In her (somewhat limited) spare time,  Abby enjoys time outside with her spouse Colin and two young boys Richard and Rohan. She is looking forward to sharing her experiences, supporting, and contributing towards the wonderful work at OMAH.


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The Orillia Museum of Art & History is located on the traditional territory of the Anishnaabeg. The Anishinaabeg include the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Pottawatomi nations, collectively known as the Three Fires Confederacy. We respect and observe the long and enduring presence of Indigenous Peoples – First Nations, Metis and Inuit – on this land. Their teachings and stewardship, culture and way of life have shaped our City’s unique identity.

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