Board of Directors
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 and since 2019 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.
Stephen Davids is a management consultant and speaker, with over four decades of experience running software companies. He’s also a contract lecturer in Writing at Lakehead University, with a Master of Arts with Merit in Creative Writing (2015) from the University of Surrey, England. His writing has won several awards.
Stephen serves as OMAH’s Vice President. He is also chair of OMAH Press and Founder/Moderator of Just Write Orillia at the Orillia Public Library. He’s president of the Bass Lake (Oro-Medonte) Ratepayers’ Association and an ex-VP of the Board of the Stephen Leacock Associates. Stephen is on the Township of Oro-Medonte’s Heritage Committee.
Stephen lives on the shore of Bass Lake.
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
Donald N. Philip
BSc, ArsD, BEd, MA, PhD
Don was a classical musician in the Toronto area for many years and later a Chemistry and Biology teacher for the Toronto Board of Education. His Masters and Doctoral work were in the area of educational technology and online learning.
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.
Ted has been a resident of Orillia since 1979 and served as mayor from 1986 to 1988. He was twice elected Commissioner of the Orillia Water Light and Power Commission during the 1990s and was a member of the Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (2012-2018) and OSMH Foundation boards of directors (2012-2015). Ted has been OMAH’s City of Orillia Council representative since 2015 and sits on OMAH’s Human Resources Committee.
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 Houston is deeply interested in local history, art, and literary pursuits.
She worked in public sector education and systems development in private companies, prior to her retirement.
Janet appreciates, learns from, and supports OMAH’s high standards in Art Education, exhibits, collections, History Programming, research and publication.
I am qualified in Early Childhood Education and have Bachelor’s degrees in Fine Arts from York University and in Education from Toronto. My teaching experience has been extensive: teaching at grade levels from pre-school to high school in locales that range from Moosonee, the GTA, and Simcoe County. I’m an active member of the community and value the experiences I’ve gained as a volunteer working for: The City Of Orillia, Active Transportation Committee, Board Member for the Orillia Lawn Bowling Club, and a volunteer for The Mariposa Folk Foundation and Orillia Folk Society. With my husband, I have been a Traditional Country Dance caller at the Folk Festival and for the O.F.S. Through these experiences, I have had many opportunities to work in a variety of roles on different projects. I appreciate the value of the Arts and History and look forward to supporting both.
Hilary Villneff works as the Director of Learning at Camp Couchiching in Longford Mills, and is a Contract Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Lakehead Orillia. Her Masters was in Applied Health Sciences with a focus on Outdoor Education. Hilary is active in the community, and enjoys spending time hiking and adventuring in local conservation areas with her young family.
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.
In acknowledging that we occupy colonized Indigenous territories, and out of respect for the rights of Indigenous people, we accept our collective responsibility to recognize our colonial histories as well as their present-day manifestations in order to honour, protect, and sustain this land.