Board of Directors

Ted Duncan

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.

Liz Kernaghan

Liz Kernaghan works as a genetic counsellor at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital. She received her master’s in Human Genetics at Sarah Lawrence College, New York. Liz enjoys being active in her community and has volunteered at The Ontario Early Years Centre, the Sharing Place and Lions Oval Public School. She is passionate about securing funding for OMAH’s programming through grants, sponsorships, donations, and special events. 

Liz served on OMAH’s Board as Secretary between 2013-2016 and is currently in the final year of her second Board term which began in 2018. Liz is the Vice President and Chair of the Fundraising Committee. 

Douglas Frost

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
Jim Cotnam

Jim, a retired Ontario civil servant, has lived in Orillia for over 26 years and proudly calls Orillia home.  Jim has been married for over 40 years (to the same woman!) and has 3 adult children and 4 granddaughters. While he enjoys volunteering in the community, he considers his family the most important aspect of his life.  He enjoys working collaboratively with others – most importantly with people who share the same objectives.  

Joining the OMAH Board in the fall of 2019, Jim is currently Secretary to the Board, Chair of the Human Resources Committee and Chair of the Governance Committee.  Previously, Jim was Vice President of Mariposa Arts Theatre (MAT), a local community theatre group, and served on the Board for over 10 years.   He has also volunteered in the past with the Mariposa Folk Festival and The Light House Soup Kitchen and Shelter.

Jim sees a bright future for OMAH.  He believes that out of difficulties grow opportunities.  Regardless of the current restrictions, he is confident OMAH will continue to be the centre for arts and history in Orillia; adapting and growing stronger despite today’s adversity.

Ted Emond

Ted Emond
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.

Stephen Davids

Stephen 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 chair of OMAH Press and as 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 lives on the shore of Bass Lake.




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 Houston

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.  

Ann Kennett

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.

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. 


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