Board of Directors

Stephen Davids: President

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 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.

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
Donald N. Philip: Secretary

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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.


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Land Acknowledgement

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.

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.