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

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

We have three open positions, persons, who either reside or conduct business in Orillia or in the Lake Country area (Chippewas of Rama First Nation, Townships of Oro-Medonte, Ramara, and Severn) are welcome to apply. OMAH will respect its commitment to inclusivity in the recruitment process of Directors. We encourage persons with disabilities, Black, Indigenous, other racialized candidates, members of the 2SLGBTQ+ and youth (18+) to apply.

Ideal candidates will have experience with at least one or more of the following:

  • Arts and culture 
  • Human Resources 
  • Communications
  • Accounting/Finance
  • Public relations


Stephen Davids: President

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 President (Board Chair) of the Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH). He

also serves as a member of the Orillia Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Roundtable 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’ at the Orillia Public Library, now in its fifth year. Stephen has lectured on Professional Writing for Digital Environments at Lakehead University. He’s 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
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.

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.

Janet Houston

Born in Orillia, Janet attended Glendon College, York University, graduating with an Honours Degree in English Literature. Her degree includes studies in History, French, Science and Drama. She worked for large private sector companies in systems development projects, beginning as a documentalist, and becoming a systems analyst and designer. During this time, she completed work-related courses in systems development, design and data management. She has worked in Canada and the United Kingdom. Janet attended York University’s Bachelor of Education program in 1992/1993, graduating with a B. Ed.. While teaching, she earned additional qualifications, including Special Education and Librarianship.  Janet retired as Teacher-Librarian from Simcoe County Board of Education in 2011.

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.