The Board of the Meaford Culture Foundation consists of up to nine volunteers, each of whom is responsible for a specific portfolio.
We also have committees of volunteers who assist individual Directors to manage their portfolio. If you are interested in becoming involved as a volunteer or Board member, please do not hesitate to contact us. Working with the Foundation is an empowering way to contribute to the Meaford community through arts and culture.
Rod MacAlpine (Chair) is a well-known retired real estate agent in Meaford. He is a past-President of the Meaford and District Chamber of Commerce, and a past Director of the Canadian Ski Patrol System. Before moving permanently to Meaford, he was in the Canadian Army, and was the Commanding Officer of the Central Area Land Forces Training Base.
Ted Brown (Vice Chair and Chair of MIFF) joined the Foundation in 2005 and brings 50 years of experience in building construction & trade show project management. He is involved with two companies, one for specialty construction project management and the other a manufacturer of Trade Show booths, special signage and graphic applications. He is a past-President of the Meaford Curling Club. Ted has masterminded many fundraisers in the Municipality.
Susan Greenham (Director, Theming) became a Director on the Board in 2013. She has more than 30 years experience working with the York Catholic District School Board, 7 years working with the Metropolitan Toronto Police Department and has volunteered extensively with various youth groups.
Joanne McKenzie (Director, Community Outreach & Artistic Director of MIFF) joined the board in 2013, her love of arts, culture and music is a perfect fit for the Foundation. Since moving to Meaford she’s been involved with Meaford Community Theatre and the Reef Boat Club. Joanne worked for 30 years in the steel industry.
Lesley Kenyon (Secretary Treasurer) joined the board in 2015 and has been working hard to build the Friends of the Foundation Program and provide updates to members via e-blasts. Many of you may recognize Lesley from her extensive volunteer work in the community with organizations like the Meaford Hospital Auxiliary and Meaford Scarecrow Invasion & Family Festival.
Joan Brown (Art Director) joined the board in 2016 after working with the Foundation since 2006. She is managing the Foundation & MIFF websites, online auctions, corporate images and promotional material. She has 35 years of experience in graphic design and illustration.
Deborah Ise (Director) joined the board in 2018. Deborah has a diverse 30-year finance career with Canadian financial institutions and non-bank financial firms, specializing in risk management and structured finance. She was also Vice-President of a Toronto investment management firm. Most recently, in retirement, she spent 2 years to help establish Events for Life Centre Inc., a charity serving the needs of the developmentally-delayed in the community. She has been a ski instructor with Special Olympics since 2014.
Here are some fun photos of our board members and volunteers at work: