DAVID MORRISON (2015-2017)

In June 2014, after thirty years of teaching and administering Arts programs in both Newfoundland and Ontario David retired from his position as Head of Performing Arts at I.E. Weldon S.S.  Always active in the Arts and Education communities, David has been involved in the creation and development of the Trillium Lakelands Arts Camp, and the Cooperative Initiatives in the Performing Arts program.  He was the musical director of the Lindsay Kinsmen Band From 1998 - 2006 and was creator and musical director of the Odyssey Project Music Program from 2006 to 2015.  David is a Trustee for the Trillium Lakelands District School Board and currently sits on the Board of the Ontario Public School Boards Association, the TLDSB Elementary Arts Task Force and the TLDSB Special Education Advisory Committee.  In his spare time he enjoys leading music workshops and adjudicating at music festivals.


MICHAEL POULTON  (2015 - 2017)

Michael is a multi-disciplinary artist and curator of the Museum of Temporary Art.  Founded in 1986, the Museum of Temporary Art is a fusion of museum, contemporary art institution and conceptual art piece.  Michael is also past chair and current board member of Artspace, Peterborough and past board member of the Art Gallery of Peterborough.  Michael lives in the community of Victoria Road near Kirkfield, Ontario.

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Jessie has been a teacher within TLDSB for the past fifteen years. She has directed and produced original site-specific docudrama productions in Lindsay with partners such as The Olde Goal Museum and The Victoria County Historical Society, as well as The Academy Theatre. In 2018 Jessie served as the Director of the community production Beautiful Dreamers and Editor of the book Front Row Centre, both commemorating the 125 year anniversary of The Academy Theatre. She is currently a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Education at York University, and serves on the Executive Board of The Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Educators, and as Treasurer of the CLK branch of The Canadian Club.  Jessie lives in Lindsay with her husband and two children. 


SARA WALKER (2016-17)

Born and raised in Lindsay, Sara C. Walker is the author of contemporary fantasy fiction for teens. Her published work spans both fiction and non-fiction, and includes poetry, short stories and novels. Her website is

Sara is the webmaster of, a resource for and listing of local authors. Interested in supporting the talent and work of local writers, in 2016 she began editing a series of anthologies containing stories set in Kawartha Lakes and written by local writers. 

A lifelong reader, Sara works for the Kawartha Lakes Public Library. Authors and librarians are her rock stars. 



Ryan Oliver grew up in the Kawartha Lakes with a strong arts household and background.  Ryan is the former executive of 'Dogbus Music' a record label and cultural force through the COKL from 2000-2007.  He moved to Nunavut where he served as the Senior Advisor of Culture for the Government of Nunavut before starting "Pinnguaq", a technology company that combines art, culture and accessible tech.  

After almost 10 years in Nunavut, Ryan has moved back to the COKL.  Pinnguaq has expanded to BC, Ontario and Nunavut and Ryan serves as director and owner of the corporation growing a business that spans all of Canada.

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Danielle French is the proprietor of South Pond Farms, a working farm in the hills of Bethany. The restored barn offers special events and gatherings of all kinds - farm to table dinners, weddings, workshop and business retreats. Danielle takes pleasure in authentic, simple, artisanal food and is continually inspired by life in the country.