Board

Blair Mackenzie

Blair Mackenzie Chair

Blair Mackenzie recently retired following a 35-year career as a lawyer, primarily as a general counsel in the Canadian newspaper and communications industry. He has had an active record of community service as a volunteer. Blair and his wife, Kathleen, both play in the PSO, both on viola. They live in Lakefield.

Chris Russell Past Chair

Chris Russell is CEO of Bryston Ltd.  Bryston, based in Peterborough, has been designing and manufacturing world class, state of the art specialty electronics to both the consumer and professional audio marketplaces in Canada and abroad  for over 35 years.

New Board Director Jocelyn (Josie) Aubrey

Jocelyn Aubrey Secretary

Jocelyn (Josie) Aubrey and her husband Brion moved from Edmonton, Alberta to the Peterborough area in 1991 and soon settled on a lovely acreage west of Cavan. After completing her PhD at the University of Alberta, she began her academic career on the faculty of Trent University as a member of the Department of Psychology. At Trent, in addition to teaching, conducting research and serving on numerous committees, Josie held a number of administrative positions including six years as Chair of Psychology and five as Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies. Since retiring in 2013, she has become involved in the Cavan-Millbrook community as a driver for Community Care and as a member of the Board of the Millbrook and District Medical Centre. She has also transitioned her hobby as a creative jewellery artist into a part-time business. Having sung in school, university and church choirs for many years, a particularly enjoyable retirement activity is to be singing with the Millbrook Community Choir.

Otis Smith Treasurer

Otis relocated to Peterborough from Halifax, Nova Scotia as a wealth advisor with ScotiaMcLeod. His experience in the not-for-profit sector includes executive membership on Dalhousie University’s Senate Review Committee and as a volunteer with Pro Bono Students Canada. Otis’ interest in music is deeply rooted in his past experience as a singer/songwriter and is exemplified by his view that the arts play a vital role in building a vibrant community.

Tim Kerr

Dr. Thomas (Tim) Kerr

Tim Kerr moved to Peterborough in 1971 with his wife Elizabeth. He joined the Peterborough Clinic and enjoyed his practice there for 43 years. He chaired the clinic for 27 of those years. Tim also was very active in the Ontario Medical Association serving on many committees and chairing the Section of Family Practice. He has long been a member of the PSO and looks forward to assisting the board and promoting our fine orchestra.

Nancy Westaway

Nancy has served on many cultural boards including: Roy Thomson Hall (Honorary Governor, and founder of the volunteer organization); Chairman, Toronto Children’s Chorus; President, Brantford Symphony Orchestra; Chairman, Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts; member, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Canadian Stage Company. Nancy started two photography companies in Toronto: Photography as it Happens; and Picture Perfect, the photoart company. She is a graduate of McMaster University, a retired secondary school teacher and a professional photographer. Her other interests include flying (pilot), art (painter and sculptor), music (piano), travel and Georgian Bay. Nancy is married to Jamie and they have four children and their families here and in New Zealand.

Sarah Deeth

A lifelong music fan, Sarah describes herself as a mediocre pianist and a fumbling amateur cellist. She has been living and working in Peterborough’s news industry since 2005, in both the print and broadcast sectors. A champion of the Peterborough community, Sarah is proud to be part of the PSO, a true jewel in the city.