Robert (Bob) Graham Chair
Robert (Bob) Graham moved to the Peterborough area in 1977 and ever since has raised his family and still lives with his wife, Frances on a hobby farm south of Millbrook. Today Bob is President of his own high technology company that he operates from his home office in Cavan Township with a staff of two employees. He brings a lifelong passion for supporting his local community and in particular the fine arts such as Opera and Symphonic music.
Chris Russell Past Chair
Blair MacKenzie Vice 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 have both played in the PSO, both on viola. They live in Lakefield.
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 recently 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.
Martin lives on a 247 acre farm in Cavan-Monaghan with Denise, his wife of 50 years. Until 2013, with his brother and partner Tom, he owned The Pickseed Group of Companies, Canada’s largest forage and grass seed business headquartered in Lindsay. This enterprise imbued him with a deep interest and love of agriculture and its related sciences.
Denise and Martin have two sons, Charles and George, and two granddaughters, Avery and Teagan.
Although without any formal music background the memory of his mother, Marie and her love of “Saturday at the Met” serves as a stepping stone to appreciating classical music and popular operas.
A creative corporate administrator with 40 years’ experience in both public and private industry Michel began his early career in marketing and corporate design in Toronto. He joined the Provincial Museum and Archives of Alberta in 1968 in exhibition design. He relocated to Ottawa with the National Museums of Canada Corporation in 1969. In 1989 he entered private industry with The Comark group as head of corporate retail design. As a volunteer between 1977 and 1989 he participated as a board member with The Waupoos Foundation in Ottawa.
Michel extended his career with Mark’s Work Wearhouse Ltd. in Calgary, Alberta from 1992 through 2007, directing millions of dollars in the successful implementation of major capital retail projects throughout Canada and the United States. Now retired, Michel with his spouse Rita, make their home in Peterborough where he focuses on Classical realism painting and provides fine art study workshops in his home studio.
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.