FoRC's Board of Directors
Arlene Lessard is a founding member of the Friends of Roselawn Centre and has seen many positive developments including the attainment of non-profit and charitable status. She was instrumental in the success of the Capital Campaign fundraising. She was either co-lead or lead for several of our signature fundraising events, and delighted in celebrating the official unveiling of the Phase 1 external restoration of the Roselawn heritage home. She has been an avid and long-time follower of local visual and performing arts in Port Colborne and Niagara.
Arlene is a life-long resident of Port Colborne and completed clinical imaging programs and business administration in Niagara, McMaster, Winnipeg Health, John Hopkins University, Ontario Hospital Association Management program, Brock University. She practiced as a Registered Radiological Technologist and a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. Eventually, Arlene became Manager of Diagnostic Imaging in the Niagara Health System and was the Lead in Regional Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation and Policy Development.
Now in retirement, Arlene enjoys volunteer work in the community and with Friends of Roselawn Centre. She looks forward to the ongoing restoration of the Roselawn heritage home and to work with the Board and FoRC volunteers to continue to promote the development of arts and culture in the community.
Carole Black Brisley
SECRETARY, HISTORIAN & NEWSLETTER EDITOR
Carole Black Brisley taught Kindergarten and Primary Art and Music for the Toronto and Halton Boards of Education. During those years, she and a fellow musician performed songs and stories for children in elementary schools and for teachers’ conventions.
With folk and country groups, The Joyful, and Townline, Carole performed at many Toronto venues such as Black Creek Pioneer Village and St. Lawrence Hall.
Carole and her husband Paul produced many musicals and choral shows in the Halton Hills Cultural Centre theatre. She was on the Halton Arts Council, which built the Cultural Centre after many years of planning and fundraising. Through the years with the theatre, she designed and painted sets, accompanied choirs and played keyboards in the pit bands.
Carole is also a visual artist, whose watercolour paintings of nostalgic, historical scenes were reproduced by Carole Black Studios and Simon Art and sold across Canada. She also illustrated several books for Harper Collins.
It has been her honour and joy to serve on the Board of Showboat Festival Theatre, Showboat Advisory Committee and the Board of Friends of Roselawn Centre.
TREASURER & MASTER GARDENER
Pat Bowman is a hands-on, results oriented individual. Born and raised in Niagara she graduated from Brock University with a degree in Business Administration. Her career path led her from external auditing and then as head of finance for Port Colborne Poultry.
In retirement, Pat obtained her Horticultural Diploma from the University of Guelph, served as president of the Port Colborne Horticultural Society and is a member of the Master Gardeners of Niagara.
A strong believer in achieving success through collaboration she helped the Friends of Roselawn Centre obtain its non-profit designation in 2014 and charitable status in 2018. She has assisted with various fund-raising activities for FORC including the Lead for the Annual Christmas Market many times and enjoys working in the Roselawn heritage garden.
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN LEAD & MEMBERSHIP CHAIR
Glenda Buck was born in Toronto, grew up in Mississauga, lived in Oakville and Hamilton and has settled in Port Colborne in 2014 with her husband, Ted. She is a CPA, CMA with a variety of business experience. Glenda has been building a social marketing business in health and wellness with Arbonne International since 2012, helping others to know what’s possible in their lives. Ted owns and operates Pilot Lodging, their Airbnb on West Street, welcoming guests from near and far. Ted and Glenda have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. Glenda enjoys yoga, meditation, zumba and traveling.
As the Capital Fundraising Chair for the Friends of Roselawn Centre since 2016, Glenda has led fundraising events such as 50/50, Paint Night and Name This Tune. Also involved in Membership, she continues to work towards the future development of Roselawn as a thriving centre for arts and culture in Port Colborne.
Heather Finlayson Fenton
GRAPHIC DESIGN, WEBSITE & SOCIAL MEDIA
Heather Finlayson Fenton is an independent graphic designer who transplanted to Port Colborne from Guelph in 2015. Over the years, her design clients have ranged from locally-based artists and artisans to international NGOs, and she has decades of experience in design-related work, including graphic design, illustration, desktop publishing, marketing strategy, website development, offset press and digital printing. She enjoys collaborating with others and the creative process of understanding, distilling and succinctly graphically representing the essence of her clients’ message.
Heather is also a yoga and meditation instructor, with a life-long passion for exploring the inner workings of the mind. She brings 18+ years of practice in Buddhism (with a touch of secular mindfulness), to her classes, workshops and retreats. Her main interest is to introduce simple meditation and mindfulness practices without cultural or religious trappings, and to encourage others – whatever their background or beliefs – to build and sustain a daily practice of stillness and inner reflection.
Heather volunteers her time and design skills to the Friends of Roselawn Centre: layout of the quarterly newsletter (in collaboration with our Editor, Carole), building and maintaining our (this) website, creating publicity for our fundraising events and keeping the social media humming.
She is thrilled to be a part of the Friends of Roselawn Centre Board, and believes in the power and expression of arts and culture to nurture and sustain vibrant, healthy communities.
Gail Todd has supported Roselawn as a guest, a patron, a reporter-photographer, a fan, a volunteer, and now a member of the board of directors. “I love the space, inside and out, the history, and the evolution of this magnificent building as a centre for arts in the heart of Port Colborne.”
Gail was the founding publisher of The Port Colborne Leader newspaper in 1996, around the time the dream of a cultural centre for the former family home and private club was launched. Gail ran an art gallery-boutique, and countless arts events, on the canal in downtown Port Colborne for almost 10 years. For both entrepreneurial ventures, she was honoured with Business of the Year awards.
She served on the board of the Port museum, the downtown BIA, the Chamber of Commerce, the steering committee of the local Youth Justice Committee. A co-founder of Art Crawl, Gail has also been a volunteer with Canal Days, the Grand Old Christmas Festival, and many local arts and community events.
“Our role, as board members, is to continue to inspire in others the significance and potential of Roselawn, to continue to promote the arts, and to raise money where needed, to keep the roof on the place.”
Chris Summerhayes is an Artist, a writer and illustrator of children’s books and a retired teacher. As a life long resident of the Port Colborne area Chris has seen many changes in Roselawn.
“ I remember the building as the Port Colborne Curling Club in my High School years. It is wonderful to see this magnificent building transformed into the center for arts and entertainment in Port Colborne.”
Now as a part-time Art Teacher, Chris is ready to help with the next phase of Roselawn’s future and to work with the Friends of Roselawn volunteers to continue to promote the arts and culture in Port Colborne.
“When we work together, we will always succeed.”