FoRC's Board of Directors

Glenda Buck

Glenda Buck

TREASURER

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.

Carole Black Brisley

Carole Black Brisley

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.

Arlene Lessard

Arlene Lessard

LIAISON TO THE PORT COLBORNE HISTORICAL AND MARINE MUSEUM AND MEMBERSHIP LEAD

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.

Now in retirement, following a career in Diagnostic Imaging 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.

Ann Kennerly, PhD

Ann Kennerly, PhD

VICE-CHAIR

“The value of a community Arts and Culture Centre can not be over emphasized, and I am pleased to be part of Team Roselawn again. My connections to Roselawn go back to my early youth…listening to Don Horne tell his wonderful ghost stories, then to the first group of Authors’ series events, and latterly to the many volunteer events that celebrate, educate and bring people and community together in so many important ways. Roselawn is a significant part of the culture and heritage of our beautiful community and, indeed, a key part of Team Port Colborne!” 

Barbara Butters

Barbara Butters

CHAIR

Born in Collingwood Ontario but raised in Port Colborne . Married to Larry, a retired paramedic. We have a son, daughter, 2 granddaughters and one great-granddaughter, a Sheltie named Brodie, and a rescue cat called Sam. We have lived in the rural area for most of our married life. I had the privilege of serving our community as an elected representative for the city and then the region for the past 25 years .

My hobbies include gardening, painting , quilt building and camping as well as some volunteering here and there. ❤️

My favourite quote is from Margaret Mead – “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” 

Rebecca Lott Dykstra

Rebecca Lott Dykstra

DIRECTOR

Rebecca joined the board of the FORC during the pandemic. She was very active in the Thorold Community, on City Council and on the Heritage LACAC Committee there. She brings a keen understanding and appreciation of restoration and government to Port Colborne. Rebecca moved to Wainfleet in 2016. She was a Teacher, Principal and Journalist/Writer by trade. She recently semi-retired and now runs the office for their family business, Dykstra Masonry. She also owns Cottage-side Communications and is a content creator/home stylist for The Cottage Maven.

While respecting the integrity of Roselawn, Rebecca shares a vision of developing the space for arts, culture and special community events into the future.

Rosemari Poisson

Rosemari Poisson

SECRETARY

Rosemari is a lifelong resident of Port Colborne. A graduate of Port High, she has worked in Port Colborne all of her adult life, as well as volunteering with literacy programs, tutoring through Port Cares. Being self employed for over 35 years, she loves to give back to her community.

Rosemari and her husband started their restaurant, Canalside 18 years ago, and love to be able to work where they live. She has 2 grown children, and 2 grandchildren. The friends of Roselawn is a good fit for her, as she loves to support the arts and culture in Port Colborne.

As well as being the secretary, for the Friends of Roselawn, she is also the chair of the Downtown BIA.

Scott Skrubbeltrang

Scott Skrubbeltrang

Director

Scott Skrubbeltrang grew up in Wainfleet and moved to Port Colborne in 1988. He is the father of two adult daughters. Scott was co-owner of Fibreline in Wainfleet from 1992 until its sale in 2021.

Scott has served on the Board of Directors for both Port Colborne Youth Basketball and Port Colborne Minor Hockey. He has also coached both these sports for 30 years. He is currently the Assistant Coach of the Southern Tier Admirals U16 AAA team. Scott looks forward to working with the Board of Directors.