Bryan Stephenson, President

Bryan has a background of leadership and achievement across operational, training and administrative environments in public, private and charitable sectors. He has experience in strategic planning, restructuring, personnel, financial management, policy formulation and governance. Bryan is a retired Major-General with the Canadian Armed Forces and retired software development company executive. Currently Bryan is the Executive Director of Catch The Fire, a group of charities with global presence with a focus on missions, church growth and expansion.

Kathy Priddle, Past President

Kathy has lived and worked in Almonte for more than 23 years. She has raised her 3 children here and been a tireless volunteer over the years. Her roles have ranged from President of the Almonte Toy Lending Library to President of the MVTM. Kathy also volunteers at The Hub and Cornerstone Community Church and served on the Mississippi Mills Library Board. She still finds time to work part-time in downtown Almonte and also teach drama. Early in her career, Kathy taught Grade 4 and was also a nature interpreter for the MNR. Her educational background is in Environmental Studies (B.E.S., University of Waterloo) and Education (B.Ed., Nipissing University).

Fraser Scantlebury, Vice-President

Fraser is currently the Executive Director of the United Way Lanark County, having joined the organization in the spring of 2011 as Fund Development Officer. He brings to that position an extensive business career as a consultant, combined with a long-standing volunteer commitment to the non-profit community. Fraser has had extensive dealings with a number of senior level management teams across various industries, government, and non-profit organizations, and his management roles have included international experience, as well as serving on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations and a publicly traded company. Primarily areas of expertise include leadership learning; fund-raising and marketing; governance; e-learning program development; and project management.

Lori Rowsell, Treasurer

Lori is a fibre artist – spinner weaver felter – and is a member of the West Carleton Fibre Guild. She has extensive business experience as well as volunteer experience. She has been in a managerial role for years and now operates her own business as a bookkeeper. She has done project coordination facilitation, advertising & promotion and has experience as a volunteer coordinator and a volunteer. Lori is fascinated by the rich history of Almonte and has a desire to help both preserve this history as well as celebrate the textile arts of today. She recently had the opportunity to weave on the 100” loom and share that experience with visitors to the museum who were eager to learn.

Sally Gentry, Director & Secretary

Sally has an extensive background as a senior project manager within information and management corporate technology sectors and federal government departments. She has skills in many areas relevant to the MVTM such as Governance, Marketing and Communications, Fund Development, Planning, Education, Human Resource Management and Administration. She has formal education in Psychology, Accounting, Public Relations and Nursing. Sally has been volunteering with the Museum planning events and acting as the recording secretary for the Board. Sally has a passion for the Museum and preserving its place in the history and cultural environment of Mississippi Mills.

Peter Trussler, Director

Peter retired from Nortel as vice-president of Design Interpretive. He was responsible for Nortel’s product image, usability and branding. Peter is an Associate of OCAD in Industrial Design (1966) and obtained a Master’s Degree (MDesRCAD) in Industrial Design from the Royal College of Art & Design in London, England. He was employed by Philips NV at their Corporate Design Centre in Eindhoven, Holland for 6 years, followed by 26 years of employment with BNR/Nortel in Ottawa.

Peter has been active in many organizations as a volunteer, such as: Westboro Community Association, Family Advisory Committee within the Addiction and Mental Health Network Council of the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, Mental Illness Caregivers Association, Five Arches non-Profit Housing Corporation, ACAC (Arts and Culture Advisory Committee) for Mississippi Mills, and Almonte in Concert.

Alan Jones, Director

Alan was the Chief Valuator for Revenue Canada, and retired in 2000. He and Glenda moved to their new home in West Carleton in 1994. They have 20 acres of ANSI land -Area of Natural and Scientific Interest. Alan is an MBA, and a Fellow of the Chartered Business Valuators, the Chartered Professional Accountants, and the Certified General Accountants. He has been involved with the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum (MVTM) since 1995,and served as treasurer 1997-2003 and president 2008-2012. He has served on a number of local initiatives, such as the Stewardship Committee, the Heritage Committee, the Mills Community Support Corporation and the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority. Alan and Glenda won the Mississippi Volunteerism Award in 2013.

Jill Moxley, Director

Jill is a retired editor and writer. She worked in the fields of biology, economics and finance. Her background includes research for the Bank of Canada on risk management as well as fundraising and advocating as a director at the Mill of Kintail. Her books include Faking It! A History of Counterfeiting in Canada and Almonte: Faces and Places 1880-1980. She is a long time volunteer at the MVTM.

Sanjeev Sivarulrasa, Director

Sanjeev holds an Honours B. Arts Sc. degree (Arts & Science Program, McMaster University); an LL.B. degree (Osgoode Hall Law School, York University); and an LL.M. degree (Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa). For 14 years, he worked for the Canadian government, with specialization in international tax law. He then decided to pursue art full-time, as a professional artist and founder of a contemporary art gallery. He began observing the night sky with telescopes 13 years ago, travelling to dark skies in Ontario and Quebec for visual observations and photographic work. A former member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, he was named “Observer of the Year” by its Ottawa Centre in 2010. His first solo exhibition “The Still of Night” was hosted by the Cube Gallery in Ottawa in 2011. His solo exhibition “Night Light” was hosted by the City of Ottawa at the Karsh-Masson Gallery in the spring of 2013. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of CARFAC National (Canadian Artists’ Representation / Le Front des artistes canadiens) as Treasurer. Since launching Sivarulrasa Gallery in Almonte in 2014, he has curated several exhibitions showcasing the works of contemporary Canadian artists from Eastern Ontario and beyond.

Jill McCubbin, Council representative/Director

Jill is a Mississippi Mills Councillor, Almonte Ward. She also works at the Mississippi Mills Public Library, at Mill Street Books and provides marketing and communications services to a couple of private organizations. Jill’s background includes small business (mainly bookstores) website design and development, publishing, writing and editing. She was a founder and early editor of theHumm and of Independently Reviewed (a national newsletter). Jill is also an artist and has exhibited paintings in Ottawa, Peterborough, Almonte and at the MVTM in 2013.

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