Bryan Stephenson, President, Treasurer & Secretary

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.

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.

Edith Cody-Rice, Director

Edith is a senior lawyer, now retired, with years of experience in public, legal, and voluntary sectors. She is deeply committed to public service and is a strong negotiator and team player with superior collaborative and communication skills. Edith is fluent in both official languages and has long experience in governance and management of projects, policy development and the crafting of legislation and reports. She loves the arts and museums, and thinks that the textile museum is one of the most valuable assets in the town of Mississippi Mills. Edith has been deeply involved in the voluntary section most of my adult life.

Hesch Hanley, Director

Hesch has 35 years of federal government experience working at central agencies and large operational departments, providing executive advice and direction in the areas of resource reallocation and governance, project management, risk management, strategic and operational planning, policy development, task force management, and program management and review. 

During his career, the wind down and the transformation of Museums Canada from one corporate entity into new corporate entities: the National Gallery of Canada, Museum of History, and other notable federal cultural institutions, occurred. Hesch was also part of the Public Service 2000 initiative that oversaw the transformation of the federal government, including Program Review I and II. Hesch has lectured at Queen’s University and the University of Ottawa.

John Beesley, Director

John has now lived in Almonte for 3 ½ years. He has recently been looking at ways that he can contribute to the community in a meaningful way, while also leveraging some of the skills that he has developed in his full time work. John has come to appreciate the importance of arts organizations to the community, and given that the MVTM is one of the pre-eminent arts organizations in Almonte, he believes he can help the organization build on its past successes and prepare for the future.

From an academic perspective, John has an Executive MBA from the Smith School of Business, Queen’s University.  The program is generalist in nature and provides a background in business management, human resources, operations management and finance.  Additionally, he has worked for CIBC in a number of roles with increasing scope and complexity throughout the years. His work experience has given him exposure to personal & small business banking, project management, leadership of branch and district teams and regional operations accountability. 

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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