Board of Directors as of August 2020:
KEN McPHERSON, President
In outlining my biography I originally wrote of my 32 years as an educator and background in negotiating and experiences as an administrator in schools in the Cochrane Iroquois Falls District and Upper Grand Board.
But, these really tell you very little about why I took on the challenge of being a Director of IVDAARA. This decision was based on the fact I have been able to enjoy my interests in the Island View Drive area as a seasonal resident since 1957. Five generations of McPhersons have swam, hiked, car tripped, biked, lazed and laboured on hobbies and projects in this time.
It is important to do my part to ensure this will continue for more generations and be an option for friends and family alike. Decisions that affect taxes are a concern. The continuation of the natural and accessible beauty should be a common goal for all of us to enjoy.
Decisions made by Councils that affect this should be monitored and communicated to our members as well as lobbied when we have common concerns.
By nature I enjoy meeting and discussing issues with people and look forward to hearing from fellow members. I fully realize that with a diverse group such as ours one size often will not fit all and my experience in “mutual Gains bargaining” may pay off.
I would be remiss if I did not indicate that I share the area with my wife Janet as well as my sister Grace, brother Dan and cousins. I am a “green thumber” at Keppel Croft and an avid E- cyclist (yep , one of those bikes you don’t need to pedal).
I look forward to meeting members both socially and on a topic of your concern.
MARILYN WHITE, Director/Membership
Having spent my whole life in the cities of Toronto, Montreal, Kingston, Brockville and Burlington, I appreciate the beauty and peace of the Georgian Peninsula. We have owned property here since 1990 and built our current house in 2012.
After graduating as a mature student at 46 years old with a B Com degree, I worked for an accounting firm, a flower grower and for 18 years with Revenue Canada in labour relations and contract negotiation.
I am interested in travelling, cooking, sewing, gardening and many non-competitive sports.
ERNIE MEILI, Director
My wife Beatrice and I relocated from Saskatchewan to Presqu’ile Road in August/2019. We first discovered the incredible beauty of the area when we helped our daughter Carla and her husband Chris move into their home here the year before and decided it was the perfect place for a healthy and adventurous retired life.
My working years included a short stint as a high school mathematics teacher in Saskatoon followed by the establishment and control of a retail/wholesale school supply company. I was a founding member of the Saskatoon chapter of the Canadian Progress Club of which I became President and later Zone Governor; our last residence was at Candle Lake where I helped establish a sailing club of which I became president, as well as initiating a hiking club, and for several years served as President of a local marina.
Marie Simpson, Director/Communications
Originally from Owen Sound, Marie attended McMaster University and then moved to Toronto where she lived and worked for 34 years, the last 15 as the Occupational Health and Safety Officer with the Canadian Army.
Marie, and her husband Ken, with pets Frenchie and Pirate, retired to Island View Drive in 2011. Marie loves to travel and has enthusiastically taken up painting again — an interest from her youth.
SHERRY GRANT, Director/Secretary
“Two years ago, my now husband Rob and I purchased our cottage on Grey Rd1. This purchase was the beginning of our adventure into cottage and married life. Being avid cross country skiers (my picture is taken at Grey Stone Trails this past winter), snowmobilers and bikers, our discovery of what this area has to offer was a stroke of luck. With all of these great activities, at some point, our cottage may become our permanent home. Being newly retired from teaching, I decided I wanted to become more involved in this community and help preserve the Association by
becoming a director. I look forward to being apart of this association and building on all of the great things that are already established.”
CAL WHITE, Director/Treasurer
“I was born and raised in Brockville Ontario and graduated with a BSc degree in Electrical Engineering from Queens University. I worked for a number of years in industry, before entering the field of consulting engineering where I was involved in the electrical design of numerous commercial and industrial facilities. In 1986 I started my own consulting engineering firm providing Forensic investigation services to legal, insurance and industrial clients. I am now semi-retired. I have always lived near water and in 1990 my wife Marilyn and I purchased shore front property on Grey Road 1, facing White Cloud Island. Although we still own a home in Burlington, we spend as much time as possible in beautiful Georgian Bluffs, only going down to the City when necessary for appointments or for live entertainment. We have built and extensively landscaped two houses, one of which we currently occupy year round. My hobbies include travel, attending live theatre and concerts, gardening, photography and woodworking. I look forward to serving as a director of the Association.”
JOHN SOJECKI, Director
John lives in Mississauga and has a cottage here in Georgian Bluffs. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master of Science in Computer Science, and from AGH University of Science and Technology. After working for several different organizations, John now works as a Senior Systems Analyst at Cameco.