Our Board Members
Founded in 1984 by a group of visionaries and culturally-minded individuals dedicated to enhancing the ‘theatre life’ of the community, the Board of Directors oversees the business operations of Theatre Collingwood. The elected volunteer Board members are responsible for governance, fundraising, personnel, government relations, financial reporting and facilities.
The Board members work closely with the Management team to develop and maintain a healthy, non-profit, professional theatre company with charitable status.
As noted, our Board Members are all volunteers, and we thank them for all their time and dedication that they so generously give to support Theatre Collingwood!
Marie has been a resident in the Collingwood area for the last 35 years, initially as weekend skiers, then year round weekenders and gradually advancing to recent full-time residency. She feels Collingwood is a great place to appreciate the great outdoors with lots of year round sports and activities.
Two first memories of live performances stand out for Marie. “I remember singing a solo (Oh Holy Night) in a Christmas pageant in elementary school and then studying The Merchant of Venice in high school, and afterwards we put on a performance of that Shakespeare play….The quality of mercy is not strained…” If Marie could play any role in a show, she would pick Falstaff. “Not sure why, but that Shakespeare character has always appealed to me!”
“Live theatre is important because there is nothing like it; it is a shared experience, yet it helps us to see a different perspective from our own.” – Marie Rounding
After completing his MBA at the Schulich School of Business he had a 40+ year career holding senior management positions in general management, marketing\communications, sales management with Nestle, Jostens Inc., Torstar, Mississauga Living Arts Centre and others.
Rob’s seven years with the Mississauga Living Arts Centre as Director of Marketing and Communication and on the leadership team will provide valuable experience for Theatre Collingwood.
Since moving to Collingwood he has become a member of the CACE (Collingwood Arts Culture Entertainment) Group and the Condo Board in his community.
Rob strives to make a meaningful contribution to the success of Theatre Collingwood.
First attracted to Collingwood for the skiing (1996), After having rented for a few years, then bought a condo in Cranberry Village, Richard and his wife Debra Friendly decided in 2004 to start building their future home and moved full time to the area in 2010.
Richard is semi-retired from the accounting firm he founded in 1990. He likes to say that he has kept the clients that are fun to deal with. Prior to forming his own firm he worked for one of the big four accounting firms and had a stint owning part of an advertising agency prior to returning to the accounting profession in 1990.
Richard has served on numerous boards and most recently retired as and chair of the board of Cross Country Ski Ontario. He remains active in the ski world as the treasurer of Southern Ontario District of Cross Country Ski Ontario, president of the Highlands Trailblazers (operating out of Highlands Nordic in Duntroon) and is an active race organizer and international level technical delegate. His previous board experience includes Commodore of the Etobicoke Yacht Club, treasurer and executive board member of Taffelmusik – (Canada’s premier baroque orchestra), Vice Chair of Junior Achievement (Peel Region) and the YMCA (Mississauga).
He is a long term audience member of live theatre and doesn’t have an acting bone in his body. Richard can be found not only enjoying Theatre Collingwood, but also at the Shaw, theatre in Toronto and if while on vacation there is a theatre near, he and his wife Debra will take in a show or two.
Harold is past President (2002-2003) of the Rotary Club of Collingwood and a three time Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. He is a founding member of the Collingwood Dragon Boat Festival and over the years has been involved with several fundraising events and organizations such as the Humane Society, the Red Shoe Walk for My Friend’s House, and with The Gaslight Tour in Collingwood since its inception (playing several roles on stage). Harold is also involved with the Wasaga Beach Blues Festival both on and off the stage.
A frequent guest on local radio shows, he continues to “spread the word” about Theatre Collingwood in South Georgian Bay and beyond.
Michelle’s first memory of going to a live performance is Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She was amazed by the larger than life set, actors, costumes, and sound. She believes that live theatre is important to enjoy and live in that moment, being part of the audience in each performance is truly a unique experience. If Michelle could play any role in a show, it would be being part of Chris Tsujiuchi’s A Very Chris-terical Christmas Cabaret! Maybe someday!
He has 20 years experience serving on the boards of directors in the NFP arts sector, most recently as chair of the board of Theatre Passe Muraille.
In 2012 he was honoured to be awarded the Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee Medal, for “a career spent as an advocate for and ambassador of the Arts in Canada.”
David was a partner in Gowling WLG for 30 years where he served over the years on the firm’s Executive Committee and Board of Trustees. He previously served as Chair of the Ontario Centres of Excellence, the Ontario Energy Association and the Canada-US Business Association.
David particularly loves his time on the Board of Theatre Collingwood with its creative spirit and great sense of teamwork.