Members of the Board
Catherine Allman, Director
With her extensive history in volunteerism and impressive resume Catherine is a substantial asset to the board. She served on the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Toronto Grant Review Team. She was a cabinet member of YMCA Camp Pine Crest's 100th-anniversary fundraising campaign and a Board Director of Ballet Jörgen Canada and Young People's Theatre. This former journalist, who launched her career at the Orillia Packet & Times, has led public affairs and marketing teams in the private, public and non-profit sectors. She is VP, External and Government Relations at the Canadian Association of Direct Relationship Insurers. Catherine lives in Toronto.
Anderson Charters, Treasurer
Anderson was President of Third Sector Publishing, which published Canadian Donor’s Guide, 2003 to 2018, and was the Founder of the online resource, CharityCAN. He is a partner in Trajan Media, publisher of Canadian Coin News and Canadian Stamp News. Once a writer for The Financial Post, he co-founded the Orillia Sun community newspaper in 1982. He was an Executive Producer of No Price Too High, the six-part television series on Canadians and the Second World War. He was Chair of the Orillia University Committee and Vice Chair of the Orillia Mayor’s University Task Force that brought Lakehead University to Orillia in 2006.
Rex Deverell, Director
Rex is a socially engaged playwright and librettist, born in Toronto, raised in Orillia and now splitting his time between the two. He is a graduate of McMaster University and Union Theological Seminary (NYC) in Theatre and Theology. He has been writer in residence for the Globe Theatre (Regina), the University of Windsor, and the Blyth Festival. His work has been translated into five languages. Rex was a founding member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada and has served as its president. In 1978 Rex won the Canadian Authors Award for Boiler Room Suite, his most widely produced play.
Jay grew up in Orillia, has his Master’s in Political Science from the University of Toronto, and is currently the Orillia City Councillor for Ward 3. He has been actively involved in both Orillia’s Helping Hands and the Lighthouse Shelter and was a political columnist with the Orillia Packet & Times newspaper. Over the years Jay has worked as a political aide and as a journalist with articles appearing in over thirty Canadian newspapers. Jay grew up in a musical family and brings a passion for the arts and culture to his service on the Board.
Jay Fallis, Director
Kim Fedderson is a professor emeritus of English at Lakehead University where he was founding dean and subsequently principal of Lakehead-Orillia. He has been a visiting professor in Japan and China and throughout his research career has focused on classical and contemporary rhetoric. He is very active within his community and serves on a variety of boards.
Kate Mostowyk, Director
Kate is an investment counsellor at Burgundy Asset Management and is passionate about ensuring that each of her clients receives service tailored to his or her needs. Outside of the office, Kate spends time with her friends and family, travelling, pursuing fitness goals and enjoying the family cottage. Kate has also been involved with Operanation for several years, a fundraising event for the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio, the nation’s premier training program for young Canadian opera artists.