- Michael FullerChair
Michael is our Board Chair and a thoughtful leader in the arts community in general, let alone here at Parrsboro Creative. His contacts have proven invaluable and Michael’s generosity seems to be limitless. Whether he’s counseling a young actor, artist or musicians, his insight is easy to read. We value Michael for all that he is and are certainly blessed to have him leading our board and our mission.
- David BeattieVice Chair
David Beattie is our co-chair and an entrepreneur extraordinaire. He’s committed not only to Parrsboro Creative but also the Board of Trade and several other key community initiatives. A high-energy and thoughtful member of the Parrsboro Creative board, we often turn to David for business-based second opinions.
- Ann KernohanSecretary
Ann is a full time teacher at the Parrsboro High School where among other interests she leads the drama program. Ann was born and raised in Parrsboro and also operates a small farm/cottage business. Her background in theatre and her active support of all cultural activities in the area make her a valued member of the board where her interests lie in advocacy and communication with all elements of the community.
- Ray Hickey
Ray Hickey is one of the founding members of the Parrsboro Creative Board of Directors. In his day job, he is the town’s administrative officer. As our link to the elected representatives of the Town of Parrsboro, he always brings good ideas to our regular meetings. Ray’s easy-going style and quick ability to look at the positives and negatives of any situation are a major asset to our group’s decision-making ability.
- Johannes HiesbergerTreasurer
Johannes and his partner own and operate Parrsboro’s Maple Inn. As an involved business owner, Johannes is active on several community-based boards in the Parrsboro area.
- Julie MacMillan
Julie MacMillan is our special administrative advisor who is known for her acute attention to detail. Julie’s is not afraid to reminder us that there are sometimes rules that even artists need to follow and we adore her for it.
- Lori Lynch
Lori is an entrepreneur and popular volunteer among community causes in Parrsboro. Not only is she the proprietor of the Gillespie House Inn and Black Rock Bistro, she’s also President of The Hall, one of our inaugural member venues and is Vice-President of the Parrsboro and District Board of Trade. Lori has her ear to the ground on most community happenings and as an added bonus, she always knows when it’s time to add a bit of levity to the discussions at Parrsboro Creative Board meetings.
Our Advisory Team
- Krista WellsArtist
Krista Wells is a respected artist, public speaker and patron of all things artistic. A well-liked member of the Parrsboro Shore artistic community, her ideas and energy bring things to life. She’s known as a “let’s make it happen” kind of woman. We’re lucky to have her in our corner.
- Bruce GrahamAuthor
Bruce Graham and his wife Helen reside in Parrsboro. Bruce’s broadcasting career took him from Calgary to Winnipeg, New Brunswick and Halifax, where he anchored television newscasts. As a prolific author, Bruce has written several books, including :The Parrsboro Boxing Club, Dream of the Dove, Ivor Johnson’s Neighbours, Anchorman, Diligent River Daughter and Duddy Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. We are thrilled to have Bruce on the Parrsboro Creative advisory team.
- Taylor RedmondArtist
Taylor Redmond is Project Facilitator for the Town of Parrsboro, a position aimed at developing and promoting existing assets in the town, co-ordinating the efforts of local groups and strengthening Parrsboro’s branding efforts.
Main Street is her priority – particularly developing and implementing a coherent image of the street consistent with Parrsboro branding – and she’s doing a bang-up job.
- Helen TysonArtist
Rod and Helen Tyson incorporated their business in 1988, and they moved Tyson’s Fine Minerals to Parrsboro in 2007. They welcome visitors to their shop, and even into their impressive hilltop home overlooking Parrsboro Harbour as time allows. Helen began making stone bead jewellery in 1991. She and Rod also buy, sell and trade international minerals, with an emphasis on well-crystalized display specimens.
- Bill CaseyAdvocacy
Bill Casey was born in Amherst, about 40 minutes north of Parrsboro. He is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and Engineering Diploma. Mr. Casey has an extensive experience in private business and has served as Member of Parliament. His business experience includes operating his own automotive, housing, investment and hospitality businesses. We’re pleased he has time to serve on our advisory team.
- Tony MorleyLegal
During his lengthy law career Tony was a strong supporter of the arts in Cumberland County and has served on many boards. In Parrsboro Tony’s contribution to the development of the Ship’s Company Theatre was exceptional. Now retired and spending the harsher months in warmer climes with his wife Fran, Tony continues to advocate for the arts as part of the regions wealth. It’s a pleasure to have Tony on the advisory team of Parrsboro Creative.
- Ashley BurtonWebmaster
Ashley Burton is a computer programmer across a wide range disciplines, including the arts, medical, government, heavy industry, travel and entertainment. Ashley is also textile artist in Parrsboro and a fashion designer, whose main focus is bridal and evening wear. We are pleased to have Ashley’s talents on our Parrsboro Creative Advisory Team.
- Terry McCulloch
Terri is the Human Resources & Communications Manager at Ambassatours Gray Line, a Nova Scotia success story. Her affiliation with Parrsboro is often linked to her recognition for having spearheaded the Bay of Fundy Tourism Partnership. Terri is a graduate of Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax. We appreciate her knowledge base and always enjoy her input to Parrsboro Creative.
- Meaghan ThurstonSocial Media, Web Team
Meaghan Thurston is a creative, results-oriented communications professional with more than eight years experience working for academic, cultural and not-for-profit organizations. Her areas of expertise include strategic communications planning, social media marketing, magazine journalism and blogging, event promotion, community outreach and fundraising. Meaghan always has Parrsboro in her heart, and we’re certainly glad about that.
- Kerwin DavidsonMagician
Parrsboro Mayor Lois Smith presented the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal to several deserving residents of Parrsboro & area for their outstanding service and achievements in 2013. Kerwin Davidson is among those recipients and that makes us all very proud! A magician and respected volunteer, Kerwin always looks for the silver lining if there’s ever a cloud. Thanks for being a part of the Parrsboro Creative Advisory Team.
- Conrad ByersHistorian
Conrad studied at St. Mary’s University in Halifax and now lives an active life in Parrsboro. A respected historian, he can be found at any number of Parrsboro-area events and is a welcome member of our advisory team.
- Tim FedakCurator
As Director/Curator of the Fundy Geological Museum, Dr. Fedak oversees strategic development, fundraising, and operations of the Fundy Geological Museum. Dr. Fedak is a museum-based scientist (vertebrate paleontology) with research focused on the Triassic and Jurassic vertebrates of the Bay of Fundy. Education research interests also include, anatomy, lifelong learning, visual literacy, and drawing in professional practice. He’s a valuable member of our advisory team too!