THE BAY ROBERTS CULTURAL FOUNDATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors that currently has twelve members. The Board of Directors acts in accordance with the Foundation By-Laws.
Clarence G. Mercer
Clarence G. Mercer, Chairperson is a retired teacher, who held a variety of teaching
and administrative responsibilities during his 30 years as an elementary / intermediate educator in Harbour Breton, Clarke’s Beach, and Bay Roberts.
As a talented musician, for the past 35 years, he has served as organist and choir director for Central United Church, Bay Roberts. Following his retirement from the teaching profession, he became a volunteer member of the Bay Roberts Tourism Committee and has served as its chairperson for the past four years. From 2005-2013, he was elected Councillor with the Town of Bay Roberts and has served as council liaison for the Tourism Committee and the Heritage Advisory Board, and was a number of the Economic Development Committee.
He is currently the chairperson of the Board of Directors of Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation Inc.
Ron Delaney, Vice Chairperson is Director of Tourism and Development with the town of Bay Roberts. He is well-known for his ability to organize and inspired others to organize
events such as the Bay Roberts Festival of Lights, the Bay Roberts Winter Carnival, Klondyke Days, and the Songs, Stages and Seafoood Festival. He is very involved with provincial and national tourism and travel organizations. In the past, he has been Chairperson of the Baccalieu Trail Board of Trade, and a member of the Board of Directors of Cupids 400 Inc, and the Northern Avalon Tourism Association.
Ron Delaney is also a talented musician. He was a member Erin’s Call, and frequently sings at Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation Events.
Margaret Ayad has worked extensively with small businesses and tourism organizations
within the Baccalieu Trail region. She has been a past member of the Board of Directors of the Baccalieu Trail Board of Trade, Board of Directors of the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation and the Board of Directors of the Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE). She is owner and operator of Baccalieu Consulting, a design business which specializes in web site design and graphic design for organizations and small businesses. She was project manager for The Baccalieu: Crossroads for Cultures project, which dealt with the 17th century history and culture of the Baccalieu Trail region.
Agnes Butler is a dedicated and tireless community volunteer who has been a key member of many town committees for a number of years. She was a founding member of the Klondyke Days celebrations for the town of Bay Roberts.
She is currently a member of the Tourism Committee, well as being a member of the Beautification Committee which is a sub- committee of tourism. She has been involved with the enhancement projects for the Klondyke Causeway and the Arnies Pond area of the Shearstown Estuary. She is recognized within the community for her organizational ability, her attention to detail, and her creativity. She was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her community service. In 2014, the Town of Bay Roberts named her Volunteer of the Year (Christine Bussey Award).
Marilyn Dawe has worked in the heritage field for over 35 years - 18 years with the Provincial Historic Resources Division and 19 years with Parks Canada. In these positions, she played a major role in the interpretive development of both Provincial Historic Sites (Cape Bonavista Lighthouse, The Mockbeggar Property, The Hiscock House, Heart's Content Cable Station, Quidi Vidi Battery, and the Commissariat House) and National Historic Sites (Red Bay, Port au Choix, Ryan Premises, Castle Hill, Hawthorne Cottage, Cape Spear and Signal Hill). In a voluntary capacity Marilyn was President of the Museum Association of Newfoundland and Labrador for a number of years and received an Honorary Life Membership from that organization in 2005. She has volunteered with the CBN Skating Club for over 25 years. She is a volunteer with the Bay Roberts Heritage Society, the Bay Roberts Heritage Advisory Committee and the Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation. She was recently awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal as a result of her work with the Historic Sites and the Museum Association.
Edmund J. Dawson
Edmund J Dawson is a Senior Financial Advisor with the Investors Group. His offices are located in Bay Roberts. Although his successful business is very time consuming, he is dedicated to preserving the history and culture of the province. His activities in the community have included a long time involvement in planning and organizing Eastern School District Heritage Fairs. Mr. Dawson was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his community service.
Mike Flynn is a retired high school teacher. In addtion to writing articles for various publications, he is author of the book Bay Roberts: Not Your Typical Small Town, published by Flanker Press.
He has been secretary of Bay Roberts Branch #32, Royal Canadian Legion.
He is currently working on a book on the life of Eric Dawe and a play on the Bay Roberts Mummer Murder.
Sonya Gosse, a native of Bay Roberts, has spent the last 30 years living in Ontario where she enjoyed a successful and fulfilling career as an opera singer and singing teacher. She sang mainly with the Canadian Opera Company and Edmonton Opera, having performed more than 25 principal roles, and was also a member of the COC Chorus for 21 years. Sonya is currently living in Clarkes Beach and is actively engaged in teaching singing, piano, and guitar lessons and conducting the Celeste Chamber Choir. Sonya is thrilled to be back home and looks forward to increased involvement in her community.
Ruth Murray has been a tireless community volunteer with the town of Bay Roberts. She is currently Co-chair of the Bay Roberts Tourism Committee, as well as being a member of the Beautification Committee which is a sub-committee of tourism. She has been involved with town enhancement projects such as the Klondyke Causeway development and the new signs and park area by Arnies Pond in the Shearstown Estuary. She has been involved with the town's Cleaner and Greener Awards. Nursing is her profession, and she brings her caring for people and enthusiasm for life to all her activities with the Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation.
Carole Spakes was born and raised in Bay Roberts. After graduating from MUN, she tried
a number of career choices. First, she worked with the Canadian Red Cross as a
Youth Representative visiting schools across the province, promoting Red Cross
Youth; next, she worked with the Royal Bank of Canada as a Sales Representative
introducing Chargex (later Visa) to businesses in Atlantic Canada; then she
worked in Public Relations with Legrow's Travel throughout the province.
After all this travelling, Carole decided to return to MUN for a degree in
Education and became a teacher. She taught in Springdale, Little Catalina,
Lethbridge, Whitbourne, and Bay Roberts. Since retiring from teaching, Carole has become an active member of Central
United Church, and enjoys being part of the Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation. She continues with her lifelong love of travel, visiting a different interesting
place around the world each year.
Dianne Trenchard (originally from Gander) was heavily involved in music growing up. She attended MUN and was a member of the MUN choir. Since moving to Bay Roberts she has volunteered with the Red Cross, been involved with the Ascension Collegiate cheerleaders and the Bay Arena hockey moms. She has held executive positions with the CBN Ladies Volleyball League and the Bay Roberts Minor Baseball. Dianne recently retired from the Provincial Information and Library Resources Board after 32 years of service. She jokingly claims, “I was Google before there was Google!” After years spent researching, planning and organizing events, decorating bulletin boards and creating displays the Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation is a perfect fit.
Deputy Mayor Walter Yetman, lifelong resident of the Town of Bay Roberts, has owned and operated Yetman Bros Ltd Contracting for the past 20 years. He served as a member of the Bay Roberts Volunteer Fire Deptment for 10 years before being elected to Council in 2005.
Since being elected, he has served as Chair of the Planning Committee, Communities in Bloom Committee (formerly Bay Roberts Green Committee), Waste Management Committee, Finance Committee, Steering Committee for new pool/wellness center, liason for Recreation Committee, member of Executive Committee, Harbour Development Stratagy Committee, and most recently the new Council liason for the Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation.
With such a busy schedule, he appreciates the support of his family, Roxanne, Ashley, and Samantha, and firmly believes the contributions of many individuals, past, present and future has and will contribute to the success of our community, a team effort for sure!
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