Board of Directors
Bill spent over 40 years in the financial services industry, living and working in ten different cities in three provinces before retiring and moving permanently to Prince Edward County. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors and currently volunteers with the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program through the Prince Edward Learning Centre in Picton. Bill was previously a member of the Board and Finance Committee of a not-for-profit in Regina and was Treasurer of a United Church in Windsor, experience he will leverage as Treasurer of the Baxter Arts Centre. While having very little artistic ability himself Bill has always been in awe of the ability of artists to create beauty out of raw materials and is looking forward to helping expand the Baxter Art Centre’s mission of promoting the arts and art education in the community.
David has been a director of the Baxter Arts Centre since 2012. He is a lawyer and retired senior tax partner of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, who is currently enjoying retired life in the County. He was a director of the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation for over 20 years and served as Chair of that Foundation and several of its committees. He is a director of Prince Edward County Jazz Festival, a director and Treasurer of Hospice Prince Edward Foundation, a director and Treasurer of Prince Edward Family Health Team, and serves as Secretary of the Baxter Arts Centre. David was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
Larry is the energy behind Spencer & Co., a County based planning consulting company that helps people make better communities. He is also the principal designer and fabricator of wooden toys marketed by the Good Times Toy Co. And he was one of the handful of local residents and businesses that took the idea of using the Baxter building as a special place for making art and made it happen.
Achama worked in corporate finance for 25 years, both in Toronto and Ottawa, culminating in her position as Regional Controller at Canada’s largest IT infrastructure provider, Nexinnovations. In 2004 Achama decided to take off some time to travel the world. She thought of it as her “Radical Sabbatical” and intended to be gone for just a year.14 years later she is finally back and has recently settled down in Picton. In 2007 Achama started to teach English as a Second Language (ESL), which allowed her to live within communities in different parts of the world. Bringing together her early interests in art and her passion for education, she felt that the Baxter Arts Centre was a wonderful opportunity to get involved in, and support her new community.
Born in England, Gillian moved to Toronto in 1974. She worked for many years teaching Apple technology both in Toronto and Sydney Australia and, after moving to the Niagara region, taught wine appreciation as well as managing a herd of alpacas. Always interested in technology Gillian became an HR Systems Analyst from which position she retired in 2017, moving to Bloomfield in Prince Edward County. An avid supporter of the arts, Gillian enjoys singing, acting in regional theatre, and painting when she has the time. Along with her husband Patrick, Gillian owns Pedego Electric Bikes in Bloomfield.