Board of Directors
Rev. John Vella - President
John is a retired Roman Catholic Priest who is very active musically in the local community. He sings at the Waypoint Mental Health Centre both in the Horizons unit and in the Provincial Forensic Division. He also sings at Community Living Huronia and at The Groove, a coffeehouse for folks associated with the Mental Health Centre. John is also a founding member of the weekly coffeehouse Good Vibes. He has spent many years in ministry, both in parish and seminary postings, and writing a publication for other priests for twelve years. He was a founding member of Retrouvaille, a ministry to married couples in difficulty.
Lu LaFrance - Vice-President
Lu is a retired teacher, having taught 36 years in the junior division in elementary schools in Peterborough, London, Hamilton, Kitchener, and Simcoe County. In retirement Lu has devoted herself to volunteer with the elderly, with retired teacher organizations, the poor and homeless, the disadvantaged socially and mentally, various church ministries and community events, and now with Sistema
Diane Ouimet-Schryver - Treasurer
Diane Ouimet-Schryver is a retired Information Technology Director. Diane recently started volunteering for healthcare related and now music related committees. She is a member of the Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) Advisory and Quality Committees and a member of the Midland & District Business Women's Association (MDBWA). She enjoys sailing, hiking, cross country skiing, yoga, TRX (suspension training), Spin, Barre, Tabata and other classes at No Borders Fitness.
Louise Stafford - Secretary
Louise Stafford is a retired civil servant who worked for Canada Immigration in Toronto and Ottawa. She is a volunteer with the local women's shelter and their most recent project, Operation Grow. Louise believes that learning to play a musical instrument can help enhance skills needed for education and social interaction and she is thrilled to support and assist with the Sistema Huronia program.
Elizabeth Walker (Liz) grew up in Leaside (now part of Toronto) and taught for 35 years at Parkdale Collegiate in Toronto. She moved to Midland in 2002 although she has spent time every year since she was a year old visiting many relatives in Midland. She has been vice-president and president of the Midland and District Lawn Bowling Club, Treasurer of Pursuits, a volunteer with the Special Olympics Snowshoe Group and a former member of the Midland Golf Club and Curling Club. She is currently a volunteer at the Wye Marsh, coordinator with the Brain Injury Group at the Lawn Bowling Club and membership coordinator for the Probus Club at Midland Huronia. After attending the "Spuds for Sistema" fundraiser in 2018, Liz was so overwhelmed with the music ability and enthusiasm of the children that she wanted to become part of Sistema.
Susan Field recently retired from a career as a Registered Nurse and is delighted to be able to offer assistance in supporting the musical education offered to the community by Sistema. Susan has a long standing interest in writing, the visual arts and she supports the tremendous work being done by the Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre.
Zita Gavin - Volunteer Bookkeeper