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Ross Ashforth

Ross Ashforth

Ross was born in 1925 in Toronto. A chartered accountant, Ross moved from Toronto to Gravenhurst in 1973 when he accepted a position as the treasurer for the Town of Gravenhurst, a position he held until his retirement in 1987.   Ross has two passions: oil...

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Hilary Clark Cole

Hilary Clark Cole

A member since the early 1970s, Hilary has been an inspirational volunteer and artist. Art has always been a guiding force for this native of Victoria, British Columbia, who graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1969. As a sculptor in welded steel and bronze,...

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Marguerite Webster

Marguerite Webster

Marguerite Webster is a painter and also a delightful storyteller. Ask about her paintings and you’ll inevitably hear about spiders or ducks hatching during a dinner party, or the exciting rescue of some fugitive guinea pigs—all colourful stories related to her...

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Betty Drysdale

Betty Drysdale

Betty Drysdale was born on March 3, 1928 in Windsor. Betty studied music and geography at McGill University, earning her B.A. in 1951. It was at McGill University that Betty met Mike Drysdale. They were married on September 20, 1952 and settled in Snowdon, Quebec. In...

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Donna & Jim Drury

Donna & Jim Drury

Jim Drury was born in Sudbury, Ontario, and has had a lifelong interest in woodcarving, nature, drawing and photography. In 1958, he married his wife, Donna, and together they raised two children.  Jim had an 18-year career in the Royal Canadian Air Force and...

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Lynn Taylor

Lynn Taylor

Lynn Taylor’s commitment to our organization has indeed been extraordinary. Her service spanned ten years on the Board, eight of those years as President. During those years, our organization developed and thrived and Lynn was instrumental in that evolution. Many of...

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Greta & Ken Cline

Greta & Ken Cline

Greta and Ken Cline were recognized for their active contributions to the arts community for the past 35 years. These members made it possible for 1,500 students to take part each year in workshops and courses in Muskoka through Georgian College during the late 1960s...

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Etta Ortwein

Etta Ortwein

Etta Ortwein did much to ensure that the tradition of rug hooking was not forgotten. Her talent is preserved in the pieces themselves and in the wisdom and skill she passed on to others. Hooking rugs had been on the periphery of Etta's experience since childhood, as...

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Jean W.A. Forder

Jean W.A. Forder

Jean W.A. Forder was born in Skipton-in-Craven, Yorkshire, England on July 28, 1918. During the Second World War, Jean was employed as a dispatcher for the London Fire Brigade. Some time after the war, Jean trained in social service work, specializing in...

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Lyette Beaulac

Lyette Beaulac

Lyette Beaulac is a member who epitomizes what it means to give generously of one’s time and talent. For over ten years, Lyette contributed to the professionalism of the Spring Show as a volunteer in charge of the display of the art and a multi-award winner. For...

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