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BVO Board of Directors

Norine Baron, Director

Norine has been a part of the BVO family from the very beginning. Since 1983, she has assumed a number of different positions on the Board and participated in virtually every service, program, and event that BVO offers. Norine would like to be thought of as the garbage guru because of her concerns for the environment. BVO is lucky to be a recipient of her wisdom and energy. 


Karen Chisholm, Director

Karen, along with her husband and two daughters, has called Thornbury home since 2000. She works with local businesses, individuals and families as a Financial Advisor, and has been involved as a volunteer in many capacities in the community, schools, and minor sports over the years. She can be seen running around the neighbourhood with her two dogs and also she enjoys hiking with friends, seasonal sports, studying, reading, and travelling. "She is honoured and proud to be part of this incredible organization that does so much for the community".


Nicoleta Coldas, Board Clerk

Nicoleta has lived in this area for more than 9 years and has volunteered with BVO Breakfast Club, Treasure Shop, Georgian Peaks Race Crew and Blue Mountain Village Association. She is currently the Bookkeeper for Southern Georgian Bay Habitat For Humanity and we are happy to welcome her as BVO Board Clerk for the 2015-2016 year.  Nicoleta loves hiking, snowshoeing and spending time with her children.

Ann Dyer, Vice-Chair

Ann and her husband have owned a home in Thornbury since 2005 making it their full time residence in 2013 when she retired after 35 years in financial services. After spending her childhood in Owen Sound moving back to the region felt like coming home. She has been an active volunteer with Marsh St. Centre, Seniors Network-Blue Mountains and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. In 2015 she became a volunteer with Answers4Seniors at BVO. In her spare time Ann enjoys yoga, working out at the YMCA, dance classes in Meaford, and the beautiful community of Thornbury.


Ann Gorton, Director

Ann has enjoyed the Blue Mountains since 2002 and in 2013 retired in Thornbury.  Wanting to get to know the local residents, she joined BVO as a volunteer in 2013 doing Breakfast Club and the Treasure Shop. She joined BVO Board of Directors in June 2014 and is also a member of the Volunteer Committee.  Ann has experience working with BOOTC (Barrie Out of the Cold Program) as well as St. John's Ambulance Therapy Dogs. When Ann isn't at BVO she can be found volunteering at GTHS (Georgian Triangle Humane Society) as a volunteer Dog Adoption Counselor or cycling, curling, skiing or golfing.


Cathy Innes, Board Chair

Cathy became a full time Thornbury resident in 2003 after 36 years teaching a range of students from grade 4 up to the post graduate level. She began her volunteering with BVO as a sorter in the Treasure Shop, and joined the Board in 2004. For many years she has sat on the Finance, Treasure Shop and Policy Committees, and on various ad hoc committees.  In her recent term as Board Chair, she has learned a great deal about real estate and construction during the selling of 64 Bruce Street, and the purchase and renovations of 54 King Street. 

Cathy was awarded the Order of The Blue Mountains for Arts and Culture in 2011. She lives with her husband, Rod, also a BVO volunteer, and her two cats. In her spare time she enjoys her two grandsons, pickleball, reading, sailing, live theatre and travelling.


Marty Lacey, Treasurer

Marty and her husband Byron have resided in the Town of the Blue Mountains since 1999.  Marty has been with BVO Board since 1999. She is not only our Secretary/ Treasurer, but she ensures we have adequate storage in the Treasure Shop when donations overwhelm our space!  Marty was named Town of the Blue Mountains volunteer of the year in 2003.

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Karen Newton Stewart, Director

Karen and her family made Thornbury their full time residence in 1999 operating The Golden Apple Bed and Breakfast. She started volunteering at BVO that same year as a way to get to know the community. Over the years Karen has served on many committees, at events and in several capacities on the BVO Board. Volunteering is a family affair. Her daughter Katie has grown up volunteering at BVO and husband Glenn pitches in wherever he can. Karen brings with her over 30 years of Business, Advertising, Marketing, and Communication experience. She currently is the owner/publisher of Coffee News of Southern Georgian Bay. She received the Volunteer of the Year from the Town of Blue Mountains (2008), has 10 years volunteering on the BVCS parent council, and 4 years on the Beaver Valley Preschool board. 


Kelly Tomenson-Haas

Kelly and her husband, John, have owed a home near Ravenna since 2014. They have 2 daughters, Savannah and Mackenzie.  As a youth, Kelly learned to ski as a member of Beaver Valley Ski Club. In 2017 she retired from a 20+ year career in the insurance industry where she held roles in various capacities. Kelly has been an active community volunteer in Oakville and served as a Board member for Aisling Child and Family Centre (Toronto). In 2018 she became involved with BVO as a volunteer for the BVO Fundraiser - A Party to Die For. Kelly leads an active life as a marathon runner, equestrian, cyclist, skier, snowshoer, and dog lover.

Kris Wichman, Director

Kris moved to her new home near Redwing in 1980 and loves living in this area. Since retirement from the health sector in 2012, she has focused on her interests-gardening, hiking, snowshoeing and volunteering for BVO and Marsh St. Centre. Kris helps out with the BVO Breakfast Club and Good Food Box Program. As a recently appointed Board Director, she is looking forward to participating in the Board's discussions and activities and in its Strategic Planning and Policies Committees.