As 2020 draws to a close with one of the most unique years in the 47-year history, the Home County Folk League emerged from the Annual General Meeting on November 26th with three new faces, two familiar faces, and one new Board Chair.
We would first like to acknowledge the contributions of three outgoing Board members, Amanda-Lynn Stubley, Michael Del Vecchio, Vince McNeil, as well as Previous Board Chair Paul Mills. Their contributions and leadership to the organization over the past years have been paramount to the stability of the Home County Folk League and have set the League up for success in years to come. We look forward to working with the former Board members in some capacity in the future!
The Home County Folk League is extremely excited to announce three new members have joined the Board. Please join us in welcoming Gary Krakower, Sara Lanthier, and Karen Murdoch. Each of them brings a wealth of experience to the Board and we are eager to work with them as we begin preparation for the Home County Music and Arts Festival in the future. We have included a short bio for Gary, Sara, and Karen so you can get to know them better:
Gary and his family moved to London from Toronto in early 2013, and they have attended and supported the Home County Music & Art Festival every year since then.
Gary has an MBA from the University of Toronto and is currently completing the Photography program at Fanshawe College. After a 5-year career at George Weston Ltd, Gary travelled the world to source, import and introduce new products to Canada. Gary transitioned his business into a digital enterprise in 2005, and he currently provides investment capital and management services to other local start-up ventures.
Sara grew up in London and returned three years ago to raise her son in the city. She is a passionate supporter of the arts and is looking forward to being an active Board Member at Home County. Sara works as a digital account manager, helping clients produce the best experience for their customers.
Having been taught early the importance of volunteerism, Sara has been actively volunteering for years with not-for-profits across North America. Since moving back to London, she’s been singing the city’s praises about the music scene and looks forward to merging her passion for music, community and giving-back with the Home County League.
Karen Murdoch has been living in London, Ontario for 21 years. She is a graduate and current student of Fanshawe College and works as an Educational Assistant in schools in London and area.
While living in London, Karen has volunteered for several Community Agencies: Hutton House, The Boys and Girls Club, L’ACF0, Dale Brain Injury, The London Food Bank, The Southwestern Epilepsy Support Center, and for her current Church. She has assisted with music, arts and drama programs, fitness programs, French, and many group events. She has also been serving on the Operations Committee for Home County for the past year. She has also sat on two political boards in London over these 20 years and has previous board experience prior to moving to London.
Changes to the Board Executive Committee
We would also like to announce the election of our very own Leigh-Anne Fraser to the vacant Board Chair Position. Leigh-Anne has previously occupied the secretary position on the Board, and was unanimously elected to become the third woman to hold the position of Board Chair in the history of the Home County Folk League! We believe the future of the League is in great hands under her leadership. If you have not familiarized yourself with Leigh-Anne, we have included a short bio about her below!
Additionally, newly elected Board member Sara Lanthier has been appointed Secretary, and Paul Tomlinson will remain as the Treasurer.
Born in London and raised in the Ottawa Area, Leigh-Anne Fraser has been a long-time supporter of Home County Music & Art Festival. She has worked and volunteered in the non-profit industry for more than two decades and is currently the Accreditation Lead with Mission Services of London. Leigh-Anne has balanced her passion for music, writing, art and photography with a commitment to help others most in need in the community throughout her life, both locally and internationally. Her artwork and photography has found its way to Australia, South America, Africa and Europe as well as across Canada. Leigh-Anne has served on the Home County Folk League Board of Directors for two non-consecutive years in a range of roles including secretary, volunteer coordinator, communications director and chair of the sponsorship and fundraising committee. She looks forward to bringing her expertise and experience to the Board for a new term.
Additional Updates to the Board
We would also like to acknowledge the appointment of Chuck Reid and Stephanie Joselyn-Fogarty to the Board. With Michael Del Vecchio and Amanda-Lynn Stubley exiting the Board with one final year remaining on their term, both Chuck and Stephanie have been appointed to occupy the final year for the respective Board members term.
Chuck and Stephanie are both familiar with the Board having served on it over the past few years. We are extremely happy we are able to retain such great contributing members to the Board, and we wish Michael, Amanda, Paul, and Vince all the best in their future endeavors!