Picton’s Town Hall is one of the oldest town halls in Prince Edward County. Built in 1866, the hall has significant heritage value in the local community and is a designated landmark under the Ontario Heritage Act. The second floor of the Picton Town Hall hosts many community meetings and events, dances, fundraisers, clubs, etc.
Board of Management
The new Board of Management is dedicated to bringing new life to and restoring the original purpose of our historic Town Hall. Our energetic and resourceful team is working hard to put the community back at the center of our plans and goals.
Following Council’s appointment of the group’s proposed members for the Board of Management, and the appointment of Councillor Phil St. Jean to the Board in a non-voting capacity, the first meeting of the Board was held on July 8 together with members of the Save Picton Town Hall Working Group. Since then, the Board and members of the Working Group have been hard at work to keep the Town Hall in public hands by energizing the building with vibrant community uses, including a Farmers Market planned for 2021.
Marilyn lives in Picton and grew up in the Milford area. After following her career in the financial and manufacturing industries, she returned to the county 20 years ago to a career as Controller with a local Belleville business enterprise. Her goal is to help keep local commerce thriving in our community by shopping local and giving of her time and efforts wherever she can. Ever ready to lend a helping hand, she has held Treasurer, Secretary and Leadership roles in other volunteer organizations as well. Marilyn brings financial, budget, goal setting and management expertise to help the Picton Town Hall Board of Management succeed.
Leslie and her family live in Picton. Executive Administration, Communications, People Services and Organizational Effectiveness have been the emphasis of her career. Leslie possesses practical knowledge of corporate business operations both in profit and non-profit organizations and is a creative and innovative thinker with strong project planning, analytical and organizational skills. She is also a strong supporter of keeping public spaces in the hands of the community, understands the benefits associated with having public spaces and wants to see our town hall become a space that all community members can be proud of.Leslie Smail-Persaud
Laura is a resident of Picton, well-versed in the role public spaces have in shaping and supporting communities, the importance of providing spaces that serve diverse audiences and the vital need to provide equitable access for all to feel welcome and safe. She shares a professional background in both marketing/communications as well as facility management and creative programming development, a firsthand understanding of some of the unique challenges rural communities face, and the importance of building community support for new endeavors.Laura de Vrij
A keen and vocal of follower local politics, Margaret Watson was the force behind changing bylaws to allow small independent stores in PIcton be allowed to remain open on Sundays and was successful in mounting a campaign to retain Picton’s fire department as a full time professional force.
Margaret is a past board member of the initial Picton BIA, and present member of the Save the Hall board.
After 47 years in business, Margaret is currently practising at being retired.
Phil St-Jean is the council representative from Picton Ward on the board. He is a lifelong resident of Prince Edward County. Phil brings 15 years’ experience as a self-employed residential and commercial building contractor to the group. Phil also has many years’ experience working with service organizations in the county and understands the challenges faced by not for profit volunteer driven organizations. “I look forward to assisting the PTH Board of Management however I can to achieve their goal of a self sustaining, community operated hall for all.”Phil St. Jean
Kevin Morris is a full-time resident of Picton. His career has focused on helping organizations pursue innovations and strategies that are sustainable, viable, and impact-oriented. Kevin was previously the founding CEO of the industry training and research studio of OCAD University, Canada’s largest and oldest art and design educational institution, where he also teaches graduate students in Strategy Development and sits on the OCAD U Board of Governors. Prior to OCAD U, Kevin was a leader in Deloitte’s innovation consultancy, Doblin, focused on the application of design, research, strategy, and technology for developing new businesses and offerings alongside some of the world’s largest private and public sector organizations. He is passionate about helping Town Hall realize its full potential to serve as a critical public space for the PEC community.Kevin Reid-Morris