About Picton Town Hall


Picton’s Town Hall is the oldest town hall 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 2020.

Elis, a Milford resident, has over 30 years of community-based non-profit management experience in Hastings Prince Edward, Northumberland and Toronto. Along with board membership with the PEC Affordable Housing Corporation and South Marysburgh Recreation Board, Elis is committed to maximizing engagement with residents toward successful and innovative organizations serving The County.

Elis Ziegler

Board Chair

Margaret Watson

Board Member

Raised in The County, Rebecca Sweetman is cofounder of Hawkridge Homestead, a local organic permaculture farm, and has been advocating for an authentic farmers’ market in Picton for the last three years. With a background in multimedia activism and non-profit governance, Rebecca has worked with over 120 grassroots social and environmental justice organizations around the world, and presently works at Queen’s University as a multimedia analyst for the Faculty of Arts and Science. She is passionate about collaborating for a sustainable and equitable future.

Rebecca Sweetman

Board Vice-Chair

Michael Smith is a retired Carleton University Professor, Departmental Chair and Dean. He is experienced in strategic planning, financial management, communications, and has served on a number of boards. He was Board Chair of The Recreation Outreach Centre for seven years. He was involved in the establishment of the Prince Edward County Youth Centre, at 299 Main Street, Picton, and with the construction of the Reading Room for County Kids Read. He believes that public spaces embody the sense that community is not simply a concept but a living reality.

Michael Smith


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


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

Council Representative, Councillor Ward 1