Our Board

Chris Russell, Chair


Robert (Bob) Graham, Vice Chair

Robert (Bob) Graham moved to the Peterborough area in 1977 and ever since has raised his family and still lives with his wife, Frances on a hobby farm south of Millbrook. Today Bob is President of his own high technology company that he operates from his home office in Cavan Township with a staff of two employees. He brings a lifelong passion for supporting his local community and in particular the fine arts such as Opera and Symphonic music.

Bob Graham Headshot

Blair MacKenzie, Secretary-Treasurer

Blair Mackenzie is Secretary-Treasurer of the PSO. He recently retired following a 35 year career as a lawyer, primarily as a general counsel in the Canadian newspaper and communications industry. He has had an active record of community service as a volunteer. Blair and his wife Kathleen both play in the PSO, both on viola. They live in Lakefield.

Blair Mackenzie, Secretary Treasurer

Len Lifchus

With over 37 years work experience in the Voluntary Sector, Len Lifchus retired back to Peterborough in 2014. No stranger to this area Len served as the CEO of the United Way of Peterborough & District (1999 – 2009), is Past Board Chair of the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, Peterborough Theatre Guild and Showplace Peterborough Performance Centre. More recently he served as a senior leadership volunteer with Pan Am and Parapan Am Games in Toronto.

Len is currently Chair of the Board of the CE CCAC, a member of the Prime Minister’s Awards National Advisory Committee, a member of the City of Peterborough’s Committee of Adjustment and Grants Review Advisory Committee, Secretary and President-Nominee of the Rotary Club of Peterborough Kawartha and Vocational Services Chair for the District 7010 Rotary International. In his spare time Len directs amateur musicals – last spring it was Andrew Lloyd Weber’s CATS for the Peterborough Theatre Guild and this coming September he will direct Ain’t Misbehavin’ to launch the 20th Anniversary Season for Showplace Peterborough.



Lisa Quackenbush, Orchestra Representative

Lisa is an orchestra representative to the board and is a clarinetist in the orchestra.  She also teaches music in Lakefield.

Board Member, Lisa Quackenbush

Martin Pick

Martin lives on a 247 acre farm in Cavan- Monaghan with Denise, his wife of 50 years. Until 2013, with his brother and partner Tom, owned The Pickseed Group of Companies, Canada’s largest forage and grass seed business headquartered in Lindsay. This enterprise imbued him with a deep interest and love of agriculture and its related sciences.

Denise & Martin have two sons, Charles and George and two granddaughters, Avery & Teagan.

Although without any formal music background the memory of his mother, Marie and her love of “Saturday at the Met” serves as a stepping stone to appreciating classical music and popular operas.

Otis Smith

Otis recently relocated to Peterborough from Halifax, NS as a wealth advisor with ScotiaMcLeod. His experience in the not-for-profit sector includes executive membership on Dalhousie University’s Senate Review Committee and as a volunteer with Pro Bono Students Canada. Otis’ interest in music is deeply rooted in his past experience as a singer/songwriter and is exemplified by his view that the arts play a vital role in building a vibrant community.

Michel St-Jean

A creative corporate administrator with 40 years’ experience in both public and private industry Michel began his early career in Marketing and corporate design in Toronto ON. He joined the Provincial Museum and Archives of Alberta in 1968 in exhibition design. Relocated to Ottawa with the National Museums of Canada Corporation in 1969…In 1989 entered private industry with The Comark group as head of corporate retail design. As a volunteer between 1977 to 1989 he participated as board member with The Waupoos foundation, Ottawa ON.

Michel extended his career with Mark’s Work Wearhouse Ltd. In Calgary AB. from 1992 through to 2007 directing millions of dollars in the successful implementation of major capital retail projects throughout Canada and the U.S.A. Now retired, Michel with his spouse Rita Bonneville, make their home in Peterborough ON…where he focuses on Classical realism painting and provides fine art study workshops in his home studio.


Jocelyn Aubrey

Jocelyn (Josie) Aubrey and her husband Brion moved from Edmonton to the Peterborough area in 1991 and soon settled on a lovely acreage west of Cavan. After completing her PhD at the University of Alberta, she began her academic career on the faculty of Trent University as a member of the Department of Psychology. At Trent, in addition to teaching, conducting research and serving on numerous committees, Josie held a number of administrative positions including six years as Chair of Psychology and five as Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies.

Since retiring in 2013, she has become involved in the Cavan-Millbrook community as a driver for Community Care and as a member of the Board of the Millbrook and District Medical Centre. She has also transitioned her hobby as a creative jewellery artist into a part-time business. Having sung in school, university and church choirs for many years, a particularly enjoyable retirement activity is to be singing with the Millbrook Community Choir.