We are looking for volunteers to fill a number of positions on the Branch executive or assist with ongoing projects. The following Executive position is currently vacant:
- Mail Secretary
Please contact the Branch Chair if you are interested in helping out.
Social Media Coordinator
The Simcoe County Branch executive are pleased to welcome Lydia Armstrong as our new Social Media Coordinator. A recent graduate of the University of Guelph-Humber, and holding a diploma in Digital Photography from Georgian College, Lydia joins the Simcoe County Branch in a newly created role as the Branch Social Media Coordinator. In this position, Lydia will administer the Branch Facebook site, and look after both Simcoe County Branch websites, public (simcoe.ogs.on.ca) and Members Only (ogs.on.ca/simcoe/index.php).
We are pleased to welcome Louise Todd as our new recording secretary. Louise retired after 30 years working with children and their families. She believes that roots are important. “We are all here today because we all have roots, a family we came from. Knowing your family history makes a difference in your life!” Louise has been a consultant with the Barrie Family History Centre since 2003 and has owned her family history research business, Family History Simplified, since 2010. She is looking forward to being a volunteer with the Simcoe County Branch, OGS.
We are also pleased to welcome Spencer Linington as our new Treasurer. Spencer was born and raised in Brantford, Ontario and served with the Canadian Armed Forces for over 32 years. His family roots in south western Ontario date back almost 200 years. Spencer is a professional genealogist, the owner of Maple Grove Genealogy. He has 15 years experience in family history research, specializing in Canadian Military ancestor research.
Earlier in 2017, the Simcoe County Branch website underwent a transformation as it moved to a new hosting server. At that time, our Webmasters Laurie and John Wright stepped away from the position that they had held for many years. We wish to thank them both for their many contributions to the Branch and it’s website. Their expertise was very much appreciated. John will remain on the Simcoe County Branch Executive in his role as Cemetery Chair.
In 2016 two long time members of our Executive announced they would be resigning due to family commitments.
Marilyn Storey served as Treasurer for over a decade. Her knowledge of accounting practices, eye for detail, tenacity in pursuing tax refunds and recommendations on where to save a penny kept the Simcoe County Branch in the black throughout that period.
Karen deVries became Recording Secretary for the Branch in January, 2005. Somehow, she and her tape recorder managed to make sense of all the discussions, comments, recommendations, motions, seconds and votes that took place at the meetings each month.
We extend a sincere thank you to our past Branch Executive members for jobs well done and look forward to seeing them at our general meetings in the future.