The Stratford-Perth Museum Association held its Annual General Meeting on February 15. The meeting, which was held by ZOOM, was attended by 29 people including the new board.

Highlights from the meeting include …

The re-election of two board members and the election of two new board members.

The slate, approved by the membership, saw David Stones and Janice Richardson elected to their second three-year terms.

John McIntosh and Leanne Perreault are new to the board and were elected to their first three-year terms. Board members are permitted to serve a maximum of two consecutive three-year terms.

John is a life-time resident of Perth County and currently lives in Perth South. He has a long relationship with the Stratford Perth Museum and is a charter member and currently the chair the Museum’s Agriculture Wall of Fame committee.

John is not new to governance and has had leadership positions on many area boards including several related to farming and agriculture – the chair of three separate International Plowing Matches, director as well as the chair of Farm Mutual Reinsurance Plan and a member and chair of the Perth County Dairy Producers.

Additionally he has served as a director with the Global Reinsurance Company, as director and chair of the St. Marys Healthcare Foundation, as a trustee and on the finance committee of Thamesview United Church in Fullerton.

Leanne, a resident of Stratford, is at the University of Waterloo in the role of Director, Campaign Planning, with recent responsibility for oversight of Advancement Communications, and previously in the role of Director, Integrated Communications.

Prior to UW, Leanne was the Director of Marketing Communications and Brand Management with Air Canada Jazz and the Director, Communication and Patron Experience with the Stratford Festival. In addition to her career, Leanne has served on the board of directors with several area not-for-profit organizations including Rotary Hospice Stratford and as a director and board secretary with the Stratford Perth Community Foundation.

Profiles for the new board members are included in the Annual Report  – which is attached. AGM report 2023 -FINAL

At the conclusion of the AGM, the new board of directors convened and elected the executive and officers for the upcoming year. David Stones returns as chair and Janice Richardson as finance chair. Katie DeBlock Boersma is the new vice-chair and Mike Valliquette the new secretary.

BDO presented the audited financial statements – which are also attached.  SPM 2022 Audited financials

A summary of the 2022 fiscal operations is also included in the attached Annual Report.

In the interests of transparency and as a Not-For-Profit membership organization, the Stratford Perth Museum makes its Annual Report as well as its audited financial statements available to the public. They are posted here are also available by contacting the museum at

Additionally, the AGM was recorded in its entirety and is available by following this link – 2023 AGM recording