Welcoming three new board members

We are excited to welcome three new members to our board of directors.

Richard Dupp, Murray Porteous and Becky Torio are local theatre enthusiasts who bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the Lighthouse board.

Becky moved to Port Dover from Hamilton last May and was immediately taken by the quality theatre she saw at Lighthouse.

“I was really impressed,” she said.

When the Human Resources professional heard of the opportunity to join the LFT board, she jumped at it.

“I really feel like I’m in the right place,” Becky said.

Murray went from a regular theatregoer to a rookie actor when he appeared in the 2015 Community Show production of Young Frankenstein. He’s since had roles in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and last year’s smash hit The Wizard of Oz, where he played Uncle Henry.

Now the recently retired farmer is eager to contribute to the governance of the theatre.

“I’m just thrilled to be invited to be part of the board,” Murray said. “I can’t say how much this place and this group of people – this family, really – has meant to me… It’s a place to learn and grow together.”

Richard has been a fixture at Lighthouse for over 25 years. Whether in the seats enjoying countless shows, on stage acting and directing, behind the scenes seeing to anything in the heritage building that needs fixing, or up the clock tower keeping the bells chiming, Richard is a enthusiastic booster of the theatre and its mission.

“This has become my second home,” he said. “Joining the board is a big honour for me. This theatre is everything – not just for me, but all the people that I know.”

The three new members join newly elected board chair Jan Rainey and returning members Rob Kennaley, Peter Lowry, Sheila Whiteley, Betteanne Cadman, Hadley Jackson, Fred Mabee, Joan Shirlow, and Paul Morris.