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BCLG Executive

The Beach Canal Lighthouse Group is a not-for-profit organization affiliated to the Ontario Historical Society. The organization is governed by an Executive Committee whose members are elected by the membership to two-year terms.

In 2013 the directors are:

Stewart Patch, Chair
Stewart graduated from Queens' University with a degree in engineering and worked for Bell Canada in Ottawa for nearly thirty years. After taking early retirement in 2004, he moved to Dundas and married into the Heritage Architecture community. He first became involved with the BCLG when discussing the prospect of developing a web site for the group and now, with his wife, Ann Gillespie, continues to act as web master for the group.

George Thomson, Vice-Chair
George is the great-great grandson of the Beach Canal lighthouse keeper of the 1850’s. George grew up in the Aldershot area and then went off to school in California for a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After a brief period working for a Boston firm he returned to Canada to take over the family business. Thomson-Gordon Group is now located in Burlington with a second plant in Russia. George has sailed as a Captain on a deep sea salvage tug for 14 years sharing his ancestor’s love of the sea. Also a pilot since the age of 17, George owns two vintage aircraft and is Vice Chair of the Canadian Warplane heritage Museum. His daughter Anna is the fourth generation owner of the business.

Barbara Murray, Treasurer
Barbara Murray is a Technical Specialist in the Capital Project Management Office of the Ministry of Health.

Anthony Butler, Recording Secretary
Tony Butler grew up in Hamilton and was the principal of his own architectural firm there from 1960 until retiring from active practice in 2003. In addition to many municipal, educational and health-care projects, his architectural work included restoration of significant heritage buildings. Soon after starting his practice, Tony joined the Hamilton-Nigara Branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario. He also served on the Hamilton Historical Board and was a founding member of the Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee (LACAC), becoming its second chair in 1979. During those years, Tony’s interest in built heritage began to focus on the rich resource of early industrial buildings still surviving in Hamilton. Supported by the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, he chaired the steering committee which developed two self-guided Made-in-Hamilton Industrial Trails, launched in 2000. Tony was the first chair of the Beach Canal Lighthouse Group.

Rosalind Brenneman, Director
Rosalind Brenneman and her husband are lighthouse history buffs with a special interest in the Beach Canal light station. Rosalind is also a member of the Hamilton Police Victim Services and serves as the Winterfest Coordinator for the Friends of Gage Park.

Bruce Hoyle, Director
Bruce attended McMaster University and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree. Subsequently he worked in the Credit / Legal department at Simpson-Sears and became a Director of the Canadian Credit Institute. He continued to work in Commercial Finance for 20 + years, successively with Chase Manhattan Bank, CIT, Deutsche Bank, and, since 2001, with GE Capital in Burlington.

Robin McKee, Director

Gloria Pffeferle, Membership Coordinator
Gloria Pfefferle became interested in lighthouses when working part time painting miniature lighthouses. She joined the BCLG four years ago after reading a newspaper article about the planned restoration of the Lighthouse on the beach. She works at Vernon Publishing in Burlington producing business directories and street guides.