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Board Of Directors

David HemmingsDavid Hemmings, President

David joined the Board of Directors in 2015.  He moved to Niagara-on-the-Lake in 2008 after 40 years in the IT systems and services business, primarily for large government applications.  Since this change of focus, David has written 8 local history books, given numerous talks and run a small publishing house.  He is a member of the Municipal Heritage Committee and the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake UNESCO Committee.  He also conducts public sessions of Practical Genealogy & Family History at the NOTL Library, and assists the Town in historical and other projects.  .

David BelllDavid Bell, Vice-President Museum

David was born and raised in St. Catharines. After graduating from Chemical Engineering at the University of Toronto he embarked on a career with Imperial Oil across the continent. Upon early retirement David and his wife Faith, have operated AquaBella B&B on Charlotte Street for nine years and they have been delighted to share the geographic, cultural and heritage treasures of the region with their guests. Over the years David has been involved with many community and industry committees and boards. He also serves on committees with the NHS and is active on community issues.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the NHS and NOTL Museum team to advance the mission of the Society and share the wonderful stories of Niagara-on-the-Lake.”

PaulPaul Harber, Vice-President Society

As a passionate Winery Owner and General Manager of renowned Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery, Paul Harber continues to foster the legacy of his family upon a 147-year-old estate farm located on the St. Davids Bench in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake.



Mona BabinMona Babin, Treasurer

Mona was born in Ottawa and lived 32 years in Markham/Unionville before moving to Niagara-on-the-Lake in 2015 with her husband.  She worked 24 years as a Sales Rep/Manager for Procter & Gamble in the Toronto area.  There, she held several roles, including Account Executive and Manager of the National Merchanding organization.  She then spent 4 years as the Executive Director of l’Association des francophones de la région de York, a French non-profit organization whose mission was to promote better access to quality French services in York region.  A proud franco-Ontarien, since moving to the Niagara region, she has worked as a supply teacher at l’École élémentaire St-Antoine in Niagara Falls.  In her spare time she is involved in the Village Community Association, volunteers with the library, and sits on the events committee with the Shaw Guild. 

“We have so many guests that come to visit us here in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and I love to tell them about the history of the Town.  This is why I initially joined the Niagara Historical Society.  I have learned so much by going to lectures, walking tours, ghost walks, and visiting exhibitions.  I actually really enjoy attending the Annual General Meeting, because I learn about the society.  Joining the Board of Directors is a natural next step, and a privilege for me.  My objective is to increase membership and better meet the needs of the Niagara-on-the-Lake residents.”

Ted RumbleTed Rumble, Secretary

Ted Rumble is an Orthopaedic Surgeon who has split his time between Toronto and his home in Niagara on the Lake for the past 20 years. He has recently retired, and is now living full time in Niagara, along with his wife Rona Gray. He has had a longstanding interest in history, especially military history, and is looking forward to volunteering with the Niagara Historical Society and Museum


John SayersJohn G. Sayers, Director

John joined the Museum Board in 2014. He has been Treasurer and a Board member of The Ephemera Society of America for many years, and has also served for several years on the Council of the British Ephemera Society. Prior to retirement, he had a long career in public accounting and management consulting, and many years of volunteer service on various professional committees, leading to his election as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. 

John’s wife, Judith, has been a serious collector of Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Camp material since their move here some 14 years ago, and John is a long-time collector of ocean liner ephemera. John has written many articles about ephemera, including for the past several years a regular monthly column, Ephemera Detective, in the New England Antiques Journal.

As a History major from the University of Toronto, John has a passion for a wide range of ephemera. “When something speaks to me, I want to acquire it to listen to the entire message, and then share that message with others in the articles that I write. The challenge is to capture that message and ensure that it will be available to be heard by future generations of scholars and researchers. 

Gill Mukkar Gill Mukkar, Director

Gill joined the Board in 2018. He was born in Punjab, India and after graduation with a Bachelor degree in Agriculture, emigrated to Kenya, East Africa, in 1977. He managed a farm, started a business as a retailer, and got initiated into Free Masonry and Round Table. Their pet project was Ngala School for the deaf, which he chaired for two years. He emigrated with his young family to Canada in 1990 and settled in Oakville. Gill started a retail building in 1993 selling Scandinavian European Furniture and operated it until 2015 when he retire to Niagara-on-the-Lake. He has volunteered at RiverBrink Art Museum and presently at St.Catherines Museum at Lock 3. He is also affiliated to Niagara Lodge # 2 in Free Masonry.

"I am looking forward to this opportunity to serve in Niagara Historical Society and Museum bringing my experiences from different organizations to this society."

Jim McArthur Jim McArthur, Director

Jim has been a member of the Niagara Historical Society since 2005. He is a former resident of Niagara-on-the-Lake (1999-2013) and currently resides in Beamsville with his spouse Sandra. Together they have 4 children and 5 grandchildren. Jim has been the Director of Properties at Albright Manor in Beamsville since 1991. He has volunteered with the St. Catharines Rowing Alumni Association since 1992 and has been a Board member with that organization since 2011. Jim is currently Chair of the Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society Ontario Chapter.

Judy Thornton Judy Thornton, Director

Judy was born in Quebec, but moved back and forth between Montreal, Toronto and Kingston before settling in the Niagara-on-the-Lake after retirement. She became a volunteer at the Museum when she answered an ad in the local paper for someone to work in the Archives Room and her involvement has continued to grow through recent years.

Her background has been in Human Resources, particularly International Benefits and Finance.  After retirement and moving to Niagara-on-the-Lake she became involved in the Niagara District Art Association and then the Niagara-on-the-Lake Hospital Auxiliary as Treasurer, both until they ceased operation.  Recently she has become a member of the Patient Advisory Committee at our local health clinic and the future Lead for the Pumphouse Artful Treasures which is a yearly event

 Ask anyone who knows me, I am a walking advertisement for living in Niagara-on-the-Lake.  Retirement won't be long enough to experience all that this community has to offer.

Janice Johnston Janice Johnston, Director

Janice joined the Board in 2019 after retiring from a career in both the private and public sectors. Her Project Management career started in Calgary and spans almost 40 years in Telecommunications and Information Technology in North America, India and China.  Janice moved to Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL) in 2001 after spending many years in both Ottawa and Virginia on numerous corporate transfers and attendance at graduate school.  A graduate of Guelph University, George Mason University and George Washington University Jan is looking forward to utilizing her corporate skills and academic background to support the Museum.  Prior to joining the Museum Board Jan volunteered on the NOTL Municipal Heritage Board for 16 years in is currently an active volunteer with the Friends of Ft George and Master Gardeners of Ontario.

Sheila Sheila Hill, Director

Sheila started her career as a copywriter in London, UK.  After moving to Canada, she was Director of The Toronto Super 8 Film Festival for a number of years and represented Canada at various International Super 8 Film Festivals in Europe and South America.  She received the Gold Medal of Bruxelles for work in this medium. 

Sheila She has been involved in a number of artistic projects including co-producer with a CBC documentary on the Twinning of Toronto and Amsterdam, co-producer on a Sound and Light Show “Flames of War” for Parks Canada in 2012, producer of a reading of Brian Doherty’s play “Father Malachy’s Miracle” at the Museum, and producer for several fundraising Cabaret Shows. Most recently she initiated and produced two exhibits at The Shaw Gallery and is currently working on next year’s show “Six Decades of Passion”.

Sheila has been a Board Member for Music Niagara, Lyndesfarne Players, The Niagara Pumphouse and is currently a Docent with The Shaw Festival.

® Image: View of Fort George, Oil on canvass, C. Kreighoff 1823