Born in Dartmouth Nova Scotia, Graham Hart graduated from Dartmouth High and attended Dalhousie University, Halifax in pursuit of an engineering degree before moving into broadcasting in such varied places as Bridgewater and Halifax, Nova Scotia, as well as Chatham, Hamilton and Niagara Falls, Ontario.
In 1973, he accepted a position with CHEX Television where he became a news anchor, producer and subsequently held a number of management positions, including News Director and Executive Vice President of one of the company’s radio stations.
Over the 40 years since then, Graham has been associated with a wide variety of organisations in Peterborough - the Arbour Theatre, The Peterborough Festival of the Arts, the Ontario March of Dimes, the Peterborough Canadian Mental Association, the Peterborough Family Resource Centre, the Save The Market Hall Committee, the Peterborough Concert Association, the Peterborough Pathway of Fame, the Annual CHEX Easter Seals Telethon for children with disabilities, the Lakefield Animal Welfare Society amongst many others.
Graham has also been very involved in the life and work of All Saints Church in Peterborough recently completing a four year term as a Warden of Peterborough's All Saints’ Anglican Church and currently serving as chairman of the All Saints' Heritage Trust Committee. Graham has been involved in the past two Community Carol Sing events and we are glad to have him participate once again.
Lesley has been married to Don Parnell for 37 years. They have 5 skilled, adult children between the ages of 23 and 33. She has been a City Councillor since 2010 and this is her 4th term. During her time on Council she has served in various ways with responsibility for numerous portfolios and committees. Besides being Peterborough Volunteer of the Year in 1994, Lesley has been recognised in many different ways for her public service. She has been the recipient of the Queens Jubilee Award, the Rotary Paul Harris Award and the Community Betterment Award. She has also been an advocate for Brock Mission and YES, Special Olympics, as well as being the finder of the Peterborough Victoria Day Fireworks and Family Night. She has also supported numerous Community Groups and projects over the years - playgrounds, tree planting, trail clean ups, recycling start ups, fundraisers as well as sports field development. In addition to all this she has a day job as a "Clinical Assistant" (office management and laser therapist) at the Active Chiropractic & Wellness Centre on McDonnel Street.
Kate Suhr studied Opera at The University of Western Ontario and holds a Bachelor of Applied Music from Humber College. Recent theatre: Verandah Society In Residence at 4th Line Theatre; Good Ol’ Country Gospel (Drayton Entertainment); Tess Wilson in Bloom: A Rock n Roll Fable (4th Line Theatre); Nancy in A New Brain (Ryan DeSouza/Randy Read); Harper in Angels In America (New Stages); Our Lady Of The Spa in Nine (Podium Concert Productions); Glinda in The Wizard of Oz (Diversified Theatre); Rose/Mrs Winthrope/Claire in Secret Garden (Podium Concert Productions); Ariel in The Little Mermaid (Randolph Theatre); Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins (LOT); Ensemble in Assassins (Steve Ross);
Kate is also a singer songwriter who has been featured at Boots and Hearts and many festivals all over Ontario. She has performed alongside such greats as Blue Rodeo, has opened for Ruth B as well as Fred Penner.
Her latest single “Better off Together” produced by James Bunton (Donovan Woods) was released with great anticipation in the winter of 2020.