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.
Tyler Evans-Knott, 18, is attending his second year of the PSO/KYO Apprenticeship Program, playing both flute and piccolo. He continues to study flute (9th year) in Peterborough, under Sally Wolf. Some of Tyler’s accomplishments this past year, include placing first in the Kiwanis Music Festival (Woodwinds), placing third in the 2018 Provincials (Woodwinds) in Hamilton, Ontario; and attending Music at Port Milford, a two-week intensive Chamber Music camp. Tyler continues to develop his musicality by taking weekly flute and piano lessons, mentoring the flute section in the JKYO, and rehearsing with both the PSO and KYO weekly. Tyler is looking forward to meeting further challenges by participating in this year's PSO Apprenticeship program.
Megan was born and raised in Peterborough. She went on to study at York University where she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance. She is also a graduate of the Documentary Filmmaking Institute at Seneca College and the Second City Conservatory Program.
For more than a decade she was a morning show co-host on two local radio stations, 93.3 myFM and 107.9 Classic Rock.
As an actress she has appeared on-screen and on-stage in various roles from Flashpoint to Tim Hortons commercials.
She has directed a number of short documentary films, including Shelf Life and Towns End, which won an audience choice award at the VOX Popular Media Arts Film Festival this past September. Her feature film, Murphy’s Law, which chronicled her journey across Ireland on her deceased father’s bicycle, won best documentary at the Fingal Film Festival in Ireland in 2016.
She is public speaker, emcee and a published writer. She recently collaborated with local musician Melissa Payne, to create a music video for the song Strong Heart. The video generated funds for Sick Kids Foundation, raising more than $22,000. She sits on the board for New Stages Theatre Company, and is the current campaign chair for the United Way.
Lieutenant-Colonel John P. Murray is The Salvation Army's Territorial Secretary for Communications for Canada & Bermuda. John loves the mediums of music and media for conveying messages of help and hope. Together with his wife Brenda, they have raised four sons - who continue to be their joy and delight.
John has taken part in the Community Carol Sing here in Peterborough a few times over past years and we are glad to welcome him back once again.
Rev. Brad Peters is the Senior Pastor at Murray Street Baptist Church. He has been part of the Murray Street community since August 2017. He comes to Peterborough after serving the church as pastor of churches in Niagara Falls and St. Catharines. Before answering the call to ministry, Pastor Brad worked as a journalist in Saskatchewan, Eastern Ontario and Niagara Falls … and continues that writing tradition with regular bi-weekly columns in Peterborough This Week. But the most important thing for you to know about Pastor Brad today is that he loves Christmas time and is delighted to participate in this special Christmas gathering!
Morgan Westcott is a Grade 8 French Immersion student at École Walter E. Harris in Oshawa, Ontario. She first began singing at the Salvation Army Oshawa Temple Angel Choir at the age of 3. For the past 3 ½ years Morgan has been studying voice with Danielle Coleman-Pollock through Upscale Music School in Oshawa. Morgan is also a member of the Peterborough Temple Young Peoples’ Band.