Meet the Festival’s dynamic Board of Directors
John Miller, Paul Ciufo, Kimberley Payne, Catherine Weber, James Bannerman, Cass Bayley, Dr. Rekha Lal, Aaron Neeb, Jane Orr, Aimee Rau, Clive Slade, Erryn Sheppard and Nargis Tarmohamed.
John Miller, Artistic Director
The inaugural Huron Waves is in great hands under the guidance of John Miller, most recently the Founder and Director of Stratford Summer Music. John comes to Huron Waves after an exceptional career in the Canadian cultural community including National Director of the Canadian Music Centre. He has received multiple awards and honors during his career including:
• Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013).
• Rotary International’s highest civilian honour, The Paul Harris Award, though John is not a Rotarian.
• City of Stratford’s 2014 Star-on-the-Street, awarded by the Stratford City Council, an honour shared with singer Loreena McKennitt, Richard Manuel (The Band) and pianist Glenn Gould.
Paul Ciufo, Chairperson
Paul is a diligent Exeter-based financial planner by day and a passionate playwright and librettist in his off hours. An owner of GC Financial Solutions Group, Paul helps clients with their investments, insurance and financial planning. Paul has written two stage plays produced by Blyth Festival, “Reverend Jonah” and “A Killing Snow”. “Reverend Jonah” was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Awards. He also wrote “Narcisse”, which won a Governor General’s History Award. Paul wrote the libretto for the opera “The Llandovery Castle” and he also wrote the words for the oratorio “The Sun, the Wind, and the Man with the Cloak”. Paul’s radio play “On Convoy” was produced and broadcast nationally by CBC Radio. Paul has served as president of the following area organizations: the Rotary Club of Grand Bend, the Grand Bend & Area Chamber of Commerce, and the South Huron Chamber of Commerce. He was named a Community Leader of the Decade by the Grand Bend Community Foundation. Paul lives in Grand Bend with his wife, Julie, and their daughters Celia and Brynn.
Kimberly Payne, Vice-Chairperson
Kimberly is currently the Executive Director of the South Huron Hospital Foundation. Prior to that she served as Executive Director to the Stratford Chefs School and the Huron United Way. A member of the Huron Harp School, Kimberley performs with the school as well as occasional solo appearances around the county. Recently the school traveled to Grand Manan, NB for a retreat and performance for the Islanders, and they are currently undertaking a music video to showcase this unique organization. Kimberley is a board member of the Goderich Celtic Folk Society and a member of the Inspiring Women in Huron Awards Committee. Music and community are an integral part of her life and she is delighted to be a part of the Huron Waves Music Festival Board.
Catherine Weber, Treasurer
Catherine is a talented and versatile artist. Born in Switzerland, she brings first-hand knowledge and appreciation of European Masterworks as well as a facility with many forms of art: from paint to clay, printmaking to out-door sketching. A recipient of numerous awards both local and national, Catherine enthusiastically shares her love of art through teaching others in various art groups, schools, and private lessons.
The Board of Huron Waves Music Festival is privileged to have an artist of her stature involved in the growth and development of our endeavours.
Dr. Rekha Lal
As a municipal councillor, Aaron represents the Municipality of South Huron on the board. He is a music teacher with the Avon Maitland District School Board. He is a board member of the Cultural Collective and the Huron Arts & Heritage. He manages to find time to be a member of the South Huron Community Band and the Exeter United Church choir and performs regularly with them.
Jane is a supporter of various charitable organizations in Perth and Huron County and enjoys giving back to the community. She lives in Stratford with her husband Rick and daughters, Sydney & Kaylee, along with their beloved puppy, Mabel. Jane holds a BSc from University of Toronto and has been in the insurance industry since 1992, joining Orr Insurance & Investment in 2010. She enjoys spending time with her family, travelling, cooking, theatre and volunteering her time with the Emily Murphy Centre and the Salvation Army. She looks forward to working with the Huron Waves Music Festival.
Aimee is known for her vibrant and fun-filled studio of more than a hundred students at The Music Box in Zurich. Also, an active member of Music for Young Children, Aimee was awarded the 2008 MYC Cornerstone Award in recognition of her contributions to the development of this program. She has been an active contributor to the musical fabric of the community through local youth choirs, school, church and other community events. Aimee has been, and continues to be, an integral part of the youth programming for the festival.