Rick was born in Oshawa, where he operated an architectural design company for 30 years designing custom homes and renovations as well as commercial, institutional and industrial projects. Rick relocated to Port Hope in 2004 and then his company, R.L. Brooks & Associates Ltd. followed in 2005.
His community activities are wide-ranging and include involvement with Lung Association, Epilepsy Durham, Down Syndrome Association, Special Olympics and ALS to name but a few. He served as chair of a School Community Council, Manager and/or Trainer of minor hockey and past board member for Scouts Canada, Camp Samac, Oshawa.
Rick is a long-time member of Kiwanis, a service organization dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. Rick is a Past Lieutenant Governor, multiple ‘Kiwanian of the Year’, and received acclaim and awards both locally and internationally for his dedication and work ethic.
He continues this practice in Port Hope, now serving as an active member of our Heritage Port Hope Advisory Committee as Part V Chair.
Frances has nearly 30 years of experience in illustration, working in publishing, editorial, advertising and portrait commissions. Since 2005, Frances has pursued a career as a fine artist. She had her first solo show in Toronto in October of 2005. The showing of her paintings is continuing in numerous galleries.
Frances has served on numerous boards and committees over the years, beginning with the PTA, staffing committees, and numerous committees for the advancement of education in a safe environment. Frances is a member of the board of directors of the Art Gallery of Northumberland.
Phil studied architecture at the University of Waterloo graduating with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in 1973 and Bachelor of Architecture in 1976. He is now principal of Philip Goldsmith Architect in Port Hope.
Through his career Phil has maintained a passion for the restoration and creative reuse of heritage buildings, studying the relationship between new and historic elements and the important place of heritage in our urban experience. His projects have included creative designs for institutional uses, museums, galleries, theaters, community centers, TV broadcasting, libraries, banks, social services, day cares, churches; as well as offices, restaurants, hotels, multiple and single housing.
In addition Phil has undertaken many pre-design feasibility studies, planning studies involving urban design, heritage conservation, heritage impact assessment and other similar considerations.
Phil has been a member of Ontario Association of Architects (OAA), the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP), the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO), Association of Preservation Technology (APT), the Green Building Council and the Brownfields Association.
Phil’s volunteer work has included: Board Member of the Friends of Fort York, Vice President of the Wychwood Heights B.I.A (Business Improvement Area), and Founding Board Member and Past President of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals. As a member and representative of the Urban Development Institute (UDI), he sat on the Minister’s Advisory Committee for the preparation of the new Ontario Heritage Act 1990 -1995.
Irena has 35 years experience as a Project Manager for major domestic and international design/construction projects. Project scope has included obtaining approvals, strategic planning, and managing approved budgets, consultants and contractors from planning and permit stages through to completion of projects.
Historical building projects have included the phased redevelopment of 1 Front Street East, Toronto, a prominent heritage building owned and occupied by the Federal Government. In 1992 she received a Governor General’s Award for the renovation of a CIBC branch building in Waterloo, Ontario.
Irena is involved with The Pier Group Legal and Technical Committee; United Way; and Canadian Olympic Fund Raising. She is a member of the Granite Club and Architectural Conservancy of Ontario.
Larry and his wife, Sheila, have resided in Port Hope for 20+ years. Both are retired. Larry’s experiences Include time spent in the ministry, several entrepreneurial ventures, and three years as a management consultant. He was recruited as mental health consultant for the Canadian Mental Health Association in the GTA. Later he worked with youth, families, and as a community development worker.
Starting in 1973 and continuing for 25 years, Larry worked with a charitable organization with a focus on community development, first as a volunteer, then as a director, and finally as executive director.
In 1975 after completing a master’s degree and training, Larry established a private counseling and psychotherapy practice. He currently maintains a limited practice in Port Hope and Toronto.
Rod Stewart is a senior conservation consultant and practitioner who originally trained as a carpenter and has worked in the building restoration field for over thirty years. In 1988, he formed Historic Plaster Conservation Services to pursue opportunities in the very specific field of plaster conservation. The firm has completed over fifty plaster conservation projects, including St. Michael’s Cathedral Toronto, Library of Parliament Ottawa, and most recently The Colonial Building in St. John’s NL. His firm is the designated heritage plaster consultant for the Union Station Renewal Project and Old City Hall in Toronto.
Rod is a longtime Port Hope resident who spearheaded the restoration of the Capital Theatre. He is a founding member of the Canadian Association of Professional Heritage Consultants, a lifetime member of the Association for Preservation Technology, a member of ICOMOS Canada and the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario. In the 1980’s Rod served a term on Port Hope Town Council and for many years was an active member of the Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee (LACAC), now Heritage Port Hope.
Jackie is a Lecturer in Ancient History at Trent University. She has been interested in community and heritage issues for many years. She was part of the team that worked on the Ontario Inventory of Historic Properties for Peterborough, served as chair of LACAC in Millbrook, was a member of Council for Millbrook, and is former Vice President of the ACO in Port Hope. She has lived in an 1860s house in Port Hope for four years.
Chris Wallace is a registered architect who graduated from the University of Toronto in 1968. After graduation he worked with multi-disciplinary design firms in Toronto, London & Hong Kong, and then established his own practice in Toronto in 1980. Chris has specialized in traditional forms of architecture and in the restoration / renovation of heritage structures. His projects include many new and restored traditional houses, commercial buildings and institutional projects. He has completed many projects in Meadowvale Village, the first Designated Heritage District in Ontario, and has won a number of design awards for his work there.
Chris is owner of Mayfair Conservatories, a firm which produces traditional, high-end glazed conservatories and garden structures. He is also senior architectural / urban design consultant to a Toronto-based planning firm, LANDinc., which undertakes waterfront studies, downtown revitalization studies, resort development master plans, etc.
Chris and his partner Carmel chose to live in Port Hope in 2005, in part because of the people in this community and in part because of the rich architectural heritage in Port Hope.