Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is elected at the Annual General Meeting.
Allison Burchell-Robinson | President
My great grandfather built the family cottage on Wyoming Island in 1910. As a child, my mother sang in the choir at Half Moon Bay. My son was a teenage fishing guide for family and friends. The river flows through us. Currently my husband and I live in Connecticut in a house that was built 1715 by my paternal ancestors. Other residents include a cat, a horse and Uncle Dwight, our resident ghost. I once believed I owned the river, when in actuality the river owns me.
My great grandfather and grandmother were born in Gananoque and lived on Mudlunta Island every summer. I came to Mudlunta in 1941 and have never missed a summer. Judy and I live on the Island 6.5 months every year. I have been on the TIA Board for more than 20 years and was president in 2001 – 2003. I served on the board of Save the River and on the Study Board for Water Levels for the IJC. I am a member of the Admiralty of the 1000 Islands.
My wife Sally and I have been coming to the Thousand Islands for over 45 years. Our cottage on Jackstraw Lodge Island, located in the Admiralty Group of islands, has been in Sally’s family for over 90 years. After being a member of TIA for a number of years, I joined the TIA board in 2013 as a means to “give back” to both the TIA and Thousand Islands’ communities. This year I assumed the role of chair of the membership committee.
My family purchased Apahoqui Island in the Admiralty Group in 1920 and it has been the family summer home for four generations. I was President of TIA from 1997 to 1999 and then from 2011 to 2014. My father, Dr. W.O. Murphy, served on the TIA Board in the 1950’s. Cathy and I make our winter home in Ottawa but open the cottage when the ice leaves and close in November, enjoying all three seasons on the River.
Thornley Stoker | Past President
My family have been summer residents of Tremont Park Island for over 30 years. Every spring I can’t wait to return to the river. It gives me a sense of place and a sense of peace. There is nothing more cleansing than a sunrise and nothing more satisfying than sharing a sunset with friends. Our two boys are river babies. Now they bring their children. I volunteer for the Thousand Islands Association because I believe we all have a responsibility to help each other.
Cheryl and I moved to the St. Lawrence River in 1984 to a property off the Howe Island Ferry Road. I joined TIA in 1990 and became a board member in 1995. I was TIA’s board representative involving the dialogue concerning water level regulation. Since the inception of the AGM shore breakfast, I have organized that event. Being full time residents on the river has given Cheryl and me a true appreciation of the cycle of life as it flows from season to season year in and year out.
Deborah McGee | Secretary-Treasurer
We moved to Gananoque 4 years ago from Toronto knowing this was where we wanted to retire. The scenery along the St. Lawrence and through the 1000 Islands is breathtaking, who could ask for more! I have worked with Charities and Non-Profits for over 25 years in London, Toronto and now Gananoque. I look forward to working with the Board, members of TIA and community partners to further promote TIA in the 1000 Islands Region.
I grew up in Watertown, first cruising the River with family in 1957. In 1961 my family acquired Hambly Island, where I am currently the “Intergenerational Maintenance Guy”. I attended The Hill School, then studied Electrical Engineering at Cornell University, receiving BS and MEng (Electrical) degrees in Control Systems. Subsequently I worked at Procter & Gamble and RJR Nabisco, before moving back to Ithaca, NY and establishing a consulting company specializing in non-contact inspection and machine vision. I joined the TIA Board in June 2011.
My family roots in the Thousand Islands began in 1940 on Bluff Island in the Admiralty Group of Islands. This is my summer destination for retirement from an international engineering & construction business I co-founded 30 years ago. Life on the River brings tranquility for my wife Tori and me – the breathtaking sunrises, the call of the loons, and the rich heritage of the area. As a past club president of Rotary International I volunteer with the TIA to support the vision of the organization and to encourage future generations to follow.
I have lived in Gananoque since I was 12 years old, growing up at the family cottage. Through the years, the River has been a big part of my family’s life; fishing, hunting, boating, and water-sports. I work in manufacturing in Gananoque and my wife is in education in Brockville. We have a son and daughter growing up on the river as well. My hope is that the river and the family cottage will be a home base for our family for generations to come.
Why Your Membership Matters
Each year more than 300 shoal markers are placed throughout the 1864 Islands. TIA is responsible for placement in Canadian waters and in partnership with Save the River for placement in American waters. Think how dangerous the river would be if there were no shoal markers. For the safety of all of us, our family, friends and visitors who boat in the Thousand Island region, please be a TIA member and supporter.