Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is elected at the Annual General Meeting.
Peter Fitton | President
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.
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.
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.
A fifth generation resident on Mudlunta Island, I have been been on the River for each of the past 57 summers. This Island Community is where most of my life-long friends and all of my family reside so I am eager for the opportunity to give back to this Community. I winter in Toronto and work for Magna International as a Quality Engineer.
Allison Burchell-Robinson | Past President
Retired Vice President, Covenant House, co-founder Prince Street Players, Ltd, 4th generation on the river. Currently live in ancestral home built in 1715 along with resident ghost, Uncle Dwight, one cat and two horses.
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.
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.
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.
“I started coming to the 1000 Islands as a young girl in the ’70’s. In the beginning our time was spent on park islands in the Admiralty group as well as the Lake Fleet group of islands. Before long our family had discovered more river, more islands and more friends. Fast forward many years to today with my own family in tow, I’ve returned to The River full time, both on Sagastaweka Island (Admiralty Group) and in Clayton NY.
We cherish The River and it’s community (on both sides) and I’m very pleased to be serving on the board for an organization that loves this area as much as I do.”
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.