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 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.
My wife Frances and I met as teenagers while growing up in Willowbank subdivision, just west of Clark’s Marina. The neighbourhood provided river access and as kids, we spent hours roaming around the Admiralty Group, swimming, water skiing and exploring. It was during this time that we developed a lifelong love for each other and for the river.
We now summer with our two boys on the South Shore of Howe Island with spectacular views of Wolfe Island and the US shipping channel through the Quebec Cut.
TIA’s legacy, brand equity and hard work within our community makes being a Board Member both an honour and a privilege.
I was introduced to the Thousand Islands through my wife, and I quickly fell in love with its beauty, its people, and its history. We have a cottage, built in 1883, on Murray Isle that has been in her family for three generations. We’re extremely lucky to be able to spend our summers at the cottage with our son and daughter, true River Rats, along with the family dog. I volunteer with TIA to help give back to the place that has given us so much.
Allison Burchell-Robinson | Secretary-Treasurer
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.”
Growing up, my family regularly spent time in the Thousand Islands on our sailboat. The beautiful park islands, quaint cottages and scenic landscapes kept us coming back. As time passed and our family expanded, my parents purchased a cottage in the Lake Fleet which has been a family anchor for almost 25 years now. Loving the area so much, my husband and I dropped a second anchor here on Huckleberry Island where we hope the new cottage will keep our family returning, as sailors and cottagers for decades to come. To ensure future generations have a clean and safe place to enjoy, I’m offering my experience from two volunteer boards as well as many years of communication work to support the efforts of the TIA.
Why Your Membership Matters
TIA is the only organization placing shoal markers for the River Community - this is an essential service. Think how dangerous the river would be if there were no shoal markers? For the safety of us all, our families, friends and visitors who boat on the river - please be a TIA supporter. We rely on membership dues & donations to be sustainable.