Board of Directors

The Oshawa Historical Society’s governing body is its Board Of Directors whose seven members were elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting held in May (in 2022, held in September).  The role of the Board is to set policy and direction and to provide guidance to the staff of the Oshawa Museum as well as pursuing the mandate of the Historical Society and representing the interests of its members in the community.

Board Members, 2022-2023

Marg Wilkinson – President

A lifelong resident of Oshawa, Marg has retired from over 30 years in education with the Durham District School Board. She worked in Career Transition Counselling after retirement. She brings five years of experience on the Heritage Oshawa Advisory Committee and was Chair of the Heritage Oshawa Doors Open event 2013 and 2014. She now can pursue her interest in local history and community service. She enjoys learning peoples’ history of growing up in Oshawa.

Christopher Locke – Vice President

Born and raised in Oshawa, Chris is a Life member of the Oshawa Historical Society and has a passion for local history.  He has worked nearly 10 years with the Durham District School Board and has spent over 15 years in Construction.  He is currently a member of the Citizen Advisory Group at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.  His history of volunteering includes being on the School Community Councils at Lakewood Public School and GL Roberts CVI where he held the positions of Vice Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary.

Michael Leonard – Treasurer

Born and raised in Oshawa, Mike recently retired as Oshawa’s Chief Building Official where he proudly served the City for the last 18 years (36 years in total with other municipalities).  During this time, he was excited to witness extensive development and growth for Oshawa.  At the same time, he was always mindful of Oshawa’s history and was able to photograph and rescue heritage items from demolition.  For more than 40 years, Mike has been researching Oshawa’s history and his ancestry which dates back to 1821 in Oshawa.  Mike is very pleased to be on the OHS Board and to be able to contribute to his home town.

Janet Dowson – Director-at-Large

A Life member of the Oshawa Historical Society, Janet has served on the Board of Directors for a number of years in capacities of:  Treasurer, Secretary, Finance & Audit Committee and Human Resources Committee.   Born and raised in Oshawa, Janet has a keen, natural interest in preserving Oshawa’s history.   Retired from the City of Oshawa’s Human Resources Branch, Janet continues to enjoy helping people as a realtor at the Durham (Whitby)  branch of Right At Home Realty Inc., Brokerage.

Dr. Helen Haines – Director-at-Large

Doug Lavis – Director-at-Large

David Tonkin – Director-at-Large

Dave’s background is in municipal government and real estate sales.  In addition to 34 years in sales and management, he is a past president of the local Real Estate Board, and as director he has served on numerous board committees.  A a fourth generation resident, he has a strong interest in the growth and heritage of Oshawa.

OHS Membership Co-ordinator

Lisa started with the Museum in 2007 as a volunteer and joined the staff in October 2010. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History (Honours) and Canadian Studies (General) from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Museum Management and Curatorship Certificate from Sir Sandford Fleming College.  As Membership Co-ordinator, Lisa liaisons between the members and the museum, maintains up-to-date membership records, and communicates important dates and information to members.  She is always happy to speak with current and prospective society members, and she can be reached at 905-436-7624 x 105, or