Board Members

The purpose of the Living Temagami Arts and Culture is to promote community interest, engagement, appreciation, and education in the arts, culture, heritage, local history, and other areas.

Our Board Members

Hugh McKenzie

Hugh McKenzie, Spirit Name … Zaagiidgeaway Gabo (Standing Out In The Open) ). First Nation Ojibwe Elder, Artist, Musician, Traditional Healer & Native Drug and Alcohol Counselor from Temagami First Nation, Bear
Island Ontario.


Mary Laronde

Mary has retired from the Union of Ontario Indians. Mary specializes in Anishinaabe governance, self-government, land stewardship, community development, consultation, and communications.

Melissa LaPorte

Melissa LaPorte has been the Executive Director/Curator of the Temiskaming Art Gallery and the Open Studio Libre since 2017. She also serves as a director on the board of Living Temagami, and volunteers with community groups like the Haileybury Curling Club, Temiskaming Scouts, and Ecole Ste Croix. She is dedicated to the North, a place she believes has true beauty and limitless creative talent, where she and her husband are thankful to raise their family.

Dave MacDonald

Chair of the (Volunteer) Board of Directors

Dave MacDonald began feeling the pull of Temagami in the early ‘70s, however his career took him away from the region but he could never escape the feeling that Temagami was meant to be his home.

Gerald Richard Gooderham

Gerald started a contracting business in 1982, G.R.Gooderham Construction on Lake Temagami and ran it for 35 years. In 2008 he started Gooderham Photography. He had retired in 2017 but still does photography.

Mary McTavish

Mary brings a background from both private and public service in Human Resources and Financial Management to the board of directors at Living Temagamai and the Northern Arts Connection project team. Family and youth programming is her area of interest as she continues her commitment to community service in Temagami.