About NLC

The vision of the Northumberland Learning Connection (NLC) is to foster lifelong learning and a deeper understanding of our world.  We achieve this by drawing on instructors and resources from pre-eminent educational institutions and other prestigious organizations.

NLC’s programs use an integrated perspective to examine compelling topics from history, literature, the physical environment, philosophy, the arts, and science and technology.

NLC is a registered charity. Your donations are always appreciated, and can be made online via the Donations page.  #80522 3005 RR0001

NLC is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, each committed to supporting the delivery of an exceptional interdisciplinary learning program in Northumberland County. Board members bring wide-ranging experience from academia, the arts, medicine and business to oversee the organization’s strategy and activities.  

Members of the Northumberland Learning Connection’s Board of Directors are:

Wayne Lang, Chair - Wayne is a Senior Financial Advisor at Assante Capital, and has several offices in Ontario and Quebec. Prior to studying art history, he graduated with a B. Comm. from Concordia. After years of IT consulting for corporate and government clients in North America and Europe, he began his financial planning business. Wayne hosts garden tours at his Port Hope home, Lilac Hollow, to support various charities.

Ron Bolt - Ron's career as a visual artist spans 50 years. His works are displayed across Canada and in the U.S., the U.K., Mexico, Japan and China. Ron’s most recent commission is the 9’ by 7’ triptych “Cobourg Light” installed in the entrance hall of the Cobourg Community Centre.  He served as President of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts from 2000 to 2002. Ron’s hobby is music -- he holds an Associateship Diploma in Piano Performance and Teaching from the Conservatory of Music, University of Toronto.

Bruce Bowden - Bruce is a Canadian historian who has resided locally since 2003.  His teaching career was spent at Trinity College, U of T, and at Western University where he designed a new MA in Public History.  At Trinity, Bruce was Dean of College and its Registrar.  A member of local heritage committees, Bruce is active in restoration planning; on historical museum boards; and in disciplinary reviews with CA/CPA Ontario.

Heather Burnet - Heather earned a Master of Arts in Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors in the UK in 2012, and is working her way towards a certificate in fine arts appraisal at New York University and the writing of a biography of English furniture historian Margaret Jourdain. She is also active in the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario and St. John's Anglican Church in Port Hope.  

Eileen Ford, Treasurer - Eileen has resided in England, the Bahamas, Peru, the Dominican Republic, New York and Toronto.  In 2001, she established a private bookkeeping practice in Port Hope where she serves financial, communications and manufacturing clients.  Eileen held the role of Treasurer of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario from 2007-2012, and of Friends of Music from 2009-2011.

Sarah Holland, Secretary - Sarah retired to Northumberland County after a career with Sotheby’s and as Executive Director the Textile Museum of Canada and the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects.  Her volunteer board experience includes The National Ballet School Foundation and the Canadian Society of Decorative Arts. Sarah is very active locally with Victoria Hall Volunteers, Cobourg Horticultural Society and the St. John Ambulance Therapy dog program.

Elizabeth Ivory - Elizabeth divides her time between Northumberland County and Toronto, where she researches and authors reports, white papers and other materials for corporate and public sector clients. She earned an honours BA from Bishops University and joined the Brand Management team at Procter & Gamble in 1980, later creating Ivory Communications to focus on strategic writing.  Elizabeth is a volunteer English tutor with Pathways to Education.

Mary Lee, Registrar - Mary was a senior consultant in Toronto specializing in strategic effectiveness. She holds an honours BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Toronto and studied for many years at the Royal Conservatory of Music as a voice student and Master Class demonstrator. Since moving to Northumberland County, she is able spend more time on her two passions – gardening and singing.

Ian McDonald - Ian is retired from an academic career at the University of Toronto. A classicist, he earned his PhD at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In addition to his teaching role, Ian was an Associate Dean; served three three-year terms on the University’s Governing Council; and was Interim Ombudsperson for the University. A long-time resident of Port Hope, he enjoys the rich cultural life of Northumberland County.

Karin Wells - Karin  is an internationally recognized radio documentary maker with a long and varied career. Trained as a lawyer, she has produced documentaries on subjects as varied as post conflict resolution in Mozambique and victim rights to opera in the English countryside. Karin's work has been recognized by the New York Radio Festival frequently over the past 20 years. She has received two United Nations media awards for her work out of Sierra Leone and for her documentary on dealing with Dementia in Denmark. In 2011 she was inducted into the University of Ottawa Common Law Honour society.

Elizabeth Wilson - Elizabeth’s career roles included Director, Information Services, University of Toronto; Advisor to the president of the University of the Philippines on fundraising and communications; and Executive director, Developing Countries Farm Radio Network. She was a member of two higher-education advancement boards in DC.  Elizabeth has authored several books on local fundraising for development agencies, as well as two on the subject of oriental ceramics.

Contact the Northumberland Learning Connection by mail, phone or email.

P.O. Box 64, Cobourg, ON  K9A 4K2



Joanne Bonebakker, Executive Director -  Joanne gained experience organizing lectures and international art tours as a Senior Development Officer for the Art Gallery of Ontario and the University of Toronto.  She holds an honours B.A. in Art History from the University of Toronto. A chorister and volunteer business manager with the Orpheus Choir of Toronto for many years, Joanne’s current preferred volunteer role is that of babysitter for her granddaughter in Holland.

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