Joanne McKenzie, now retired, worked in the steel industry for 30 years dealing directly with the automotive industry in Canada and the U.S.
The Grey Bruce area has always been a special place for Joanne where she spent her summers at camp and enjoyed hiking on the Bruce Trail. In 2009 Joanne chose to plant roots in Meaford. Georgian Bay was a huge draw, discovering that Meaford had an arts and cultural centre was an added bonus. Knowing that her love of art, music and film could be satisfied by just walking around the corner was a blessing.
Wanting to become more involved in her community, Joanne joined Meaford Community Theatre to help sew costumes, she directed a play and eventually became treasurer.
In 2013 Joanne became one of the Directors of the Meaford Hall & Culture Foundation and is responsible for the acquisition of Grants and the Community Outreach program. New for 2017 is her role as the Artistic Director of the Meaford International Film Festival.
True story, while attending her first MIFF in 2009 she leaned over and whispered to her husband “I could do that” and so it begins…