Our Board

Meet Our Volunteer Board of Directors

Dave Sharp


Dave has been a proud resident of Brighton since 1993. He has a long history of involvement in the community, including various leadership roles with the Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, Canada Day committee, and Northumberland United Way, to name a few. He truly enjoys giving back and is happy to serve as the marketing director for the Presqu’ile Point Lighthouse Preservation Society.

Dave has been a financial planner in Brighton since 1993. Married back in 1973; he and his wife of 40 years have two adult children, Gary and Angela, who have also remained local. He and his family are avid bowlers, as his son owns the local Presqu’ile Lanes Bowling Centre. He and his wife also love going camping with their family including the two granddaughters and one grandson.

Ruth Kerr


Ruth was born and raised in Prince Edward County and spent a number of years after completing her studies working in Brighton. She returned to Brighton in 1990 with her husband Craig and became a well-known and very active volunteer in many areas of the community. Ruth and Craig have three children who live in the area and seven grandchildren who are wending their way through various universities and beginning careers.

Ruth specializes in organizing and assisting with various fundraising efforts. Her work in recent years resulted in her receiving the Outstanding Achievement Award from Rotary, a Paul Harris Fellowship, a Senior of The Year award from the Provincial Government, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Ruth recognizes the importance of the Presqu’ile Lighthouse as an iconic historic asset for Brighton and area and as a much needed contributor to the vital tourism industry. She is committed to the Presqu’ile Lighthouse Preservation Society because she believes that the restoration project is achievable due to the careful research underlying it and to the demonstrated support of so many people in the community.


Ernie Sharp

Director of Membership

Ernie was born and raised just up Hwy #30, in Campbellford, where he grew up andmet his wife Brenda. They married in 1968 and moved to Mississauga where they remained for 39 years working mainly for “Cryovac” (and subsequent owners) as a Production Trainer until the plant shut down (moved production to USA).

In 2007, after retirement, they moved into Brighton By The Bay subdivision where he volunteered in various roles for the BBTB Home Owners Ass’n Board of Directors (now in his second term).

Ernie & Brenda have two children and 4 grandchildren who all live relatively close by. You will often find Ernie tinkering away in his woodworking shop.

Ernie is looking forward to the challenges of getting our Lighthouse rebuilt to its former glory and working with the board assisting where needed, including helping out on the Membership responsibilities (even his wife Brenda is helping out in this area!)


Lynda Blackburn


Lynda Blackburn
As a semi-retired bookkeeper working for small businesses in the Brighton area, Lynda wanted to give back  to the community.  The Presquile lighthouse has always been fascinating to her.  While she has visited Peggy’s Cove a number of times, she is more proud that here in Brighton we have our own special tourist attraction in the Presqu’ile Point Lighthouse and is keen to assist in its’ restoration and preservation project.  She also feels that the Hwy 401 & Hwy #30 Brighton exit with its lighthouse replicas is an ingenious way of promoting the uniqueness of Presquile Park and the Brighton area. We must restore the lighthouse to its original state.

Emily Rowley

Emily is one of those volunteers that is always giving back to the community including a past Councillor and assisting in AppleFest for many years.  She has considerable municipal experience and is prepared to use her energy to assist PPLPS in obtaining their goals of restoring the lighthouse.

Anne Butwell – Treasurer

Anne is a newcomer to Brighton in the past couple of years and is enjoying her career as a Realtor. She graduated from York University with a Political Science major.   Prior to moving here to raise their young family, Anne was heavily involved on other Charities and is using that experience in working with the rest of the Board.  Anne is our Treasurer.


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