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Meet Brent McLaren

Perth Ontario’s Official Town Crier

Some interesting information you might want to know ...

  • Retired Teacher of Mathematics and Music at Perth & District Collegiate Institute after over 32 years
  • An interest in local history, particularly related to music in the early military settlements
  • Chairman of the Heritage Management Committee for the Town of Perth
  • Chairman of the Perth 200 Anniversary Committee for the Town of Perth
  • A former member of the Opera Lyra Ottawa Chorus
  • A member of the Men Of The Tay Men’s chorus
  • Regularly involved in community theatre, both musical and dramatic presentations
  • Has directed numerous amateur and semi-professional theatre productions
  • Has performed many times with different choruses at the National Arts Center in Ottawa
  • Renowned for his portrayal of “Tevye“ in “Fiddler On The Roof“
  • A member of the Perth Citizens Band playing percussion and euphonium
  • A talented performer and instructor on the traditional fife
  • Regularly featured as a bass soloist and concert recitalist
  • Holds a Masters Degree in Music from State University of New York, Crane School of Music
  • Also holds a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education from Queens, and a Bachelor of Arts from York
  • A retired member of the National Association of Parliamentarians and a past president of the Ontario Association of Parliamentarians
  • A member of the Ontario Guild of Town Criers
  • A member of CADRE (Canadian Associates Drum Rudimental Excellence) and their history researcher
  • A retired member of the OSSTF (Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation) and a recipient of their Award of Merit and Honourary Memebership
  • Past Chairman of the OSSTF Parliamentary and Constitutions Council. Brent was a “Speaker“ for OSSTF meetings
  • Has won numerous awards and recognitions for community service
  • A respected, now retired, baseball umpire who umpired provincial and national championships
  • An experienced Master-of-Ceremonies and Facilitator of Public Meetings

Mrs. Town Crier is Shelley McLaren. Equally talented, she acts as Brent's escort, and adds to enjoyment of every activity they attend. Fluently bilingual, Shelley can strike up a conversation on just about any topic, from local history, to cake-decorating, to the perils of working with the Town Crier. She is well known as one of the areas best soprano voices and has made numerous stage and concert appearances.

Have Bell and Gavel --- Ready and Willing to Travel!

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