Meet the Board

The Town of York Historical Society is governed by an elected Board of Directors.

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Kevin Both graduated in 2010 from York University with a degree in Urban Sociology. For three years he worked weekends as the face of Toronto’s First Post Office, as well as educating school groups about the site’s unique history. Kevin continues to be very passionate about Toronto’s origins and leads walking tours through many of the city’s neighbourhoods. Kevin’s position on the board comes out of his desire to contribute to the protection of Toronto’s built heritage, and to booster the city and its image every chance he can.

Term expires: May 2024 | Appointed: March 2014 |Elected: May 2015

ALEX MORGAN, Treasurer

Alex Morgan comes to us with over 12 years of experience in financial services in both public and private firms, Alex is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute, a Chartered Investment Manager, and an accredited Personal Financial Planner. Alex is also currently involved in the Ontario Chapter of Junior Achievement, where he volunteers as an educator-for-a-day, introducing basic finance and money management to 6, 7, and 8th graders across the GTA.

Term expires: May 2023 | Appointed: March 2020 | Elected: December 2020

THOMAS GRANOFSKY, Director-at-Large

Thomas Granofsky is a public policy researcher and consultant primarily focused on social policy projects. He recently co-authored a report on social assistance reform for Ontario360 at the Munk School of Global Affairs. He has previously worked in the Ontario government at several ministries, including the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, the Treasury Board Secretariat and the Ministry of Community and Social Services. Prior to working in government, he was a Policy Associate at the Mowat Centre. He holds an MPhil in Comparative Social Policy from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor of Social Work from Ryerson University. 

Term expires: May 2024 | Appointed: October 2020 | Elected: December 2020

DANIELLE JEWINSKI, Director-at-Large

Danielle Jewinski is committed to building community through history, education and public programming. She has spent the last 11 years creating engaging programming and events at local museums and nonprofits, as well as fundraising and seeking sponsorship opportunities. She is currently an Information and Education Officer at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and a Historic Interpreter at Mackenzie House.

Term expires: May 2024| Appointed: May 2021 | Elected: October 2021

JOHN JONES, Director-at-Large

John Jones joins us as a graduate from the University of Toronto with a major in History. He is passionate about the development of Toronto, and is particularly interested in the city’s policy direction. John is a multi-location Operations Manager for The Beer Store and a Beer Store Charity Coordinator, from which he has earned experience in operational fundamentals, employment standards, and fundraising. John is currently pursuing a postgraduate certificate in Human Resource Management.

Term expires: May 2025 | First elected: May 2019

DAVE KALINOWSKY, Director-at-Large

Dave Kalinowsky joins the board with a background in business administration and commercial real estate. After graduating from the Richard Ivey School of Business in 2012, Dave became a licensed realtor with experience in leasing, municipal zoning & development, and public policy – particularly as it relates to seniors housing. In his spare time Dave is an active volunteer with the Ontario Chapter of Junior Achievement and the Peel Children’s Aid Society. 

Term expires: May 2025 | Elected: May 2022

ANNIE SMITH, Director-at-Large

Annie Smith is a senior marketing communications professional, with extensive experience helping individuals and organizations achieve their goals and bottom lines by developing and executing strategic up-market campaigns. In her current role as Director, Marketing and Communications at the Chartered Business Valuators Institute (CBVI), Annie oversees CBVI’s public-facing efforts to promote its commitment to professional excellence by establishing the highest standards of business valuation practice and education to elevate the stature of the CBV designation and the profession globally.

Term expires: May 2024 | Appointed: May 2021 | Elected: October 2021


Maureen Somerville taught Dramatic Arts and English at Vincent Massey and Silverthorn Collegiates. She served for six years on the University of Toronto Alumni Association Board, and for nine years as an Alumni Governor, on the Academic Board, on the Academic Policy and Program Committee and on the Executive Committee. After retirement from teaching, Maureen worked for Toronto Tours for several years as a guide to Toronto and Niagara, and served on the Senior Alumni Association of the University of Toronto, co-chairing the Canadian Perspectives Lecture series.

Term expires: May 2024 | Appointed: February 2021 | Elected: October 2021