Don is chief cook and content director at County Radio. He also handcrafts eclectic music playlists, loves Prince Edward County, and generally despises radio with thin playlists and show names like “The Morning Zoo with Todd and Margot.”
Don first caught the radio bug as a high schooler in Cornwall, Ontario, working weekends and summers at the local radio station for a pittance. Twenty years later, he served as chair of a community broadcasting society in Inuvik, Northwest Territories. Thanks to a fundraiser featuring Doug and the Slugs, a 50 watt, volunteer-operated FM station made it on the air to the delight of 3500 town residents.
In 2005, Don launched the Prince Edward County Podcast and Blog, an innovative (now defunct) website focused on the people, places and heritage of the County. Together, Don and Janet Kellough produced a lively and wide-ranging series of audio podcasts featuring County personalities, music, oral history and storytelling. During the same period, they also produced and published a series of audiobooks, including Sounds Like the County, Janet Kellough’s Swear on My Mother’s Grave and Quintessentially Quinte.
Janet Davies is a communicator. She loves ideas and she loves to talk. She also sings, whistles and is generally a noisemaker, but she’s a very good listener, too. Janet discovered her talent for communication at any early age by winning public speaking contests at school, but was too shy to use it until her forties. “With age comes exhibitionism,” she says.
Janet is now a freelance writer, a regular contributor to Watershed Magazine, art director of County Magazine and co-owner of the Bald Photographer Gallery in Prince Edward County. Blessed with a natural radio voice, she’s having fun with her new gig as online host for County Radio.
Following extensive culinary experience in the kitchens of some of Toronto’s finest restaurants, Karin moved to Prince Edward County in 2003 as an eager urban ex-pat, hungry for the experiences that rural life can offer.
Karin and her former husband, Michael Potters, were drawn to the County by the emerging wine industry, as well as the opportunity to source food directly from producers. They opened and operated several successful businesses that were particularly focused on locally sourced ingredients: The Milford Bistro, Harvest Restaurant and Pinch Gourmet. Harvest Restaurant was rated one of Canada’s Top 10 Dining Rooms by En Route Magazine.
Karin’s passion for all things culinary has taken a new twist in recent years; she currently divides her time between the PEC Economic Development Office, where she focuses on helping food and beverage-oriented businesses with start-ups and expansions, as well as teaching in the Culinary Department at Loyalist College.
Karin lives in Picton with her daughter, Mia.
After 18 years in progressive positions in the Canadian and U.S. publishing industry, and seven years as President of McGraw Hill Ryerson’s Higher Education Division in Canada, Petra left a successful corporate career to pursue her dream of starting a social purpose enterprise in a rural community, and founded Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Company in 2004.
Under Petra’s leadership, and after four years of planning, design and regulatory hurdles, Fifth Town opened its doors in June 2008 and became a leading example of a social enterprise. The company was founded on five basic principles: Green, Fair, Local, Quality and Clean cheese. All local farms which supplied Fifth Town were LFP certified (www.localfoodplus.ca). The 4800 square-foot dairy on a 20 acre site became Canada’s first Platinum LEED manufacturing facility and the only Platinum LEED dairy in the world. In its first nine months of operation, Fifth Town cheeses won critical acclaim at several North American and Canadian cheese competitions. In its first three years, FT garnered over 30 cheese awards including Grand Champion ribbons at the Royal Winter fair, and overall Grand Champion Specialty Cheese Maker for highest score in 2009 at the British Empire Cheese Competition. In 2010, Fifth Town became Canada’s eighth B Corporation with the highest score (124) for its social enterprise business model, and received the top award for Leadership in Sustainability in Canada from the Guelph Food Technology Centre.
In August 2011, Petra stepped down as CEO and Director of Fifth Town following a year-long and expensive shareholder dispute over the future direction of the company, which subsequently decided to discontinue its B Corporation certification shortly thereafter. Petra remains a 50% shareholder.
In September 2011, Petra launched a new social venture called The Zugunruhe Project. Though in early startup stage, the mission of this new enterprise is to advocate for and support the development of a vibrant, sustainable social enterprise in Canada. You can connect to happenings at The Zugunruhe Project by visiting www.zugunruhe.ca. Petra has also recently launched an internet radio program called No Guts, No Change. You can find and listen to her podcasts at www.countyradio.ca.
Petra has an 11 year-old daughter, Augusta Cooper, who is in grade 5 at Albert College.