Our Members

Rose O'Brien

Lead, 7 year member of the Toronto Accolades

I have always enjoyed music and singing along with the radio, although I have never belonged to a choir or taken music lessons before joining the Accolades.

It was my neighbour, Marilyn Jacobs, a life member of the Accolades, who invited me to attend one of their chorus rehearsals, where I was introduced to women’s barbershop. What a fabulous sound. I was soon hooked.

I have learned so much over the past seven years and am grateful to sing with such wonderful women.

During my years with the Accolades, I have prepared the weekly chorus bulletin and served on the Board of Directors as Secretary and Chorus Manager.

I am married with three children and a delightful grandson. Besides singing with the chorus I enjoy hiking, camping, boating, the theatre, and reading. Now that I am retired, I am also enjoying more travelling.

Rhonda Mandelzys

Lead, 1 year member of the Toronto Accolades

Growing up, I was surrounded by 2 grandfathers who worked as musicians and I grew to love music. In high school, I was a member of 2 choirs but then I went off to study and became a registered nurse. I also started my family and was very busy taking care of my husband and 3 sons.

Once my children were all grown up and I retired from nursing, I sat down and wrote a list of what I wanted to do for myself. Singing was very high on that list and so I decided to search out singing opportunities. I joined my first choir 2 years ago. A few months later, really by chance, I met an Accolade member who brought me to observe a rehearsal. I felt an immediate connection and joined right there and then. I have never met such a warm, welcoming , and supportive group of women, and am proud to be able to sing alongside them.

As a member, I have been able to help with warmups and am a member at large on the Board of Directors.

My other passions include gardening and travelling. I have a very wonderful husband and 3 sons, and am now a grandmother to a beautiful grandson whom I adore.

I am so happy to be with such a wonderful group of new friends doing something I love…singing!


Congratulations to Judy Clarke, who won the Eileen Harmon Accolade of the Year Award for 2016-17.

Other 2016-7 Accolades Award winners include:
30 Year Pin — Normi Chinchen
15 Year Pin — Nursel Oran
10 Year Pin — Fatima Rivela, Grace Uy
Ethel Potton Attendance Award — Gail Connor
New Life Member — Wendy Pegg

Board Of Directors

The 2017-2018 Toronto Accolades Board of Directors at Installation:

From left to right:
Lisa Taylor – President
Elsie Rueter – VP Prospective Members
Gail Mackey – Secretary
Lynn Robertson – Treasurer
Bev Jackson – Parliamentarian
Rhonda Mandelzys – Member at Large
Beth Mahy – Member at Large
Judy Clarke – Member at Large
Nancy Flagel (absent) – VP Current Members

We are proud to currently have three Toronto Accolades serving as Assistants to the International Board of Harmony, Inc.
These members are:
Wendy Arnold — Chorus Director Development Coordinator
Bev Jackson — Chapter Development Coordinator
Nancy Flagel — Music Coordinator

Music Committee

Members of the 2017-2018 Toronto Accolades Music Committee, Beth and Ana, strut their stuff!

The whole committee consists of:

Wendy Arnold– Director
Gail Connor – Associate Director, Baritone Section Lead
Bev Jackson – Music Chair, Bass Section Lead
Val Clowes – Lead Section Lead
Beth Mahy – Tenor Section Lead
Ana Hall – Music Librarian
Lisa Taylor – President of Board of Directors