Board of Directors and Staff

How do members get on the Board of Directors?

The members of the Board of Directors are elected by the membership of the Cowichan Valley Arts Council at their Annual General Meeting. The Board may appoint Directors from the membership to fill vacancies which occur between General Meetings.  Interested in finding out about the Board and its valuable and fun work?

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Who is on the CVAC Board of Directors?

The Board of Directors is comprised of up to seven Directors at large and five Executive Officers:

The 2017-2018 Board members are:

 President – Susan Down

Susan Down is an author, editor and writer with a long career in daily newspapers, as an arts reporter, columnist, marketing manager and managing director. She has had four youth non-fiction books published. She has degrees from Carleton and Royal Roads (MBA) and has served on numerous theatre and cultural boards in Toronto and Victoria.

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Vice-President- Nan Goodship

Nan Goodship is native to Vancouver Island and has lived and worked in the Cowichan Valley for 26 years. She has an MFA in interdisciplinary arts and a BA in Japanese and Asian Studies. She is a teacher and full-time artist and loves encouraging the arts and culture in people’s lives. Her areas of work are in ceramics, mural making, painting and poetry.

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Past President-  Judy Brayden

Judy is a teacher, artist and designer by training and sees herself as a retired “jack of all trades”. She was CVAC president from 2011 to 2014, the Nanaimo Federation of Canadian Artists president for four years and has been the recording secretary for the Cowichan Lake and River Stewardship Society since its inception in 2009. During her teaching career she taught art, gifted-enrichment education, global education and creativity. She organized professional development for her 1000 teaching colleagues and stood as second vice-president of her local teachers’ union. Judy is dedicated to the continued success of the Cowichan Valley Arts Council.


Treasurer- Richard Riordan

Richard is a retired senior local government manager, from the UK, who also taught math in a challenging environment, working with teenagers who had social and interpersonal issues. He has an MBA and has experience with management buy-outs and not-for-profit charities. Richard attended art college in Norwich, UK and prefers to work in stitch textiles and with paper


Secretary- Rory Macdonald

Rory MacDonald is a retired teacher who moved to the Cowichan Valley last October from West Central Alberta. Rory is a self-taught visual artist and has painted for many years and has been active in art group organizations in Edson, Edmonton and Jasper. He has recently gained active status in the Federation of Canadian Artists.

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Director at Large- Laura Anderson

Laura Anderson brings her experience with organizations, education and health to her work with CVAC. An island girl from Victoria, she expresses herself through music and visual media, as well as practicing healing arts. Laura completed a PH.D in Education at the University of Alberta and ran a successful consulting business, offering applied research and program management expertise in cross cultural community work. These days, you will often find Laura in her garden or playing with her band, Ukululu.


Director at Large- Gloria S. Daly

Gloria S. Daly is a full-time fabric and fiber artist who also conducts workshops and talks on textile art. She has a Master Design Certificate from the Embroiderer’s Guild of America Inc. and an Associate Degree in Applied Arts and Sciences (VIU). She holds certificates from City & Guilds of London UK in embroidery, design, and creative quilting. Gloria Daly has exhibited in Canada, USA, UK, Australia, France and Japan.


Director at Large – Gregg Perry

Gregg Perry has had a long career in teaching and arts management. He was the Executive Director of Camp Columbia for 10 years, and was the first producer/artistic director of the Chemainus Theatre. Later, he started a performing arts company that ran a youth summer program at Queen Margaret’s School. He taught drama and English at Shawnigan Lake School, retiring in 2015. He has directed, produced and acted with many Island community theatre groups.


Director at Large- Travis Rankin

Travis Rankin grew up in the Cowichan Valley and moved back here in 2012 from the Lower Mainland. He has been crafting and teaching artistic metalwork for almost 20 years and runs Wroughtenart, a successful metal art shop specializing in designs for homes and garden.

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Staff members are:

Executive Director – Carmen Hildebrand  –  carmen@cowichanvalleyartscouncil.ca

Carmen Hildebrand began her career as a social worker in Calgary and has worked in the areas of mental health, addiction and disabilities. While living in the Okanagan she became involved with a variety of organizations developing programs, securing funding and working on committees and task forces facilitating community activities. She later applied those skills to the arts and small business sectors as a facilitator / consultant. She currently owns and manages the Shibui Gallery in Maple Bay with her artist husband and is founding partner of OOMPH! Consulting, providing a variety of services for not-for-profits and small businesses. Carmen moved to Vancouver Island in 2013.


Office Manager  –  Cheryl Galloway – cheryl@cowichanvalleyartscouncil.ca

Born on Vancouver Island, Cheryl arrived in the Cowichan Valley more than 20 years ago to take a position as Community Recreation Coordinator in the Island Savings Centre. Cheryl holds a BSc from the University of Oregon in Recreation Administration. To her, recreation means a process of re-creating who we really are and living in a way that leads us to self-actualization, recognizing that for many, it is through art.  Following the Community Centre she accepted a position as Community Education Manager and then Administrative Coordinator in Training & Development at VIU’s Cowichan Campus where she worked for 16 years.  Cheryl is committed to community and has collaborated with many organizations developing courses and programs focusing much of her work in the Arts.   A love for art and desire to support it brought her to CVAC.


Board Duties:

President: Presides at meetings, provides support, guidance and supervision to the directors, and advises on issues related to arts and culture in the Cowichan Valley Regional District.

Vice-President: Assists the President and, in the absence of the President, exercises all duties and possesses all powers of the President.

Past-President: Assists the Vice-President and, in the prolonged absence of the Vice-President, exercises all duties and possesses all powers of the Vice President.

Secretary: Ensures that all books and records of the Society are kept in safe custody, that correspondence is carried out, and that correct records of the proceedings of all meetings of the Society are maintained.

Treasurer: Ensures that there are proper and accurate records of all receipts and disbursements of the funds of the Society, that signing authorities are valid and up-to-date, and that required budgets, financial statements, and requests for grants are prepared.

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