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?

CVAC Bylaws

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 2016-2017 Board members are:

Judy Brayden – President

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.

Karen Trickett – Vice President

Born and raised in Victoria B.C., Karen has been living up in the Cowichan Valley for 5 years. A graduate of the Fine Furniture Program at Camosun College, Karen has been designing, building and finishing furniture for well over 20 years. Another branch of Karen’s work is restoration, specifically that of car interiors, both vintage and custom high end woodwork. Teaching throughout that 20 years has also kept her busy, interacting with students to learn the fine points of excellent craftsmanship. An active member of the Vancouver Island Woodworkers Guild, she has been involved on the executive of that organization in many positions over the years.

Laura Anderson – Secretary

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.

Min Zhou – Treasurer

Min grew up in China and moved to Canada in 2003. She obtained Bachelor in Business Administration from Vancouver Island University in 2008 and received Chartered Accountant designation in 2011. Min is a manager at Hayes Stewart Little & Company in Duncan and has been in public practice since 2008. She is excited to be a member of the CVAC and is looking forward to utilize her experience, education and skills to help the Cowichan Valley Arts community.

Richard Rhiordan – Director-at-Large

(profile coming soon)


Gloria S. Daly – Director-at-Large

Gloria S. Daly is a full time artist living and working in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island BC.  She works primarily in fabrics and fibers with a focus on hand stitching.  Gloria conducts workshops, seminars and artist talks on textile art.  Gloria Daily has a Master Design Certitifcate from the Embroiderer’s Guild of America Inc. and an Associate Degree in Applied Arts and Sciences, Vancouver Island University.  She holds certificates from City & Guilds of London UK, in hand embroidery, design, machine embroidery, and creative quilting.  Gloria Daly has exhibited in Canada, USA, UK, Australia, France and Japan.  She is associated with:  Fibre Art Network, Studio Art Quilt Assoc., Surface Design Assoc. of America and was a founding member of Articulation.

Suzan Kostiuck – Director-at-Large

Suzan Kostiuck began her formal arts training while attending Medicine Hat College’s Visual Communications Program in Alberta, which was followed by a B.F.A. In Visual Arts from the University of Victoria in 2008. She learned beadwork techniques from her birth mother, a member of the Acho Dene Koe in Ft. Liard, N.W.T. Suzan has lived in the western provinces of Canada for most of her life, and currently lives in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. Seeing the variety of landscapes and how people interact with the land has allowed her to develop an appreciation for her cultural and environmental surroundings.

Susan Down – Director-at-Large

(profile coming soon)


Nan Goodship – Director-at-Large

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 and mural making, painting and poetry.


Christine Beryl – Director-at-Large

Chris Beryl arrived in Canada in 1969 from the UK.  She completed a degree at the University of Toronto in Social and Cultural Anthropology, and a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Adler Institute of Professional Psychology, Chicago.  Chris has volunteered at PORTALS for one year.  She is a member of the Federation of BC Writers.  Chris was a Ladysmith Community Garden board member for two years and looks forward to contributing to CVAC’s new board.

Karen Severson – Director-at-Large

Karen Severson was born and raised in Victoria B.C. and Vancouver, and has made her home in the Cowichan Valley for 25 years.  She received a BFA from University of Victoria in 1981, majoring in printmaking, and has exhibited in solo and group shows for many years.  She now works mainly in acrylic and mixed media.  She was a member of XChanges Artist Co-op and Gallery from 1982 – 90, where she had a studio and participated as a member, co-ordinating life drawing, screening show submissions, organizing gallery openings, and curating shows.  She has taught printmaking in the Artist in the Schools program in Nanaimo, also some classes in printmaking and mixed media at VIU, and has been a member of the Cowichan Valley Arts Council since she moved here.

Carmen Hildebrand – Executive Director   –

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.

Cheryl Galloway – Office Manager  –

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.

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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