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?
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 2018-2019 Board members are:
President – Susan Down
Susan Down is a communications specialist with a daily newspaper background as an arts reporter, columnist and marketing manager. She has had six youth non-fiction books published. She has degrees from Carleton and Royal Roads and has served on numerous theatre and cultural boards in Toronto and Victoria. Susan joined the board in 2016.
Vice-President- Janet Magdanz
Prior to moving to the Island, Janet was a school administrator in Alberta. She and her husband raised two amazing young men, who now live in Edmonton and Germany. Janet runs a small pottery studio called Shades of Green and the couple’s aim is to farm their small acreage. She joined CVAC within a month after moving here because of the opportunity of networking with other artists and to serve in the community. Janet coordinated the Cowichan Valley Fine Arts Show for 2017 and 2018.
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.
Director at Large- Sheri Kinney
Sheri is a teacher-librarian in School District 79. She has studied at UBC, UVic, and the University of Alberta. Though not an artist by trade, Sheri has a passion for visual arts. Her interest in literature can be summed up by the Groucho Marx quote on her e-mail signature: “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend; inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”
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.
Director at Large- Diana Batcheler
Originally from England, Diana lived in Toronto until 2007 when she and her husband moved to Vancouver Island. She was senior law clerk with Stikeman Elliott, one of Canada’s top law firms, handling complex merger/acquisition transactions. After retiring in 2012, she took up painting and joined the Maple Bay Painters where she organized workshops, coordinated the last five annual art shows and served as president for the past three years.
Director at Large- Simon Warne
Born in London, England, Simon has had a long career in the advertising industry in print, and film and television. Starting as an illustrator, he later moved into graphic design and film production for accounts such as Max Factor and Vidal Sassoon. Now he is the owner/instructor at his own Sweet Art Design Studio in Duncan. He has served on numerous boards including Ladysmith Arts Council, Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Duncan Business Improvement Association
Director at Large- Sheila Nykwist
With a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University, Sheila went from newspaper reporter to ShawTV host based in Calgary. She recently moved to the Cowichan Valley where she is president of New Branch Media, creating videos for clients in Alberta and BC. Sheila is an experienced parade announcer, telethon host, and panel moderator. She has also taught English in Japan, Taiwan and Spain, and ran her first 80 km ultra-marathon through the trails in Fernie, BC
Staff members are:
Executive Director – Carmen Hildebrand – [email protected]
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 – [email protected]
Born on Vancouver Island, Cheryl arrived in the Cowichan Valley 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. She later 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.