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Save the date for our 2018 Annual General Meeting 

Monday, June 4, 7:00 pm
The Citadel Theatre | The Club
9828 101 A Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta

Please join us for the 2018 AGM, where the EAC will provide an update on projects and members will vote to appoint nominees to the Board of Directors. The AGM will be followed by a member mixer over light refreshments and live music by El Grand Mariachi.

The building is fully barrier-free, and accessible. Some street parking is available in the area and the venue is directly connected to the Stanley A. Milner Library Parkade. It is in close proximity to the LRT Churchill Station and ETS routes such as the 7, 8 and 15. Visit the Citadel Theatre website for more detailed information.

RSVP with Penelope Haro Aranda: 780.424.2787 ext 221 / pharoaranda@edmontonarts.ca 

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Edmonton Arts Council
Board of Directors
Roles and Responsibilities

Term: 3 years

Time commitment: Monthly meeting held on the second Wednesday of each month. Time investment will increase with participation on committees.

The Edmonton Arts Council: The Edmonton Arts Council is a not-for-profit organization that supports and promotes the arts community in Edmonton. The EAC works to increase the profile and involvement of arts and culture in all aspects of our community life through activities that:  

  • Invest in Edmonton festivals, arts organizations and individual artists through municipal, corporate and private funding.
  • Represent Edmonton’s arts community to government and other agencies and provide expert advice on issues that affect the arts.
  • Build partnerships and initiate projects that strengthen our community. 
  • Create awareness of the quality, variety and value of artistic work produced in Edmonton.

All members of the Board of Directors are volunteers. Edmonton Arts Council bylaws and Board Policies are available by contacting the EAC office. Nominees should be 18 years of age or older at the time of nomination. 

We have six (6) upcoming vacant positions on our Board.

Board of Directors Nominations

Christopher Filipowicz 

Chris experienced personal and professional journey through three continents. From stocking shelves as a student, to teaching architectural design in his native Poland and building technology in Nigeria, working briefly as a janitor in Calgary, through setting commercial displays for a major home furnishings and décor chain in Edmonton, Chris eventually returned to his profession and became a practicing architect. That is who he always wanted to be since the age of 12. Along the way, he met people who helped to realize his dream. Now Chris returns such generous gestures to those who could benefit from advice, opinion and engagement, contributing through professional associations and as director of HFKS Architects. 
Since 2012, Christopher is an active member of the Procurement and Contracts Committee for the Consulting Architects of Alberta, and for 2 years was also a Council Member and a Chair of the Complaint Review Committee for the Alberta Association of Architects. All of those are volunteer positions and he remain professionally active in the public architecture domain in Alberta. Christopher has also participated in pre-selection of artists for some of our municipal projects.

Debbie Houle

Debbie Houle is Métis from the Elizabeth Métis Settlement in Northeast Alberta. She has been working in Edmonton’s Indigenous community for over 27 years. In 2011 she was elected to the Board and served for four years as President of Aksis, Edmonton’s Aboriginal Business and Professional Association. In her fulltime role as a Liaison Officer with Alberta Indigenous Relations she works with First Nation Chief and Councils in Alberta managing the First Nation Development Fund for economic, social and community projects. As one of five founding members of Asani she has been composing, arranging and performing original compositions in English and Cree since 1997. Asani has recorded two compacts discs entitled “Rattle and Drum” and “Listen”. They continue to perform and collaborate with other artists on new projects that share the rich culture of First Nations and Métis people. Debbie is passionate about improving the opportunities for other artists and recently created the Alberta Network of Indigenous Artists aimed at connecting artists in all disciplines with opportunities to present, perform and share their work.

Stephen Kanyo

Mr. Kanyo moved to Edmonton 10 years ago from Germany where besides running a medical clinic, he developed a passion for recognizing talent and for supporting artists to achieve their goals. He is proud to have had the chance to be a part of some artists´ journey that performed in the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, in Vienna State Opera Ballet and in La Scala in Milan. 
Mr. Kanyo is the founder and president of Alberta Arts Academy (also known as Masters Art Academy) where a group of passionate instructors are teaching the secrets of high level visual art to children and adult art loving students. The Academy developed in only few years one of North America’s most successful children art programs, and has today more than 200 young artists published in art magazines and over 50 award winner artists at international art contests. Mr. Kanyo invested a huge amount of personal time and resources, and the Academy’s stellar results demonstrate the power and benefits of diversity for every community.

After developing a large artistic basis, the EAC is facing the challenge to move our city to the next level and to put Edmonton on the international art map. Mr. Kanyo´s international experience could help to see Edmonton one day on the New York Times list of cities to be visited, the same way Saskatoon earned 2018 a place on that list.

Diane Kereluk

Diane Kereluk takes a vision and makes it reality through sound strategic development. She intuitively sees the threads of challenge present themselves as opportunity and navigates through the pros and cons bringing them together as a coherent whole. Respected as a credible voice in decision making, finding strategic partners, and establishing governance boundaries, Diane earns a seat at the table whenever the topic is “Let’s just build it”. Occupying the position of Executive Director for the Stony Plain Road and Area Business Association since 2006, Diane has faced many challenges changing the negative perception of a business area where judgment was based on a memory. Her motto on branding – “You do not create a brand – you create an experience which then becomes a brand.” Starting the first three years of her Post Secondary Education towards a CPA designation, she switched course and obtained her Associate Degree in Computer Programming. At the age of 23 her first employment break came when she was hired as the Manager of Accounting for the Calgary YWCA. Throughout her career she has held management positions in sales, finances, manufacturing and commercial real estate.

Morgan McClelland

Born and raised in Edmonton, Morgan is currently practising as a criminal defence lawyer with Hatch McClelland Moore. 
Morgan has been involved in the arts since falling in love with ballet as a child, although she didn't discover her love for theatre until she was an adult. Morgan sits on the steering committee for Edmonton's annual Lawyer Play with the Players de Novo, and for the last two years has participated in the Edmonton Fringe Festival with the Novus Actors. She is delighted to be able to contribute to Edmonton's arts community in a new and exciting way. 

Lynn Penrod

Lynn Penrod is Professor of French in the Department of Modern Languages & Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta. She holds advanced degrees in French from Ohio State and Yale and two law degrees from the U of A, where she also teaches in the Faculty of Law as a lecturer. Her research and teaching center on women writing in French, children’s literature, and translation studies. She is a literary translator and has held a number of administrative positions at the U of A. Most recently she was seconded as Executive Director of the U of A’s Research Ethics Office. Dr. Penrod served as President of Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council in Ottawa, two terms on the Edmonton Historical Board, and is a Director of the Muttart Foundation. A lifelong amateur musician (flute and cello), she has sung with A Joyful Noise community choir and currently sings with the Richard Eaton Singers, where she has served as Director and President.

Mark Power

Uniquely diversified experience blending in an array of genres in Television and Film, underpinning a career story about a professional who can make miracles happen! Solutions-driven, inspiring, and creative with an inquisitive mind, explorative nature, and adventurous spirit balanced with sharp business acumen; the discipline to tackle the impossible to produce memorable, impactful, provoking stories. Heavily research-driven, diving into pre-project investigative work to reduce risk while sustaining “big-picture” focus.

Over the years, Mark has lent expertise and built strong bonds with arts-based nonprofit groups as a board member and has partnered with media co-ops to raise awareness and spread accurate information/program promotions. Formerly, Mark served as Vice-President of FAVA (Film and Video Arts Society Alberta) and also served two terms as a director at large of Metro Cinema Society. He is a Permittee Member - IATSE 210, and Producer Member - AMPIA (Alberta Motion Picture Industries Association). Mark spent over a decade as Production Supervisor for the National Film Board of Canada’s, North West Centre Studio. His consultative services to government officials has helped fortify a positive public image through the design of campaigns covering public issues, protocols, and messaging. Over the years, he strategically managed and intelligently allocated a budget of $60,000 annually, as the administrator for the FAP - Filmmakers Assistance Program. He is a well-recognized community connector and workshop instructor versed in the disciplines of documentary filmmaking and storytelling.

Mireille Rijavec

Mireille has recently been appointed the Executive Director of Pro Coro Canada after serving as General Manager since September 2016. She has sung with the choir since 2003, and joined the Board as a singer’s representative in 2003. As a mezzo-soprano, Mireille has been heard many times on the CBC as soloist and has appeared with the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, the Richard Eaton Singers, Pro Coro Canada, the Edmonton Metropolitan Orchestra, Concordia University Corus and Orchestra, Opera Breve Vancouver, Western Concert Opera, Opera Lyra Ottaea, and in productions supported by Edmonton Opera. Mireille is also in demand as a cabaret singer: she presented her cabaret Brie, Baguette and a Broad many times in the last 10 years. Mireille was a Music Faculty at the University of Alberta’s Campus Saint-Jean from 1999 to 2012 and was on staff at Concordia University of Edmonton from 2006 to 2016 as a voice instructor, Manager Program Coordinator of Concordia’s School of Music. Mireille is a member of ARMTA (Alberta Registered Music Teachers Association), ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) and NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing).

Noel Xavier

Noel Xavier has served on the Board of Directors of the Edmonton Arts Council for the past three years. With over 20 years of resource development and senior management experience in the not-for-profit sector, Noel has worked with social services, immigration, health and arts and culture organizations. In addition to management positions at Edmonton Opera and the Art Gallery of Alberta, Noel has served on the Board of Directors of the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts and Opera NUOVA as well as the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) - Edmonton & Area Chapter.

As an Advisor with Edmonton Community Foundation, Noel works with individual donors, families and local charities to build endowment funds and legacy plans that create strategic, sustainable philanthropic support in our community. For the
past five years, Noel has worked actively with local arts organizations participating in the Canada Cultural Investment Fund initiatives of Canadian Heritage, a matching funds opportunity for professional performing arts groups. 

Since 2016, Noel has shared his fund development experience and personal interest in arts and culture with students as a sessional instructor in the Arts & Cultural Management Program at MacEwan University. Noel is thrilled to work with people who share his interest in making Edmonton a vibrant community. 

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