Provincial Task Forces

Each provincial initiative is supported by a volunteer group known as the Provincial Task Force which helps develop connections and partnerships with other initiatives, networks and sectors. As part of the role they play in helping to promote and develop provincial events, representatives from each Provincial Task Force are also encouraged to connect with their counterparts in other provinces to encourage continuity, collaborative learning, and to exchange ideas and strategies.



Rick Walters
Manager, Special Projects
Community Engagement Branch
Alberta Culture and Tourism

Lois Nickerson
Consultant, Special Projects
Community Engagement Branch
Alberta Culture and Tourism

Alla Honcharuk
Consultant, Special Projects
Community Engagement Branch
Alberta Culture and Tourism

Contact the Alberta Task Force via email

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British Columbia

Beth Carter

Bill Reid Gallery

Yvonne Chui
Arts and Community Connections Manager

Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Parks & Leisure Services

Douglas Durand

Cultural Planner, Cultural Services

City of Vancouver

Michael Fera
Program & Events Coordinator
Place des Arts

Lynne Gayan
Executive Director
Vernon Community Arts Centre

Rob Gloor

Executive Director

Alliance for Arts and Culture

Cara Graden
Arts, Culture & Heritage Coordinator

City of Kamloops

Caroline Ivey

Cultural Services Coordinator

City of Kelowna

Claire Halpern

Manager, Cultural Development

City of White Rock

Devin Jain
Manager of Cultural Services
City of Port Moody

Howard Jang
Vice  Chair, BC Culture Days Task Force
Professor of Professional Practice, School for Contemporary Arts
Director of the SFU Woodward's Cultural Unit
Simon Fraser University

Liesl Jauk

Manager, Community Cultural Development

City of Richmond

Sheila McKinnon

Manager, Arts Services

City of Surrey

Oliver Wisden-McTavish
Fine and Performing Arts Programmer
Place des Arts

Lucille Pacey

President & CEO

Arts Umbrella

Jean-François Packwood
Executive Director

Francophone Cultural & Artistic Council of BC

Judy Robertson

Chair, BC Culture Days Task Force
Communications Specialist

Metro Vancouver

Nichola Reddington
Culture Coordinator

City of Victoria

Tracy Satin
Vice Chair; Heritage Officer, Curator
Suk’ʷtəmsqilxʷ West Kelowna Arts Council (SWAC), Sncəwips Heritage Museum

Laura Schneider

Acting Director and Curator
The Reach Gallery Museum

Kirsten Schrader
Manager, Arts and Culture Division
Cowichan Valley Regional District

Paul Sontz

Manager, Cultural Tourism and Tickets Tonight

Tourism Vancouver

Sophia Suderman
Executive Director
Abbotsford Arts Council

Julia Trops

Suk’ʷtəmsqilxʷ West Kelowna Arts Council (SWAC)

Kat Wahamaa
Co-Artistic Director
Railtown Cultural Eclective


Contact the British Columbia Task Force via email

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Culture Days Manitoba Board of Directors

Jean Giguère, C.M.
Chair, Culture Days Manitoba
Vice-Chair, Culture Days National Board
Director, Business for the Arts
Chair Emeritus, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet

Monica Lowe
Vice-Chair, Culture Days Manitoba
Chair, Nuit Blanche Winnipeg
Distribution Director, Winnipeg Film Group

Thomas Sparling
Secretary-Treasurer, Culture Days Manitoba
Executive Director, Arts and Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba

Barbara Warrack
Retired Music Coordinator, Seven Oaks School Division

Catherine Maksymiuk
Manager, Media & Marketing, The Winnipeg Art Gallery

Cherry Karpyshin
General Manager, Prairie Theatre Exchange  

Crystal Kolt
Cultural Coordinator
, Flin Flon Arts Council 

Debra Fehr
Director of Marketing, Sales & Programs, The Manitoba Museum

Dominic Lloyd
Programs and Arts Development Manager
, Winnipeg Arts Council

Dorothy Dobbie
President, Pegasus Publications

Eric Plamondon
Executive Director, La Maison des artistes visuels francophones

Javier Schwersensky
Executive Director, Winnipeg Humane Society

Jeff Herd
Executive Director
, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet 

Nicole Matiation
Executive Director, On Screen Manitoba

Patricia Sanders
Associate Director of Policy, Planning and Partnerships
, Manitoba Arts Council

Virginia McKee 
Planning and Program Analyst
, Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection, 
Province of Manitoba

Contact the Manitoba Task Force via email


Newfoundland and Labrador

Amy House
Chair, Newfoundland & Labrador Task Force
Association of Cultural Industries of Newfoundland & Labrador

Gaylene Buckle
General Manager
Theatre Newfoundland Labrador

Gillian Davidge
Manager, Education and Public Programming Unit
The Rooms

Eleanor Dawson
Director of Arts, Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation
Newfoundland and Labrador Government

Dr. Smita Joshi
NL Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism

Patricia Parsons
Manager – Central Division
Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries

Donna Roberts

Labrador Cultural Outreach Officer
Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council

Mona Rossiter
Commercial Coordinator
Suncor Energy

Reg Winsor
Executive Director
Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council 

Contact the Newfoundland and Labrador Task Force via email

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New Brunswick

Jeanne-Mance Cormier
Co-chair, New Brunswick Task Force
Musée acadien de l'Université de Moncton

Nadia Khoury
Co-chair, New Brunswick Task Force
New Brunswick Foundation for the Arts

Julie Basque
Société culturelle des Tracadilles

Tim Borlase

Susan Chalmers-Gauvin
Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada

Akoulina Connell
Executive Director

Brendan Doyle
Ingrid Mueller Art + Concepts

Nathalie Dubois
Director, Arts Development
Dept. Tourism, Heritage and Culture

Jennifer Duguay
Tourism Manager
Town of Hampton

Jane Fullerton
NB Museum

Luc Gaudet
General Director
Centre des arts et de la culture de Dieppe

Francesca Holyoke
Department Head, Librarian
Archives and Special Collections, University of New Brunswick

Marie-Thérèse Landry
Conseil provincial des sociétés culturelles

Natalie Landry
Executive Director
NB Crafts Council

Nathalie Landry
Coordinator, New Brunswick Task Force
Communications Consultant
Écho Actions Communications

Cat LeBlanc
Member Services Director
NB Film Coop

Don Matheson
Executive Director
NB Youth Orchestra

Karen Matheson
Director of Education
Science East Science Centre

Melissa McCarthy
Archives Advisor
Council of Archives New Brunswick

Adda Mihailescu
Art Educator, Manager of Public Programs
Beaverbrook Art Gallery

Bill Mitchell
Assistant Regional Director
York Library Region

Ruth Murtgatroyd
Executive Director
Fredericton Regional Museum

Ingrid Pataki
Gallery 78

Rosemary Polegato
Professor, Department of Commerce
Mount Allison University

Robert Powell
Mayor of Oromocto
Town of Oromocto

Krista Rae
Marketing & Public Relations Officer
Kings Landing Historical Settlement

Roxanne Richard
Cultural Development Officer
City of Moncton

Murielle Savoie
Cultural officer
Centre communautaire Sainte-Anne

Kate Thompson
Public Services Development Librarian
New Brunswick Public Library Service

Kate Wallace
Executive Director
ArtsLink NB

Amani Wassef
Director of Education/Community Engagement
Fredericton Playhouse

Angela Watson
Cultural Development Officer
City of Fredericton

Dawn Waye
Tourism Administrator
City of Miramichi

Caroline Young Walker
Program Consultant
Dept. Tourism, Heritage and Culture

Contact the New Brunswick Task Force via email

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Nova Scotia

Nancy Morgan
Chair, Culture Days Nova Scotia Task Force
Independent Arts Management Consultant
Outreach Coordinator, Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre
Interim Administrator, Performing Arts Lodge Halifax
Dartmouth, NOVA SCOTIA

Greg Guy
Senior Communications Officer
CBC Nova Scotia

Susan Jeffries
Community Development Officer
Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage

Jennie King
Sales and Marketing Manager
Neptune Theatre

Charlie Rhindress
Associate Artist
Neptune Theatre

Contact the Nova Scotia Task Force via email

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Ontario Culture Days Board of Directors

Ontario Culture Days incorporated provincially as a not-for-profit in January 2015.

Warren Garrett (Chair)
Executive Director
Ontario Presents

Anita Gaffney (Secretary)
Executive Director
Stratford Shakespeare Festival

Gary Filan (Treasurer)
Vice President Business Development

Andrea Halwa
Executive Director
London Arts Council 

Maria Jurewicz
Communications Manager
The T1 Agency

Ontario Culture Days Task Force

Adam Belovari
Culture Coordinator
City of Burlington

Angela Paparizo

Cultural Planner
City of Burlington

Angie Aranda
Manager of Strategic Partnerships & Operations 
Neighbourhood Arts Network

Annesha Hutchinson
Media and Communication Coordinator
Ontario Library Association

Ashley Judd-Rifkin
Culture Coordinator
City of St. Catharines

Ashely Young
Cultural Development Supervisor - Recreation & Culture Division
City of Thunder Bay

Astero Kalogeropoulos
Manager – Arts, Culture, Festivals and Events l Economic Development
City of Waterloo

Bernadette Ward
Executive Director
Oakville Arts Council

Brandon Moore
Communications Coordinator
Theatre Ontario

Caitlin Wagg
Collections Manager/Registrar
Sharon Temple National Historic Site and Museum

Carly Anderson
Supervisor, Recreation - Arts Programs
Milton Centre for the Arts

Carol Feeney
Executive Director
Quinte Arts Council

Cassandra Magazzeni
Arts and Culture Coordinator
City of Welland

Cathy Masterson
Manager of Cultural Affairs
The City of Windsor

Chad Riley
Leamington Arts Centre

Christopher Menard
Cultural Development Coordinator
City of Windsor

Claire Hopkinson
Executive Director
Toronto Arts Council

Dhira Ghosh
Event Coordinator
London Arts Council

Donna Goodwin
Tourism and Economic Development
Simcoe County

Doug Sewell
Highland Players
Almaguin Highlands

Eileen Smith
Arts and Culture Marketing Coordinator
Perth Arts Connect

Elizabeth Bender
Municipal Cultural Planning Coordinator
Township of Centre Wellington

Erin Vaughan

Community Event Facilitator
City of North Bay

Gillian Hards
Cultural Services Coordinator
Town of Richmond Hill

Gregory Peddie
Arts Development Coordinator
City of Brampton

Haleigh Fox
Cultural Event Coordinator
City of Orillia

Helen Yung
Independent Artist/Consultant
Culture Days

Helena Huopalainen
Manager of Community Engagement
Sault Ste. Marie Library

Jacoba Knaapen
Executive Director
Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts

Jacqueline Soczka
Manager of Culture
City of Orillia

Jane Diamanti
Comissioner of Community Services
Town of Halton Hills

Jane Taylor
Facilities Director
Aurora Cultural Centre

Janis Luttrell
Recreation Programmer, Arts and Culture
City of Newmarket

Jen Rafter
Cultural Program and Event Coordinator
City of Guelph

Jennifer Tupling
Cultural Coordinator
City of St. Catharines

Jim Barber
Culture Days Committee
Greater Napanee

Joan Cotte
Culture Days Committee

Jodi Hendriks
Culture & Community Enhancement Programmer, Recreation, Culture, & Wellness
Town of Pelham

John Lindsay
Sudbury Arts Council

Kaitlyn Webb Patience
Arts Milton Coordinator
Arts Milton

Kalsang Dolma

Karina Douglas
Reference Librarian/Vice-President
Timmins Public Library/Porcupine Art Club

Katie Wilde
City of Waterloo

Kelly Stahl
Senior Advisor, HACE Creative Economy
Economic Development and Tourism, City of Brampton

Kay Mathews
Executive Director
Ontario Buisiness Area Improvement Association (OBIAA)

Kevin MacKinnon
Leisure Services Supervisor
Town of East Gwillimbury

Kim Dayman
Program Manager
Lakeshore Arts

Kirsten Gunter
Director of Communications
Ontario Arts Council

Kristyn Chambers
Tourism Coordinator
Regional Municipality of Durham

Laura Service
Outreach Coordinator and Gallery Manager
Arts Council Windsor and Region

Lisa Abbott
Supervisor Events and Promotions, Culture Division
City of Mississauga

Lise King
Event Coordinator, Culture Days Corbeil
King’s Framing, Corbeil

Lori Medeiros
Special Events/Scheduler/Membership Coordinator
Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Culture Centre

Marie Lalonde
Executive Director
Ontario Museum Association

Marnie Lapierre
Coordinator for Festivals Events and Special Projects
City of Timmins

Melissa Foster
Communicators Coordinator
North York Arts

Mirella Tersigni
Community Development Coordinator
City Vaughan

Natalie Kaiser
Executive Assistant
Toronto Arts Council/Toronto Arts Foundation

Nichole Anderson
Executive Director
Business for the Arts

Onalee Groves
Culture Officer
City of Barrie

Pam Mackenzie
Community Organizer
Timiskaming District and District of Muskoka

Patti Broughton
Executive Director
Guelph Arts Council

Robert Giarda
Communications Officer, Cultural Services Department
City of Kingston

Russ Disotell
Brockville Arts Co-operative

Russell Raven
Interim Executive Director
Arts Council of Sault Ste Marie & District

Ruth Crocker
Marketing Coordinator
St. Thomas Public Library

Samantha Rodin
Executive Director
York Region Arts Council

Sandra Poczobut
Manager Library Programming
Elgin County

Sara Munroe
Arts and Culture Coordinator
City of Brantford

Sandra Bateman
Public Art Coordinator - Recreation & Culture Division
City of Thunder Bay

Shelagh Paterson
Executive Director
Ontario Library Association

Stephen Near

Program Director
Hamilton Arts Council

Susan Nagy
Executive Director
Lakeshore Arts

Teri Souter
Manager of Arts, Culture & Heritage
Town of Huntsville

Warren Garrett
Executive Director
Ontario Presents

Contact the Ontario Task Force via email

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Prince Edward Island

Henk van Leeuwen
Chair, Prince Edward Island Task Force
Executive Director
Culture PEI

Darrin White
Executive Director
PEI Council of the Arts

Peggy Reddin
Director of Arts Education
Confederation Centre of the Arts

Ghislaine Cormier
Executive Director
Fédération culturelle de l'IPÉ

Contact the Prince Edward Island Task Force via email

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Rose Gilks
General Manager

Diane Ell
Communications Manager

Dominga Robinson
Outreach Consultant

Shelley Fayant
Communications Consultant

Contact the Saskatchewan Task Force via email