One of the strengths of ACWB is its voluntary Board of Directors which represents all areas of the arts sector. This diversity ensures that the Arts Council is meeting the needs of our multifaceted sector and the wider community.
Board and staff are considered leaders in their fields and help drive the momentum of the organization.
Current Board of Directors
To contact the Board of Directors, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 587-674-1625.
Director - Literary Arts
As a freelance writer and blogger, Theresa has written extensively about the arts community in the region. She has seen tremendous growth in the arts community, particularly in the literary arts, and is excited to be part of ensuring sustainability and long term viability of a burgeoning and vibrant arts spectrum. Through her professional work she has had the opportunity to work with visual artists and be involved in new public art projects in the region, as well as promoting annual events such as Alberta Culture Days. Theresa has also had the opportunity to work with performing artists from a variety of disciplines (music, dance, theatre) and have gained both knowledge and experience through these opportunities.
As the community enters into a new era post-fire, Theresa believes the arts will have renewed value, significance and importance in assisting the community to reconnect, rebuild and recover from the experience. She also recognizes this may prove to be an even more challenging time for the arts community given some of the losses experienced and new financial challenges, and she welcomes being part of strengthening the arts community through a role on the Arts Council.
Director - Music
Sarah Neiman is a classically trained singer with a passion for teaching and performance. She earned both a BMusic in Music Education and a MMusic in Voice Performance from the University of Western Ontario. Sarah’s musical studies and performances have taken her to throughout Canada, and even Urbania, Italy – and she is now an active recitalist and performer in her home of Fort McMurray. Here, Sarah maintains a busy studio of voice students and works as an instructor with UpTown! Music and Dance, and she is very pleased to be serving on the board of ACWB.
Director - Community
As the North Zone representative of the Alberta Drama Festival Association Hanna has been able combine her experience in fundraising and networking, that she gained from her time as Resource Development Coordinator with the United Way of Fort McMurray and chairperson of other organizations, with her ability to make and cultivate new connections.She also has a deep understanding of volunteer engagement, management and appreciation, both from having been active in non-profit organizations such as the Lund Student Theatre in Sweden, and from her role as the Functional Area Workforce Scheduler assigning volunteers during the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games.
Hanna’s love of the arts paired with her professional ability, love of spreadsheets, and volunteer experience is a great asset for Arts Council Wood Buffalo. She is excited to join the ACWB Board – working as a part of a great team for a cause she is truly passionate about.
Director – Business/Industry
The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has been home to Florence Weber since 1958. An early appreciation of art led Florence to open a picture framing business in 1991. This business grew into a large art gallery, yarn gallery and picture framing store - Points North Gallery, which is celebrating 25 successful years in Fort McMurray. Florence has experience collaborating with artists, writing contracts, negotiating with large businesses for the purchase of mass sales of original art, and in creating art exhibitions for the purpose of selling original art. In the non-profit sector Florence has been an active Rotary member since 2004, sitting as the youth exchange coordinator for many years. Another organization that Florence has dedicated her passion to is Some Other Solutions, where she was a board member.
Director – Visual Arts
Erin Stinson has been a resident of Wood Buffalo for 15 years and currently is a full-time, multi-disciplinary artist. Erin holds a Bachelor’s degree in both Music and Education.
As a full-time visual artist, with education and experience in many arts disciplines, Erin brings a “multi-faceted point of view”. Managing an arts practice; planning, creating and exhibiting bodies of work; managing deadlines and communications; teaching and presenting; as well as organizing events / arts productions are all experiences that allow her to bring a practical, passionate voice to the Arts Council Board.
Director - Dance
Arts Council Wood Buffalo is currently seeking appointees for the Director - Dance position.
Liana Wheeldon is a graduate of Emily Carr College of Art and Design and has been a professional visual artist for over 20 years. Liana has had a lengthy career in customer service management and before coming to Arts Council, she spent a year administering the Learning Through the Arts program as the Wood Buffalo Regional Manager. Since moving to Fort McMurray in 2009, Liana has been an active volunteer and art advocate in our community and was one of four artists chosen for the 2014 Wood Buffalo Artist In Residence program run by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. She continues to create and instruct art to adults, youth and children. Liana looks forward to bringing her strong leadership and administrative skills, as well as her arts experience to this important role in the arts community.
Christina Beckman holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts (Visual Communications) degree from Medicine Hat College and has worked in various marketing roles including online marketing, marketing and database management, event planning and international sales. Christina is passionate about sharing experiences, learning about local arts and tourism, and helping to strategies and promote local organizations. Her photography and fine art practice has given her the opportunity to travel and participate in art apprenticeships on a national and international scale.