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 - Dance
Nola Antony has been training, performing and teaching in many styles of dance for thirty years. Nola has also obtained her multidisciplinary Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drama, Art and Dance. She is a certified dance teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance, certified with Acrobatic Arts and Professional Adjudication Alliance. She is currently teaching the dance curriculum for the Peak Athletic Academy (formerly Edge Fort McMurray) and the Triple Threat Academy. Recently Nola has been adjudicating for various dance competitions across Canada.
Nola is honored to be a part of the Arts Council Wood Buffalo Board of Directors.
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 – Business/Industry
Scott Meller studied music and music instrument repair at college and is currently the General Manager of Campbell’s Music. Scott has lived in Wood Buffalo for 22 years and has assisted several local business and non profit organizations by guiding and helping active members find efficiency and professional practices to apply to the success of their group. Scott hopes to apply the same principles to ACWB to help ensure longevity and increased participation of the arts in the RMWB. Scott believes the arts are essential to the success of the region and artists can help to provide quality of life to our residents.
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.
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.