The Region of Waterloo Arts Fund is managed by a 14-person volunteer board, representing a broad spectrum of involvement in the arts. It serves the three cities of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo and the four townships of Wilmot, Woolwich, North Dumfries and Wellesley that make up Waterloo Region.
Board members volunteer their time and expertise, and reflect the diversity found in the arts community at large.
Members of the board are elected for a maximum of six consecutive years, after which many members choose to volunteer with the Arts Fund in another capacity - as a Peer-to-Peer Coach for grant applicants, for example.
Monica was born and raised in the Waterloo Region and has enjoyed raising her family in Cambridge for the past 19 years. Monica went to the University of Guelph and graduated with a Political Studies degree and to McGill University for Health and Social Service Management. Her career started in the pharmaceutical industry in sales then clinical research which took her and her husband Graham to Montreal and then back to Cambridge to raise their two daughters.
A constant thread in her life has been dance and a love of a ballet. Monica has taught dance for over 35 years at dance studios and for the City of Cambridge. Through the coffee roasting business she now owns with her husband, she has been able to connect with the art community through hosting art exhibits and music events. Monica feels it is a privilege to be an even bigger part of making art happen in the community through her work with the Arts Fund Board.
Lindsay Golds has been working in the arts and culture sector for over ten years in various management roles. In 2019 Lindsay began working at the Region of Waterloo, currently as a Project Coordinator in Public Health. Lindsay received her BA in History from Acadia University and completed her MA in Museum Studies in the UK at the University of Leicester. Lindsay holds her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute.
Bill Chesney has worked in professional theatre as a set and costume designer and scenic artist for more than 30 years, and has designed sets and/or costumes for more than 200 productions. Recent work includes set and costume designs for Lighthouse Theatre Festival in Port Dover as well as a 25+ year creative association with the Manitoba Theatre for Young People (MTYP) in Winnipeg. Highlights of his work with MTYP include “Comet in Moominland”, based on the children’s classic by renowned author/illustrator Tove Jansson, and “House at Pooh Corner”, an innovative and immersive presentation of the beloved children’s classic.
A master scenic artist, Bill was the Head Scenic Painter for the Pantages Theatre and touring Canadian productions of “The Phantom of the Opera”, and designed and executed an interior mural entitled “Change is Gradual” for the Guelph Community Health Centre. Bill is a retired faculty member in Theatre and Performance in the Communication Arts department, Faculty of Arts, University of Waterloo, and also served as Associate Dean of Arts – Undergraduate Students, 2007 - 2019.
Helen Jowett was re-elected as Regional Councillor for Cambridge in 2018.
She believes strongly that a healthy prosperous community is achieved by the ability of leaders in business, education and government to collaborate and engage constituents.
Helen is a Certified Human Resources Professional and Mediator and holds a Master's in Business Administration. She has also been an advocate on various business and community boards.
Helen is past Chair of the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce and Vice Chair of Conestoga College, along with a host of other volunteer work.
Helen was also past chair on Canada's Technology Triangle, the Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation, and Junior Achievement. She was also President of Sunrise Rotary, a member of the Prosperity Forum and the Barnraisers Council.
Rick Nixon (Canada, 1956) is a sculptor/multidisciplinary artist. He received his MFA from the University of Waterloo in 2006 and his Masters in Art History from York University. As a recipient of the Keith and Winifred Shantz Internship he apprenticed with internationally renowned sculptor David Mach in Scotland. He has exhibited his work nationally and has recently exhibited at Cambridge Galleries and the MacLaren Art Centre. He is a recipient of a Research in the Americas Grant from York University and numerous Ontario Arts Council grants. He currently lives and works in Waterloo, Ontario.
Karen Redman is the Regional Chair of the Waterloo Region, elected in October 2018, and has been dedicated to public service for more than 20 years. She has represented the community at several levels of government including federal, municipal and the board of education. She served on Regional Council as a representative for the City of Kitchener, and on the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund Board, from 2014 to 2018.
Karen has a Master's degree in Political Science, as well as an Honour's Bachelor's degree in English.
She was Chief Executive Officer at Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region from 2010 to 2018. In other community activities, Karen has served as Chair of the Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region, President of the Rotary Club of Kitchener 2014-2015 and as a Board Member of Martin Lutheran University College (formerly Waterloo Lutheran Seminary). She is the recipient of the Queen's Jubilee Medal and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal.
Ian Ring is a composer and musician, focused on the creation of concert repertoire, mostly for solo piano. An avid advocate for self-publishing and DIY recording, Ian manages his work through a solely-run publishing company, doing every part of music production including composition, performance, recording, audio engineering, notation of scores, copyright, publishing, managing royalties, and marketing. In addition to his concert portfolio, Ian's work has been used in film soundtracks, dance choreography, live theatre, and in collaborative recordings with other artists.
Ian impacted the local music scene in the 1990s with the funk-groove band The Dervishes, and acted as the long-time primary pianist and arranger for singer Derek Hines. He holds a Fine Art degree from UW, and is well versed in a wide variety of artistic forms. Ian was born in Kitchener, and resides minutes from DTK. Aside from music, Ian also enjoys biking, gardening, reading, community building, and coding open source technology projects.
Susan brings a rich, eclectic history to the literary arts. Her latest book, the edited collection Body & Soul (2019), reflects her passion, working with artists, activists, writers and poets on transformative projects that inspire real change. Susan is a founding member of Native-Immigrant, a Montreal-based collective that bridges Indigenous, settler and immigrant communities in the north and global south through collaborative arts and cultural engagement. She has taught at Renison, at St. Jerome’s, and at Wilfrid Laurier, and has guest lectured at the Yale Institute for Sacred Music.
A rural-urban hybrid who came to Waterloo as a student, Susan has since lived and worked in Toronto and Montreal, New England, the South, the Southwest, and high in the Southern Rockies. She followed an Honours BA and MA from Wilfrid Laurier University with doctoral work in anthropology, fine arts and religious studies at the University of Pittsburgh, and a certificate in creative writing from the Humber School for Writers. After joining the board of Waterloo Region’s national literary magazine, The New Quarterly, in 2005, she went on to become lead nonfiction editor, associate director of the Wild Writers Festival, director of creative writing retreats and, in 2020, director of the Wild Writers Mentorship Program.
As a life long resident of Waterloo, Peter's love of the Arts started at a young age with exposure to North America's oldest student film competition, the Charlie Awards. Storytelling and filmmaking have been at the core of every step in Peter's career since. Peter founded Memory Tree, a media production company in 1996. Currently employing 25 artists, Memory Tree creates media stories for a wide variety of clients around the world. They tell stories in many mediums: Video, Photography, Graphic design, Animation, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Podcasting.
Peter served as Chairperson for Conestoga College's Media Program Advisory Committee from 2013-15, Membership Chair for Entrepreneurs Organization (Southwestern Ontario Chapter) 2015-17, and Memory Tree has been a major sponsor to countless cultural and arts events in Waterloo Region over the last 20 years.
Born in Listowel, Ontario, Carol Ann moved to K-W in 1968 and has spent her adult life either actively involved in or fervently supporting the Arts community. Having completed degrees in Vocal Performance (WLU) and Bachelor of Education (Western), she has sung in many choirs (both amateur & professional) throughout her life, including a 20+ year stint with the Elora Festival Singers. In addition to her love for choral music, she has performed as a soloist in both classical, pops & musical theatre genres throughout North America, established and managed a 70-voice community choir, and adjudicated at music festivals across the province. Through her private voice studio and seasonal business (Waterloo County Carollers), she has remained connected to the community and the local arts scene.