As an artist with commercial art training, Lise brings a deep love of the visual arts. Lise founded Continuum II, a highly respected boutique financial planning firm in Burlington Ontario. As a trusted source for Globe and Mail, National Post and Toronto Star, Lise's financial planning accomplishments include authoring 3 books. She served on the Board of Directors for Halton Women's Place and established the Andreana Family Trust Fund to assist youth and their families.
Neil brings a unique perspective to the Board, incorporating his extensive experience as a former professor and long-serving Dean of Business, Hospitality and Tourism spanning several decades at Ontario Colleges. His formal education includes a Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees, a Diploma in Applied Arts,and an MBA.
Neil and his wife have lived in Historic Old Town for over 20 years, where he passionately pursues his creative impulses as an artist in his studio and at his Art by Rene Gallery.
A dedicated and highly organized professional, Marina brings her administrative experience to the board. She studied Human Resources Management from McMaster University, and holds a BA in Labour Studies from Brock University. In her free time, Marina enjoys hiking and long walks in the lovely trails of Niagara - Port Dalhousie and Decew Falls are among her favourites. She takes great delight in cooking Mexican, Italian, and Indian cuisine for her family and friends.
Sandra graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and developed her career in Administrative and Project Management for the Pharmaceutical industry. She decided to take her lifelong love of the arts to a new level by studying and eventually graduating with honours from the Sheridan College Fine Arts certificate program. She has exhibited her work in many shows, had gallery representation and was on the Board of an arts organization near Toronto. She moved to Niagara upon retirement and has enjoyed drawing, painting, teaching and voluntarily supporting the arts in her new community.
After earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Joanne dedicated over 35 years to diverse roles, including Acute Care Hospitals, The Canadian Red Cross, Community Health, Workplace Safety and Insurance, and Information Technology, implementing Electronic Health Records in Ontario. After retiring, she settled in Niagara-on-the-Lake, focusing on volunteering and visual arts. Art has always been a part of her life, from needlework to watercolour painting. Combining volunteer work and artistic pursuits, Joanne finds joy in meeting new people and witnessing creative journeys unfold.
Vika possesses a robust business acumen, with experience in retail operations for a luxury brand and demonstrating entrepreneurial prowess. Throughout her career, her passion for the arts shines through in her unique approach to infusing workplace culture with artistic elements. She curated exhibits and integrated art experiences to enrich the lives of both customers and colleagues. Upon relocating to Niagara-on-the-Lake, her dedication to the arts persisted as she actively volunteered for several arts-related organizations, including the Riverbrink Art Museum and currently serving as a board member for the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre.
Clare grew up in Niagara and completed a Bachelor of Arts in History and Art History at the University of Toronto. She also holds an MA in History and MBA, and currently works as the Manager of Customer Experience for the City of Burlington. Clare owns and operates a small business in Niagara-on-the-Lake, designing and producing locally made garments with hand-lettered designs based on the unique history of this community. She is passionate about the importance of place, built form, heritage and good design.
Dorothy graduated from Carleton University with a degree in Political Science and Mass Communication. It was in Ottawa's vibrant art community that she was introduced to the art world. Dorothy and her husband Erwin farm 120 acres of vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Balancing work duties with her Board role at Cornerstone Community Church, co-organizer of the Christmas Tractor Parade and contributor to charity quilting projects, Dorothy takes a pragmatic approach to navigate her multifaceted responsibilities while ensuring her unwavering dedication towards her commitment to community enrichment and impactful initiatives.
Sandra O'Connor is a Niagara-on-the-Lake Councillor, and is delighted to join the board of directors. Throughout her life, Sandra has volunteered in her community. A Brock graduate in geography, she has focused her career on research for scientific organizations. Although her passion is the environment, she has a great appreciation for visual arts and has artwork from many local artists in her home.