Statement of Board of Directors as of January 2017
The South Simcoe Arts Council is an umbrella charitable, non profit, volunteer run organization committed to improving the quality of life through education and involvement in the arts.
Mandate: To foster the cultural enrichment of South Simcoe by developing a widespread appreciation of, support for and involvement with the arts. To continually enhance our collaborations with our community partners, which in turn enrich and enhance arts and culture events.
MEET YOUR NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR!
The South Simcoe Arts Council is very pleased to announce the recent appointment of Len MacLeod as its new Executive Director. As of June 9, 2017, Len commenced managing all of the community activities in which the South Simcoe Arts Council is involved.
Len brings with her an outstanding professional background coupled with strategic management and community involvement and engagement initiatives; all of which began with an Honours Degree in Visual Arts.
Prior to joining our organization, Len lived and worked in Mexico, the West Indies and an Ontario First Nation’s community. As a classroom teacher and later as a Special Education coordinator, Len learned skills central to developing positive cross-cultural awareness and effective advocacy. Len worked in a bilingual, bicultural education resource centre that serviced 24 First Nation’s communities and wrote the K-8 curriculum for The Arts.
Len earned a Master’s Degree from Emmanuel College, University of Toronto, further honing her skills to identify systemic barriers, marginalization and institutionalized oppression.
With a passion for social justice, teaching and The Arts, Len developed and personally fundraised her Drawing for Wellbeing programme, held in Angus, ON, which seeks to overcome barriers and introduce as many as possible to the multi-faceted benefits of The Arts which encourage wellbeing, positive life experiences, confidence and self-esteem.
Naming and helping to remove barriers, while advocating for the marginalized is a priority provincially and federally. We are confident that Len’s prior achievements, which coincide with the current provincial and federal priorities, will greatly assist our strategic growth plans for New Tecumseth and area Arts and Cultural undertakings.
Michelle has a degree in Art & Art History from the University of Toronto, and an Interpretive Illustration diploma from Sheridan College. Having spent many years as an illustrator and fine artist, Michelle was thrilled to join the South Simcoe Arts Council fullfilling various roles such as Arts in Our Community Coordinator, Executive Director and Events Coordinator. Michelle continues to share and volunteer her valuable time and energy to the South Simcoe Arts Council.
Furthering the importance of the arts and encouraging its exposure to the community are a passion of Michelle’s, as she continues to paint and exhibit her own body of work.
|Charles Cooper - Treasurer||
|Dian Bowers - Secretary, Literary Arts||
|Jan Atkinson - Director, Youth Arts, Music Festival||
|Kristina Giammattolo - Vice President||
|Lynda Mitchell Reynolds - President||
|Matthew Rait - Director, Music Festival Committee||
|Sarah Jane O'Donnell - Director, Social Media||
|Yvonne Hugli - Director, Assists with Data Entry||