Board of Directors

1. Dian Bowers - President

Board Member Since February 9, 2015

Dian has served as a member of an Executive in Bolton for many years and actively involved with the literary community, volunteers, Board Members utilizing a collaborative approach to attain success.

2. Michelle Eissler - Vice President

Board Member Since November 22, 2017
Arts in our Community Coordinator January 2015 - December 2016
Interim Executive Director January - June 2017

Art & Art History Degree from University of Toronto and Interpretive Illustration Diploma from Sheridan College. Beginning as a freelance illustrator, Michelle has continued to develop as a visual artist and oil painter. She has participated in exhibitions at the Mississauga Civic Centre Art Gallery, the Peel Art Gallery, the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, and McMichael Canadian Art Gallery.

3. Jan Atkinson - Director, Youth Arts, Music Festival

Board Member Since January 11, 2011

35 years elementary teacher, public system in England & Canada. Advocate for special needs students. Volunteer with Literacy Council of South Simcoe,"Next Step", as a tutor (2008). Promoting awareness of the importance of access to the arts in our community for everyone.

4. Mike Schulze - Int. Director, Treasurer

Int. Board Member since May 2018Mike Schulze started as an apprentice mechanic twenty-five years ago and worked his way up through the ranks to become Engineering Manager of a multi-million-dollar division of a billion-dollar company. In 2012 he left that behind to start his own small business in Alliston, Ontario.
Mike is now the owner of Platform Press Hydraulics where he designs, builds and services hydraulic equipment.
Mike is also an award-winning photographer who has participated in several group exhibitions and two solo Arts in Our Community exhibitions through the SSAC. His photographs have been featured in and on the cover of the Brier Crier, Arts Talk, and in the Focus 50 Plus newspaper.
While he prefers to photograph nature, he has been seen with his camera around his neck at the Borden Air Show, as well as at various car races in Canada and the United States.
You can find him on line at and

5. Michelle Dinnick - Int. Director, Secretary

Int. Board Member since May 2018Michelle in an award-winning author and poet who writes both fiction and nonfiction. She has a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto; she is a contributing author in the recent Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Spirit of Canada, and a quarter finalist in the 2017 ScreenCraft Short Screenplay contest. Her writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail and a number of local magazines and newspapers in and around Alliston, including The Briar Crier, Total Sports, Voice of the Farmer, Arts Talk and Focus 50 Plus. Her short story "Lightning Strikers" (also featured at Commuter Lit) was made into a series in the Focus 50 Plus Newspaper because fans asked for more!
Before moving to Alliston to raise her young family, Michelle worked at the Art Gallery of Ontario Book Shop for over ten years.
Michelle is a professional member of the Canadian Authors Association. In addition to currently working on a novel and a feature-length screenplay, Michelle is also writing the Spotlight on Hospice Series in Focus 50 Plus for Matthews House Hospice. You can find her online at;,, @MichelleDinnick and of course,

6. Len MacLeod - Int. Director

Int. Board Member since May 2018

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.

8. Jessie Mead - Int. Director

Int. Board Member since May 2018

9. Debra Gibbs - Int. Director

Int. Board Member since May 2018