Jennifer Gilbert

President

Jennifer has developed wonderful partnerships with the business community and not-for-profit organizations. She believes in supporting artists' success through education and mentoring. Jennifer understand that teamwork and communication are essential for the SSAC's continued success and is looking forward to adding her knowledge, skills and abilities as part of the Board of Directors.

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Jackie Warmelink

Vice President

Born in the United Kingdom, Jackie Warmelink has lived in the Mulmer hills for over 35 years. Originally trained as a Home Economist and Cordon Bleu Chef, Jackie started collecting pottery while working in South Africa in the late 1970's. She was drawn to the organic colours and shapes and loved how they showcased her food creations. She took her first pottery lessons in Africa, working with clays from the Masai Mara plains.

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Ken Burns

Past President

Since retirement from the railroad in 2007, Ken has been active in several volunteer positions in the local community and beyond, including the past 11 years as a director on the board of the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation. There he has held the positions of Vice-Chairperson 2009-2010, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors, 2010-2012 and Secretary 2012-2019.

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Michelle Dinnick

Secretary

Michelle Dinnick is an award-winning author and poet who writes both fiction and nonfiction. Her work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, The Voice of the Farmer, Focus 50 Plus, Total Sports Magazine, The Briar Crier, and Arts Talk.

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Debra Gibbs

Director

I started on the Potters Wheel at age 16 learning with my students and went on
to graduate from Seneca College with a Visual Arts Instructor's Diploma in 1981. After successfully completing a four-year apprenticeship with a Master Potter of FINE Porcelain, I continue to teach pottery in my studio and showroom.

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Taylor Massoussi

Treasurer

Isolde Ryan

Director

Isolde is both a visual artist and author. She best known for her landscapes in oil and likes to combine them with abstracts. Some work is for sale. Isolde became a member of the South Simcoe Arts Council and went on to win the People's Choice Award in 2010 for painting and was the 1st place winner in the 2015 and 2017 Battle of the Brushes. Isolde is a member of the Wordsmiths writing group and is working on her first novel. She is also a contributing author in the 2017 edition of the Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Spirit of Canada.

Curious About Joining the Board?

We are actively seeking new board members

If you are passionate about promoting the Arts in our community and would like to learn what is involved in being a SSAC Board Director, please contact SSAC President Jennifer Gilbert at j.gilbert@southsimcoeartscouncil.com.