Council Members

Roberta Christianson

High Bluff, Manitoba

Roberta Christianson is currently Chair of the Manitoba Foundation for the Arts (2000 – present) and the Portage la Prairie Public Arts Committee (2015 – present) and is a director of Southport Airport and Commercial Properties (2014 – present).   She has also served as Chair of Manitobans for the Arts (2016 – 2017) and Vice-Chair of Arts Stabilization Manitoba.   Roberta previously served as Chair of the Manitoba Arts Council from 1992 to 2000.

Scott Baldwin

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Scott Baldwin is the Chair of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Manitoba Chapter.  He is also the Governance Committee Chair of Frontier College Foundation and a Director of Frontier College in Toronto—Canada’s oldest literacy organization. Scott has led a variety of board governance reviews and audits, organizational assessments, and successful start-up board projects.  He works with the governance boards of arts and culture organizations, large health-care networks, and professional medical associations, and has provided advisory board services for social media companies. Scott has an MBA and earned professional certifications as a Corporate Director (ICD.D) and Management Consultant (FCMC).

Yisa Akinbolaji

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Yisa Akinbolaj is a full-time visual artist. Since 1986, Yisa has professionally engaged in extensive art practice and exhibitions: working in a variety of media. He is a graduate of general arts and painting from Yaba College of Arts and Technology. He also holds a Diploma in Advertising Art from Red River College and MFA in Visual Arts from University of North Dakota. Before immigrating to Canada in 1997, Yisa was recognized with inclusion in Nigerian Artists: A Who’s Who and Bibliography (1993), compiled and edited by Bernice Kelly and Janet L. Stanley for the publication of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries. Yisa also a former art instructor is acclaimed for his use of ‘adaptive gum’, a medium he produced for his identifiable painting technique. His artwork now includes the creation of abstract metal sculpture. Yisa is the founder of Creative Foundation Inc. and has been president of the Manitoba Society of Artists. He has also been a juror for the Manitoba Arts Council.

Sharron Curry Wiens

Morden, Manitoba

Sharron Curry Wiens began studying music at the Maritime Conservatory in Halifax. She holds Bachelor of Music and Education degrees from the University of Manitoba and took graduate studies at the Royal College of Music, London, UK. Her career includes CBC Hymn Sing chorus, conducting choirs, teaching private lessons and as an early years classroom educator. Serving as chair of Manitoba Arts Network, Morden and District Festival of the Arts and the Pembina Hills Arts Council, she promoted the growth of the arts through team work, innovative programming and stable budgets. She participated in organizational governance workshops through ASM. A member of the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers Association and the board of Southern Manitoba Concerts, Sharron encourages young musicians and is an active supporter of many forms of accessible culture.

Elizabeth Gornik

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Elizabeth Gornik has been involved in the artistic community for many years, having danced with a Folk Dance Group at Folklarama. She has performed in the Winnipeg Fringe Festival and managed/coordinated the former Exul Theatre Company. Elizabeth also has a Master’s Degree in Education/Counselling from the University of Manitoba with a focus on motivational training in the arts and sports. She currently volunteers as a consultant on curriculum and training at the Royal Dance Conservatory, a family operated dance academy.

Janeen Junson

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Janeen Junson is the owner of Artists Emporium, the largest art supply store in central Canada (1999-present). Prior to joining the artistic community, she worked as a mortgage specialist with Investor’s Group and a financial advisor with Midland Walwyn. Janeen is a former member of the Winnipeg Art Gallery Board of Directors and the Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba Board of Directors (2004-2010), an organization that supports female entrepreneurs.

Kathy Moscou

Brandon, Manitoba

Kathy Moscou is a visual artist, pharmacist and researcher at Brandon University Centre for Aboriginal and Rural Education Studies where she has worked with Indigenous youth to use storytelling and photographs to share their perspectives on community issues. She has a Doctor of Philosophy, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Global Health (University of Toronto, 2016) and Master of Public Health. Kathy’s art is both classic and contemporary, exploring issues of race, identity and culture. It has been exhibited in galleries throughout Canada and in the United States, including most recently at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba in the 2016 Annual Members Show.

Tricia Penner

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Tricia Penner is an Educator and a Performing Artist. She has studied the performing arts and education in Manitoba and with various experts from Canada and the United States. She has taught in both rural and city schools. She was the Performing Arts Consultant in the Winnipeg School Division, worked with the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Learning Through The Arts program and is the Artistic Director and Producer of two main stage productions of the Youth Singers of Calgary. She works as a Guest Conductor throughout Manitoba and conducts the Winnipeg Girls Choir. She is currently the Vice Principal of Norquay School.

David Roberts

Winnipeg, Manitoba

David Roberts is self-employed as a researcher, communications consultant, writer, painter and illustrator for Inkstain Inc. He has trained as a method actor at Drama Centre, London, and, after obtaining an MA degree, he went on to work as a non-fiction writer and author. His board experience includes the Manitoba Writers Guild, as VP of the Winnipeg International Writers Festival, and as member of the Plug-In Institute of Contemporary Art. He has worked as a print journalist and has been a professional painter since 2006.

Lewis Rosenberg

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Lewis Rosenberg is a retired entrepreneur an business man who owned and operated an international real estate mining and construction firm whose head office was in Winnipeg.  He received his fine arts training at the University of Minnesota where he studied theatre, film and the visual arts.  On his return to Winnipeg in the 70s he became very active in the arts community having help found PTE, Artspace, the Fringe Festival and the Gas Station Theatre.  Over the years he has been involved in many charitable organizations and boards.  He is widowed and has 3 grown children, 1 of whom is currently producing theatre professionally.

Gurpreet Sehra

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Gurpreet Sehra is a multidisciplinary artist who works in traditional and contemporary media, including painting, video, printmaking and installation. In her work, she is interested in exploring conceptions of gender, as related to Sikh-Punjabi diasporic communities. She has completed two public art commissions in Winnipeg, most recently a mural entitled Social Seed. She has exhibited and held artist residencies in Europe, and has served as a panelist at several interdisciplinary conferences across North America. She currently serves on the board of MAWA (Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art). She holds a B.A in Art and Art History and Sociology, and a Master of Fine Arts degree. She was born and raised in the greater Toronto area and now calls Winnipeg home.

Lesia Szwaluk

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Lesia Szwaluk is the Executive Director of the Shevchenko Foundation, a philanthropic institution dedicated to the preservation, promotion and development of the Ukrainian Canadian cultural heritage. Lesia received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal in 2012 for her work in the community.

Josée Théberge

Winnipeg, Manitoba

As general director of L’Association culturelle franco-manitobaine, Josée Théberge manages partnerships, the budget and financial reports, and oversees policy implementation.  She is currently on the board of the French Canadian Cultural Federation, and has served on board for the Saint-Boniface Museum, Friends of the Saint-Boniface Museum and Alliance Française.

Bonnie White

The Pas, Manitoba

As co-ordinator of The Pas Arts Council, Bonnie White co-ordinates events, marketing and web design.  White previously worked with the Manitoba Tourism Education Council and her volunteer board experience includes chair of The Pas Regional Library Board.

Dr. Leanne Zacharias

Brandon, Manitoba

Cellist Leanne Zacharias crosses genres and geographies through sound, performance, installation and pedagogy. On faculty at Brandon University, Domaine Forget International Music Academy, Cadenza Music Week and Pressure Waves 2017 Workshop, recent projects include A Wild Studio (Grasslands National Park), Hybrid Intensive (San Francisco), Listening Booth: solo recitals for solo audience member in the Agassiz Festival and Sounding the Wake of a Glacier, commissioned as part of LandMarks2017. Her unique Music for Spaces initiative has been presented in the International Cello Festival of Canada, Winnipeg Design Festival and Warming Huts Art & Architecture competition.  Her first solo recording arrives this winter.