Council Members

Roberta Christianson

Chair
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

Vice-Chair
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).

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.

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.