Board of Directors

Board Executive:

  • Don Ferguson, President
  • Evan Jolicoeur, Vice President
  • Lisa Nathan, Treasurer

Directors-at-Large:

  • Simon Briggs
  • Sonya Jenssen
  • Sharon Lalonde
  • Megan Trumble

Staff:

  • Dallas Stevenson BFA, Executive Director
  • Kera McHugh, Community Engagement Director

Board meetings are generally the 3rd Tuesday of the month, 6:00pm – Currently via Zoom.

All members are welcome to attend & observe regular meetings and Annual General Meetings.

In order to make formal presentations to the board, a request must be sent through the Executive Director to be put on the agenda. You will be apprised of the meeting date for your presentation. If you are interested in serving as a board member, please submit an expression of interest here.

Simon Briggs, Director

Don Ferguson, President

Don is a multi-faceted designer and artist living in Comox, British Columbia. While he have a degree in Landscape Architecture much of his experience and influence comes from both the urban design and contemporary arts worlds. Because of this, he routinely work within many creative disciplines from traditional landscape architecture to graphic design, fine art and illustration.

He is a father and husband who takes an active role in his community with local charity work.

Sonya Jenssen, Director

Sonya has been on the Board since 2015 and has taken on roles as Secretary and Chair of the HR Committee.

In her day time hours she uses any opportunity to ‘get her hands wet’ (she’s a drinking water operator) or to communicate like a Viking (she’s part Norwegian).

Interested in knowing more? Check out: waterwoman.ca 

 

Evan Jolicoeur, Vice-President

Evan Jolicoeur has lived happily on Coast Salish Territory for the last five years, and specifically on K’omoks Territory for the last two years.

He is a Registered Nurse with a specialization in public policy, public health and Social Determinants of Health. He also practices as a clinician in mental health, and addictions. His private counselling and wellness practice supports male youth and adult men. In addition, he is the founder and Principal Consultant of Full Circle Consultancy – a boutique consultancy firm based out of Comox Valley working with various organizations in the domains of health, healthcare, mental health, addictions, Indigenous reconciliation, research and the broader not-for-profit sector.

He has been a CEO, mentor, coach, counsellor, candidate, friend, teacher, community builder and lifelong student. He has over a decade of experience on Federal, Provincial, Regional and local boards, committees, advisory councils.  Although he is not an artist by trade, Evan thoroughly enjoys dancing and music (in all forms), theatre, and is a big fan of experiential art.

He actively supports and is a patron of the arts across the Comox Valley, BC, and Canada. Evan lives on a farm in Happy Valley.

Sharon Lalonde, Director

Sharon Lalonde moved to the Comox Valley in 2012 from Calgary, Alberta, after retirement. She joined
the Comox Valley Arts, Board of Directors 2018. Her interest in serving on the board is motivated by her belief that the arts are an integral part of this highly creative community and the fact that artists, musicians, actors, writers etc. need advocates to realize their full potential.

Sharon comes to the board with the experience of 39 years as an educator, in Calgary, where she developed programs, supported youth and their families and played an important role in helping
young people to navigate the sometimes challenging school system to reach their goals. Sharon served on the board of the Parent Support Assoc. as a Director and joined the staff, as a counsellor.

In addition to her role as a Board Director, with Comox Valley Arts, Sharon is an artist and has recently taken on the position of Principle Artist at ARTWRX Studio/Gallery Society.

Lisa Nathan, Treasurer

Originally from England and moved to Canada 16 years ago, Lisa landed in the Comox Valley in December, 2017. She has been involved in fundraising and supporting the arts for a long time.

As a teen, Lisa was involved arts fundraising throughout England and twinned with organizations in Berlin. Also in England, she spent ten years as a pub manager including at a 450-year-old pub that specialized in music and craft beer, which held weekly sessions, hosted many artists and had several music and beer festivals!

Since coming to Canada, Lisa returned to her  profession as an accountant and work for MNP LLP as a CPA, CGA. She and her family continue to support and stay involved in the arts. Most  recently during Covid, Lisa has started quilting and is having great fun becoming addicted to buying cool fabrics.

Megan Trumble, Director