BOARD OF DIRECTORS

MARION MEYERS

President

I’m a painter and a quilt maker. I’ve lived in Scugog for over 25 years and our kids went to Epsom, Cornish and Port Perry High. I’m the only one in the family that doesn’t play a musical instrument – but I am the only gardener. A long long time ago I was the Director of Advertising at Shoppers Drug Mart (remember Bea Arthur?), was an Account Supervisor at Quadrant Marketing and then Director of Marketing Works at Coca-Cola before launching my own Brand Development and Strategic Planning company. You’ll know some of the brand work I’ve done around here – Township of Scugog, Township of Brock, Theatre on the Ridge, Prima Ballet Company, Durham Tourism. Anyway, now I do work for any arts organization that wants a revitalized brand or strategic plan. Oh, and work at Scugog Arts.

JON COLWELL

Vice President

Classic story, old as time. I have been doing art my whole life, I never took it very seriously (not too sure if I fully do now if I’m being honest) but I have found my stride and have been honing in on the style I can call my own. I am 32 years of age, I reside on Scugog Island and I am a proud member of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation. I did have some formal art education at Durham College where I attended the Foundations of Art & Design course and I completed a year of Graphic Design before I decided that It was not what I wanted to do full time. Everything else is self-taught and I am still learning every day. I have had the pleasure of doing lots of local design work in and around Scugog and the GTA. A few I am very happy about are the new logo for the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation (2018) and I completed a couple of murals in Port Perry High School (2019).

As for the future, I am hoping to create enough work for myself to keep myself employed as a full-time artist and things are definitely looking good.

KRISTEN MEYER-CREAMER

Secretary

Kristen Meyer-Creamer is a design, branding, and marketing specialist based in Port Perry. In partnership with Chris Creamer, she co-runs the popular sports media website SportsLogos.Net. 

Created in 1997, SportsLogos.Net is the world’s largest online visual encyclopedia of sports logos, uniforms, and branding. It has grown to include a media/news wing, a forum, a popular podcast, a book, and a large social media presence. In addition to this, Kristen also lends her design and marketing services to local small businesses with a particular focus on female-led entrepreneurs. Kristen proudly donates her time to community organizations such as the Fill a Purse for a Sister Campaign in Scugog as a committee member and marketing manager, as the captain of the Queen Bees Dragon Boat team which raises funds for local charities and (along with the team at Williams & Follows) volunteers as an admin for the Port Perry Bulletin.

Over the years, she has partnered with some incredible leaders who are working to build goodwill in Scugog through their support of business, the arts and non-profit groups and she is devoted to being a part of the movement that is bringing volunteerism back to our community.  

CAREY NICHOLSON

Director

Carey is currently the artistic director and co-founder of Theatre on the Ridge (www.theatreontheridge.ca), Durham region’s not for profit, professional theatre company. As resident of Scugog for over 20 years, Carey is also well known as a founding member of the Lake Scugog Studio Tour and META4 Contemporary Craft Gallery. She is a past president of Scugog Council for the Arts and was the SCA’s first executive director from 2009 to 2012.

Carey is a graduate of George Brown College and the School of the Toronto Dance Theatre (STDT) professional dance programs, and a past faculty member at STDT. She has been involved with community and professional theatre companies in Durham, York region and elsewhere in many capacities, primarily as board member, producer, director, choreographer, performer, instructor, set and costume designer. Her past, and ongoing, theatre studies include programs and courses with George Brown College, Toronto Dance Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, the Stratford Festival, Off The Wall Theatre Alliance, and most recently as an auditing director with Obsidian Theatre.

Carey has received several awards for her work in the performing arts, including a Durham Art of Transition Creative Award in 2014 for her contribution to theatre in Durham. She is also a member of the Theatre Ontario Talent Bank, and an independent theatre adjudicator, arts educator and arts management consultant.

Beyond theatre, Carey has also been a recognized fibre and basketry artist, a committee member with Craft Ontario, a past administrative manager for the Toronto Centre for the Promotion of Fashion Design and a bed & breakfast operator in Port Perry.

ELEANOR COOK

Director

Eleanor is the Executive Director of Visit The County, Prince Edward County’s Destination Marketing and Management Organization (DMMO). Prior to joining the organization, she worked in leading community tourism development with many municipalities in her role with a Provincial Regional Tourism Organization (RTO). Regenerative tourism development has been a journey from the boardroom to the classroom, from field-professional to Professor, allowing Eleanor to shape Ontario’s tourism scene, and mentoring graduates to be future leaders in responsible tourism destination development and marketing. Eleanor believes that the artists, professional performers, historians, and culture ambassadors tell the stories of a place for visitors (and residents) to learn from.

ROBERT ALOE

Director
Metaphorically, I’m a hunter-gatherer, never leaving an interest behind.  I was originally trained as a professional graphic designer and art director working in the Toronto area for 14 years. (Agencies/clients: Much Music, Oliver Bonacini, Spar Aerospace, Mattel, Royal Bank). Sidestepping into becoming an educator/lecturer for graphic design. (Durham College). My original love of architecture and interior design led me to acquire a trading license in real estate. Combining sales, marketing, design, and aesthetics seemed like the most natural equation. (Royal LePage Frank).
While doing all of the above, I am also a mixed media/collage artist. After many years of embracing technology, I had an emotional walkout on the digital medium discovering analog collage. Each work uses found items such as envelopes, typography, and discarded paper.

I feel blessed to not only have won international awards for design and still receive awards in top sales in real estate, but I also continue to humbly get shown in small galleries and publications in North America and Europe. As a retired musician, you can still find me listening to music or tinkering/customizing guitars.

SHARON ALBERS

Treasurer

 

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