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JULIE WHITENECT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Julie is a printmaker, based in Saint John. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Mount Allison University ’14. Julie is very engaged in the local arts ecosystem and has been the ED of ArtsLink NB for the past 5 years. Julie believes that “the arts” is one of the most important tools we have to engage our communities and revitalize our economy. She is committed to assisting the advancement of arts and culture in our province. julie@artslinknb.com


AMY ASH, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Amy Ash (she/they) is a queer interdisciplinary artist invested in collective care through processes of shared meaning-making.

Her practice flows from curatorial projects and writing to teaching, socially engaged action, and hands-on making. Across disciplines, they trace connectivity through intersections and overlaps between memory, learning, and wonder, to incite curiosity and kindle empathy. Often working collaboratively, she seeks to build connection by gently disrupting hierarchy to carve out space for a polyphony of personal meaning to be created within the context of a shared experience.

Amy has exhibited and curated programmes Internationally, with projects commissioned by the National Gallery London (UK), Platform Centre for Photographic and Digital Arts (Manitoba), and Third Space Gallery (New Brunswick). Amy is a member of the International Association of Art Critics and the editorial committee of Visual Arts News Magazine, and also an Instructor at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. Their work has received the support of artsnb, Art Council England, Canada Council for the Arts and the Peter McKendrick Endowment Fund for Visual Artists, and has been shared in publications such as Cmag, Visual Arts News, and CreatedHere.

Of white settler ancestry, they live in Menahqesk/Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, which sits on unceded and unsurrendered lands that have been cared for by the Wolastoqiyik, Peskotomuhkati, and Mi’kmaq Peoples since the very beginning. amy@artslinknb.com


JERI KNOPP, PROGRAMMING DIRECTOR

Jericho Knopp is a journalist turned arts administrator based out of Saint John, New Brunswick. She’s worked in business, fundraising, teaching, and retail; and her work has appeared in the CBC, Civilized, Leafly, Huffington Post, the Telegraph Journal, Buzzfeed, and The Georgia Straight. She spends her spare time trying to keep up with the ever-expanding corpus of great literature, sneaking a few romance novels in between classics. She also loves exploring, embroidery and cross stitch, hiking with her greyhound, baking, and promptly devouring everything she’s baked. jeri@artslinknb.com


JESSICA DUNPHY, PROJECT LEAD, Arts Atlantic Sympsoium

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Jessica’s passion is working in the arts in Canada, especially in her home province of New Brunswick. She has spent years in Halifax, New York, Vancouver and Toronto where she appeared in numerous plays, independent films, and performance art pieces along with directing for the stage and writing for radio and television. Her love of the arts, especially film, culminated in nine exciting years at the Toronto International Film Festival where she honed her arts administration, events, and community engagement skills. In her spare time you can find her mauling her poor dog, watching Criterion Channel, and searching local bakeries for the perfect chocolate chip cookie. jessica@artslinknb.com


HAILEY HOOPER, OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

Hailey is a lover of all things nerdy. From board games and books to long division and video games. With a background primarily in retail management, she has mastered the art of customer service and strives to learn something new every day. Born and raised in Saint John, Hailey has evolved with the city’s ever-changing landscape and growing charm. She is a big advocate for the importance of arts education in schools, and at home, in the hopes that her children will always have a creative outlet for self-expression. hailey@artslinknb.com


JOSH GRAHAM, COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

Josh received a Bachelor of Arts from UNB and a Master of Arts from the University of Alberta, both in English literature. He’s worked as a writer and designer of eLearning courses, small-town newspaper copy editor, Christmas tree farm hand, mountain bike trail builder, and parliamentary editor. He enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, and riding bikes on New Brunswick’s spectacular trails with his wife, two energetic daughters, a Labrador Retriever, and a Labradoodle. josh@artslinknb.com 


OUR BOARD

MAEGEN BLACK

With over 20 years of experience in the field of contemporary fine craft, Maegen Black has built a career from her passion. A graduate of OCAD University’s Material Art and Design program with a Bachelor of Design, she has experience as an arts administrator and advocate, instructor, freelance writer, curator, craft sector consultant, and collector.

She spent 16 years as the Director of the Canadian Crafts Federation, working directly with professional craft organizations to tackle collaborative projects, national networking, and advocacy for craft and culture at the provincial, territorial and federal levels. In 2022 she shifted career pathways, bringing her experience from the craft sector to a new role as Associate Dean of the New Brunswick College of Craft & Design. Here, she has put her full focus on contributing to the future of craft and design practice in Atlantic Canada.

A big believer in service to the community, Maegen has worked on many Boards and Advisory Committees, including local, national, and international not for profit associations such as the Metal Arts Guild of Canada, Created Here Magazine, Ornamentum Magazine’s Editorial Committee, the World Craft Council International, the City of Fredericton’s Arts and Culture Advisory Committee and now, as the President of ArtsLink NB.


CANDICE OSTROSKI

Candice is a watercolour artist located in Bathurst NB, and finds inspiration in the landscape and people that surround her in the Chaleur Bay region. For the last few years, she has been very busy helping to manage and promote arts in Northern New Brunswick.

Candice is the secretary and marketing director of the Bathurst Art Society. She has also organized and presented community art events, recognizing that the arts make life more beautiful and unites people. The subject of promoting the arts in small cities and rural areas has been of particular interest to this artist, and she hopes that she can keep being a force for good when it comes to the arts in the North of the province.


CAROLINE WALKER

Originally from Bathurst, Caroline studied history (BA, Dalhousie University) and art history (MA, Carleton University), followed by a career in arts administration at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, then the Arts Development Branch, NB Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture.

While with the Arts Branch, she managed the NB Art Bank and worked on files including the establishment of ArtsLink NB. Now living in Charlotte County, she is a Board member of the Charlotte County Archives and a seasonal horticultural worker.


ADAM HODNETT

Adam Hodnett is a former journalist/photographer turned content marketer. He started Folk Media Communications Inc. in 2015. His focus is on storytelling-based video communications, and strategic messaging. He has worked at several newspapers across the country, had work aired on CBC radio, and was a frequent contributor to the Telegraph Journal’s Escapade and Salon sections.

Adam believes there is a unique and compelling culture in New Brunswick, worth promoting, supporting, and growing. He believes that the arts are how we know ourselves, and that cultural exportation and tourism are under-appreciated industries that could profoundly alter our local economies. He is a serious defender of New Brunswick. He lives in Bathurst, but insists that all of “the north” is his home


BERNARD QUINTAL

Bernard Quintal is a retired medical doctor and a full-time visual artist from New Brunswick. He obtained his medical degree from Ottawa University in 1979. Since 1981, Bernard has lived with his spouse Lucie in the Dalhousie region of New Brunswick in front of the beautiful Bay of Chaleur.

Bernard was a family physician for 35 years doing everything a family physician could do including delivering babies, house calls, nursing home visits, emergency room, intensive care and palliative care units. Bernard was very involved in the local physician executive in all positions from secretary to president. He has been on many New Brunswick Medical Society committees including Physician Health and currently Health Policy and Promotion.

Since retirement, Bernard has plunged into an artistic career making watercolour paintings of a close-up exploration of Maritime beaches, especially the colourful rocks and odd items found there. His endeavour is to preserve the timeless beauty of childhood pristine shores and reliving the joy of discovery.


BETSY KELLY

Originally from Saint John, Betsy (Elizabeth) Kelly, practises law, specializing in technology law.

Betsy has a background in music and performed with Symphony New Brunswick for a number of years. She and her family live in St Andrews.


DON BOSSÉ

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Don attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied Jazz Performance. He graduated from St. Thomas University with a BA and BEd and holds a Master of Music from Memorial University..  

Don is an engaged, active musician, with an impressive record of service in New Brunswick. For over 35 years he taught music in public schools, beginning at the elementary school level and eventually reinvigorating the music program at Fredericton High School over a period of two decades. As the head of the Fine Arts Department, Bossé demonstrated a passion for music and teaching while incorporating technology into his music lessons to assist those students with learning difficulties and challenging those with advanced skills. Bossé’s ability to forge strong relationships, along with an unwavering love for the arts, has had a profound, positive impact on the lives of his students, many of whom have carried on with success in advanced music programs and beyond. 

Don is the founder of the St. Thomas University Jazz Ensemble (STU Jazz) and a part-time instructor at St. Thomas University. He as received the Lieutenant-Governor’s New Brunswick Youth Orchestra Award, the MusiCounts Canada Teacher of the Year award, and the Playhouse Honours award.

Bossé currently serves on the Board of Governors, the Academic Senate, and the Alumni Association at St. Thomas University. He is a current member of the Canadian Coalition for Music Education, the Fredericton Arts Alliance, Jazz at the Lincoln Centre, and the New Brunswick Band Association. In consultation with the Office of First Nations Education, Bossé recently completed a grade 9 to 12 Indigenous Music Resource Document.


BARB CRAWFORD

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Barb Crawford is a professional engineer and operations manager from Saint John.

While not an artist, she has been a patron and supporter of the arts and arts community for over a decade.

She has served as Chair of the City of Saint John’s Community Arts Board and has served on Third Space Gallery’s board of directors as well as the SappyFest music festival board of directors and the inaugural Area 506 committee.


GARY WEEKES

Gary Weekes is s Commercial/Fine Art Photographer who celebrates his Black identity in Canada, his upbringing in the UK, ten years spent in the USA and his constantly changing role as a father to three amazing young women. He stands proudly as a creative individual who does not follow the stereotypical boundaries placed on Black artists.

His art reflects himself; his likes, dislikes, loves, hates, and his ability (or inability) to initiate dialogue. In 2022, Gary became the first Black NB Artist to have a Solo Show at the prestigious Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

In 2023 Gary received The CBC Black Changemaker Award for his Community Work. His gradual move into Short Documentary Filmmaking has culminated in his latest film “Pugilist Pride: The Story of Faryad Azizi.”  Gary is represented by Gallery on Queen, Fredericton NB.


VICTOR TOKI

Victor Toki is a seasoned finance professional with over a decade of experience in audit and financial management.

With a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master’s in Business Administration, Victor began his career as an auditor with an accounting firm. His expertise in financial analysis, risk assessment, and regulatory compliance has made him a trusted advisor to clients ranging from multinational corporations to small businesses. Victor’s keen analytical skills and problem-solving abilities have earned him accolades in his current role as a financial manager.

Beyond his professional pursuits, Victor is committed to giving back to his community through mentorship.


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