Barb Nelson: Executive Director
Melanie Watts: Operations Coordinator
Melanie is an Arts & Cultural Manager, graphic designer, and Community Arts Curator. She brings artists and audience together with emphasis on content, relevance and audience experience. She has a BFA from Emily Carr University and 8+ years of industry experience.
Bobbie Hammersley: Art Class Programmer
Bobbie has degrees in Geography and Classics. She has worked in the environmental field, as a consultant and in the arts as an educator. She has a special interest in helping children develop a deeper connection to the natural world and endeavours to teach environmental stewardship to them.
Angela Hopkins: Pottery Technician
Carole Milne: Membership Director
Lesley Tannen: Art Rental Director
Meet our Board of Directors!
Melissa is an Investment Funds Advisor with Manulife Securities and has been passionate about helping her clients achieve their financial goals for over the last 14 years. She holds her Personal Financial Planning© designation and has a background in retail banking, lending, investments, retirement and estate planning and likes to ensure her members leave with a clear understanding of their financial situation and what steps are required to achieve their goals. She is a long term resident of Semiahmoo Peninsula and has had the opportunity to volunteer with Girl Guides of Canada for 2 years as a Sparks Leader teaching and mentoring youth and most recently has volunteered with PowerPlay Strategies through their PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs program to teach youth about financial literacy. Melissa is a life time music and art lover. She enjoys photography, reading, writing, painting, singing and is currently learning to play the guitar.
Laurel is a post-secondary educator, community-based visual artist, registered nurse, and non-profit agency leader. She has spent the better part of the last twenty years in a variety of teaching, administration, community development, and intermodal artistic practice roles. Her educational background includes an MA in Art Education and experience in teaching art, as well as a practicing artist in multi-media photo-based and community-based art making (the focus of her MA thesis). Her current study is the area of community cultural development, community-based arts facilitation and expressive arts in creativity, health promotion and transformation. Her experience with community and cultural development has been developed through her role as Executive Director at Semiahmoo Family Place and with Girl Guides of Canada. She is currently on Faculty at Kwantlen Polytechnic University where she teaches in the blended (hybrid) BSN-PB program. Her scholarship focuses on embodied, arts-informed and technology-enhanced learning.
Barbara has been a proud resident of White Rock since 1984. She is a passionate supporter as well as a practitioner of the arts. Barbara worked for many years as a musician, performing both in BC and most of the other provinces. At the present time she is the Principal of the Abbotsford School of Integrated Arts: North Poplar Campus. Barbara is now ready to bring her passion to her own community. She is known to be a person of vision who can bring others along to collaborate to make those visions a reality.