Our Team

Barb Nelson: Executive Director

Melanie Watts: Marketing Coordinator, Exhibitions Coordinator, Special Events 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, Pottery Studio Coordinator

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 Studio Technician

Brandy McLean: Office Administrator: 

Brandy is an artist and arts instructor. Her artwork consists of utilitarian ceramics, sculpture as well as fibre arts and painting. Her work can be found in various galleries and gift shops around the lower mainland.

Board of Directors

Laurel Tien


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.

Heather-jane Robertson


Heather-Jane Robertson relocated from Ottawa to BC five years ago, and she has been an enthusiastic resident of White Rock for the last two years.  Her professional career involved several different roles advocating for better policy choices for advancing public education.  She has been integrally involved at senior levels in multiple national organizations, including the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Campaign 2000, the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women, and many other public interest initiatives.  She is the author of three very successful books and dozens of articles.  As a public speaker, she has addressed audiences from Nunavut to Melbourne.  Heather-jane has participated in amateur theatre for many years – most recently with the White Rock Players – and is happily pursuing her creative interest through various visual media and techniques.

Sandy Cave


Sandy has resided in Crescent Beach for 9 years, and enjoys the relaxed lifestyle, the beach, her 2 chocolate labs, and friendly village neighbourhoods.  She is involved in the Community as a member of the Crescent Beach Property Owners Association, serves on committees, is a Block Watch captain, and recently involved in organizing an Emergency Preparedness event at Alexandra Park. Sandy is currently working as a Finance & Accounting Consultant. She has held various roles in finance and accounting, systems analyst and administration, software implementation projects, and payroll management in both the mining and food industries. Before her career in finance, she worked with children as a preschool and kindergarten teacher, and a daycare supervisor. Many of Sandy’s hobbies focus on the arts.  She enjoys sewing, quilting, and costume design, assisting with costumes for the 2018 NWSS musical Crazy for You. She also creates mosaic tiles, stained glass, and designs dried and silk flowers.  Working in ceramics for almost 3 years led to Sandy’s membership in the Semiahmoo Potters Society, and Fraser Valley Potters Guild. She is currently SPS Treasurer, Sales Committee Chair, and volunteers as a SSR&AC pottery studio monitor.

Daphne Tate


Daphne has been a local business owner for over 20 years and a potter for over 30 years. She is currently the Vice-President of the Semiahmoo Potters Society. Daphne has many years of volunteering especially in the school system which included opening a new school in Edmonton.

Pat Higinbotham


Pat has always had a passion for all forms of creativity, for communication media and for people. She has worked in community television, commercial printing, magazine publishing and built a successful editorial and corporate photography business in Vancouver. Having an artist mother and executive father, the dynamic tension between the arts and business has been a constant in her life, and she enjoys the interplay. Pat is currently building a small practice that will incorporate elements of art therapy and creative play with companionship for people with Alzheimer’s. The personal, social and global healing power of the arts are particular passions, along with building connections between disparate communities of people and outreach to the marginalized.