board of directors
Jessica Winton, President
Jessica Winton is a practicing sculptor based in Halifax, NS. She brings her 20-year involvement as an artist in the north end Halifax community to the board. Her work on previous society boards, The Paradise Sisters Cinema and Photopolis Festival, as well as experience curating the Hydrostone Gallery has given her a depth of knowledge applicable to her current role as President of Wonder’neath Art Society.
After attaining her MFA from NSCAD University, her personal practice has continued to investigate the role of the citizen artist in the public spheres we occupy. Her work follows Joseph Beuys’ theory of the importance of sculpture’s relationship to the social, and often includes participation from members of the publics, particularly neighbourhood children, and elders. Her recurrent experience as a prop builder in the Film & Television industry has influenced her atypical approach to material usage, and tendency toward performance.
Raven Davis, vice president (Past Member)
Raven Davis is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, performer, social justice speaker/advocate and community facilitator from the Anishinaabek Nation in Manitoba. Davis was born and raised in Tkaronto (Toronto) and currently works between K’jipuktuk (Halifax) and Tkaronto. A parent of 3 sons, Davis blends narratives of colonization, race, gender, sexuality, Two-Spirit identity and the Anishinaabemowin language and culture into a variety of contemporary art forms. Davis currently holds a position on the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective board of directors and is a festival co-director for Queer Acts Halifax.
Update: Raven served on our board from Oct 2014 - March 2018, helping Wonder'neath grow and stabilize as a society. We are so grateful for their guidance and dedication – and look tremendously forward to Raven's next curatorial projects, collaborations, and their personal art practice.
Cecilia Greyson, Secretary
Cecilia Greyson is a writer and administrator based in Halifax, NS. After studying visual art at Simon Fraser University, she worked for ten years in arts administration and festival production in Vancouver, managing large-scale arts events like Illuminares, Pride Festival, First Night Vancouver, and the 2010 Cultural Olympiad. She holds a Masters degree in Journalism, and has worked as a media spokesperson, advisor and organizer for prominent human-rights causes and political campaigns.
Faith Allen, interim Treasurer
Faith Allen is an accountant/bookkeeper based in the Halifax/Dartmouth area. She has worked in the film industry for over thirteen years, having started on animation productions with Halifax Film (now DHX Media). Originally from the Eastern Shore, where the rugged rural environment helped contribute to her lifelong love and appreciation for nature, she now resides in Dartmouth. In her downtime, Faith enjoys hiking, yoga, and singing songs with friends and family. Having recently joined the WAS Board as Interim Treasurer, Faith looks forward to bringing her experience and dedication to the organization.
Gillian Robinson is a writer and editor. Over the years she has worked with Isuma, an Inuit filmmaking group and television network, as a writer, editor and project manager...Director of Arts, Culture and Education at Tr’ondek Hwech’in First Nation, Dawson City, Yukon....Part of the collective at Groupe Intervention Video (GIV), Montreal, Quebec, a non-profit women’s video center for the production and distribution of documentary, social justice and art video by women... Writer for Center for Television Studies, collaboration with video artist on a six-part video series on old age in Newfoundland, wrote text to accompany videos and book, In My End is my Beginning, for a show at the Art Gallery of Ontario... Assistant Editor at Fuse Magazine, Toronto, Ontario...and other various work. Books include: The Journals of Knud Rasmussen; Isuma Inuit Studies Reader; Atanarjuat The Fast Runner; The Slow Reign of Calamity Jane.
LaMeia is often called a ‘Bridge Builder', someone who holds space between institution and community. Her work as a community engagement consultant supports organizations in feeling empowered in their approach to engage community.
LaMeia works to bring together new ideas across a number of fields. Her passion for art, design and community keeps her busy with building particularly in the local green economy.
Some of LaMeia's more recent exciting projects include working at a local floral shop as a designer and business developer. She also runs a youth program out of the basement of her North Preston home which will one day grow to be a hub space for local and non-local community.
Tyler ColBourNE, Vice President
My name is Tyler Colbourne. Most of my adult life has been filled with transcendent experiences in adult-education, tourism, non-profit, and the creative arts. I have been very privileged to do a great many magical things in my adult life: I have worked as a flight attendant, I have photographed fairy tale princes on the ocean floor, and I even worked as a pirate on a tall-ship sailing schooner.
Through my many and diverse experiences I have always been in pursuit of more freedom, creativity, vitality, and harmony for myself and others. I believe in being ruthlessly compassionate and honestly vulnerable. I work as a coordinator for the Dartmouth Learning Network and as a photographer.
I am a lifelong volunteer and try to give back when I can to Halifax Jazz Festival, the Youth Project, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. In 2015 I was awarded the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award and this year I received the Sovereign Medal for Volunteers.
M. Ali ülkü
Dr. M. Ali Ülkü is a professor and the Director of Centre for International Trade and Transportation at the Rowe School of Business, Dalhousie University. His research writings revolve around sustainable supply chain management and business analytics. He pro-bono consults to nonprofit organizations and sits on the Advisory Board of Wonder'neath Art Society. In his spare time, he enjoys being with his lovely family and appreciates art works.
I was happy to join this talented and dedicated group in 2017. I helped people through the refugee process in my past volunteer work and by day I’ve been working in a Halifax law firm for 20 years. I hope to bring something from that background to Wonder’neath. As a parent and neighbour I am thankful for the opportunity to join such a fun and important part of our Halifax community.
Kyrie Robinson, Secretary
Kyrie is a 4th year student at King’s college and Dalhousie University studying Social Anthropology and Early Modern Studies with a focus on Art History. Born and raised in Halifax she has been part of the art and music community for many years, working the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra both as a musician, but also in production and librarian roles. At home, she is kept company by Border Collies, sheep and horses. She is very excited to work with all the wonderful people that make up the fabric of Wonder’neath Arts Society.
Joined Board of Directors in June 2018.