As a registered non-profit organization the Kawartha Lakes Arts Council is currently managed by a board of experienced directors. Together, this team brings to the table a wealth of demonstrated skills and unique backgrounds. The individuals listed below continue to effectively represent and advocate for all areas of the Arts found in our community.
Roxanne Carter was an educator for 31 years. She taught JK to Grade 8 and recognized the value in incorporating the Arts in all areas of the curriculum. The Arts is often one of the only ways to engage some students in the learning process.
Roxanne continues to be involved in education by helping to develop and implement school programs for The Olde Gaol Museum. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the Kawartha Art Gallery and on the Curatorial committee.
Roxanne lives in Lindsay and is excited to see the continued development of our local Arts and Cultural scene.
Lesley is an artist, educator and curator who has been involved in the Kawartha Lakes Arts community since 1985. Recently retired from thirty years as Head of Arts at three area high schools, she is currently Director of the Kawartha Arts Network, our local artists' co-operative and runs their exhibition space, Art on Kent. She has also worked in the Toronto commercial gallery scene, run the Visual Arts portion
of the Trillium Lakelands Arts Camp and been Artist in Residence at three Ontario Provincial Parks. Her personal artistic strengths are mixed media painting, drawing and photography and Lesley currently resides in Lindsay.
Danielle French is the proprietor of South Pond Farms, a working farm in the hills of Bethany. The restored barn offers special events and gatherings of all kinds - farm to table dinners, weddings, workshop and business retreats. Danielle takes pleasure in authentic, simple, artisanal food and is continually inspired by life in the country.
Penni is an International Award winning special event design architect and production professional with over 30 years of hands-on event experience providing complete ‘beginning to end’ event design, management and production for custom corporate, bespoke and trade applications. As well as being a Certified Special Event Professional since 1994, Penni is the Past Chair of the International Special Events Society Canada (2008-2011) as well as a Founding Member of the Business Events Industry Coalition of Canada (2009-2013). She now resides in Fenelon Falls.
Ryan Oliver grew up in the Kawartha Lakes with a strong arts household and background. Ryan is the former executive of 'Dogbus Music' a record label and cultural force through the COKL from 2000-2007. He moved to Nunavut where he served as the Senior Advisor of Culture for the Government of Nunavut before starting "Pinnguaq", a technology company that combines art, culture and accessible tech.
After almost 10 years in Nunavut, Ryan has moved back to the COKL. Pinnguaq has expanded to BC, Ontario and Nunavut and Ryan serves as director and owner of the corporation growing a business that spans all of Canada.
Dianne is passionate about how individuals can shape and strengthen their communities. She provides consulting services to charitable organizations and their leaders and enjoys the role of coach, facilitator and strategic counsel. A sought after speaker, author and teacher, Dianne brings 25 years of experience in leading organizations that include Sick Kids Foundation, Trent University and ROM Governors. Dianne's creative expression includes photography and mixed media, and she has exhibited with CONTACT in Toronto, and SPARK Photo Festival in Peterborough. Dianne is on the Boards of the Canadian Canoe Museum and KLAC, and is a member of the Community Leadership Committee of the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough.
Pat Murphy has been a resident of Lindsay for 22 years, Together with his wife Kerri, and three children Sandy, Maggie and Eryn, the family stays very active in local dance, theatre and musical groups.
As a third generation musician growing up in London Ont. Pat began gigging on the drums in 1971, playing in numerous Pop, Rock and Jazz bands. Pat played for several seasons with the London Symphony Orchestra, as well as in pit bands for scores of musical theatre productions. Pat continues to preform with several area musical groups.
Pat has operated his design/build construction company since 1981, specializing in log homes and timber-frame homes. Pat brings an Artist's approach to all of his building projects.
Pat is an advocate of community service. While living in Minden, Pat served as Rotary Club president, Timbersports organizer, Sled Dog Derby committee, and LACAC committee, and since living in Lindsay been involved with the Lindsay Optimist Club, serving as Club president, as well as on the Wilson Fields Soccer Park development committee.
Pat is a supporter of arts in all mediums, and served as KLAC chairperson from May 2015 to April 2017.
A resident of Lindsay for 35 years, Susan lives with her family in Lindsay. With a background in Fine Arts training, Susan is the current President of The Kawartha Art Gallery. Interested in supporting the many aspects of arts and culture in the City of Kawartha Lakes, Susan also volunteers at the Academy Theatre with costume and prop work for fundraising productions. With a keen interest in services and opportunities for youth, Susan volunteered for many years with Five Counties Children’s Centre and Scouts Canada.
Bev is a full-time artist, living and working in 'downtown' Bethany. Bev and her husband Paul came to Bethany in January 1977 and have been sharing their studio and gallery for over 36 years. ]
Ray Marshall has lived full time in Lindsay since 1985 and has always worked with and for an Arts Board of Directors. He was very pleased to be invited to join K.L.A.C.
Ray managed the Academy Theatre from 1985 to 2006, and recently moved from Showplace Performance Centre in Peterborough as General Manager after 11 years.
Ray and his partner, Sandra, have three young adults who are heading for the world of university very soon. His two older sons are working in Toronto.