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Bernadette Ward
Executive Director
bernadette@oakvillearts.com

Alison Myers-Gomez
Programming & Outreach Coordinator
alison.oakvillearts@gmail.com

Board of Directors

Julian N. Wise, President

Julian has been in the financial services industry since 1976. He has been Chair of the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts – and was also a member of the Oakville Cultural Advisory Committee. Julian has three children - two of them adults. He, his wife Nandita, and their young daughter live in Oakville.  Julian has lived in Oakville since the 1980’s.

CATHERINE BOBESICH,  VICE PRESIDENT

Catherine Bobesich has been a resident of Oakville since 1987. With a background in art, design, marketing and business, she has run Wellness By Design for the past twenty three years. In addition to her professional pursuits, Catherine contributes extensively to a wide variety of community organizations in various capacities, including the Wellspring Cancer Support Centre, Kerr Street Ministries, The Cancer Society, and Appleby College, where she was a committed volunteer in a wide range of capacities for seventeen years. Catherine has held several office, committee and board positions in the past 35 years.  She also currently serves on the board of the Zonta Club of Oakville, Zonta District and Oakville Galleries.

TRACY CAPSTICK, CPA, CA, LPA, Treasurer

Tracy graduated from McMaster University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hon.B.Com) and obtained her CA designation in 1994.  Shortly following her graduation, she joined KPMG LLP where she developed and implemented tailored audit strategies for clients in various industries, including manufacturing, not-for-profits, education and the public sector.  She subsequently worked as a Senior Manager in KPMG’s Business Advisory Group assisting large financial institutions with process improvement and control implementation.   

At Capstick McCollum & Associates, Tracy applies her many years of public accounting and business advisory experience to assist small to medium size businesses and not-for-profit organizations with their accounting, financial and taxation needs.  Tracy also services individuals and estates in complying with annual reporting requirements along with tax, estate and succession planning.  

Tracy is currently the Membership Committee Chair for the Estate Planners’ Council of Halton and the Treasurer for Camaraderie of Hope.  She served as Treasurer and Chair on the Alexander’s Public School Council.  She also served as Vice-Chair and Chair of Halton Women’s Place.

Tracy is a member of the Small and Medium Practices Advisory Committee of CPA Ontario.  She also worked with a team of CPAs to review and update the Professional Engagement Guide (PEG), a resource guide offered by CPA Ontario to practitioners performing assurance and compilation engagements on small and medium-sized entities.

BILL SMITH, PAST PRESIDENT

Bill worked at CIBC in various capacities for thirty-eight years with the majority of years as a Relationship Manager in Commercial Banking. Bill graduated from Illinois State University (Marketing). Bill has been active in the Oakville community for over 30 years. Bill is currently the President of the Oakville Arts Council and Member of the Oakville Public Library board.  In the past, Bill was also the Board Chair of the Oakville Community Foundation, Member of the United Way of Oakville Campaign Cabinet, Member of the Oakville Community Foundation Advisory Council, Board Chair of Oakville CommUnity Arts Space, Board Chair of the Oakville Waterfront Festival, Board Chair of Celebrate Oakville Festivals, Member of the Town of Oakville Environmental Strategic Plan Advisory Committee and Member of the Town of Oakville Cultural Hub Roundtable. He was also an Assistant Coach, Oakville Soccer Club (Oakville Blaze) 2005-2007; and a Leader in Scouts Canada (1990-2000).  Bill lives in Oakville, is married and has two children.

CHRIS EVANS, DIRECTOR

Chris’ career has been in finance and banking, living in Oakville since the 1980s. He has been involved in governance and advancing arts organizations here.  He has performed as a choral tenor in Masterworks of Oakville and been in a governance role there. He brings the perspective of arts organizations including funding and other challenges they face, as well as the rewards of successful performances.

SUZY GODEFROY, DIRECTOR

Suzy is currently the Executive Director of the Brampton Downtown BIA. She is a life-long resident of Oakville and has worked with the Oakville Museum and Oakville Downtown BIA as well has having run Godefroy Marketing Concepts and Design. 

KATHRYNN ROSATI, DIRECTOR

Kathrynn has over 10 years’ experience in arts administration and arts education working with museums, galleries, not-for-profits and municipal cultural organizations. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University and certification in Culture and Heritage Site Management from Centennial College. Kathrynn is currently the Education Manager at Oakville Galleries where she leads the arts-based educational programming.

KIRK SLOANE, DIRECTOR

PATRICIA SULLIVANDIRECTOR

Patricia has been a resident of Oakville for over 30 years. She is a Chemical Engineer from the University of Toronto who has spent more that 43 years in the Oil and Gas Industry.  She is an inspirational senior leader and skillful collaborator.  Through her career she has developed many areas of expertise including Visionary & Inspirational Leadership, a Strategic Focus, a commitment to Governance and delivery of effective Project Management.  She has prior Board experience with both the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Economic Development Edmonton.  Currently Patricia is volunteering with the Engineering Faculty’s Admissions Department at the  University of Toronto    Patricia and her husband Graham are proud parents and grandparents with family located throughout the GTA.

ERICK VIDAL, DIRECTOR

Erick has been a key player in the communications and design industry for two decades, leveraging his expertise to create successful strategies for both traditional and digital media. As the founder and creative director of Caju Multimedia Inc., a full-service marketing agency in Oakville, he is constantly pushing the boundaries of creativity. Erick has been an active member of the community by serving on the board of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce, Oakville Arts Council and OFFA (Oakville Festivals of Film and Art) in addition to helping a number of local non-for-profit organizations. In all his endeavours, Erick strives to develop team synergies and cutting-edge marketing materials that stand the test of time.


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