Neil Carierre slide
Neil is a visual artist and amateur actor who has done local theatre both professional and semi-professional. He has also performed stand up comedy and has written for comedy magazines. He works as a Visual arts and English teacher.
Brett Desrosier Slide - Past-Chair
Brett is a local playwright, director, and drama instructor. Her credentials includes directing many plays in the Ottawa Fringe Festival, including: “Finished Girls: A Tale of the Colonial Sex Trade”, “Ex-Cathedra”, “The Night of the Living Impaired”, “Hey, Bartender”, “What Goes Around”, “Bonkers”, “Harlequin”, and “In the Year of Our Lord, 1495”. She received her education through Algonquin College’s Theatre Arts Program and then moved onto the University of Ottawa’s Theatre Arts Program, where she received a B.A. with Honours, a Specialization in Theatre Arts and a Concentration in Religious Studies. Brett enjoys teaching drama to the next generation and spent many years in Gananoque teaching theatre to youth at a performance arts school. She also taught for The Not So Amateur, Amateurs in Kingston. She just recently finished a contract teaching drama to youth with the Native North American Travelling College. Recently, Brett started to offer drama workshops through an offshoot of The Not So Amateur, Amateurs, that will be centered around the Cornwall and SDG area.
Chelsea Jodoin - Secretary
Chelsea is a graduate from the University of Ottawa’s Bachelor of Education program with an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts. She is currently a supply teacher with the Ottawa Carleton District School Board, and works as a freelance journalist for The Cornwall Local. Born and raised in Cornwall, she is a strong advocate for shopping locally. She often travels home to Cornwall to visit family, and order out from local restaurants she loves (and misses when she is away). She is passionate about the arts -- and has been an art lover since childhood. During her free time, she is a photographer, painter, reader and avid podcast listener.
Shelby Adams - Director
Shelby Adams is an award-winning filmmaker.
Todd Bennett - Director
Todd has been part of the management team at the local Farm Boy store here in Cornwall where we have enjoyed the support of our community, and with that, we have seen steady growth. Before that, Todd owned and operated a Wonder Bread Franchise in Cornwall and the surrounding area.
Sara Leger Bio Pic
South Glengarry based painter and illustrator, Sara Leger, has been honing her skills since childhood. Originally a fine artist, Sara went on to Sheridan College for Art Foundations and Illustration bringing about a perfect marriage of storytelling and mixed media. Sara's evolution into mixed media has allowed her to explore a variety of materials which creates fun, sassy and empowering art that celebrates the uniqueness, inner strength and beautiful flaws in all of us. Her use of bold colours and strong female characters allows Sara to challenge the boundaries placed on femininity. "Life's too short to worry about what others think. Be unapologetically you!" Sara Leger
Richard Salem - Executive Director
Richard Salem is a security graphic designer who started out as a Mechanical Engineering Technologist in 1986. While in school, he was exposed to the first Computer-Aided-Design programs available for the new personal computer. It was so new there was no one to teach it, so Richard, motivated by his hatred of manual drafting, taught himself. He learned well and quickly, and the college hired him to create and teach their first AutoCAD course. Richard learned many other CAD programs, teaching and consulting to the throng that glommed onto the CAD phenomenon. Converting paper drawings for use as digital files led to map publishing, where Richard found a way to make high-quality digital negatives for printing large maps - the first of their kind. He published on the topic in trade journals and his work was featured at trade shows internationally. Always the tinkerer, Richard, fascinated by the artwork on banknotes, submitted some of his digital versions to a local bank note company. Thus began his adventure with security graphics, a 25 year affair involving every type of document of value you can imagine. Frustrated at the exorbitant cost of security graphic design software, Richard wrote Dove, the Document of Value Engine, a suite of programs for creating security graphics, and was awarded a U.S. patent for his digital security graphic screening system, DoubleTake. He resides in Long Sault with the Skype images of his two grown sons. In his spare time, Richard works with the developmentally challenged, and is an avid improvisational comedy performer, workshop facilitator, and enthusiast.