Full bio of the following board members coming . . .
Barb Dixon (Advisory Board and Life Mentor, CFI)
Afeez Ismail (Treasurer)
Larry Partap (Life Mentor, CFI)
Xiaowei Qin (Director of Finance)
Carlene Kurdziel currently serves on the board as the acting secretary of Creative Foundation Inc. She is a professional copywriter creating content and documents for various businesses locally and globally. She is passionate about pursuing knowledge, with a desire to instil a sense of artistry and creative thinking into the youth. When Carlene is not working, she enjoys biking, spending time outdoors, reading, and loves travelling. Her passion is to use her creative and communicative skill-sets to implement CFI's new strategies and projects between Winnipeg professionals and the youth who deserve to have a voice.
Garry Green is Winnipeg based entrepreneur and small business owner. He holds degrees from Red River College in Carpentry and Graphic Arts. Garry has been operating his store, Framing & Art Centre, for twenty years as a retail custom picture framer, gallery and gift shop. Firmly rooted in the local arts scene, Garry has been representing almost exclusively Manitoba based artists and artisans with the goal of connecting artists to art buyers within their own community. In joining the board of Creative Foundation, Garry hopes his knowledge and passion for the arts will be an asset towards inspiring young people in the community to explore and develop their creative abilities. http://meadowood.framingartcentre.ca
Catherine Rust-Akinbolaji is an Assistant Professor at Providence University College. She loves teaching World Music and training teachers of English. She has lived in Hong Kong and Slovakia and has been to 18 different countries. She dreams of traveling to more places, but is equally happy learning about other cultures from her students. Yisa calls Catherine and their daughter Abby his major inspiration.
Advisory Board Member
Beatrice Watson is a recipient of EIRA “BABS” Friesen Award. Beatrice is a mother of two creative daughters, Make and Bahia Watson. She received her BA from the University of Manitoba. She works for the Government of Manitoba at the Human Rights Commission where she is the Outreach Liaison Officer and Intake Officer. She is passionate about equality, justice and diversity issues.
Her work as a freelance journalist has appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press, London Free Press, Herizon Magazine, the Toronto Sun and in the book "Spider Women-A Tapestry of Creativity & Healing." She has been heard locally on CBC Radio.
Beatrice is a founding member of the Selkirk Co-op Abuse Against Women and serves as a volunteer mediator with the Manitoba Justice Centre and a volunteer Peer Counsellor at the Fort Garry Women's Resource Centre where she is on the Board. She has co-chaired the Manitoba Anti-Poverty Organization.
Beatrice has devoted both her working and personal life to ensuring peace, equality and justice for all, especially for immigrant and refugee women. Beatrice has spoken to hundreds of Manitoba newcomers, primarily women, about their rights and responsibilities under the Human Rights Code.
Bola Olorundare is the president and founder of Ariya Afrika. She is a Winnipeg accomplished storyteller, actress, dancer and teacher. She will have you mesmerized with her stories of far-away places and her unique cast of human and animal characters. She will fill you with the rich lessons of Africa through traditional stories generous in history and meaning. With a background in African tales and dance as well as theatre arts, Bola graduated from the University College of Education in Nigeria where she found herself performing with Ajoma Cultural Touring Group. Bola has been involved with many Manitoba and Canadian events including Fusion Dance Theatre Acts, Vision Performing Arts, Folklorama, Pan Am Games, Children’s Festival and the 2002 Teddy Bearís Picnic. She is also a member of Stone Soup Storytellers Winnipeg and is the founder and choreographer of the Ariya Afrika Cultural Group. Bola has been featured on CBC Radio, Winnipeg.