Garry Green is a First director and an Advisory Board Member of the Creative Foundation Inc. He is Winnipeg based entrepreneur. 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.
David Fatimehin is an officer of the Creative Foundation Inc . He is the director of provincial outreach for the organization; Winnipeg. He was a co-organizer of the Multicultural Harmony Through the Arts, and Growing the Value of Originality and Teamwork events, which were presented by the organization in 2015 and 2017 respectively. He was a co-organizer of Colourful Faith exhibition held on September 24, 2017, at the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery, Winnipeg, which showcased the photography art of ‘Segun Olude and paintings of Gibril Bangura. David is currently the vice president, of The Yoruba Descendants Cultural Association of Manitoba (Egbe Omo Yoruba). He is passionate about the promotion and sharing of the intrinsic value of traditional Yoruba culture in its contemporary form. Mr Fatimehin is a great supporter of emerging artists from across the globe.
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. Catherine is an Advisory Board Member of the Creative Foundation Inc.
Advisory Board Member
Beatrice Watson is a recipient of EIRA “BABS” Friesen Award. Beatrice is a mother of two creative daughters, Maiko 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."
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.
Full bio of the following to be posted later . . .
Babatunde Akinjo (is an officer and Secretary of the CFI)
Afeez Ismail (is an officer and Treasurer of the CFI)
Barb Dixon (Advisory Board and Life Mentor, CFI)
Larry Partap (Life Mentor, CFI)