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Joan Richoz - Chair

Joan Richoz grew up in Vancouver, received a Master’s degree at UBC, and has lived in Whistler since 1974 with her husband Marcel and raised her two children here. Her strong belief in the importance of fine arts in the education of her children led her to become involved in the first Whistler Arts Council Children’s Art Festival in 1983. She was on the Arts Whistler board until May 2022 when she reached her 6-year term and is taking a year off. Joan started the Whistler Public Library in 1986 and worked there until 2006. She has served as a board member for Arts BC, Association of BC Public Library Directors, Whistler’s Mature Action Community and is a current board member of the Whistler Farmers’ Market and the Sea to Sky Arts Councils Alliance. Joan is passionate about the arts and is excited to see the growth of the arts and culture in the Sea to Sky corridor and is eager to work with the Pemberton Arts Council and the community of Pemberton.

Susan Holden - Treasurer

Susan Holden is strategic, creative, and caring. She strives to have a positive impact in the world through sharing compassion and supporting people and projects. She has a Master of Counselling Psychology degree and has worked and volunteered in community services and healthcare for over twenty years. Her arts and culture experience includes; senior arts organization administrator, creative hub board director, event organizer, arts and culture funding strategist, and twenty years as a professional musician. She has guided teams in healthcare, hospitality, financial services, social services, and arts and culture. She is gratified to find ways to support others to do their best work.

Sonya Lebovic - Secretary

Originally from Ontario, Sonya made the move to BC in 2008 to pursue her love of snowboarding and the outdoors. Sonya, her husband and their cat are happy to now call Pemberton home. Since 2016, Sonya has been the Museum Shop & Admissions Manager at the Audain Art Museum in Whistler. She is responsible for the leadership of the Visitor Services team and is the buyer for the Museum Shop. She works closely with over 100 BC artists, art dealers and the BC Craft Council selecting items that range from handmade jewelry, pottery, woodwork and homeware.

Angela Walsh Noble - Past Chair

Angela recently joined the Pemberton Arts Council in the Spring of 2020, and brings with her a variety of experiences in the non-profit arts sector including artist-run-centres board of directors, creating programming and helping to orchestrate special events. Angela has a particular passion for art education with over 20 years of experience teaching art to both the young in age and young at heart. Continuing to build on the already prominent place local arts and culture have for those in Pemberton and the surrounding area is a focus for Angela, as is locating/building a permanent space for PAC to call home and for the local arts to thrive. When not volunteering with PAC, Angela loves to spend her time in the great outdoors with her husband and dog, or in the great indoors with a good cup of tea, her easel, a canvas and some oil paint.

Katelyn Spink - Director

Katelyn was born & raised in Pemberton, and has a passion for the community and the Arts. With a past career in the music industry and a current one in business, Katelyn joined the Arts Council in hopes of creating an avenue for more live music and events within the community. When not volunteering with PAC, Katelyn can be found running her Real Estate business, belting tunes out with her guitar and enjoying the outdoors with friends.

Jill Patrick - Director

Jill is a writer from the N'Quatqua Nation, of the St'at'yemc people. She brings three years of non-profit development and communications experience to the Pemberton Arts Council, as well as her passion for building a more just and inclusive community. She believes that the creation and enjoyment of art should be accessible for everybody. In her time off, Jill writes novels, is a new snowboarder, and wants to learn how to skateboard.

Keita Thomas - Director

Keita has returned to her Canadian hometown of Pemberton after a sixteen-year hiatus. After a career in theatre and film as a stage designer and scenic artist, she now paints in mixed media and runs her online art business. Ever-passionate about the impact of creativity on the human experience, Keita hopes to work with the arts council to create a home for all types of art-makers and connect people through art events in our community. In her free time, Keita can be caught singing her heart out, walking in the woods, or chasing her three kiddos around the family farm.

Vanessa Lafontaine - Director

Vanessa has over 5-years of experience working for local governments. From communications and community engagement to frontline volunteer roles, she is passionate about supporting community initiatives and projects. In 2022, she joined the Pemberton Arts Council to learn more about non-profit management and to lend her accumulated experience to the organization. Vanessa can also be found on the Lost Lake bike trails motivating her daughter through the climbs or combing the beaches of Lillooet Lake looking for pretty rocks to tumble.

Katrina Nightingale - Director

Bio coming soon!


Brayden Pawlik - Executive Director

Brayden is a multifaceted creative professional with a degree in Illustration from OCADU, bringing a rich reservoir of artistic skills to every project. With a diverse portfolio, Brayden's freelance illustrations have left an indelible mark on esteemed brands throughout Canada, as well as local enterprises across Vancouver and the Sea to Sky region.Embracing a lifelong passion for both art and skiing, Brayden's talent has graced gallery exhibitions throughout the Sea to Sky area. Beyond the canvas, Brayden's love for skiing extends to the slopes, where they have excelled in competitive mogul skiing and have become a respected coach, currently leading as the head mogul coach for the Whistler Blackcomb Freestyle Club. Originally hailing from St. Catharines, Ontario, Brayden planted roots in British Columbia in 2021 and found home in Pemberton by 2023.

Pemberton Arts Council

PO Box 1169
Pemberton BC Canada
V0N 2L0

The Pemberton Arts Council operates within the unceded territory of Líl̓wat Nation and honours the language, culture and history of the Lil̓wat7úl.

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