Board of Directors

Meet the team. Below you will find the dedicated board of directors at Southampton Arts this year.

Carol Brown

Contact Name
Carol Brown
Contact Title
Board Member

Carol is originally from Oakville.  In 1993, after many years in the retail sector of decorating in Southern Ontario, she moved to Southampton and opened a business with her husband in the auto related field. Her work experience lies mostly in the retail and interior decorating field. After a few years she co-owned a decor business in Port Elgin and has since retired. She also does colour consultation and interior decorating work for clients in their home. Her other passion is gardening, and she spends many hours in the summer working outside.

Her love of art and colour and being involved in the community has brought her to being involved in the Southampton Arts Centre. As well as being an active Board member, Carol assists in the Gallery and also paints with the SAC’s Open Studio.

Joyce Carr

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Joyce Carr
Contact Title
Board Member

Joyce is retired from a career in Education and Social Services specializing in the sector of persons with intellectual disabilities. For the first few years of her career she worked in Special Education with several Boards of Education. The later years of her career she effectively and decisively directed support systems ensuring overall effectiveness in the areas of person-centred planning, community development, networking, service planning, evaluation of outcomes and satisfaction on day to day operations working within the Ministry requirements. Joyce received several awards and recognition for her outstanding contributions in removing barriers for individuals in business. Joyce was raised in a household where volunteering and contributing to one’s community was a way of life. Some of her choices were Board of Directors for Adult Education and Learning, Victorian Order of Nurses. She was Instrumental on the ground floor planning and launching of Ronald Mc Donald House, London, and Geranium House (Hospice) in Chatham-Kent. Over a course of several years Joyce managed, operated and marketed a cottage industry consisting of the design and manufacturing of children’s clothing. Joyce also taught various courses at St. Clair College as an outcome of this retail business.

Gerald Guenkel

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Gerald Guenkel
Contact Title
Board Member

Gerald Guenkel loves forests, wood and art – in any combination! As a professional forester for 35 years, Gerald has worked as a forest manager for a large forest corporation and as a college professor / forest program coordinator. In all these roles he developed skills in strategic planning, budgeting, teaching and effective communication techniques. What does this have to do with art? Gerald always loved creating from an early age. Many years later, he now has extensive small business experience in creating and selling chainsaw art. What did he learn? Marketing, understanding the customer, value of a dollar and how to rise above the competition. Currently, Gerald is continuing his chainsaw carving business while volunteering with three different local organizations. Remember, be creative and have fun!

Bonnie Holtom

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Bonnie Holtom
Contact Title
Board Member | Secretary

Bonnie has been an active SAC volunteer for several years and joined the Board formally as its Secretary in April of 2019.  She has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business where she also instructed MBA students in Strategic Career Management. She brings many years of experience in a high tech manufacturing industry in strategic planning, computer systems, and project management, as well as financial and process auditing. Bonnie’s primary focus on the Board’s activities is business systems and efficiencies to help the SAC meet the rapidly evolving changes of the art industry.  Her goal is to help grow the Centre into a major focal point in our community for all things art and event related. As a casual watercolour painter, Bonnie is a member of the Shoreline Artists and the SAC’s Open Studio.

Andrea Mackenzie

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Andrea Mackenzie
Contact Title
Board Member

Andrea has 15 years of experience as a senior IT consultant, dealing with clients in the financial services, government and supply chain sectors.  Her work involves collaborating with clients and development teams to build user-centric applications.  Andrea enjoys taking a creative approach to her work and employs strong analytical skills to help organizations achieve their goals.  Prior to her career in IT, Andrea ran her own business, leveraging partnerships with other organizations. She enjoys drawing and painting as a hobby as well as website, landscape and interior design.  As a visitor, Andrea appreciated the beautiful artwork exhibited in the Southampton Arts Centre.  Now that she calls Saugeen Shores home, she sees the SAC as a vibrant, essential part of our community and enjoys working with staff and other Board members to shape future events, operations, and to support the gallery.

Melanie Myers

Contact Name
Melanie Myers
Contact Title
Board Member | Treasurer

Melanie has been living in Southampton for just over 28 years and in that period of time has enjoyed involvement with community-based health care in Grey-Bruce, local school projects, hockey team operations, Chairperson of the Southampton BIA, and the Administrator of a small manufacturing business. She is keen to support the collective community of Southampton and use volunteering to help contribute to growth of organizations and associations in Saugeen Shores. Melanie values our thriving downtown, its unique character and charm. The Southampton Arts Centre is a historic cornerstone, a home base for artistic influence in the economic landscape of Southampton and she is excited to carry on the important work of previous directors.

Shelleen Nelson

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Shelleen Nelson
Contact Title
Board Member

Shelleen grew up in Ontario. She has a degree in English Language and Literature from Wilfrid Laurier University (then, Waterloo Lutheran) and a teaching certificate from McGill. She worked as costume and props designer and maker (and occasionally, actor) for Youth Theatre, Montreal. She taught in isolated schools in the Magdalen Islands, Quebec and Igloolik and Iqaluit N.W.T. (Nunavut). She retired to Southampton in 2012 after teaching for the Waterloo Board. She has volunteered with the Butterfly Gardens in Saugeen Shores. Taking a variety of courses with the Art School over the years has given her knowledge, enjoyment, and a high regard for the instructors and the School. With Board members and the staff she hopes to support the growth and success of the SAC and enhance its presence in the community.

Valerie Cargo

Contact Name
Board of Directors I
Contact Title
Board Member

Valerie's black and white photography is an eclectic mix of landscapes, water, nature, stills and whatever takes her fancy. She enjoys experimenting with new mediums such as canvas, mulberry paper and other non traditional photography papers. The "Bruce's" ever changing moods constantly challenge her creativity to capture new and interesting moments in time. Often translating this "moment" in time visually can be harder than taking the picture.
Valerie's love of photography has quickly turned to her passion and obsession. Being totally self taught, she is constantly striving to gain more knowledge in her chosen field. As she has said from the beginning of her journey "how hard can it be?"

Elizabeth Peters-Davaze

Contact Name
Elizabeth Peters-Davaze
Contact Title
Board Member

Before moving to Bruce County almost 10 years ago, Elizabeth Davaze worked in arts
administration and communications for two non-profit community arts organizations: St. Thomas Art Public Art Centre, and Scarborough Arts. As a journalist and photographer, Elizabeth once interviewed award-winning pig farmers and the Premier of Ontario in a single day. Elizabeth has worked for a variety of news and magazine publications, including the Port Elgin Shoreline Beacon, the St. Thomas Times Journal, and freelance work for the Victoria Times-Colonist and Vancouver Island Newsgroup. Most recently, Elizabeth has been involved in community projects and organizations in Bruce County including the Alzheimer’s Society of Grey Bruce, the Saugeen Shores Refugee Fund, and Women’s House Serving Bruce & Grey. She currently works from home as a writer and creates fine art pinhole photography with her husband and family.

Gayle Slinger

Contact Name
Gayle Slinger
Contact Title
Board Member | Chair/President

Gayle is originally from Toronto where she loved growing up on the shores of Lake Ontario. Before happily moving to Sauble Beach in 2015, she lived for 20 years in London Ontario. It was there that she discovered her passion for art. In London she took classes from many artists, developing her own style in both watercolour and acrylic mediums. She has been teaching classes and workshops since 2001 in the Southern Ontario Region and at the Southampton Art School since in 2012. Gayle is has served as President for the Lambeth Art Association, The Brush and Palette Club, The Central Ontario Art Association and has worked as an Art Consultant for Tourism London. She currently enjoys being a member of the Shoreline Artists and is pleased to be supporting art in the community through the Southampton Arts Centre.