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Executive Director

Sara Lopez Assu
director@crartgallery.ca


Sara Lopez Assu: photo by Wild Shay Photography

I’m grateful to have lived, worked, and raised my kids on the unceded territories of the Ligwiłda’xw people for the last five years. Born and raised in Montreal (Tiohtià:ke), I moved to Campbell River so that my husband and kids could form deeper connections with their Kwakwaka’wakw culture and extended family. I received my post-secondary degrees from Marianopolis College and Concordia University, in Commerce and Urban Planning. I advocate for women’s rights, Indigenous rights, and have been personally involved in the contemporary Indigenous art scene for over a decade. I’m passionate about education, enjoy political debates, hold space for otherwise disempowered voices, and will respectfully challenge the status quo when given the chance!

The last 15 years of my professional career have led me to numerous leadership positions, allowing me to not only hone my skills as a manager, but also develop a holistic approach to brand positioning, organizational growth, and community development.

I’m interested in the power of effective communication, and see opportunities for engagement as key building blocks to organizational success and community connections. Engaging all levels of stakeholders can enrich experiences and inform the path forward, while building meaningful relationships along the way. That said, I’m also a sucker for analytics and reporting, and see numbers not only as performance indicators, but also as optimization targets to monitor and set goals around.

I’m thrilled to join the visionary team at the Campbell River Art Gallery, whose mandate aligns with my personal convictions and whose incredible skill set has already made this a space for important conversations and dialogue around issues in contemporary art and the world we live in.

Curator of Contemporary Art

Jenelle Pasiechnik
curator@crartgallery.ca

I am originally from Calgary, but have been living on the Island for nine years. I deeply love the culture of respect for the environment and each other that many live by in this beautiful place, and am grateful to call it my home. 

The focus of my graduate studies research at UVic centered on contemporary artists of West Asia living abroad in the world, and the need to open the discourse of art to accept alternative narratives of cultural production globally. I hope to continue that interest as a curator in Campbell River by focusing on giving space and voice to under-represented communities.

Jenelle Pasiechnik photo by Wild Shay Photography

Programs & Operations Manager

Mandie Bumble
programs@crartgallery.ca

Mandie Bumble photo by Wild Shay Photography

Originally from North Vancouver, I have been on the Island for over 15 years, living in different communities from Ucluelet, Salt Spring Island, Victoria to Fanny Bay. I have been working with the CRAG since Summer of 2021 as one of the Organizers of the Raven Artisan Market (a monthly event and Pop-Up since 2018 in the Comox Valley) as well as working with the CRAG as their Social Media Manager. I am now excited to step into the role of Operations Manager.

My past involvement with different Non-Profit Organizations and Societies garners appreciation for the work that is going on at the CRAG and I am looking forward to support this Non-Profit that aligns with many of my own ethics and values. As an Artist, Event Organizer and Manager I am excited to bring my years of experience to the CRAG and support this fantastic team.

I am passionate about making space for an inclusive community through art and action, uplifting voices of under represented groups including promoting body positivity and 2SLBGTQ+ representation.


Gallery & Shop Attendant

Judith Perron by Mandie Bumble

Judith Perron
admin@crartgallery.ca

I am of Acadian, Mi’Kmaq and Scotish ancestry, from a part of the unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People (northern New Brunswick.) After obtaining a PHD from Université de Moncton in French Studies/popular Acadian drama, I slowly made my way across the country as a college educator, and am now a grateful resident of the Ligwilda’xw unceded territory. 

I have developed a passion for hand building functional objects with a variety of clays and porcelain, and am currently researching original pottery methods for firing local clay. I am also an indefatigable crochet enthusiast, striving to have arts usually made by women to be better recognized.

I am extremely happy for the opportunity to contribute to the promotion of arts through my position as gallery and shop attendant.


Communications & Public Outreach – Summer Co-op Student

Kym Aerts
outreach@gallery.ca

Kym Aerts by Mandie Bumble

Born and raised on the traditional lands of the Lək̓ʷəŋən people (Victoria.)  I am currently at the University of Victoria attempting to get a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Art History and Visual Studies. I have developed a love and interest in Art Galleries and was given the opportunity to work at CRAG through Uvic’s Co-op program. My dad was born and raised here on the land of the Ligwiłda’xw people, and I have come to Campbell River annually to camp with my family so this city has been a part of my life since I was a child.

I am very excited to be given this opportunity to work at CRAG, being able to see the interconnectedness of contemporary art, social justice and change making is both a powerful and a phenomenal learning opportunity. In my spare time I enjoy completing needlessly difficult puzzles, consuming films, colouring and embroidering (haphazardly). 


Volunteers

Pam & Gary Dobbs, Catherine Morton, Marie Daubigeon, Carol Harling Bleeks, Teresa Wright, Diane McMillan, Frances Nile, Tasse Geldart, and Heather Hughson


Board of Trustees

Chair: Darren Larose

Vice-Chair: Libby King

Treasurer: Lacey Service

Secretary: Pete Allen

Officer: Danna Chan

Officer: Cory Cliffe

Officer: Corrine Hunt

Officer: Denise Mitchell

Officer: Brett Woodside