Sara Lopez Assu
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
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.
I have been involved in the cultural sector for many years, most recently as a public library administrator. In addition to studies in music, librarianship, and art and design, I hold a recent post-graduate diploma in public administration from the University of York (UK).
My key responsibilities at the CRAG include membership management, volunteer recruitment and development, the Gallery Shop and artisan-consignor relationships, and a wide range of behind-the-scenes administrative processes and communications.
Outreach & Education Coordinator:
I’ve been involved in the Campbell River community in various capacities since I first arrived here from Saskatchewan in 1998.
Before coming to the Gallery, I covered the region as a multi-media reporter/photographer for the Campbell River Mirror. I have served in various board capacities in the non-profit sector both within this beautiful community and others, and have been a life-long artist, musician and writer. I also have a YouTube channel where I teach and entertain using woodwork as my medium.
I hold bachelor’s degrees in both English and Journalism, but my role here at the Gallery mainly involves reaching out and engaging the community in the great work we’re doing here, as well as initiating and running the various art-based learning projects we offer to bring a little more joy, understanding and introspection into people’s lives.
Pam & Gary Dobbs, Carol Harling Bleeks, Caroline Thom, 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