Sara Lopez Assu
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
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 & Outreach Manager
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 and Shop Manager
Alina Young Chan
Originally hailing from Cork City, Ireland, I have had the pleasure of living and working in Canada for two years, settling in BC in 2022.
I received my undergraduate degree in Art History with a minor in Philosophy from University College Cork, and gained my post-graduate MA in Modern and Contemporary Art: History, Curating and Criticism from the University of Edinburgh in 2020.
I feel incredibly grateful that my life and career led me to the beautiful, unceded territory of the Liǧʷiɫdax̌ʷ people and an institution whose philosophy, vision, and team of staff inspires me every day.
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: Denise Mitchell
Co-chair: Cole Speck
Co-chair: Cory Cliffe
Treasurer: Lacey Service
Secretary: Libby King
Officer: Ian Baikie
Officer: Pete Allen
Officer: Shawn Decaire
Officer: Brett Woodside
Officer: Jane Hirst
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