Arts Council Of New Westminster Board Members 2020:

Our Executive CommitteeProfile
Bob Crockett - President
Bob has been a resident of New Westminster for eleven years and currently enjoys the vibrant life on the Quai where he plays jazz with other residents. Raised to appreciate the arts, he embraces the notion that the arts are essential for a well rounded life. He spent 25 years in senior Marketing and Customer Service roles before joining Kwantlen Polytechnic University as a Marketing Instructor. His claim to fame was the creation and launch of BC Hydro’s Power Smart program. He previously volunteered with the TriCity Arts Council and The Port Moody Art Centre to address their communication issues and hopes to bring this same expertise to the Arts Council in New Westminster.
Ruby Campbell - Vice President
Ruby has over 20 years experience in revenue development, managing major special events, volunteer management and facilitating community initiatives. She is currently the Director of Advancement for Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, where she manages securing and stewarding gifts for endowments, awards and other initiatives for SFU's largest faculty. Prior to joining SFU, Ruby was the Intergovernmental and Community Partnership Manager for the City of New Westminster, responsible for liaising with provincial and federal government to raise funds for City strategic priorities, prepared grant applications to senior government, managed sponsorship and managed other special city initiatives for over 9 years. Ruby has also worked in the not for profit sector and managed her own fundraising firm, where she has successfully developed and managed fundraising priorities for numerous not for profit clients throughout the Lower Mainland, some include: British Columbia Lung Association, AIDS Walk Vancouver, Asian Heritage Month, Fraser River Discovery Centre, Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation and Surrey Arts Council. She resides in New Westminster with her wonderful partner and delightful daughter.
Andrew Koltek - Treasurer
Andrew is a multi-instrumentalist musician, multi-format film photographer, and professional accountant. With diverse and extensive experience in both public practice and private industry, he brings operational business experience and expertise in financial reporting and analysis to his role as Treasurer of the Board.

He holds a BA (First Class Honours) from SFU, Diploma in Accounting from the Sauder School of Business, and is a CPA Candidate with CPABC.

As a photographer, Andrew focuses upon a hybrid analog/digital workflow with medium and large format film, developing both colour and black and white chemistry in his bathroom, scanning the negatives, and then printing via inkjet. Musically, Andrew contributes guitar and synthesizers to 3 piece punk outfit The Redscare, and produces acoustic music under the alias Child of Cascadia. He resides in Victoria Hill with his Wife and newborn Daughter.
David Vivian - Secretary

David trained in music, visual arts (Toronto: BA Specialist Fine Arts; UBC: MFA) and theatre (National Theatre School: Scenography). Since 1992 he has designed sets, costumes, lighting and media arts for theatre and dance, has been a key artist for film and television, and conceived original landscape designs.
Recent professional experience includes academic leadership and administrative direction for an undergraduate School with academic programs in dramatic arts, music, studies in arts and culture, and visual arts. He was project lead for new facilities development and launch, production and presentation programs, and initiatives in community revitalization and engagement. He has collaborated on program and schedule design, coordination and implementation, and developed expertise in marketing and communications direction including recruitment and sponsorship.
David has provided leadership in Arts and Culture sector policy development and governance. Responsibilities include community engagement, development, initiatives in public art, and the training of new artists from secondary through professional environments. Across a variety of boards and committees this includes representation, advocacy, facilitation, conference organization, event curation and production (including Alternative, Augmented Communication (AAC) project development) and community service. He has collaborated in community, university, professional and municipal governance in English and French-speaking communities.
Our Directors At Large
Rose Anza-Burgess

Rosie is an emerging academic, interdisciplinary writer, and artist. She is a speaker for this year's TEDxSFU event at the Vancouver Playhouse. She has a strong history of academic and public engagement, sharing her ongoing research at academic conferences in colleges and universities in the northwest coast of Canada and the United States. Her graduate research on Canadian painting and queer identity is published by the Comparative Media Arts journal. Her works on creative writing and nonfiction have been published by peer-reviewed magazines, while her photographs and works of art have been displayed and sold in local galleries. She earned her MA in Contemporary Arts at SFU, and worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the School for the Contemporary Arts, English, and Humanities departments. She has extensive experience working in the following academic and art institutions: Museum Assistant at the UBC Museum of Anthropology, Curatorial Intern at the Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art, Peer Mentor at Capilano University, Installation and Site Assistant at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, Photographer at the Vancouver Biennale, and currently as a postsecondary administrator at BCIT. She has a talented and inspiring wife, and a big family who teaches her about love, life, and humility.
Leah Chang


Leah moved to New Westminster recently but immediately got involved with the local arts community through the Arts Council. She’s an entrepreneur who consults with non-profit organizations and other businesses as an adult educator with experience in educational technology, digital marketing and instructional design. While she looks forward to supporting ACNW’s digital operations and strategy, she’s also keen to support more diversity and inclusion through the arts, especially coming from a Chinese-immigrant family herself. In past lives she’s been a French Horn player, a French teacher and a community garden leader. With a B.A., B.Ed. and M.A. in French and English literature, she pursues her love of the written word by chairing the ACNW Literary Arts Committee. You’re likely to find her walking or riding bikes through town, trying out New Wests’ restaurants and making new connections.
Ryan DhillionRyan has remained dedicated to serving New Westminster since joining ACNW as a volunteer in 2014. He is motivated to use his strategic planning skills to position the arts as a beacon of New Westminster’s best attributes, while also serving community members through advocating for local artists and their inspired work. Along with his work for ACNW, Ryan’s passion for justice and public policy inspires him to meaningfully contribute to community groups that strive for equal access to justice for individuals and non-profit organizations of limited means. Ryan holds a BA (Honours) in Economics and Media & Communications from the University of the Fraser Valley and is a public relations consultant with Edelman Vancouver, specializing in strategic crisis counsel and reputation management for global companies. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys watching films, traveling and dining at new restaurants in downtown Vancouver.
Simrit Kaith
As a recent graduate of Simon Fraser University and chair of the Membership & Outreach committee, Simrit's passion for her studied disciplines of Political Science and Communications shines in her work. Her degree has enabled her to gain a sophisticated scope of knowledge about politics on both an individual and global level. In her spare time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends along with volunteering in her community during provincial and federal elections. Simrit has lived in New Westminster her entire life and hopes to stay here for many more years to come, therefore its progress is very important to her. Simrit uses the skills she has learned over the years to participate in the Arts Council of New Westminster as an active Board Member.
Angelica KimAs the Founder of a Rover Music School in New Westminster, she values the importance of the arts within our local community. As a migrant and as an instructor to a wide spectrum of students within her school, she understands and deeply resonates with the desire to highlight the diversity of our community.

Over the past decade, She’s had the opportunity to study and see how various arts communities operate in New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, Montreal, Brandon, and Vancouver. Now having worked within New Westminster. She is excited to implement innovative ways to connect our community through artistic expression and impact.
Kristina Mameli
Having proudly called New Westminster home for her entire life, Kristina brings a lifelong passion for arts, culture and this amazing community to Arts Council. With more than a decade of media experience, ranging from radio and music journalism to print, social media, music management and event planning, she holds a BA of Professional Communications from Royal Roads University and a diploma of Broadcast Media and Communications from BCIT. When not volunteering, she can be found enjoying live music, craft beer and vintage cars.
Jay Schreiber
Jay has always been a talker and a conversationalist who often finds himself lost in words. A musician and craft beer professional who grew up in the Pacific North West, Jay is proud to call the Royal City his home. Jay was raised in a musical family, where his interests in performing arts continued into his young adulthood. He obtained accreditation in percussion performance from Douglas College and The University of Victoria, followed by graduate studies in contemporary performance and literature at Mills College in California. Through his involvement in music, Jay has travelled to Europe and around North America. A natural spokesman, when he’s not hitting things with sticks Jay is employed locally by Steel & Oak Brewing Co. as a raconteur for the company. In his spare time Jay builds musical instruments, plays in bands, adores cats and likes to travel and meet people.
Non-Voting
Leanne Ewen - Past-President
Leanne has been an advocate for the arts both in her career as an Elementary School teacher and in her personal life. Leanne has engaged in every aspect of the arts at some point in her life, from her studies at the piano from the age of five to university level, to coursework in dance, art and drama. The arts play a central role in her life and she believes passionately that the arts need to be an integral part of the education of our children and in our everyday lives. Leanne is thrilled to be able to take on a leadership role as President of the Arts Council to continue her advocacy for the arts. Her passion is to be able to make a difference to our community and is grateful to be able to do this by providing many opportunities for people of all ages to engage in the arts with passion, joy and enjoyment. Leanne is the proud recipient of the 2018 Bernie Legge Cultural/Artist of the Year Award at the New West Chamber Platinum Awards.
Mary Trentadue
(City Councillor)
Mary Trentadue is a mom, wife, entrepreneur and experienced City Councillor who is passionate about her community. She is a strong supporter of the arts and previous to being on City Council, owned a small independent bookstore for 10 years. Currently, Mary is the owner of a small business called 32 Solutions that provides virtual project management and administration to local and international companies. She serves as co-chair of the Lord Kelvin Parent Advisory Council and is committed to making a difference in her son’s school. She is passionate about the community of New Westminster and makes it her priority to be involved in issues regarding daycare, local business, and the growing arts community.

Currently, Mary serves on the following Committees;
• Chair, Arts Commission
• Member, LUPC
• Director, ECOMM
• Member, Public Art Advisory Committee
• Member, Mayors Task Force on the Riverfront
• Member, Major Projects Task Force
Stephen O’Shea
(Executive Director)
Stephen O'Shea is a dedicated and passionate arts advocate. Growing up in Abbotsford, BC, he is the founding member and bass player of international touring New Wave band You Say Party. He was the Artistic Director of Jam in Jubilee Music Festival for 3 years and sat on the Board of Directors of the Devon Clifford Music Foundation before moving to New Westminster in the fall of 2013. He is currently the Executive Director of the Arts Council of New Westminster, Chair of the City of New Westminster’s Public Art Advisory Committee, Secretary on the Board of Directors of Tourism New Westminster, and a member of the City of New Westminster’s Arts Commission. Stephen is the proud recipient of the 2018 Citizen of the Year Award at the New West Chamber Platinum Awards.
Hilda Cliffe - President Emeritus
Hilda Cliffe has been active in the arts and culture in New Westminster since 1963. She served as President of the Vagabond Players from 1972-74, and has served on the Board of the Arts Council since 1988 and as President from 1991 - 2001. She also served as a Director on the Board of the Massey Theatre and on the Raymond Burr Performing Arts Centre Society task force. At the regional and provincial level Cliffe has served on the Board of the South West Regional Arts Council and the Assembly of BC Arts Councils.
Hilda Cliffe has also been a member of the City's Arts and Culture Commission, and played a significant role in assisting with the creation of the first Arts and Culture Policy by the City of New Westminster.
Hilda Cliffe has represented the Arts Council at numerous committees including the City of New Westminster Arts & Culture Commission, City of New Westminster Museums & Art Centre Strategic Planning Committee; City of New Westminster Canada Day Committee; City of New Westminster Murals Committee; Chair of the Arts Council of New Westminster Selection Committee; New Westminster Endowment Grant Chair,
Hilda Cliffe has been recognized for her commitment to the Arts in our community as the recipient of the The Queens Golden Jubilee Medal, 02, BC Governor General Award, and the Bernie Legge Cultural Award in 2000.
Hilda Cliffe exemplifies the spirit of giving back to your community through her dedication and commitment to the arts. The Arts Council continues to honour Hilda's contribution to the Arts with an annual scholarship in her name.