Arts Council Of New Westminster Board Members 2021:

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 Quay 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.
Stephanie Hughes - Treasurer

Stephanie was born in Vancouver and soon found a passion for the Arts. Her childhood included dancing lessons and playing the Clarinet with the B.C. Beefeater Band. After high school, she joined the TD Bank as a Teller, where she developed many accounting skills. This led to starting her own Bookkeeping company. During this time, she enjoyed the variety of dealing with many smaller businesses throughout the lower mainland, including Non-Profits and Charities. Her education includes completing the BCIT Financial Management course at night school.

Stephanie loves to travel and has lived in a variety of places. Her work has taken her from Dubai to Bella Coola, but she is grateful to be back home. Now settled in New Westminster, Stephanie is working as a Controller at a manufacturing company.

Stephanie’s interests include Jazz Clubs, live theatre and concerts, watching activities in Moody Park on her weekend walks and cheering on the Canucks. Her nephew played on the New Westminster Bruins in the 80’s and she has many fond memories of Queen’s Park arena.

Volunteering has always been a passion and she is always up for a new opportunity. Becoming a Director for the ACNW is an amazing opportunity and Stephanie is excited to meet people in the community and support our local Artists.
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
Dawn Dutriza-Larose
Dawn is originally from Montreal but has have lived in Beautiful British Columbia since November 1st, 1983. She has been a resident of New Westminster since 2014. Before living in B.C., Dawn was a special-ed instructor, but when arriving in BC, her Quebec and Ontario credentials were not accepted here. So, in 1986 she became a realtor. Dawn has sat on the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver for two years (2000-2002). She retired from real estate in 2018 after 32 years. As to her passion for art, she has always loved art in it many forms. Dawn has tried most in some way or another and appreciates most forms. Her favourites are silver work enamelling and beading. In the years here, she has participated in classes and has given a few too!
Maryann Morrison
Maryann is a proud Métis woman who was born in New Westminster. Maryann's parents were also born in New Westminster. She enjoys all facets of arts and artistic beings. Her strong background in leadership, community, and digital communication enables her to embrace and appreciate all the many good things around her. She strives for opportunities to revitalize her culture by sharing and learning. Maryann recently returned home after a couple of years in Saskatchewan where she served on the Public Art Advisory Committee for the City of Saskatoon and was a Board Member for Creative Saskatchewan.
Alexandra Myer
Alie is a New West local who grew up in the arts and culture scene as a highland dancer, and as an avid participant in the Arts Council’s summer progams. She has recently returned to New Westminster from a ten-year stay in Hamilton, Ontario, where she earned her BA in art history from McMaster University, and her diploma in television broadcasting and communications from Mohawk College. She carried her passion the arts into her credentials, ultimately creating “The Artists of Brantferd,” a series of vignettes highlighting professional artists living and working in the quirky city of Brantford, Ontario. Alie also worked as an assistant-director and assignment producer at Hamilton’s local news station, where she was able to connect with yet another hyper-local arts and culture scene from the newsroom.

In her return to the city, Alie hopes to reconnect and give back to her hometown with the experiences and perspective she’s gained from living in Hamilton and working in the media production industry.
Timothy Varro
Timothy Joseph Varro was born in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1956. His family transplanted to Vancouver, British Columbia where he grew up, worked and thrived.

With over 30 years invested in a career as a contemporary and innovative art teacher, educational leader and art administrator, he made his mark pioneering new technologies in media arts, digital and sound art, video art, computer animation and television production.

The diversity of his teaching skills goes beyond live theatre, television and film to include graphic design, photography, worked as a consultant for television programs. With such a full and storied involvement in his teaching career, Tim’s art practice took a backseat for a time, and now while in retirement, he is now more fully engaged in creating a body of art.

Tim’s narrative reflects an underlying subjective experience of an early life-changing car accident and a resulting spinal cord injury, and the predicament this put him in.
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