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.
Rose Anza-Burgess - Vice President

Rosie is an emerging academic, interdisciplinary writer, and performance artist. She earned her MA in Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University. She has worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the School for the Contemporary Arts, English, and Humanities departments. She has worked in the following art institutions: Curatorial Intern at the Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art, Installation and Site Assistant at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, Photographer at the Vancouver Biennale, and as a Museum Assistant at the UBC Museum of Anthropology. She currently works as an Academic Advisor at Capilano University.

She is a TEDx Speaker, and took the stage at the Vancouver Playhouse in 2019. 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 painting, queer identity, and the Canadian landscape 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 has a talented and inspiring wife, and a big family who teaches her about love, life, and humility.
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

He holds a CPA, Diploma in Accounting from the Sauder School of Business, and BA (First Class honours) from SFU.Currently, Andrew resides in Victoria Hill with his Wife and 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
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.
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.
George Leontowicz
As a Project Manager in the steel manufacturing industry, George is involved in solving unique industrial challenges through applied design and manufacturing techniques. In his spare time, he loves to read and continues his work in additional forms of design under his own company. He currently studies Operations Management at BCIT.
Lindsay Sands
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Lindsay Sands joins the Arts Council with over seven years of experience in communications and marketing. She has a passion for strategic communications, project management and writing, and much of her professional experience is in a post-secondary setting. She has volunteered and interned for various arts organizations in Vancouver and holds a BA in Visual Culture and Communication from Simon Fraser University. Lindsay is looking forward to being an active Board member so she can contribute her knowledge and skills to the New Westminster arts community.
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
Hilda Cliffe - President Emerita
1928 - 2021
Hilda Cliffe was active in the arts and culture in New Westminster since 1963. She served as President of the Vagabond Players from 1972-74, 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, Hilda served on the Board of the South West Regional Arts Council and the Assembly of BC Arts Councils. Hilda Cliffe was a member of the City of New Westminster'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 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; and the New Westminster Endowment Grant Chair.

Hilda Cliffe was recognized for her commitment to the Arts in our community as the recipient of The Queens Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002, and the BC Governor General Award and the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce Bernie Legge Cultural Award in 2000.

Hilda Cliffe exemplified 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.

Hilda Cliffe passed away on May 3rd, 2021.