Arts Council Of New Westminster Board Members 2018:

Our Executive CommitteeProfile
Leanne Ewen - 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.
Simrit Kaith - Vice President

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.
Leslie Murray - Treasurer
Leslie moved to New Westminster in 2012 shortly after retiring from her position as Acting President, Native Education College, Vancouver. Her Background is in education, business and social work and she currently works on a contract basis for small business and social services organizations.
Because of her interest in fabric arts, Leslie volunteered with the Arts Council in 2016 as a gallery attendant, and has also worked on various projects – serving for a time as the volunteer coordinator for the gallery, and updating the Arts Council scrapbooks.
Barbara Webb - Secretary
Barb has a BSc, Diploma of Dental Hygiene, and a Certificate of Fine Art Techniques from Emily Carr University. Her passion for art began early with photography and continues in painting, drawing and an insatiable interest in art and techniques used in art. Barb has been volunteering at The Gallery at Queen’s Park helping with monthly art installations. When not creating art Barb enjoys cooking, reading, biking, and going on long walks.
Our Directors At Large
Bob Crockett
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.
Trevor Hargreaves
Trevor has a background as a journalist, graphic designer, commercial actor, musician and corporate communications consultant. He recently finished a Master’s thesis about dairy farmers in British Columbia of whom very few live in New West. In his spare time he enjoys writing, music, painting, and driving his two small children to an endless array of lessons located throughout the municipality while running 5 minutes late. As a longtime resident of New West, Trevor has an outspoken fondness for the small, but rich community in which we live.
Erin Jeffery
An actor by training and a communicator by trade, Erin has a thing for language. She likes to talk a lot, especially about the arts and New Westminster, which is why she is perfectly suited to her roles in Partnerships Initiatives at the Massey Theatre and Communications Manager for the Uptown Business Association where she connects people to the arts and New Westminster every day. As member of the Fundraising and Finance Committee, she is out and about in our community engaging people in conversations about the arts and encouraging them to get involved with ACNW. She first developed her passion for New Westminster and its environs as the Account Manager at Hangar 18 Creative group in charge of the visual identity redesign of River Market. Since working at Hangar 18, she has had a child, been a volunteer coordinator at the Canadian Mental Health Association, and worked as a writer for She has served on the board of the Tara Cheyenne Performance Society, is involved in the Ecole Qayqayt community school PAC, plays football, has her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre, Concentration Acting from the University of British Columbia, and has been in both Tony and Tina’s Wedding and the X Files. She's also recently found a passion for stand up and can occasionally be found pounding the boards at Lafflines. She is a New West resident who is proud of her city, passionate about the arts, and a bit too obsessed with cheese. Follow her on Twitter @erin_jeffery.
Stefanie Swinnard
Stefanie is a life-long arts enthusiast. A performer since age 3 she has won numerous awards both regionally and provincially in the areas of Musical Theatre and Classical voice. She is an honours graduate of both the University of the Fraser Valley and Douglas College majoring in theatre and voice. She is the founder of The Stage New Westminster, a performing arts company for children and youth, that is dedicated to utilizing theatre, music, and dance to enrich the lives of young people.
Erin Watkins
Erin’s employment background was in marketing, branding, design and advertising prior to her personal re-branding as a librarian. She holds a Diploma in Marketing Management, a BA in Communications with a minor in Publishing, a Certificate in Communication Design, and a Masters in Library and Information Studies. Erin is currently employed as Manager of Programs and Community Development at the New Westminster Public Library. She works closely with community groups to deliver a diverse range of library programming, including close involvement with LitFest NewWest since 2015. Erin has a passion for art and music which started at a young age, she continues to support local live music and artists in her spare time. Twitter | LinkedIn
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.
Hilda Cliffe - President Emeritus