LAKESHORE ARTS BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Mark has been a teacher at Lakeshore Collegiate Institute since 2006. He has taught in the CyberARTS programme and is the liaison between LCI and Lakeshore Arts. For the eight years prior to entering the teaching profession, Mark worked as a web and graphic designer for clients ranging from multinational corporations to local not for profits. He also served in the Canadian Forces for nine years as a reserve armoured corps crewman and instructor while earning his undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Psychology and Philosophy. Mark and his family have been living in Longbranch for over ten years and he has been a member of the Board since 2012.

Jennifer is a long time resident of Mimico and New Toronto, having lived in these neighbourhoods since 1966. She has seen many changes over the years and is now enjoying the positive changes that are taking place in these neighbourhoods. Jennifer has worked for Alterna Savings Credit Union for 10 years, currently as a personal banker. She is busy with her husband, 2 kids, and a dog and when able, she enjoys running and crossfit training.

Karen Ridley is a retired elementary school principal and a longtime resident of Long Branch.  Her passion is fiber arts – quilting, knitting, sewing, batik, natural dyeing.  She is a long time supporter of Lakeshore Arts and the work they do in promoting the arts in the Lakeshore area.
Alana Dickie has been a resident of Mimico since 2009.   Alana previously served on the Lakeshore Arts board as treasurer since she has a passion for numbers. Her greatest passion – the environment – currently sees her on the Lakeshore Arts Environmental Committee.  Alana has three young children, and in her spare time enjoys gardening, yoga, and weight lifting.
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Bill Mclean has been a resident of Mimico since 2008. He and his partner Cathy Ledden run Ledden Design iT, a boutique communications design company.  He has a long time interest in the arts and community and has been a Lakeshore Arts Board member since 2012.
Samyuktha Punthambekar is a versatile Indian Classical dancer, arts educator and arts manager. She is trained in the Bharathanatyam dance form from the prestigious Kalakshetra Foundation Chennai, India. Samyuktha has performed at prestigious festivals in India, U.A.E, Switzerland, Malaysia and now in Canada. In Canada, Samyuktha was a senior dance teacher at Sampradaya Dance Academy and also performed for the company. She is very actively involved in the arts in Toronto and has volunteered at numerous festivals and organizations. She won the VACCT award, 2016 for her volunteering contributions. As an arts administrator, Samyuktha has worked for Dancer Transition Resource Center and Sunny Artist Management. Currently, she is enrolled in Humber College’s Arts Administration and Cultural Management program and is interning at the TAF and the TAC. She won the OAC’s grant for her studies at Humber and also received the Dean’s Award for the program in 2016. Samyuktha resides in Mississauga and looks forward to being part of Lakeshore Arts and contributing to the community.
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