Board of Directors 2018-2019
Born in Lima, Peru, Monica immigrated to Canada in 1976 where she obtained her Bachelor of Science and Masters in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. Throughout her career, Monica has worked in the public and private sector in real estate, land development, environmental and tourism issues, and economic development, and treaty negotiations with First Nations in BC and Alberta. She lives in Vancouver and has traveled extensively throughout the world studying different art forms. In 2013 she obtained her Fine Art Certificate from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she is currently enrolled in the Advanced Study Certificate program, in painting. As a mixed-media artist, her paintings have been exhibited at numerous galleries in BC’s Lower Mainland and are in private collections internationally. Monica believes strongly in the multidisciplinary and multicultural potential of the arts council to encourage a broad range of people to participate in culturally enriching programmes and activities.
Anne Marie Lawrence
Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, Anne-Marie has lived in North Vancouver since 1972. She has been involved in many community organizations such as the North Shore Women’s Centre, United Way Committee for the North Shore, Girl Guides, and the North Vancouver Community Arts Council. With an avid interest in the arts, Anne-Marie has had a membership with the Vancouver Art Gallery since 1983. Anne-Marie sits on the board of North Shore Heritage Preservation Society because she strongly believes in the value of heritage as an expression of cultural identity and supports the retention of heritage structures, integrating with new construction rather than demolition, to retain as much of the original character of the North Shore as is possible.
David obtained a law degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia, and has since practiced business law in Vancouver. Involved with the business and legal community, David has worked on many complex projects such as hospitals and educational institutions. Many projects involve multiple parties with private and public objectives to be reconciled. Raising a family with his wife in North Vancouver, he has enjoyed the programming and events of the NVCAC, notably the art rental programme and the Anonymous Art Show. David is supportive of the organization’s efforts in bringing art to the community in interesting and unexpected ways, creating a feeling that North Vancouver is a real community where people of all ages live, work, create and grow.
Born and raised in Iran, Effat was part of an art-loving family. From childhood, she expressed her feelings and thoughts through her art – painting, writing and poetry became a form of release for her. From a very early age, Effat volunteered with several organizations: she taught underprivileged children working for UNICEF and also taught illiterate women in the villages of Iran. In Iran’s Governor House, she worked with immigrants and refugees to help them lead a successful life in a new country. Effat obtained a Bachelor in Communications and a Bachelor of Arts in Design. Since moving to Canada in 1983, she has worked in diverse fields such as interior design and customer service while raising her two daughters. She has fully integrated herself within her community and has volunteered her time with autistic children as well as organizations such as North Vancouver Community Art Council. She is currently volunteering with Immigrant Services Society (ISS of BC) as a facilitator and a member of the advisory committee for refugee and immigrant women who are new to Canada. She also volunteers as a counselor with the North Shore Seniors Peer Support and Hamrahan Iranian Seniors Support. Her creative oil and acrylic paintings vary from landscapes and architecture to portraits and realistic life subjects. Art has not only become a creative outlet for Effat but a true passion in life.
With a Masters in Public Affairs from the Université Laval, Etienne is a senior economist for the Government of Canada with a background in public policy. In addition to his career, Etienne is personally motivated by a conviction that art can be a critical tool for social integration and social development, especially for children and youth. This is why he began volunteering for the North Vancouver Community Arts Council shortly after his arrival from Ottawa, Ontario in 2016. Etienne also volunteers with the Young Associates of the Vancouver Art Gallery and was recently appointed to the City of North Vancouver Social Planning Advisory Committee. With his professional background and personal interests, Etienne is looking forward to working with the NVCAC to help build a strategic vision for the organization, while strengthening the economic case for arts in the community.
Serene (Mohawk Nation – Wolf clan) is from the Six Nations of the Grand River territory in Ontario. An art therapist, visual and mixed media artist, graphic designer, and photographer. She has over ten years experience facilitating art workshops on both a community level and within local school boards and has been fortunate to be able to work closely with many First Nations communities on a number of projects that fostered intergenerational participation. Serene is passionate about integrating her role as an art therapist with her passion for her culture, creativity and the freedom of expression.
Sandrine obtained her Masters of Natural Science degree at the University of Rouen, France and has been working as a professional visual artist since she moved to Canada in 1998. She is very involved in the community, as co-founder of the North Shore Arts Crawl and co-founder of a weekly life-drawing group. Furthering her own career as a professional visual artist and instructor, Sandrine has extensive experience in marketing and events planning. She has a keen interest in community art projects that make the North Shore an exciting place to live, with many opportunities to connect the general public with artists.
Don is a long time member of the North Shore community – both personally and professionally. He and his wife established their home in Deep Cove in 1985 and went on to raise two boys in the Cove. Now empty nesters we continue to reside in our Deep Cove Cottage and enjoy every minute of living in this unique community.
After graduation from the University of B.C. School of Social Work in 1982, Don worked for several years in the field of adolescent offenders, assessment and treatment planning. In 1988, he joined the North Shore Neighbourhood House as Executive Director, where he remained for almost 25 years. I retired in 2011 to enjoy “a life of leisure” which entails a never ending list of chores, gardening, trying to learn to paint (watercolours), walking the dog, and a wee bit of consulting to a couple of non-profit organizations in the area of labour relations, collective bargaining and public relations.
Shirley Shannon has lived in North Vancouver since 1995. Her career path has included co-founding a successful software company, and later an import/export business specializing in pianos and accessories. After selling her company in 2008, she worked at Douglas College as a business advisor for the Self Employment program. Shirley holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and has obtained the CGA-CPA designation. She is an active community volunteer having served as a mentor for the Canadian Youth Entrepreneur Association and as a Career Settlement Mentor at the Immigrant Services Society of BC. She is a former President of AFCA-BC, the Association of Filipino-Canadian Accountants. Today Shirley runs a business consulting firm in North Vancouver and serves as a mentor to CPA students in developing skills needed for certification. She reads extensively, and appreciates the ability of music and the arts to bring people of diverse backgrounds together.
Chair, School of Motion Picture Arts at the Bosa Centre for Film & Animation, Capilano University
Michael holds a PhD in Philosophy of Media and Communications and as faculty teaches Canadian Cinema, World Cinema, and Visual Theory and Culture. He has worked in Vancouver, Los Angeles, London and Paris as a writer, story editor, author, actor and educator.