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The ArtBridges Team

Through 2013-16, ArtBridges/ToileDesArts has an exceptionally large network of support.  We have been able to engage amazingly talented people through the generous support of our funders. 

ArtBridges is a project of Tides Canada.

As a registered Canadian operating charity, Tides Canada has full fiduciary and governance responsibility for Project: ArtBridges/ToileDesArts, and as such receives all donations and provides charitable tax receipts for gifts to the ArtBridges/ToileDesArts Project. Tides Canada provides a shared administrative platform for a number of self-financing projects to further its mission of social justice and environmental sustainability.

Our Volunteer Advisory Committee:

  • Bridget Goldsmith, Chair of Steering Committee ArtBridges; Business owner. Past Board President of ShelterNet
  • Chris Little, Treasurer for ArtBridges; Senior Manager, Finance & Strategy, Scotiabank; member of the Certified Management Accountants of Ontario
  • Ruth Mandel, Philanthropist and Artist
  • Rosemary Masemann, Lawyer
  • Stephanie Whitehouse, Exhibit designer at The Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg 

Project Founders

Seanna Connell & Kate Austin met in March 2008 for a breakfast and during 5 hours of bottomless coffee, the idea for ArtBridges was germinated.

2016 Staff, Consultants & Volunteers

Just about everyone at ArtBridges works or volunteers part-time, some as little as 1.5 hours/wk and some on short-term contracts. But each person contributes unique and diverse skills, experience and expertise, which combined helps to shape the development and growth of the ArtBridges/ToileDesArts project.


Co-Founder & Project Director (f/t), Seanna Connell

Co-Founder & Creative Partner (Volunteer), Kate Austin

Social Media & Content Coordinator (p/t), Lisa Tran

Indigenous Community Arts Coordinator & Communications Assistant (p/t), Cora-Rae Silk

Info Resource Developer (p/t), Skye Louis

Membership Developer (p/t), Tiffany Nyklickova

French-English Translator, Jacinthe Laforte (consultant)

Francophone Community Arts Coordinator/ Coordonnatrice francophone en art communautaire (p/t), Catherine Lamaison

Francophone Community Arts Outreach Coordinator/Coordonnatrice francophone des communications et engagements en art communautaire (p/t), Catherine Turcotte

Development Officer, Patty Porretta (consultant)

Website Developer, ViUU Inc. (consultant)

Outreach Coordinator, Sonya Young (consultant)

Graphic Artist/Illustrator, Courtney Wotherspoon (consultant)

Evaluator, Radha Nayar (consultant)

Videographer, Andrea Dorfman (consultant)

Web Developer, Ted Snell (volunteer consultant)

Student involvement 2016 (volunteers)

Previous Student Involvement, Staff & Volunteers