VAM’s vision is for an inspired and enriched community, engaged in a full spectrum of visual arts activities. Its mandate is to enrich our community by fostering an appreciation of the visual arts through education, exhibition and engagement; and by enhancing the vitality of the artistic community.
2021 Annual General Meeting Documents can be found here – Full 2021 Annual Meeting Report
Fei Sun was elected to the Board in April 2017. During Sun’s diverse and progressive career, she has been a journalist, a consultant and later a Human Resources professional at Accenture and Goldman Sachs. Sun holds a Master’s and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a Masters Certificate in Adult Training and Development from the Schulich School of Business.
Sun is now leading the Human Resources Transformation effort at ArcelorMittal Dofasco, where she supports a team of change leaders to create a digitalized and strategic HR Department.
Sun has lived and worked in China and England prior to moving to Canada. She is an advocate for inclusion and diversity, as well as effective cross-cultural communication.
Swaroop Dogra was elected to the Board in 2017. He has more than 30 years of multinational professional and volunteer experience in Executive leadership, Program/Project delivery, Software development, Service delivery at large companies like Telus, Bell, Netcracker, Cogeco, Verizon, Bharti Airtel, Amdocs, Osram, UTI and leading Banks in India.
He also volunteers as Director with The Riverwood Conservancy. Past volunteer positions include Director at Indus Community Services (3 years as Vice President), Director with Peel Senior Link, Director at PMI Lakeshore Chapter, member curriculum/program advisory committees at Humber and George Brown College etc. He is alumni of ICD – Directors for NFP (not for profit) program, Rotman’s Executive leadership course in Managing Strategic Change, Rotman’s MBA essentials course and many more.
PATRICK WONG – Treasurer
Joining the Board in 2018, Patrick Wong has worked in the accounting field since 1975. He has held several senior positions in different companies, namely Avery Dennison, CCL Label and Unilever as a Senior Financial Analyst, Cost Accounting Manager and Financial Reporting Manager. Semi-retired, he is currently working for GestureTek Systems Inc. as Controller on a consulting basis.
Patrick has lived in Mississauga since 1978. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Accounting and Economics) degree from the University of Toronto (Erindale Campus). In 1992 he achieved his Certified Management Accountant professional designation.
Patrick is a life-long learner. He enjoys reading to further his education and watching TV for his meditation practice. One item on his bucket list was to volunteer to serve in Mississauga. He believes VAM will be a wonderful starting place.
Catharine brings more than fifteen years of corporate communications, marketing and branding experience to the Board. Throughout her career she has developed and executed programs and campaigns for local, national and international audiences in public and private sectors.
She enjoys her volunteer and pro bono work immensely, where she specializes in helping local arts organizations enrich and develop their branding, marketing and communications programs. Additional creative endeavours include sculpture and found art, as well as a strong interest in combining arts & letters (www.facebook.com/IGYMW).
Zelia Bukhari recently finished an MSc in Cultural and Creative Communication from the University of Aberdeen, and has her BAH in Global Development and Political Studies from Queen’s University. Zelia grew up in Mississauga and has been actively involved in the community for many years. She is currently the Fundraising and Digital Marketing Coordinator for The Compass Food Bank and 2 Outreach Centre, located in South Mississauga. She also sits on the Mississauga-Lakeshore Constituency Youth Council as Vice-President. She brings vast experience in the non-profit sector, along with an academic perspective of communication theory within the creative fields, to the Board. Zelia believes that VAM is vital to having a well-rounded community, as VAM provides programs which advocate for creative expression while providing a safe and supportive space to do so.
Lorraine Crow is a long-time resident of Mississauga. Lorraine has a deep commitment to this community and a great love of art, music and nature. Currently the Manager of Grants and Community Initiatives for the Community Foundation of Mississauga, Lorraine assisted in providing over 3.2M to local charities during the pandemic and participated in the CFoM’s online Vital Conversations engaging community members. As a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), Lorraine brings a wealth of knowledge of both charitable and business sectors. Her previous professional roles include Manager of Philanthropy for The Riverwood Conservancy, Association of Fundraising Professionals committee member, Canadian Association of Gift Planners member, Credit Valley Trail fundraising committee member, Rotary Mississauga Board Chair of Community Assistance and Peace Committee member, former Principal/Campus Director/Teacher in the Private Career College and Manager in Employment Services sector.
Taya Kehler is an emerging artist in Mississauga. She explored her artistic talent throughout her childhood abroad and began creating and selling artworks when she returned to Canada in 2014. Taya has experience exhibiting her own work as well as curating and organizing exhibits at her university campus and has completed self-guided artist residencies where she was able to focus her practice. Taya holds a degree in Landscape Architecture from Dalhousie University and enjoys combining her passion for horticulture and design in her work. She is also a volunteer member of The Riverwood Conservancy, providing designs and horticulture insight to the TRC Gardens Committee. As a member and past volunteer at VAM, Taya is excited to continue her involvement as a member of the board.
Nancy Messham was elected to the Board in April 2015. She is an accomplished business professional with extensive marketing, business development and sponsorship experience. Working with major Canadian Retailers and food companies, Messham’s entrepreneurial spirit and creativity were instrumental in the successful launches of numerous innovative in-store advertising vehicles and food information programs. Messham is a relationship builder with a strong sense of community and unwavering commitment to quality and integrity.
A life-long learner, Messham continues her art education with classes from various institutions including Sheridan College, Neilson Park Creative Centre, Living Arts Centre, and VAM.
Iryna Reim – With more than 30 years of experience, Iryna is an accomplished Leadership and Organizational Development professional. She has worked primarily in the financial services sector including Mackenzie Investments, Dundee Wealth, Royal Bank and with the Government of Ontario in which she led the Leadership Development Office. Her role was to design and deliver learning initiatives that support an organization in achieving strategic priorities through people. Iryna has held a life-long passion for the arts. She believes that the practice and play of creativity is core to our wellbeing and who we are as human beings. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to VAM while being a part of this inspiring community.
Jeremy’s 45-year career in newspaper advertising spanned positions with various community newspapers, including Director of Advertising at The Mississauga News, Publisher of the Etobicoke Guardian and National Advertising Manager of Torstar’s Metroland Newspaper chain.
Jeremy has also served on the board of the Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada (VARAC) and currently enjoys racing a 1962 Lotus Super Seven at race circuits in Canada and the USA. He is editor of the VARAC digital newsletter, Pit Signals.
Taking up art once again in retirement, through VAM, has renewed Sale’s appreciation of the satisfaction gained by painting. He enjoys creating abstract acrylics and meeting people in the arts community.