Mailing and business address
4170 Riverwood Park Lane
Mississauga, ON L5C 2S7
P 905.277.4313 F. 905.277.4340

Main Phone Line – 905.277.4313


Victoria Shepherd
Executive Director

Victoria has spent the past 25 years in leadership roles in the music industry, as CONNECT Music Licensing’s inaugural Executive Director and as the Canadian Live Music Association’s inaugural Director of Operations. Her passion for arts and culture extends to her personal life, where she is an award-winning theatre director.  She is fascinated with the study of leadership and has studied the subject at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies, where she was awarded the inaugural Larry Chester Award for Excellence in Strategic Leadership, Rotman’s School of Business and at York University’s Schulich School of Business. Victoria served on CONNECT Music Licensing’s Board of Directors and was a member of Centennial College’s Music Industry Arts Program’s inaugural Program Advisory Committee.  



Wendy Heagney-Bakewell, MFA
Program Development Manager

Wendy joined the creative team at Visual Arts Mississauga in 2019 as Program Coordinator and she now moves into the Program Development Manager role where she will continue to share her enthusiasm and passion for connecting people with visual art. Wendy holds an MFA (Studio Art) from the University of Victoria, BC and an BFA (Art & Art History) from the University of Toronto & Sheridan College, Mississauga, ON. She brings program planning and teaching experience as a Visual Art Instructor for the Living Arts Centre and the City of Mississauga and maintains her own artistic practice through drawing, painting and illustration.



Amanda Foulds
Programs Coordinator

Amanda joined VAM in 2019 as Office Coordinator and now moves onto the programs team as Program Coordinator. Amanda studied Drawing and Painting at OCAD University and recently worked as a Programming Coordinator,for The Power Plant sharing her knowledge of Studio Art and History with children and families across the GTA. Amanda has worked for organizations including Oakville Galleries and Mammalian Diving Reflex.






Emiley Webb
Exhibitions Coordinator

Emiley Webb is an artist and arts administrator living in Mississauga. She has completed her Honours, Bachelor of Arts in Art and Art History at the University of Toronto and Sheridan College and a post-graduate certificate in Arts Administration and Cultural Management at Humber College. Her art practice takes its form in printed multiples, drawings and animations. She has been a Curatorial Assistant at the Royal Ontario Museum and has worked as a Collections Intern at Museums of Mississauga. 

Emiley started at VAM as an Art Instructor and enjoyed teaching children foundational art skills. Emiley also assists with the events and exhibitions at Visual Arts Mississauga, sharing her passion for artistic expression with the community.



Pooja Raghunandan
Digital Media Coordinator 

Pooja Raghunandan joined VAM in 2020. She is a digital artist who draws inspiration from the intersection of nature and technology. She studied graphic design at OCAD University and UX design at Brainstation. Pooja brings her love of the arts to her community by organizing workshops and networking events within her city of Brampton, primarily supporting minority female artists. She is passionate about bridging the gap that exists within digital spaces and real life. This position is made possible with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. 




Alethia Caraccioli 
Program Assistant 

Alethia joins the Visual Arts Mississauga team as Supplies Coordinator. Alethia graduated from York University with a BFA (Visual Arts) and is currently working toward completing her post-graduate Art Therapy Diploma from the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. She brings teaching and program planning experience as a Visual Art Instructor for VAM and other arts organizations within the GTA. She also brings facilitation experience as an Art Therapy student for several community and charitable organizations. Alethia is passionate about creating meaningful connections within communities through the arts. This position is made possible with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. 




Aankshika Bheeem
Office Coordinator 

Aankshika is an instructor at VAM and also part of the weekend Customer Service Team. She is a graduate from Ryerson University’s Fashion Communications program, holding a Bachelors of Design.