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Annis Karpenko joined VAM in 2014. She has been at the helm through some major organizational changes at VAM and has worked to create a community of inclusion, collaboration and inspiration. She holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College and a MEd in holistic education from OISE/University of Toronto. She began her administrative journey as a stage manager and she brings along an eclectic mix of experience gleaned from her work as General Manager for the Bishop’s University Students’ Representative Council in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Executive Director of Townshippers’ Foundation and Coordinator for the York University Centre for Feminist Research. Annis is a life-long learner, a community builder, and a strategic thinker. She has sat on the Boards of Directors for The Piggery Theatre and The Lennoxville & District Women’s Centre as well as the Restorative Justice committee at Community Centre 55 in Toronto.
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.
Susan Shen joined Visual Arts Mississauga in 2021. She graduated from Tianjing Technology University in Tianjing, China with a Bachelor of Accounting, and received a Diploma of Business Accounting from George Brown College in Toronto, Canada. Susan has ample broad working experience in full cycle accounting in Logistics, Manufacturing and not for profit organizations. Susan also holds a Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certification with the Canadian Payroll Association and continues to refresh her knowledge base by regularly attending industry seminars and reviewing changes in Federal, Provincial Legislations posted by CRA. She is a hardworking and trustworthy individual who always conducts herself in a professional manner. Outside of work, she enjoys tending to her backyard garden.
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 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.
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 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.
Gabrielle joined VAM in 2021. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a BA and MA in Art History. During her university studies, she gained experience in visitor services, research, and event coordination. She hopes to apply and continue developing her skills, knowledge, and experience in order to facilitate and support people’s access and engagement with the arts, history, and society, especially visual and material culture.
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.