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To provide an avenue for a two-way exchange to occur between the arts and culture community and the Municipality of North Grenville.
There is general acknowledgement that the prolific arts and cultural activities in North Grenville have a significant economic impact. The Committee will support the role of staff in completing research and reports to qualify and quantify this impact and develop benchmarks to measure, support and enhance the health of arts and culture in North Grenville.
The Committee, working with staff resource persons and with local arts and culture associations such as the North Grenville Arts Guild, the Kemptville Youth Musical Theatre Company and North Grenville Historical Society, shall:
- Advise and recommend;
- Provide knowledge and expertise;
- Facilitate the work of the Municipality;
- Act as a liaison between Council, Municipal staff, members of the public and other stakeholders with regard to matters of artistic and cultural significance.
Have regard to the shared priorities of the Community Strategic Plan, Committee Handbook, and Procedural By-Law.
The Committee shall be comprised of a minimum of four (4) and a maximum of nine (9) volunteer members, the Mayor as an ex-officio member, and up to two (2) members of Council, all of whom have voting rights. Staff person(s) from Parks, Recreation, and Culture may also attend meetings as a liaison(s) to the Municipality.
In considering the appointment of voting members to the Committee, Council shall consider the following criteria for members of the Committee:
- Influential decision makers (current and retired) from various sectors;
- Individual members willing to take on specific responsibilities for specific areas of Committee work;
- Availability of members to participate in Committee work and attend Committee meetings.
The Municipality of North Grenville is committed to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in every aspect of its work, including appointments to advisory committees. An increase in diversity can assist in promoting equal opportunities and memberships with a diversity of lived experiences. A more diverse membership will contribute to the work of each advisory committee. Each advisory committee shall endeavour to have balanced representation from various equity- and inclusion-seeking groups including, but not limited to, people with disabilities, francophones, Indigenous people, newcomers, older adults, racialized community members, rural residents, 2SLGBTQIA+, those facing socioeconomic disadvantage, women, minority faith-based and spiritual group members, and youth.
The Committee, by a majority vote of its members, may recommend to Council to remove any member of the Committee who does not fulfil their obligations under their appointment.
The Committee shall elect a Co-Chair from among its volunteer members. The position will be elected by a secret ballot by a majority of the voting members of the Committee. A Member of Council will act as a Co-Chair.
The Co-Chairs will have a concurrent four-year term. In the absence of the Co-Chairs, the Committee shall appoint an Acting Chair.
The Committee Co-Chairs will present the Committee's reports and recommendations to Council, as required with staff support.
The Committee may invite additional content experts to attend regular meetings and to present at specific meetings in order to meet its mandate.
The Committee shall meet at least six times a year – either in person or via an accessible virtual platform. Additional meetings shall be held at the call of the Co-Chairs.
Agenda packages will be sent out the week prior to the meetings and published on the Municipality’s website. Draft minutes will be distributed by email to each Committee member by the Parks, Recreation, and Culture department within one (1) week following the meeting.
Quorum of the Committee shall be a majority of the appointed.
Votes by the Committee will be held at regular or special meetings. Decision making of the group shall be by majority vote.
Parks, Recreation, and Culture – The Director is responsible to ensure that all associated legislative responsibilities to the Committee are fulfilled.
The Clerk delegates authority to the Events Coordinator to provide minute taking. Agenda preparation and distribution will be done by the Events Coordinator in conjunction with the Co-Chairs and Clerk’s division. The Clerk’s division will post the agenda on the Municipal website and via the meeting calendar invitation.
The Committee will prepare an annual work plan including budget requests ahead of the budget cycle.. The Director of Parks, Recreation, and Culture shall bring forward budget requests of the Committee as part of the Municipal budget process.
Lisa Poushinsky is a musician, artist, writer, and arts educator based in Bishop’s Mills. When Lisa isn’t teaching, applying for grants, playing guitar / ukulele / piano / singing, glass blowing, or squeezing clay in her driveway pottery studio, you can find her walking her dogs in Limerick Forest or in her garden picking heirloom tomatoes and dreaming about her next community art project. Aa a member of the Arts and Culture Committee, Lisa is proud to contribute to the evolution of arts and culture in North Grenville. Look out for Lisa this summer as she coordinates the Kemptville Street Piano Concert Series or catch her in November at the Oxford Mills Twilux Lantern Parade, hosted by Lisa and fellow committee member Suanne Larner.
Ardis Lerner is an aspiring artist currently exploring acrylic and oil pastel painting. Ardis hails from Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, is a graduate of Concordia College and holds a Bachelor of Applied Information System Technology with Honours from Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. After a twenty-five year career with the federalgovernment as a Senior Business Analyst she and her husband retired to the warm and welcoming town of Kemptville. As a lifelong lover of art, she picked up a paintbrush, enrolled in online courses and discovered a passionate love of painting. Creating art has brought her joy and it is her hope to utilize her skills in project management, business analysis, strategic planning, stakeholder engagement and fund raising to contribute to making the arts accessible to all members of the community.
Tabitha Valliant, B.A. Hon, B.Ed., M.A
The arts and learning have always been Tabitha’s passions. Having been actively engaged in literature, music and education for much of her personal and professional career, it has only been in the last few years that Tabitha has added visual arts to her portfolio by picking up a paint brush and becoming an aspiring acrylic artist. Inspired by the colour and movement of Van Gogh and the large florals of Georgia O’Keefe, Tabitha’s work can be seen in various venues throughout North Grenville. Joining the Arts and Culture Advisory Committee and sitting on the executive of the North Grenville Arts Guild are ways for her to give back to this wonderful community that has given her so much.
John Barclay - Co-Chair