Board of Directors and Staff

Gabriola Arts Council Board of Directors

The Directors of the Gabriola Arts Council form a hard-working and committed volunteer Board that directs and guides the staff, volunteers, and the organization. We are always interested in hearing from members who have new ideas or who would like to volunteer to help with events or fundraising. Contact us!

Jeff Malmgren | President | jeff <at>

Jeff Malmgren came on as the new Gabriola Arts Council president in September after joining the board mid term 2019. He has extensive board experience and has worked supporting numerous not for profit organizations through significant change, including others during this current all encompassing crisis. He is a lifelong supporter of the arts, a writer and photographer.  He feels the pressure but also sees the opportunity in the challenges being faced by the Arts Council and community as a whole.
Board member since September 2019

Bill McGann | Vice President | bill <at>

Bill is a part time speech therapist with Nanaimo-Ladysmith Public Schools, and full time admirer of the arts.  He has a passion for effective communication and collaboration.  He served as the President of the Oregon Mediation Association for two years as well as having a private practice in workplace and special education mediation.  Bill has provided consultation services and training to help presenters make their work more engaging.  An amateur photographer, woodworker, kayaker, and avid reader, Bill is constantly astounded by the breadth of artistic creativity on Gabriola.
Board member since August 2018

Dirk Huysman | Treasurer | dirk <at>

Since moving to Gabriola with his partner in life, love and glass, Dirk has spent his creative time indulging in glass art and photography. Involvement in the Gabriola Island Photography Club has resulted in a community of like-minded folks passionate about the photographic arts, supporting each other through an exploration of photography as an art form. Enjoyment of poetry and performance art led to a two-year stint on the Poetry Gabriola Board. The completion of their glass blowing studio (D’Dance Glass) has resulted in an almost full-time obsession with glass blowing. Life has been very good here.
Board member since February 2018

Mary Ann Richards | Secretary | maryann <at>

As a Gabriola glass blower, one of many diverse roles, Mary Ann has great gratitude for the opportunity to live and create on Snuneymuxw lands. Her endeavours continue to include parenthood (5! adult children), teaching, teacher education, educational research, drama, outdoor pursuits, reading, and joy in life. In organizational roles such as communications chair, political action chair, and teacher education and certification committee member with the Alberta Teachers Association, she has focused on building connections and maximizing potential, and looks forward to continued opportunities with GAC.
Board member since February 2018

Frank Shoemaker | Director | frank <at>

After growing up in Vancouver and working for a major accounting firm there, Frank has welcomed the change of pace Gabriola has offered for the last twenty years. He is a CPA CA and for the first five years here had an accounting practice. Following that, in retirement he formed The Lunch Bunch that has purchased and maintained the ferry camera set up, was commodore of the Silva Bay Yacht Club for a year, and volunteered with PHC for several years by providing technical support to their bookkeeper. He is an active basket maker, woodworker, and supporter of the arts.
Board member since February 2018

April Vannini | Director | april <at>

Back in 2010, April and her partner, up-and-moved their family from the faraway lands of Ladysmith, B.C. They now live as visitors on what is called Gabriola Island, in Snuneymuxw Territory. She is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Royal Roads University, and an Associate Faculty since 2007 in the School of Communication and Culture where she teaches community-based research, arts-based inquiry, and visual ethnography. Outside of University research, she co-founded, and works closely with, the artistic collective Murmur Land Studios and is most inspired by site-specific land art and art as a social practice widely known as Socially Engaged Art. She gets most excited about quirky, off-the-wall, absurd ideas. April is the producer and co-writer of the film A Time for Making.
Board member since July 2018

Bobbie Blue | Director | bobbie-blue <at>

Bobbie Blue has spent many years facilitating and coordinating tours of musicians, as well as producing, marketing and promoting various events. She was the Entertainment Director of the Filberg Festival in Comox for ten years, and is now happy to be retired. Bobbie was involved in various production activities for a great many years; producing and marketing individual shows, concert series, and weekly events. She was also a booking agent and tour manager for twenty years. She has been an entertainment resource for a variety of print publications and radio stations and has acted as assistant editor, reporter, and columnist for various publications.
Board member since March 2020

Anne Poschmann | Director | anne <at>

Anne spent 35 years working as a geotechnical engineer with a consulting engineering company based in Ontario, travelling the world a bit with various projects.  While working, Anne’s belief that geotechnical engineering is an art as opposed to an exact science (in that it takes a lot of imagination) satisfied some of her artistic urge while saving up for retirement.  But then when retirement planning with her partner resulted in a paradise home purchase on Gabriola, she quickly shifted gears.  After three years of part time living on Gabriola while looking after parents back in Oakville for the rest of the time, Anne has made the plunge and is now immersed in Gabriola life where the arts and community gardens are now her passions, including weeding of the GAC grounds.
Board member since March 2020

Brendalee Astells | Director |brendalee <at>

Gabriola has been my home since 2014. Primarily a silversmith when I arrived, the natural beauty of the island and the many creative connections I have been fortunate to make during the past five years have encouraged me to explore different media including acrylics and watercolours. I’m a regular at seasonal craft fairs on Gabriola and Vancouver Island, participate in major island arts events like the Studio Tour, and Isle of the Arts. I plant flowers when I’m not busy making a mess in my studio.
Board member since March 2020

Are you interested in joining GAC’s Board of Directors?

Our directors commit to a three-year term, and can serve a maximum of two consecutive terms. Our Nominating Committee is always interested in receiving applications for board positions. Except under special circumstances, we elect new directors at our AGM in February. We are happy to receive applications at any time. Click here to download our application form. You can also click here to complete an online form. Thanks for your interest.


Carol Fergusson | Executive Director | carol <at>

Carol joined the Arts Council in March 2020. Since arriving on Gabriola she has been involved with various aspects of GAC: Tour Central Producer, Canada Day Producer, Festival Merchandise Team Lead and Coordinator to name a few. Carol also owned a small art gallery on Gabriola and came to know the island’s artists on a professional and personal level. Trained as a fashion designer and having worked in the arts for most of her career, Carol looks forward to the challenges of Executive Director in carrying on with GAC’s mission, vision and mandate, as well as forging new paths.

Victoria Banford | Financial Administrator | victoria <at>

Kathy McIntyre | Volunteer Office Manager | kathy <at>