The Visual Arts Centre is a non-profit cultural organization, governed by a voluntary Board of Directors and headed by an Executive Director, with an administrative staff of 12 and a teaching faculty of approximately 50. Board members work with the Executive Director and other community leaders through various committees to oversee strategic decision making with respect to the Centre’s operations and activities.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors volunteers their time and energies to the ongoing success of the Visual Arts Centre.

Board members (2023-2024)

Ambassador’s Circle

  • Bonnie Shemie
  • Nikola Reford
  • Tom Thompson
  • Troy McClure
  • Victoria LeBlanc


The Visual Arts Centre’s committees, directed by board members but including individuals from the broader community, support the diverse aspects of the Centre’s operations, guarantee its continued well-being and effective management as well as foster links with the wider cultural community. The committees – active working groups which meet regularly throughout the year – include:

  • Building Committee
  • Fundraising and Special Events Committee
  • Gallery Committee
  • Nominating Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Strategic Development Committee


The administrative team at the Visual Arts Centre is comprised of specialized members who are highly passionate about our cultural community. They work hard to offer a welcoming environment and ensure that your experiences are inspiring.

Amber BersonExecutive Director
Joanne ChaseAssistant Director
Cathy RansomAccountant
Claudia GagnonRegistrar
Sarah Galarneau Assistant Registrar
Margarita Leal ParadaCommunications & Development Director
Gabrielle MontpetitMarketing & Publications Coordinator
Marie-Renée VialDirector of Educational Programmes
Emmanuel Zuñiga SalasYouth & Teens Coordinator
Elin WeinsteinJewellery Technician Interim
Shenice LafortuneHead of Ceramics Department (Maternity Leave)
Noémie SylvestreHead of Ceramics Department Interim
Kimberly OrjuelaAssistant Ceramics Technician
Orise Jacques DurocherAssistant Ceramics Technician
Clara MarcheauAssistant Ceramics Technician
Barbara WisnoskiGallery Coordinator
Corina KennedyGallery Technician
Kayla O'ReillyCamp Coordinator
Juan Sebastian MontillaCustodian
Miriam GenestAssistant Custodian


The Visual Arts Centre has earned a reputation for excellence in the quality of its teaching. Faculty are chosen for the strength of their work as artists as well as for their training and experience in art education; they bring a wealth of creativity and expertise to the studio classroom.

Assistant teachers

Join our team

Why choose to work at the Visual Arts Centre?

  • The Visual Arts Centre is an engaged community of members, run by a small and dynamic team
  • We are located in Victoria Village, a vibrant and easily accessible neighbourhood
  • The Visual Arts Centre offers an inclusive and supportive working environment
  • We offer staff flexible working hours and vacations, paid training, and the opportunity to take free courses at the Centre
  • The Visual Arts Centre has a history of promoting staff internally and offers mentorship
  • We believe in collective decision-making, and clear and deliberate communication (work email and person-to-person discussion rather than messaging applications)
  • We value experimentation and thoughtful discussion over urgency and reactive decision-making.
  • We are constantly working to create a better Arts Centre for all involved.

Check for available positions at our Employment page.