Meet our Team - Staff and Board of Directors
Dionne Powlenzuk - Executive Director
Dionne is an artist and educator. She holds a BA(Hons) in Fine Art from the University of Guelph and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Dionne spent many years traveling and gathering diverse experiences in Korea, Vietnam, Japan, China, New Zealand and Morocco. She has been involved with the VAC since 2011, and when she is not engaging with the creative community Dionne is out on her bike, unwinding with a yoga class or enjoying a good meal with family and friends.
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Áine Belton - Marketing Coordinator
Áine is visual artist, graphic designer and zine enthusiast. Áine holds two degrees in Fine Art - an MFA from UCA Canterbury (UK) and a BFA from IADT, Dun Laoghaire (IRE). She has a diverse background with roles including graphic designer, arts educator and project leader for arts organizations in the UK, Ireland and Toronto. In her spare time, Áine creates mixed-media zines and maintains her beloved vintage, road bicycle.
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Sandy Saad - Curator
Sandy is a curator, arts educator, and writer. Before joining the VAC team, she had been appointed positions in curating, administration, and programming at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, the Varley Art Gallery of Markham, and the Koffler Gallery. She holds a Masters of Visual Studies in Curatorial Studies as well as an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Arts Management and Art History from the University of Toronto. When she's not looking at, thinking about, or writing about art, she feeds her insatiable appetite for dark chocolate and good coffee.
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Sarina Luchetta - Education Coordinator
Sarina identifies as a womxn using she/her pronouns and is currently working as an arts educator and program coordinator. Holding a BFA from OCAD University in Integrated Media, she has past experience at Cedar Ridge Creative Center, the Aga Khan Museum, and the Varley Art Gallery of Markham. In a first step to fulfill her responsibility to pay respect to the keepers of the land Sarina would like to acknowledge that the land she works, lives, and resides on are the traditional territory and treaty lands of First Nations and Indigenous communities. If not found wandering among art, Sarina can be seen kayaking and venturing with her family and Lulu - the world’s cutest french bulldog.
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