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If you would like information about how to join our Board of Directors, please call Cindi at (204) 346-1077 or email

Graham Pollock,

Graham has been on the SAC Board since 2011. He was also a member of the RCMP for 38 years. Graham has been living in the Steinbach area since 1984. Graham is married with 3 children and went on to retire in 2010. Graham has also been coaching hockey for 40 years and is currently assistant coach with the Steinbach Pistons hockey team.

Frances Funk SAC Board Chairperson

Frances is semi-retired, but still active as the Steinbach Arts Council Board Chairperson, Manitoba Arts Network Vice ChairPerson and All People's Church ChairPerson. She adjudicates for festivals across Canada and is a workshop clinician for Manitoba and Saskatchewan independent music. Frances is also a Music Examination Coordinator for the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She is the recipient of the Citizen of The Year Award (2000 Arts Category), Manitoba Business Woman Entrepreneur of the year (1999) and has received an excellence award from the Royal Conservatory of Music Examination Department.

Cynthia Rempel Patrick

Cindi is the Executive Director of the Steinbach Arts Council. She is the founder of the Steinbach Cultural Arts Center, home to over 60 Arts development programs for Southeastern Manitoba. Her work and volunteer experience within the Department of Cultural Development, Associated Manitoba Arts Festivals, The Treble Teens, Southeastern Music and Arts Festival, Manitoba Arts Network, Arts and Cultural Industries Inc, is incorporated with her business experience as a florist and creator/manager of Kids R Kute! Custom Clothing. Cindi began her music career as a pianist accompanist, singer, choral director and piano and voice teacher for over 25 years. She finds it rewarding to give back to the community with her participation on numerous other boards in the non-profit sector.

Heather Jowett

Heather moved to Labroquerie with her husband and three sons in 1993 from the United Kingdom. She went on to give birth to 2 more Canadian born children years later. Heather was originally a dairy farmer, she purchased Country Meat and Sausage Blumenort in the year 2000. She also later opened a store in Steinbach. All 5 of her children work for the family business in Blumenort, MB. Her interests are reading, attending concerts, horse riding and spending time with family.

Roxanne Klassen

A long-time resident of Steinbach, Roxanne Klassen has been both a K-6 Music teacher, and an elementary classroom teacher in her 32 year career with Hanover School Division. Recently retired from teaching, but anticipating a life of learning, she is happy to contribute to our city through the work and programming of SAC in order to ensure that our city continues to have a vibrant art scene. Roxanne is actively involved with accompanying on piano and organ at the Grace Mennonite Church. She enjoys travelling, concerts, folk art painting, a good hot cup of coffee and a cold glass of Chardonnay. Roxanne and her husband Ken are the parents of two young adult sons.

Kevin Froese

Kevin grew up in the Steinbach area and has recently joined the SAC Board. He is married and is expecting his first child in 2015. After finishing his Commerce degree at the University of Manitoba, he started working for Onbusiness Chartered Accountants and is working towards completing his CPA accounting designation this fall. When not at work or studying Kevin loves to cook, listen to live music, watch baseball and also enjoys playing slow-pitch softball.

Eleanor Gingerich

Eleanor grew up in Landmark, and has lived in the area most of her life. She is a former Hanover School teacher and spent a few years in the US managing her husband’s medical practice. She enjoys music and theatre and been involved in both. She and her husband Roger have 4 married children and going-on 9 grandchildren. She is involved with Women’s Ministry and is a Stephen Ministry Leader in the E Free Church. She is excited to be part of the SAC and sees it as a way to encourage the enrichment of the arts in our city.

Dennis Fast

Dennis Fast is the chief in-house photographer at Churchill Wild and one of Manitoba’s best known photographers. His photos have appeared in many calendars and books, including the award-winning bestseller Pelicans to Polar Bears, a Manitoba wildlife viewing guide. Dennis’s expertise and experience photographing in extreme northern conditions have put him among the select photographers in the world with the talents for capturing the light and magical qualities of the north. His photography has been featured in Outdoor Photography Canada and in the Michigan publication “Whisper in the Woods”. The CBC followed him on a sunset photo shoot in 2007 as part of their search for the Seven Wonders of Canada. Dennis has been the prime photographer for seven books including The Land Where the Sky Begins which was commissioned by the Nature Conservancy of Canada featuring Manitoba’s endangered tall grass prairie. Dennis is a frequent presenter at photo conferences and other events across Canada. His photographs and his stories are legendary!