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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 a member of the Steinbach Arts Council since 2011 and is currently serving as Board Chair. He is retired from the RCMP after serving 38 years. He has been a resident of Steinbach since 1984. Graham’s interest in the arts goes back many years. His parents and older brother were all involved in the theatre in Scotland. Graham plays piano and was a member of the RCMP Concert Band from 1973 to 1974, travelling to many parts of North America. Graham is also involved in coaching hockey, having coached many different levels for over 40 years. He is currently the video coach of the Steinbach Pistons Jr A Hockey Club. Graham would like to see the Steinbach Arts Council be able to bring the joy of the arts to as many different people as possible.

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 has been both a K-6 Music Teacher and an elementary classroom teacher in her 32- year career with Hanover School Division. Retired from teaching, but anticipating a life of learning, she is happy to contribute to our city through the work and programming of SAC to ensure that our city continues to have a vibrant art scene. Roxanne is actively involved in music at Grace Mennonite Church, and enjoys travelling, live concerts, folk art painting, and spending time with family and friends

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!

Audrey Hill

Audrey’s career path has taken her from being a teacher and public school administrator to her current role as a professor of English literature. She has been told by her mother that the first word she spoke as a child - on seeing flowers blooming in spring - was “pretty”. Coached, no doubt, to admire the beauty in nature and the arts, Audrey has done so ever since. In public life, she has instructed classes in literature, fine arts and drama, directed school and community productions for children and young adults, and served on divisional and provincial boards and committees concerned with curriculum development and school improvement. In private life, Audrey enjoys reading, writing, walking, travel and cottage life with her family in the Whiteshell. As a producer of the arts, Audrey has tried her hand at creative writing, playing the piano, drawing, painting, fabric arts, clay work and photography. Audrey also enjoys being a member of the audience, a role that she practices often as she watches her grandchildren participate in arts and sports activities.

Peegy Ontong

Peegy Ontong finished her Communications degree with honours from the University of the Philippines and has been an Advertising and Marketing professional for over 15 years, having worked on Procter & Gamble brands such as Tide, Mr. Clean, Always and Pert.

She always had a passion for the arts -- acting and singing in theatre groups during her University days and was a performer at the 2017 Wizard of Oz play. As a Steinbach resident for 8 years, currently working as a Marketing Supervisor for Barkman Concrete, Peegy looks forward to support and promote the arts as a member of the board of SAC.

Shirley Barca