Lou-Anne, who holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Manitoba, served several years as a classroom teacher and resource consultant in the St. James and Assiniboine South school divisions. As a resource consultant, she consulted with teachers and presented professional development workshops within the division and throughout the Province. In 1985 Lou-Anne was appointed the Director of the Provincial Correspondence Branch, serving as Principal of the Correspondence School, Executive Director and on-air host of Manitoba Educational Television and Chief Examiner of the GED/High School Equivalency Program for the Province. From 1989 to 2002, Lou-Anne served as the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Programs Division of Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism. Her province-wide mandate included arts, cultural industries, historic resources, recreation, wellness promotion, library services, major cultural agencies and regional services. Lou-Anne pursues and active volunteer life serving on various boards and she is a certified Myers Briggs instructor/administrator and has presented workshops with the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
Roberta Christianson of High Bluff is an active arts supporter and volunteer. Most recently President of the Manitoba Foundation for the Arts, she has also served as Chair of the Manitoba Arts Council, Chair of the Manitoba Arts Gaming Fund Commission, Vice-Chair of the Manitoba Arts Policy Review Committee, President of the Portage and District Arts Council and a member of the board of Prairie Theatre Exchange.
Over the past thirty years Rosalind has volunteered extensively in her community as well as teaching as a music specialist in the public school system. Her volunteer experience encompasses both the Arts and the Health Care sectors. Rosalind has served as Vice-President of Fundraising for the Health Sciences Centre Foundation, President of the Manitoba Opera Association, President of the Canadian Diabetes Association, President of the Women’s Musical Club and was a member at large for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
A life-long resident of Winnipeg, Richard has a lively interest in all forms of art, believing that art defines who we are as a civilization and is an expression of what we wish to become. An amateur musician, he appreciates art’s creative process, which results in fulfillment of our lives. Richard has extensive experience in event management and fundraising, having worked for a major international health organization for many years.
Pam Rebello, of Winnipeg, is the director of the India School of Dance, Music & Theatre, which she helped to establish. A recipient of the Order of Manitoba, she has served on many councils and was a member of the National Advisory Committee to the Canada Council for Racial Equality in the Arts. She also served on the Manitoba Arts Council from 1983 - 88.
Deborah Thorlakson has been on the Manitoba Foundation for the Arts Board of Directors since 1998, and currently serves as Treasurer. Mrs. Thorlakson is Chair of the Nomination Committee for the Health Sciences Centre Foundation, was a member of the Aboriginal Achievement Awards Gala Committee in 2002, and has Chaired the Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre Dinner Committee for the Golden Dragon Fundraising Event in 1997, 1999, 2001, & 2003. She has sat on the Board of Directors for the Health Sciences Centre, has served as a member of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, the Diabetes Treatment and Research Foundation, the Winter Cities Mayor’s Conference, the Manitoba Opera, the Manitoba Arts Council, the Junior League of Winnipeg, the Physicians for Social Responsibility, the Manitoba Association of Registered Nurses, and the Manitoba Heart and Stroke Foundation. Mrs. Thorlakson is the President of PrairieAction Foundation: Supporting Solutions to Violence and Abuse, and received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal from the Lieutenant Governor in November 2002. Mrs. Thorlakson holds her Masters of Education and Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Manitoba.