ArtSea’s Board of Directors consists of professionals who volunteer their time to support the arts and direct operations of the ArtSea Community Arts Council. Board Members are elected at the Annual General Meeting, held each year. Nominations are accepted any time.
As is governed by the BC Societies Act, the Board of Directors owe fiduciary duties to ArtSea. This means that they Directors owe both a duty of loyalty and a duty of care. A duty of loyalty requires that Directors act honestly and in good faith with a view to the best interests of ArtSea. In addition, Directors must act with a level of skill and competence that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in comparable circumstances. To insure that fiduciary duties are carried out responsibly, regular program reporting to the Board is required by program Committee Leads, which is reviewed by the Board.
Patty Wilson, President
As interim President of the Society, Patty is responsible for strategic direction, municipal relations and nominating new board members. She also oversees operations at the ArtSea Gallery in Tulista Park. As a long-standing ArtSea executive, Patty has been part of ArtSea events including Artisans, Taste of Tulista and Small Expressions, and will be spearheading our new ArtSea Festival for the summer of 2021. Patty is a textile and visual artist.
Susan Irvine, Treasurer & VP
Susan keeps the financial records, including books of account, necessary to comply with the BC Societies Act, and presents financial statements to the directors, members and others when required. Joining the Board in 2018, Susan is responsible for strategic planning, policy, financial reporting and administration, and recently facilitated a 5-year planning session with the Board. Susan was a senior strategic planner in the public sector before retiring.
Ethel Mailhot, Secretary & Gallery Director
Ethel retired from the Saanich School Board after 35 years as teacher/councillor/administrator. For the last 15 years, she has been a volunteer and co-ordinator for various ArtSea programs, including the Board of Directors, the Sidney Fine Art Show, Artisans, Arts in the School, Arts on the Pier, the Salish Sea Lantern Festival and the Dianne Cross Awards for the Arts. Presently she is working with artists in promoting and maintaining the ArtSea Gallery and ArtSea memberships.
Diane Thorp, Past President
As a long- standing ArtSea executive, Diane provides advice and support to the Board of Directors. During her time with ArtSea, she has chaired the ArtSea Board, and the Sidney Fine Art Show Committee for a number of years, and she was one of the organizers of the ArtSea Festival. Diane is a textile artist and works in her studio as much as possible.
ArtSea is fortunate to work together with three municipalities on the Saanich Peninsula; The Town of Sidney, the District of North Saanich, and the District of Central Saanich. Council representatives from each municipality attend monthly ArtSea Board Meetings to share information and advice. ArtSea is grateful for the support from our wonderful municipalities!
Left to right:
North Saanich Mayor, Geoff Orr
Norht Saanich Councillor and ArtSea Rep., Brett Smyth
North Saanich Councillor, Celia Stock
Town of Sidney Councillor and ArtSea Rep., Barbara Fallot
Central Saanich Councillor and ArtSea Rep., Bob Thompson
We value your input!
As a volunteer-run Arts Council, we greatly value feedback. So please let us know any ideas you have to improve ArtSea and the service we provide to our members, member groups and the community. You can easily communicate with the Board through the Contact Us page on artsea.ca.