Board and Team
Sean Gallagher has a Master’s of Fine Art, studying at ACA in Calgary and the HdK in Berlin, and has shown his work internationally. He also has extensive business experience and a BCom in Finance and Marketing from the U of A. He is eager to help Nanaimo Arts Council deliver their range of programs, events and services aimed at promoting and supporting local artists and performers, and enriching the lives of Nanaimo residents and visitors.
STEVEN DENNIS, PhD, MBA
Steven was the founder and CEO of a social and market research firm specializing in program evaluation, data management and custom research programs. He also taught research and program evaluation methods to graduate students at the University of Alberta. As a social scientist, he assisted governments, NFPs and businesses by mining data to measure performance and inform consumer engagement efforts. Among his clients were museums, galleries and arts organizations seeking to assess their community impact and discover alternative ways to engage their audiences. The Dennis family also supports the arts through a Community Foundation by awarding an annual scholarship to a high school graduate pursuing a career in the visual or performing arts. Steven and his wife, Sandra, retired in Nanaimo.
Sandra’s career encompassed a variety of industries in administrative and management positions, and she specializes in corporate governance and working with Boards of Directors. Sandra’s most recent experience was obtained at the Nanaimo Golf Club where she was both a Director and the Board Secretary. She holds a Business Administration diploma from Calgary’s Mount Royal University. She also has a keen interest in strategic planning, the foundation to any organization’s growth and sound development. Although not an artist, she appreciates the goals and objectives of NAC and wishes to contribute to the effectiveness of a progressive, professional organization.
Dana Smiley has been a member of the Nanaimo Arts Council since early 2000. She held a variety of positions starting with working the front desk at North Town Centre, planned many member shows, and organized some Art Around Town exhibitions. She joined the Board of Directors in 2016, holding various positions including Vice Chair and acting Treasurer, and kept the organization’s accounts as bookkeeper from 2017 until 2019.
She organized campaigns for the Cancer Society and presently organizes the Arts and Craft Sale held at the Nanaimo Golf Club, where she has been a golf member since 2007. In 1967 she and her husband moved to Nanaimo where they raised a son and daughter, and now have 3 grandchildren.
In 1983 she took an Accounting Technician Course, subsequently working as a bookkeeper for various Nanaimo companies until 2007. She presently works from home doing books for Creative City Networking of Canada.
Dana started painting in 2000. She currently works in acrylic, and also operates a small business dealing in knitted toques and other items. She is looking forward to being part of the NAC Board to help move the organization into the future.
Director at Large
Margot is a memoir writer and small business owner. She has a BA from the University of Winnipeg and recently completed a Creative Writing degree at Vancouver Island University. She has been involved in the Gabriola Island arts scene for over fifteen years, literally pouring her creativity into many mediums including natural soap making and working in acrylics. She believes art in any form is the key to creating a vibrant community.
Director at Large
Will has an MBA in Marketing from Vancouver Island University and an MSc in International Management from the University of Hertfordshire in the UK. For his undergrad he received a BSc in psychology from University of Victoria. He was the co-founder, COO and Marketing Director of a talent agency in Tokyo overseeing over 1000 models, actors and voice talents from various countries. He has started a marketing consulting company, specializing in digital marketing, and is working with local companies on Vancouver Island and beyond.
Director at Large
Sophia Seward-Good is a Director and Designer at Ay Lelum The Good House of Design, a second-generation Coast Salish Design House from Nanaimo, B.C. She is the daughter of Master Coast Salish Artist William Good and Artist Sandra Moorhouse-Good, and is from the Hereditary Chief family of the Snuneymuxw First Nation. Sophia works alongside her sister in an artist collective with her family where they focus on Coast Salish art revitalization and documentation through garment design, art, language and music. Ay Lelum is a verified Spotify Artist with over a dozen songs in Hul’q’umi’num’ on major streaming platforms. Sophia attended VIU and is currently enrolled in the Hul’q’umi’num’ Language Proficiency Program at SFU. Sophia is a co-recipient of a 2018 Indigenous Business of the Year Award through the BC Achievement Foundation and the 2021 Excellence in Culture Award through the City of Nanaimo. Sophia is thrilled to bring her rich family teachings, cultural protocols and art background to share with the Nanaimo Art Council.
Director at Large