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Art Windsor-Essex Welcomes Five New Board Members

Media Release Date 2022-05-09

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Art Windsor-Essex Welcomes Five New Board Members

May 9, 2022

 

 

WINDSOR, ON – At the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Members, Art Windsor-Essex welcomed five new members to AWE’s Board of Directors. The new Board Members join a diverse and dedicated team of community leaders proud to call Windsor-Essex their home and who are devoted to AWE’s transformation into an art gallery for the 21st century.

 

“We are excited by the breadth of lived experiences of our growing Board,” says Jennifer Matotek, AWE’s Executive Director. “I am thrilled to work with the Board as we continue to execute our five-year strategic plan, and to live our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.”

 

“Our Board is instrumental in driving the positive changes that we want to see in our community. These new appointments align with the goals of 50 – 30 Challenge, an initiative of the Government of Canada that AWE’s Board committed to several months ago.” says Victoria Little, Board Chair of AWE. “AWE is pleased to join other leading organizations in our community who have committed to this challenge, and to increase the representation and inclusion of diverse groups within Canadian workplaces. We are fortunate to have the support and dedication of these new members, who strongly believe that change happens here – at Art Windsor-Essex.”

 

Biographies of incoming Board Members:

 

Evelina Baczewska is a disability rights activist, feminist sociologist and self-described ‘space invader.’ Passionate about cultivating transformative social change by making society accessible, Evelina’s work foregrounds the voices and lived experiences of people living with disabilities as a way of illuminating and eliminating barriers.

 

Keith Henry recently retired as the President and CEO of the Windsor Mold Group. Keith obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from the University of Windsor and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. In his spare time, he competes in triathlons and has completed more than 20 Ironman events in 7 countries since 2009.

 

Kiemia Rezagian believes that everyone deserves access to a safe, healthy, and joyful life, and works to disrupt inequitable and marginalizing systems that get in the way of that. They have over 10 years of experience as a community organizer and facilitator, convening and co-creating opportunities to improve access to decision-making power, particularly alongside QTBIPOC youth. Kiemia has engaged in advocacy and public education initiatives across municipal, provincial, and federal jurisdictions.

 

Nicole Taylor is developing her passion for promoting diversity, equity and inclusion for diverse genders and ethnicities. She is pursuing her PhD at Ted Rogers School of Management at Toronto Metropolitan University. Born in China and having lived in Windsor/Essex since she was one year old, she advocates for racial and gender equality in the corporate world.

 

Wendy Furtado-Pressacco grew up in the California Bay Area. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing from CA Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and a master’s degree in Secondary Special Education from Pace University, New York City. Over the years, Wendy has volunteered with and participated in fundraising initiatives for local non-profit organizations advocating for accessibility and providing services to children and adults with disabilities.

 

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About Art Windsor-Essex (AWE)

 

Established in 1943, AWE is the largest public art gallery in Southwestern Ontario and has grown with incredible support from the Windsor-Essex community. For over 75 years, AWE has experienced great change - in leadership, our collection and our address. With every adaptation, we keep getting better at what we do: inspiring growth through the power of art. At AWE, we share historical Canadian, Indigenous and contemporary art with the Windsor-Essex community in inventive and creative ways. Through our activities, we spark creativity and conversations, and educate and engage. With 15,000 square feet of exhibition space, new takes on our permanent collection of nearly 4,000 artworks, and through unexpected partnerships, AWE is the creative heart of Windsor-Essex. At Art-Windsor Essex, change happens here.