Board

Marg Gurr
President
Current President of ODAC, Marg is an artist specializing in stone carving and sculpture. A 25-year veteran of the Provincial Public Sector with extensive experience in legislation, programming, and case management within the Youth Justice system, Marg is a strong supporter of collaboration and mentoring. Marg also has experience as the Regional Training Manager and Project Team Management in Southwestern Ontario and has taught at both secondary and post-secondary school levels. Marg’s appreciation of a broad array of arts and cultural activities throughout her life has provided her the opportunity to participate in networks locally and internationally. She currently sits on the Cultural Round Table and is working to elevate the voice of the arts through policy development and program delivery at the Community level. Marg strongly believes that a healthy community is one that embraces creativity, collaboration, support, and recognition to flourish. She believes that Orillia is uniquely rich in this regard, and is committed to improving the overall profile of the arts in this city and surrounding area.
Anita Purcell
Past President, Treasurer
Currently the executive director of the Canadian Authors Association, Anita is a writer, editor and former teacher and management consultant, with over twenty-five years of experience in communications, marketing, strategic planning, board governance, and education. Anita has been on the Arts Council board of directors since 2009, and she also sits on the board of the Book and Periodical Council and is an alternate governor of the Canadian Copyright Institute.
Jacqueline Soczka
Jacqueline is a graduate of Dalhousie University’s Masters of Arts Program and has been employed with the City of Orillia since 2013. As the Manager of Culture, she is dedicated to working with the community to strengthen and advance the city’s cultural sector through projects like artsVest, the designation of Peter Street South as the “Arts District”, and Culture Days. Jacqueline moved to Orillia in 2013 with her husband, Robert, and their two children and is thrilled with the area’s natural beauty and four-season activities. She is particularly looking forward to participating in OMAH’s upcoming Festival of Banners with her daughter.
Kathryn Kaiser
Director
Kathryn attended University of Lethbridge for one year where she majored in Fine Arts.  She was awarded scholarships to The Alberta College of Art and The Banff School of Fine Arts. She attended Ryerson University in where she received a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Interior Design.  Kathryn worked with a number of prestigious design firms in Toronto and was awarded three ARIDO (Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario) design awards.  She continues to work in the Interior Design field, where her strengths are concept development, space planning and furniture and cabinet design.   Kathryn is a skilled problem solver, and has an intuitive and personal approach to each client as an individual. She is an active member of  OMAH (Orillia Museum of Art and History), MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie, ON and Quest Art in Midland ON. Teaching is another one of Kathryn’s accomplishments and treasures.  "It is always an honour to encourage others to overcome their apprehension, enabling them to open to the process and express themselves creatively.”
Mike Bailey
Director
Mike’s artistic passion is to show mood, feeling and the beauty of landscape, nature and memories of the past through his photographic art. He brings scenes and objects to life in colour, black and white or a combination of both. He does all his own printing in archival canvas and various photographic papers in both small and large format up to 44’ wide. Furthering artistic design and creation he custom frames all his own work and uses top quality acid free and long lasting materials and inks. A retired Human Resources Manager with the Ontario Government and previous senior management experience with Federal Corrections, Mike brings knowledge and experience of building public relationships, policy and program development and project management to the community minded art council. Mike joined the ODAC board in July 2016 with a focus on building access to more community art venues and opportunities for Orillia and area artists.
Tito Faria
Director
Tito works with precious metals, aluminum, bronze and wood but his current focus is on stone sculpture. He's a graduate of Ryerson University's Film and Photography Programme and a past Director of The Toronto CONTACT Photography Festival. He has taught at the elementary, secondary, college and university levels and is the recipient of the Prime Minister's Award in Education. Tito looks forward to serving with ODAC as we continue to engage meaningfully with artists and public.
Patti Agapi
Director
Patti Agapi is an Orillia visual artist who is active in the Orillia Art scene. She operates a downtown studio and gallery space that offers workshops and exhibitions. She also serves on the Starry Night Studio & Gallery Tour planning Committee, the Downtown Orillia Events Planning Committee and helps organize downtown Orillia & Area Art events. Contributing, encouraging and celebrating the vibrant Orillia Arts Community is one of her passions. Working with paint and collage elements, Patti creates deeply layered and textured abstract mixed media paintings. She finds immense joy in the creative process. Her work explores themes of memory, shadow and transformation. Discover her unique work; each piece is an intimate and intricate journey, a process of building up, erasing, fermenting and finally fruition.
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