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A creative, confident, and tenacious visionary with exceptional networking skills. A community oriented individual with a strong and diverse background in strategic planning, organizational development, and communications within the cultural, voluntary, public, and private sectors.

SOLO EXHIBITS

On The Edge Gallery in the Grove, Bright’s Grove, ON Nov. 3 – Dec. 7, 2013

Thames Journey Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre, Ingersoll, Ontario July - August 2011

Stories Old & New The Lotus Centre, London Ontario April 1 – 30, 2011

Male-O-Grams The Green Tomato, London, Ontario July - August 2002

Recent Paintings Galleries @ the Galleria, London, Ontario September 2001

Male-O-Grams Ruby’s, Sarnia, Ontario April 1995

From The Collection Between The Bread, London, Ontario October 1994

Male-O-Grams 99 King, London, Ontario April 1994

The Objective Subject Hillary Gallery, UWO, London, Ontario March 1992

TOURING EXHIBITS

Queer Landscapes, Queer Journeys: Reflections of LGBTQ rights and struggles in Ontario today
PrideHouse TO: Sudbury Celebrates! Open Studio | Cambrian College July 10–26, 2015
OPS Pride Network, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON June 2-26, 2015

GROUP EXHIBITS

Past Forward: 50th Anniv. Alumni Exhibit John Labatt Visual Arts Centre, Western University Sept. 4 – 29, 2017

London Pride Annual Exhibit The Arts Project, London, Ontario July 18 – July 30, 2017

Guelph Pride Art Show 10 Carden, Guelph May 1 – 10, 2016

6Th Invitational Gallery in the Grove, Bright’s Grove, ON Jan. 17 – Feb. 27, 2016

24Th Annual Pride Art Exhibit SATELLiTE Project Space, London, ON July 21-31, 2015

London Pride Annual Exhibit 2014 The Arts Project, London, Ontario July 22 – Aug. 2, 2014

Visual Elements 56 Woodstock Art Gallery, Woodstock, ON 26 April - 25 June, 2014

The Sex Show Gallery 1313, Toronto, ON February 6-16, 2014

London Pride Annual Exhibit 2013 The Arts Project, London, Ontario (Group) July 23 – Aug. 4, 2013

60Th Anniversary Gallery Painting Group The Arts Project, London, ON March 19 – 30, 2013

Art Skate Canada The Arts Project, London, ON March 11 – 17, 2013

11Th MIP Art in the Workplace Exhibit McMaster Innovation Park, Hamilton, ON March 11 - July 18, 2013

10Th MIP Art in the Workplace Exhibit McMaster Innovation Park, Hamilton, ON 29 Nov. 2012 – 7 March 2013

VIZ BIZ (Forest City Gallery) London Arts Council, London, Ontario July 17 – September 3, 2012

London Pride 21St Annual Exhibit The Arts Project, London, Ontario July 23 – Aug. 4, 2012

Not For Sale Forest City Gallery, London, Ontario February 24 - March 2, 2012

Identity Transfer St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Gallery January 14 – March 3, 2012

Miniature Show The Art Exchange, London, Ontario Jan. 31 - Feb. 19, 2011

Miniature Show Portside Gallery, Port Stanley, Ontario Feb. 1 – 28, 2009

Miniature Show The Art Exchange, London, Ontario Feb. 2 – 21, 2009

In Good Company: Profile The Arts Project, London, Ontario October 7 – 25, 2008

Thames Revisited One Dundas Street, London, Ontario June 14 – July 27, 2008

Miniature Show The Art Exchange, London, Ontario Feb. 6 – 23, 2008

24-Hour Art-A-Thon The Arts Project, London, Ontario May 26/27, 2007

London Pride 10Th Anniversary Art Show Galleries @ the Galleria, London, Ontario June 29-July 28, 2001

Look '95 Gallery Lambton, Sarnia, Ontario Feb. 18-Mar. 19, 1995

Generating Voices 2 McIntosh Gallery, UWO, London, Ontario June 16-July 31, 1994

Merge Forest City Gallery, London, Ontario Feb. 5-26, 1994
Miniature Show Gibson's Gallery, London, Ontario Dec. 3, 1993 - Jan. 5, 1994

Miniature Show Gibson's Gallery, London, Ontario Dec. 4, 1992 - Jan. 4, 1993

Graduate Show McIntosh Gallery, UWO, London, Ontario Mar. 25-Apr. 12, 1992

PUBLIC ART, COMMISSIONS, CHARITABLE EXHIBITS / DONATED WORKS

Art on Utility Boxes – Ward 13 Neighbourhood, Children, and Fire Services, City of London 2017

5Th Annual 50/50 Exhibit and Sale Woodstock Art Gallery, Woodstock, ON Nov. 28 – Dec. 13, 2015

The Brush Off London Children’s Museum, London, ON April 30, 2015

4Th Annual 50/50 Exhibit and Sale Woodstock Art Gallery, Woodstock, ON Oct 20 – Dec. 15, 2014

Mosaic: Art, Culture, and Development Engineers Without Borders, Western University 26 March 2014

WIN/WIN Forest City Gallery, London, Ontario July 19, 2013 - August 2, 2013

The Brush Off London Children’s Museum, London, ON April 25, 2013

Participant Canada Culture Days 2010/2012/2013/2017

2nd Annual 50/50 Fundraising Exhibition Woodstock Art Gallery, Woodstock, ON Oct 20 – Dec. 15, 2012

Up With ART Unity Project, London, ON 2012

EpigenART: Epigenetics EH Conference London Arts Council & the Canadian Conference on Epigenetics April 2011

Mural Project – 351 Highview Ave. East Neighbourhood WATCH London, London, Ontario Aug. 2010

A Chair Affair Community Living London, London, Ontario 2004, 2005, 2008

Unveiling A Masterpiece Camp Wendake Fundraiser, The Arts Project, London, ON May 4 – 8, 2004

Miniature Art Draw & Exhibition Gallery Lambton, Sarnia, Ontario October 3 - 23, 1998

CURATORIAL

Inventive Women: Reinterpreting Woodstock Art Gallery, Woodstock, Ontario Feb. 2 - March 30, 2013
The Canadian Landscape

London Pride 20Th Annual Exhibit 2011 The Arts Project, London, Ontario July11 - 24, 2011

London Pride Annual Exhibit 2010 Strand Fine Art, London, Ontario July 2010

London Pride Annual Exhibit 2007 - 9 Forest City Gallery, London, Ontario July 2007 - 2009

London Pride Annual Exhibit 2004 - 6 The Arts Project, London, Ontario July 2004 - 2006

London Pride Annual Exhibit 2002 - 3 Galleries @ the Galleria, London, Ontario July 2002 – 2003

COLLECTIONS

City of London & Private Collections

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Longevity as an Artist FORGE Workshop: AKIN Collective, Toronto, ON 14 Jan. 2016

Marketing 2.0 CARFAC: Webinar Series for Visual Artists Across Canada 1 Oct. 2014

Art of Recycling (Presenter) Infrastructure Ontario Property Services (CBRE), Aylmer, ON 23 Oct. 2013

Presenter: Our Changing Art World Art For All Canada 5th Annual Conference, Toronto, ON March 2013

The Business of Art: Keynote Speaker SIFE York, Schulich School of Business, York University January 2013

Building your Freelance Business: Professional Writers’ Association of Canada Toronto Chapter January 2013

Facilitator, Managing Your Brand & the Editors’ Association of Canada Toronto Branch

The Business of Art: Workshop Speaker SIFE York, Schulich School of Business, York University January 2012

ART IS: Pride Workshop Intercommunity Health Centre, London, ON July 2011

Participant / Presenter Epigenetics EH Conference, London, ON April 2011

Presenter: PR & Community Volunteerism Art For All Canada 3rd Annual Conference, Toronto, ON March 2011

Guest Speaker: Curating and Promoting The Brush and Palette Club, London, ON December 2010

Workshop Presenter: The Other 90 Percent Social Media and the Arts (SMArts) London, ON November 2010

Workshop Presenter Kids Power Conference, Investing in Children, London, ON 2005 - 2007

Celebrity Storyteller 16Th London International Children’s Festival, London, ON 2006

Guest Speaker, Writing 203F: Writing for Publication, Joe Wiebe: Instructor,
University of Western Ontario, London, ON May 2006

Computerizing Your Business Sarnia-Lambton Business Week, Sarnia, ON October 25, 1995

RELATED EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Public Relations Consultant Benedict Creative Communications, London 1993 - Ongoing

Arts & Community Reporter The Londoner, SunMedia, London, ON 2005 - 2008

Special Events Coordinator Pillar – Voluntary Sector Network, London, ON 2003

Foundation Development Research Assistant Chatham Cultural Centre, Municipality of Chatham Kent 1999

Director of Training & Manager Academy of Learning, Sarnia, ON 1994 – 1998

Special Forces Medical Assistant Canadian Armed Forces, C.F.B. Petawawa, ON 1982 – 1988

CONSULTING, FACILITATING, & REPORT WRITING

Business articles & content development Perspective Marketing, Oakville, ON 2010 – 2017

Instructor: Intro to PR & Specializations in PR Fanshawe College: Continuing Education 2011- 2015

Manual Design and Edit London Clinical Psychiatry Residency Consortium 2014/2015

The Business of Art: Program Consultant SIFE York, Schulich School of Business, York University 2012

Manual Writer Vanier Children Services, London, ON 2011

Consultant on Restructuring The Brush and Palette Club, London, ON 2011

Interviewer & Content Development Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada 2011

Fundraising and Material Review Parents of Technologically Dependent Children 2010

Discussion Group Facilitator Age Friendly London, City of London 2009

Interviewer & Content Development The United Way of London & Middlesex 2009

Newsletter & Content Development Ed Holder, MP London-West 2009

Stakeholder Presenter (Invited) McIntosh Gallery Strategic Planning Committee 2007

Strategic Review & Report The Brickenden Theatre Awards Organizing Committee 2007

Marketing Consultant London Majors Baseball Club 2004-2005

Media Relations Director Re-elect Dave Boushy Campaign (Provincial) 1999

Foundation Development Report Chatham-Kent: Community & Client Services Department 1999

Contract Liaison & Consultant Academy of Learning, Head Office, Richmond Hill, ON 1998

Lobbyist Ontario Association of Career Colleges 1995 – 1998

Contract Artist Ventratech Limited, Cambridge, ON Sept. 1992 – Feb. 1993

EDUCATION

Masters of Arts in Communication Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, NS 2017

Artist-Educator Foundations Course The Royal Conservatory, Toronto, ON 2012

Corporate Communications Certificate Fanshawe College, London, ON 2006

Public Relations Certificate (Post-Graduate) Fanshawe College, London, ON 2004

Director Certification Academy of Learning Head Office, Toronto, ON 1997

Facilitator Certification Academy of Learning Head Office, Toronto, ON 1995

Micro Computer Business Applications (Honours) Academy of Learning, Sarnia, ON 1995

Ontario Management Development Certificate Fanshawe College, London, ON 1994

Bachelor of Fine Arts University of Western Ontario (UWO), London, ON 1993

Bachelor of Arts (English) University of Western Ontario (UWO), London, ON 1993

Health Care Aide Certificate Fanshawe College, London, ON 1992

Ontario Secondary School Diploma Ursuline College ‘The Pines’, Chatham, ON 1982

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Member Canadian Public Relations Society Hamilton 2014 - Current

Member CARFAC Ontario 2010 - Current

OAAG Symposium: Sustainable Economies,

Regional Public Art Galleries, and Art Vibrant Scenes Ontario Association of Art Galleries 2015

Step-by-Step to Artist Residency Intergenerational LGBT Residency (Kadija de Paula) 2014

Curating from the Permanent Collection Ontario Association of Art Galleries 2014

Collaborate: Web Conferencing and Lecture Capture Fanshawe College: Continuing Education 5FEB 2014

Classroom Management Fanshawe College: Continuing Education 30 MAR 2014

Getting the Most Out of Your Evaluations Fanshawe College: Continuing Education 30 MAR 2014

Lesson Planning with Learning Needs in Mind Fanshawe College: Continuing Education 5 FEB 2013

Rubrics Fanshawe College: Continuing Education 9 JAN 2013

Conservation of Installation Art Workshop Museum London (Arianne Vanrell) 2012

Member London & Region Fund Raising Executives (LRFRE) 2011-14

Prevention of Violence & Harassment in the Workplace Employee & Manager Program, MyWebCollege.com 2010

WHIMS - General Course MyWHIMS with Professor B, MyWebCollege.com 2010

Member Professional Writers Assoc. of Canada (PWAC) 2005/2009-14

Member International Assoc. of Business Communicators 2005 - 2007

Self-Employment Benefit Program The Small Business Centre, London 24 FEB 2005

Managing and Leading on Diversity Coalition for an Inclusive Community 2003

Investment in Excellence for the ‘90’s The Pacific Institute 1997

Musculoskeletal Injuries Prevention Program Workplace Health & Safety Agency 1996

Ontario SuperHost Ontario Tourism Education Corporation 1996

Professional Sales Training The Sales Development Institute 1994

VOLUNTEER & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

London Chapter Board of Directors: Member-at-Large Professional Writers Assoc. of Canada (PWAC) 2011 - 2014

Host, Feedback on the Arts & Rainbow Radio CHRW Radio Western 94.9FM, London 2009 - 2014

Coordinator: Rainbow Youth Bursary Fund London Community Foundation, London, ON 2002 - 2014

Creative City Committee City of London 2007 - 2013

Art Exhibit Curator, Coordinator & Organizer Pride London Festival 2002 - 2012

Chair, Venue Subcommittee Jack Richardson Music Awards, London 2008 - 2010

Health & Safety Committee The Londoner, Bowes Publishers 2006 - 2008

Education & Training Committee Pillar Voluntary Sector 2005 - 2009

Valedictorian, Business Planning Workshop Small Business Centre 2005

Vice Chair, Board of Directors Forest City Gallery 2005

Founding Member Pride London Festival 2002

Events & Special Projects Sub-Committee London Race Relations Advisory Committee 2002

Media Relations Director Re-elect Dave Boushy Campaign (Provincial) 1999

Gallery Lambton Site Selection Committee Member Lambton County Culture & Communications Committee 1997

Library Board Member Lambton County Culture & Communications Committee 1994 – 1999

John Labatt Visual Arts Building Committee University of Western Ontario 1992 – 1993

Faculty of Arts Representative University of Western Ontario Student’s Council 1990 – 1993

Set Construction Talbot Theatre, UWO 1989 – 1990

Boy Scout Leader / Assistant District Commissioner Scouts Canada 1986 – 1998

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS

Graduate In-Course Merit Scholarship Mount Saint Vincent University 2015

Exhibition Assistance Grant Ontario Arts Council 2013

Community Trail Blazer Pride London Festival 2012

Community Heritage Investment Program Grant London Heritage Council 2011

Exhibition Assistance Grant Ontario Arts Council 2010

Outstanding Feedback Show 2008-2009 CHRW Radio Western, London 2009

Valedictorian, Business Planning Workshop Small Business Centre, London, 2005

Nominated Franchisee of the Year Academy of Learning, Sarnia, ON 1998

JUROR

Newfoundland Communication Award International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) 2006 & 2016

Forest City Junior & Youth Talent Search Neighbourhood Resource Association of Westminster Park 2006 - 2014

Rise 2 Fame Youth Talent Search Judge Western Fair District, London, Ontario 2012 - 2013

39Th Annual Show and Sale The Lambeth Art Association, London, Ontario April 2011

Craft Vendor Booth Juror Home County Folk Festival, London, Ontario 2006 - 2008

Expressions in Chalk The Imagon Group, London, Ontario 2006 - 2007

EDITORIAL EXPERIENCE

The Real Moe Norman Patrick Cunningham, Author, Strathroy, Ontario 2010

ArtSCAPE Magazine London, Ontario 2009

Pride Guide & Community Directory London Pride Events Inc., London, Ontario 2002 to 2004

PUBLICATIONS

Activism and Public Relations: Then and Now Master’s Thesis, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, NS 2017
Queer Landscapes, Queer Journeys: OPS Pride Network 2015
Reflections of LGBTQ rights and
struggles in Ontario today (Catalogue)

Inventive Women: Reinterpreting Woodstock Art Gallery, Woodstock, Ontario 2013
The Canadian Landscape ISBN: 978-0-9881111-1-0

PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISM EXPERIENCE

Respected professional writer and noted interviewer with over 1,000 publishing credits on arts, heritage, culture, business, and community interest beginning in 1993 including: ID Magazine, Guelph; Trends Magazine, Sarnia; Fringe Festival Reviewer, London; London Free Press, London; Trenz Magazine, London; Scene Magazine, London; mindyourmind.ca, London; AbOUT Magazine, Toronto, ON and Buffalo, NY; Q Magazine, London; ArtSCAPE Magazine, London; Outlooks Magazine, Calgary; The Londoner, London; Lake Erie Lifestyle Magazine, Erie, PA; The Beat Magazine, London; EatDrink Magazine, London; ITWorldCanada (ITBuisness.ca); and the Disaster Recovery Institute of Canada.

PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERIENCE

Clients include Joseph Couture (josephcouture.com); XTRA Magazine (Toronto); Outlooks Magazine (Calgary); Lake Erie Lifestyle Magazine (Erie, PA., USA); The Londoner, Interrobang Fanshawe’s Student Voice, ArtSCAPE Magazine, The Beat Magazine, & EatDrink Magazine (London).

REVIEWS / MEDIA COVERAGE

Haaf, Wendy (2017, October) You and Your Thyroid, Goodtimes.ca, pp. 18-24.

Hensen, Mike (2017, August 18) Facebook Cover Photo. The London Free Press

Horejs, Jason (2017, August 15) Is Creating Art Hard Work? http://reddotblog.com/is-creating-art-hard-work.

Belanger, Joe (2015). On the canvas: 24th annual Pride Art Exhibit, featuring 23 juried works by 19 artists. London Free Press. P. C5

Meyer, Sean (2015, July 9). Times a-changin', but coming out still isn't easy, Our London, P. 12 &28.

Morden, Paul. (2013, November 7). Rover voyage turned into art. The Observer. P. A4.

Independent Staff. (2013, October 31). Benedict’s On the EDGE show at Gallery in the Grove. The Independent. P. 8.

Metro. (2013, July 22). ‘Gradations’. Organizers proud of Pride art show. Metro News. P. 03.

Meyer, Sean. (2013, April `8). Children’s museum gives The Brush Off to typical fundraiser. London Community News. P. 12.

Grant, Amanda. (2012, July 26). Art show a matter of Pride. Metro News. P. 11.

Belanger, Joe. (2012, July 24). Creators show Pride in the arts. The London Free Press. P. D2.

Loblaw, Chris. (2012, July). Culture Pride. The Beat Magazine. PP. 20-21.

Belanger, Joe. (2011, September 30). Writers discuss their craft. London Free Press. P. C9.

Wolfe, Kym. (2011, September). Culture Days 2011. The Beat Magazine. P. 14.

Staff. (2012, July 27-29). London Pride Trail Blazers. Metro News. P. 09.

Mah, Susie. (2010, July). Pride London Art Exhibit. The Beat Magazine. P. 4.

Stewart, Beth (2008, July). Profile. ArtSCAPE Magazine. P. 8.

Matyas, Joe. (1994, June 29). Quality, style vary widely in McIntosh show. London Free Press. P. C7.

Curtis, Holly. (1994, July 14). Local Unknown Artists Getting a Foothold: Generating Voice 2, McIntosh Gallery. Scene Magazine. P. 13.