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Eileen Webster - Chair, Education
Eileen Webster has been a primary school teacher in French Immersion and English since 1989.
She is very active in her community on a number of fronts including: a five-year volunteer for the Ottawa Folk Festival, a member of the Shout Sister Community Choir, and coordinator of an African drumming group for students.
Eileen is also very interested in cultural diversity, actively promoting empathy and cooperation as she helps new Canadians adapt to new cultural expectations.
Having been surrounded by musicians and music lovers for her entire life, Eileen has developed a keen appreciation for our diverse musical culture, and the need for it to be accessible to all in our community.
Kim Lymburner - Director of Operations
Kim Lymburner is a career arts professional with a keen interest in music and community, and extensive experience in marketing, management, governance, and strategic planning at both the local and national levels.
Kim has served in a variety of leadership roles with large and small arts organizations, including: Strategic Planning Consultant for Ottawa’s Saw Video Association, Chair of CHUO Radio FM, and Managing Consultant with the Canadian Arts Data Corporation. He also spent 20 years at the Canada Council for the Arts as Business Manager in Communications and Marketing, and as Head of Arts Services. In 2014, he was appointed Executive Director of The Hnatyshyn Foundation, a private charity that supports emerging artists and arts professionals through scholarships and other awards.
Also in 2014 Kim founded Folkrum, with a vision to create an artistic hub that fosters learning, development, and creativity by bringing together local musicians, audiences, and community groups.
Greg Kelly - Director, Programming
Greg Kelly is an Ottawa songwriter, performer, and promoter. Through his open stages and showcases such as Tunes AfterﾠNoon, Greg has been presenting established musicians and nurturing emerging talent since 2010, providing much-needed opportunities for musicians to develop, perform, and connect with audiences. Greg also coordinates Writer’s Bloc, a monthly forum for songwriters.
He performs as a solo artist, with Hollis Morgan (who backs him on dobro and banjo), and with The Shards (the remnants of the Broken Windows Philharmonic). Greg has recorded two albums of original songs (Broken Windows in 2008, and Slow Horses in 2012).
Gabriel Zamfir - Director, Administration, Treasury
Since 1998, Gabriel Zamfir has worked as a management analyst with extensive focus on corporate and project management, business strategy, budgeting, strategic data analysis, and performance measurement.
He is the Senior Research Officer for the Canada Council for the Arts. Previously, he worked as the Senior Financial Data Analyst for the Canada Council for the Arts/Canadian Arts Data (2008-2014); the Administration and Finance Director of The Biennial of Montreal (2006-2008); and the Senior Research Assistant at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) School of Business (2004-2006).
He holds an MBA, a Diploma in International Commercial Law, and a Bachelor in Finance.
Gabriel is also a Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education alumnus, and has completed several online leadership series: Nonprofit: Financial Stewardship (fall 2012), Strategic Frameworks for Nonprofit Organizations (spring 2013) and Mobilizing Your Nonprofit Board Program (Spring 2014).
Gabriel is a strong advocate and supporter of the arts, with a particular interest in professional research and analysis related to economic and social added value of the arts, the intrinsic value of the cultural capital of Canadian communities, and the accountability of arts organizations.
Jonathan Lareau - Director, Communications, Media Relations
Following a 25-year career in the corporate world as a strategic and creative communicator, in 2011 Jonathan turned his attention to more fulfilling pursuits, including volunteer work in Nicaragua and Africa.
He has always enjoyed a great love for music—as a fan, a broadcaster, a DJ, and most recently, as a singer in a local classic rock band, The Rockphiles.
For Jonathan, FOLKRUM represents a perfect opportunity for him to evolve his life practice, marrying what he is trained to do, with what he loves to do.
David Yazbeck - Legal, Advocacy
David Yazbeck practices as an advocate for unions, employees, and human rights complainants in the areas of labour relations, human rights, judicial review and appeals, and Charter litigation, with an emphasis on the federal public sector. He has substantial experience arguing judicial review applications and appeals in the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal, and often acts as counsel or agent in the Supreme Court of Canada.
David has taught Public Sector Law to union activists at the Labour College of Canada and the Canadian Labour Congress Ontario Region Winter School. He speaks at conferences on a variety of labour and human rights issues, particularly for Reach Canada, a disability rights organization.
David channels his passion for music into producing and hosting Special Blend, a radio program airing every Thursday on CKCU FM.
David Yazbeck is one of the original writers for the great Canadian music blog North by East West.ﾠHe has been a Juror for the Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent On Record (FACTOR) which provides loans and grants to up-and-coming Canadian artists.
Vernon Jones, Chartered Professional Accountant
Vernon Jones is a CPA and an associate with Mingie, Percival & Associates, providing taxation, accounting, and advisory services to small- and medium-sized business owners in the Ottawa area. His background includes extensive experience in public and private sector accounting, finance, strategic planning, and business management gained through public practice and a series of senior-level management positions with the Government of British Columbia.
Vernon was posted to Victoria in 1981 with the Canadian Armed Forces and stayed there for nearly 30 years after completing his naval service. He returned to Ontario in 2010 to be nearer to extended family.
Vernon combines his professional interests with a love of music and artistic expression, and enjoys playing guitar and singing in various community venues. He and his wife and writing partner Laurel have written and released two CDs of original songs.
Gareth Auden-Hole, Audio Engineer and Musician
Currently based in Ottawa, Gareth Auden-Hole is an audio engineer, musician, producer, and all around nice guy.
A music lover from birth, Gareth continues to be constantly excited by sound. ﾠHe officially began his audio career in 2004 with an internship at a small independent studio in Victoria, BC. In 2008, Gareth completed formal studies at the industry-revered Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology, and returned the following yearﾠas an Audio Intern.
He has been working as a full-time audio professional since then, and now records musicians in his own project studio, weeVOXsound, and at other studios and venues in and around Ottawa.ﾠHe is equally dedicated to sharing his knowledge of audio recording and the business of music within the local community, hosting workshops and courses through Algonquin College, The Ottawa Folklore Centre, and OpporTune Ottawa.
Joanne Batchelor, Real Estate Representative
Joanne Batchelor is a survey consultant, international trainer, and real estate agent. Previously, she was Project and Census Manager with Statistics Canada.
She has been a fibre artist for many years, exhibiting in national and local juried shows and realizing several commissions for her work. Joanne founded and served on the executives of several local arts groups. Not only has she organized a wide range of major art exhibitions and workshops, she has also contributed to and created many charitable auctions and fundraisers.
Joanne is passionate about creating art and is an avid art collector, encouraging others through lectures and by example.
Lynne Hanson, Musician
Some have referred to her music as Americana, roots, and rough-around-the-edges folk, but Canadian songwriter Lynne Hanson prefers “porch music with a little red dirt.” Hanson’s songs are like a favourite pair of jeans: they're rough around the edges,ﾠfaded and worn through in spots, with a bit of honestly-acquired dirt ground into the seams.
Hanson grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, and started playing guitar when she was 14, learning on a hand-me-down from an older brother. She released her award-winning debut album Things I Miss in 2006, and withﾠmany more tales to tell, two more albums quickly followed: Eleven Months (2008) and Once the Sun Goes Down (2010). Each new release garnered critical praise, earning Hanson aﾠCanadian Folk Music Awardﾠnomination inﾠ2009, an invitation to the Kerrville Folk Festivalﾠas a New Folk Finalist, and a year later the prestigiousﾠColleen Peterson Songwriting Award.
In 2014 she released her fourthﾠstudio album River of Sand, the creative output of a very personal four-year journey, produced by Juno-winning songstressﾠLynn Miles.
Hanson has toured Canada, the US, Europe,ﾠand the UK. Her songs may be gritty, but her live performances are polished, whether she’s playing solo or with her band The Good Intentions.
Joan Harrison, Cellist
Joan Harrisonﾠis a dynamic and versatile musician, active as both an educator and performer of both modern and baroque cello. She has performed as Principal Cellist of both the Aradia Baroque Ensemble and the Toronto Chamber Orchestra, and Assistant Principal Cellist of the New York City Opera Orchestra. Joan’s faculty positions have included The Perlman Music Program, the United Nations International School, New York School for Strings, University of Ottawa, Carleton University, and the Longy School of Music of Bard College.
She earned her PhD from the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa where she studied links between citizenship and arts education.
Community engagement is a passionate element in Joan’s life and career. She has been active in promoting and implementing a range of arts advocacy campaigns, including Windows on the Arts and Democratic Dialogue Via the Arts. She writes for several education journals on arts education and presents workshops in string pedagogy.
Joan performs with the Dragon’s Tea Trio, and is also the founder and artistic director of the Capital Strings Collective (CSC) Community Orchestra. Joan has recorded several CDs with pianist Elaine Keillor, and received international airplay and critical acclaim for these works.
Nathan Morris, Bassist and Policy Analyst
Nathan plays bass in several genres. From the late 1990s to 2005, he played upright bass and electric bass in the JW-Jones Blues Band and recorded several CDs with the group. In the early 2000s, he played upright bass with Canadian folk singer-songwriter Trevor Tchir, and performed on his second and third CDs. He has played double bass in the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, the Hull Chamber Orchestra, and the Opera Lyra Orchestra. Currently he is a member of Divertimento—an amateur orchestra, and Capital Strings Collective—an intergenerational string orchestra.
He has a Bachelor of Music from the University of Ottawa, where he studied with Ottawa bassists John Geggie and David Currie. He also has a Masters of Music from Syracuse University, where he studied with bassist Edward Castilano. Nathan also did an MA in Public Administration from Carleton University and a Diploma in Business Administration from the University of Ottawa, where he was the first anglophone to graduate from the French-language program. He is currently a Senior Policy Analyst with Canadian Heritage. He has worked as a policy analyst in various federal departments, including the Privy Council Office, Human Resources and Skills Development, the Public Service Commission, and Innovation, Science and Economic Development.
Christopher Simmonds, Architect
Since founding Christopher Simmonds Architect in 1996, Chris Simmonds has been recognized as one of Ottawa’s leading practitioners of contemporary architecture, winningﾠmany prestigious awards for his work.
Deeply influenced by his travels in South Asia, Chris “listens” to a landscape, feels the energy and flow of the space, and translates that into aﾠdesign. “I create spaces that encourage human connections,” he says. His work is characterized by three fundamental and guiding principles: sustainability, community, and holistic design.
Born and raised in rural England, Chris received his Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo in 1978, followed by hisﾠprofessional architecture degree in 1982 from Carleton University. He became an accredited LEED® professional in 2007, and is considered a leader in the field of greenﾠbuilding projects. He was awarded a Canada Green Building Council Leadership Award in 2008 and his firm is credited with designing the Rideau Valley Conservation Centre, theﾠfirst building in eastern Ontario to achieve LEED® Gold certification. Chris is also a certified meditation and yoga teacher.
Mark Stephenson, Visual Artist and Creative Designer
Mark Stephenson is a seasoned visual and electronic artist, as well as an accomplished graphic designer.
In design, Mark’s focus is on the end-user experience, marrying strong traditional design practices with creative web design, technical development, strategy, and a splash of social media. In art, he explores his fascination with human and social interaction though drawing, paintings, and installation projects.
Markﾠ's deeply rooted in Ottawa, and passionate about Ottawa’s creative community and its future.
Kristine St. Pierre, Singer-Songwriter
Kristine St-Pierre is an accomplished singer-songwriter, radio producer and host, women’s rights advocate, and mom to daughter Ava. She holds a Master of Journalism degree (2014) as well as a Master of Arts from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (2006) at Carleton University.
Her latest album Call Me Crazy, released in 2012, was named one of Ottawa’s music “highs” by the Ottawa Citizen. Her French songs earned her a 2015 Trille Or nomination. She has performed across Canada as well as in Latin America, Europe, and Africa.
Kristine is also the producer and host of ArtBreak, a weekly radio show on CKCU 93.1 FM that explores the diversity and richness of Ottawa’s arts and culture scene.
Kristine also works as a consultant with international and national non-governmental organizations and governments around the world. Her focus is on facilitation and training on gender and women, peace and security, particularly for members of the military and police who are being deployed to international peace and security operations.
Artists in Residence - SATURNFLY
Folkrum is currently working with a new Ottawa band SATURNFLY, featuring cellist, teacher and songwriter Marion Arthur, guitarist and sound engineer Stephane Arthur Kiss and keyboardist Paul LeBlanc. As artists in residence, SATURNFLY performs at OCMV events and participates in the development of the organization.