Board of Directors

Buse, Dieter


Dieter is a professor emeritus of History, and author/editor of numerous publications in modern European and Canadian history, including art history and the well-received local study, Come on Over: Northeastern Ontario.  Dieter is also the co-author of Untold: Northeastern Ontario’s Military Past, Vol. 1 and 2. He has been on many boards, including those of legal clinics and art galleries, and is our committee lead for Gallery 6500.

Cartier, Linda


Linda is a devoted, hard-working arts advocate.  A visual artitst, trained at Cambrian College specializing in silk painting, she is the owner of a local financial services firm and a national training firm for financial professionals.

Gilhula, Vicki


Vicki Gilhula is the associate publisher and editor of Sudbury Living Magazine and has worked in journalism in Sudbury for three decades. She has been a member of the Sudbury Arts Council for many years, and was one of the founders of the Sudbury Celebration of the Arts event, and is the head of its committee.

Legault, Monique


Monique is a multi-media visual artist, muralist, and the owner of Monique Legault Studio on Elgin Street. A professional artist since the age of 16, Monique lives, loves and sleeps art every single day. She is proud to be part of the culture of art in Sudbury. Monique is the lead of the Downtown Sudbury Art Crawl committee, and is a part of the events committee.

McHenry, John


John is the Artistic Director of the Sudbury Theatre Centre. He has been a theatre professional for over 30 years and is pleased to be part of the vibrant Sudbury arts scene.

Smith, Katherine


Katherine is a dynamic Arts practitioner with a diverse background in Theatre ranging from Production Management to General Management, boasting a passion and flare for bringing artistic visions to life. Katherine has worked for companies such as The Toronto Fringe Festival, Common Boots Theatre and Nightwood Theatre in Toronto. She also spent 5 years with the Sudbury Theatre Centre, holding several roles as Head Carpenter, Production Manager and leading the organization as its Director of Operations and Production.

Katherine is a fierce advocate for the arts, especially when it comes to the next generation of artists and audiences, and is the lead of the SAC Youth Outreach committee.

Straughan, Judi

Vice President

Judi’s theatre background includes acting, directing and teaching – both as a program leader in the Performing Arts Program at Sudbury Secondary and with Thorneloe University. During 17 years with the Sudbury Theatre Centre, her duties included: Publicity/ Promotion, Education Coordinator, Special Events and Fundraising. Her Eastlink community involvement includes hosting two programs: “Into the Studio” and “About Town”. In 2020, as writer/director she presents two plays: “Abigail B: 7 Year-Old Superhero” and “The Case of the Missing A.Y. Jackson” both on stage at the STC. Currently, she is working with Laura Stradiotto on a book commemorating the Sudbury Theatre Centre’s 50 th Anniversary in 2021. She is the head of the SAC events committee and is also on the Sudbury Celebration of the Arts committee.

Vine, Kyle


Kyle Vine is a poet, speaker and entrepreneur that likes to experiment with new ways of communicating. A copywriter by day, he helps other entrepreneurs find their voice and shape innovative or cultural startup ideas. Kyle helps showcase Northern Ontario talent with his two podcasts, highlighting emerging artists on The Music Prophet and forward-thinking entrepreneurs and leaders on Safe Space Connections. A passion for live music, organizing charity events and watching independent films fill the rest of his time. Kyle is a part of the SAC marketing and events committees.

Welsh, Annik


As a creative that values community, Annik has been involved in the Sudbury arts scene for over 15 years. Her entrepreneurial spirit and social media savvy has inspired her to show artists and small business owners how to best market themselves in an online world. Annik’s work at the Jazz Sudbury Festival led her to launch her own business as a Social Media Manager and Coach in 2020. She hopes to empower local small businesses and artists alike to harness to power of social media and tell their stories online. Annik is on the SAC marketing committee, and is also involved in the Sudbury Celebration of the Arts