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Meet our Board of Directors

Creating an arts centre in west Durham has been a dream for many years. However in recent years momentum has been building, with a dedicated group of volunteers devoting hours of their time to moving this project forward.


Honourary Chair • David Ryan, Mayor, City of Pickering

Chair • The Honourable Justice David M. Stone, Judge, Ontario Court of Justice

Vice-Chair • Gary Strange, Branch Manager Petley-Hare Ltd., Past President Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade

Treasurer • Afsar Naqvi, Accountant, Shoppers Drug Mart, Past President Rotary Club of Pickering

Corp Secretary • Paul Przybylo, Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade 2015 Chair


  • Gary Faulkner, Retired: Senior Reporting and Research Analyst
  • David R. Green, Retired: CPA, CGA, IBM Canada Ltd., Past President: Rotary Club of Pickering
  • Paul Przybylo, Lawyer, Walker Head, Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade 2015 Chair
  • Randy Steffan, Government Relations Advisor, Alzheimer Society of Canada Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra Director, Room 217 Foundation
  • Gary Strange, Senior Commercial Insurance Broker, Past President Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade
  • Joan M. Wideman, Vice-President of Corporate Services, Lenbrook Group of Companies, Director and Past President Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade


  • Marisa Carpino, Director, Culture & Recreation, City of Pickering
  • Mary Cook, Photographer and Web Designer, PineRidge Arts Council
  • Edmund DelSol, MBA, P.Eng. President, Skillsladder
  • Jacquie Hoornweg, School of Media, Art and Design, Public Relations and Journalism, Durham College
  • Bob Jackson, Durham West Arts Centre Inc. Liaison
  • Kevin Mallory, Vice-President and General Manager, Hubbell Canada
  • Patrick McNeil, Retired: Senior Vice President, Ontario Power Generation
  • Dr. Gary Polonsky, President Emeritus, University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Durham College
  • Cathy Schnippering, President, PineRidge Arts Council, Editor, ArtScene
  • Jack Shukla, Retired: Architect, Beddall Shukla Partnership, Architects
  • John G. Smith, Wordsmith Media and Past President, Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade





DWAC Foundation
P.O. Box 267
Pickering, Ontario L1V 2R4

Layout and Design by Mary Cook

Thanks to our sponsors




Ajax Pickering Board of Trade Ontario Association of Art Galleries

City of Pickering