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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
e: PEdmonds@dwacfoundation.ca

Layout and Design by Mary Cook

Thanks to our sponsors




Ajax Pickering Board of Trade Ontario Association of Art Galleries

City of Pickering