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Meet Our Board

Ken Fast has spent his entire career producing photo essays and multi-media work in Alberta and Latin America, where he grew up and learned the craft of photography. His work includes essays on the lives of Latin American indigenous peoples, documentary stories about new Canadians, histories of settlement in western Canada, and radio-drama productions that have aired across North America. Many of his efforts have gone toward philanthropic projects in indigenous Latin American communities to develop potable water systems, maternal health, and literacy.

My name is Vanessa Murray is the proud mother of three children. In my spare time, I enjoy baking, gardening, reading, camping, and spending time with my family. I have a degree in education and am passionate about giving children opportunities to pursue their interests and passions. As a board member, I am proud of the foundation’s programming, which provides youth and adults with various opportunities to explore their artistic side. It gives me great pleasure to play a small role in promoting the arts in our community.

Valerie Pratch has been a volunteer on boards for the past 30 years in the St. Paul community, including with organizations such as Saddle Lake Boys and Girls Club, North Eastern Music Association,  Champions for Change, the Northeast Alberta Food Marketers Association, and the St. Paul & District Arts Foundation since its establishment in 2014.She uses her education background and passion for the arts to advocate for artists at all stages of their creative careers. She can be found growing trees for reforestation and feeding her small herd of bison tasty treats when she is not at the art foundation.

Hi I’m Kelsey Taylor. For many years, I have been an active member of the region’s arts community. I am a member of the Elk Point community choir, have appeared as an actress in many of their dinner theatre productions, and now frequently run the lighting for the Allied Arts theatre productions. I was the music director for the Elk Point Theatre project’s productions of Spamalot, Seussical, and Into the Woods, as well as a member of Resonate, the handbell choir. I am the music specialist at École du Sommet and have been known to play the piano and flute on occasion. I am an enthusiastic supporter of arts programming for both children and adults and look forward to serving the community as secretary for the St. Paul and District Arts Foundation.

Hello, my name is Richard Wild, and I have three trade licences: motor mechanic, automotive mechanic, motorcycle mechanic, and machinist, as well as a diploma in adult education from B.C.I.T. I am also a founding member of Calgary Harley Davidson, Harley Owners Group Canada, and Southern Alberta, as well as a member of the Alberta Apprenticeship Board and a teacher at Fairview College. This year, I will become a Senior Citizen of Canada.

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