Bringing arts and culture to the Interlake

Board of Directors

At the helm and heart of the centre is a very active and dedicated volunteer board of directors. The 2016-17  board members and part-time paid executive assistant are:

Lana Knor – President

Beth Hutchinson – Vice-President

Kristi Kilpatrick – Treasurer

Lenore Kowalchuk – Secretary

Dale Reinsch – Director

Jennifer Chartrand – Director

Laura Neault – Director

Lori Cook – Director 

Krista Ford – Director

Hermina Hildebrand – Director

Dawn Mitchell – Director

Verna Poole – Director

Nicole Dzuba – Executive Assistant

Amber Dyrda – Junior Summer Coordinator 


The talents and passions of our much loved team of instructors are essential to the high-quality programming offered at the centre. The 2016-17 GAAC Instructors are:

Adult Art – Graham Clarke

Graham is enjoying a career as a respected professional artist spanning fifty years and well-known as a leading pioneer of innovating art education initiatives across Manitoba. His Pre-Cambrian Shield inspired works have for several decades graced the walls of numerous fine art gallaries including Mayberry Fine Art and the Winnipeg Art Gallery and have also found their home n many prestigious private and corporate collections.  He has been sharing his gift as a teacher since the early beginnings of his art career.  His attentive and deeply grounded one -on-one teaching style creates a unique and deeply nourishing learning environment for beginners to advanced to grow, express and mature as artists.

Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop and Lyrical Dance – TBA

Highland Dance – Lesley Bond

Lesley Bond is a much loved long time instructor at the GAAC.  We are fortunate to have a local talent like Lesley in our community who has such extensive experience both as a Highland dancer, competitor and instructor.

Irish Dance – AJ  with McConnell School of Dance

AJ is a highly skilled Irish dancer who has been dancing for over 20 years after lessons with McConnell School at the age of 2 1/2.  She has been an instructor with the school for six years,  teaching students from pre-school to adult and for beginner to advanced levels.  she is passionate about her Irish heritage and has performed and toured to many parts of the world with McConnell School of Dance.  As an instructor she is known to work her students hard, but knows how to make classes fun for all.

Guitar, Bass and Drums – Shane Taite

Shane has been playing music most of his life and has a degree in guitar with the London college of music.  Classes are open to all ages who are interested in music and taking their fascination to the next level.  Whether you’re into rock, blues, country, pop, strumming chords around the campfire, singer songwriting or laying down solos in the studio, he will have a lesson plan for you.

Piano- Ashley Teichrib 

Ashley has been teaching piano to all ages in both practical and theory for eight years.  She is much loved by the children she teaches and enjoys playing the piano regularly with her family and church group.  she has completed her grade 10 theory requirements, will be completing her grade 10 practical exam within a year and will continue to work towards achieving the Associate of the Royal Conservatory (ARCT) teacher’s diploma, which is an internationally respected teaching qualification and the highest academic standing awarded by the Royal Conservatory.

Music Education for Children, Private Violin, Group Fiddle, and Music for Children with Disabilities – Carolina Nagy

Carolina has extensive musical training, with a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and Masters work in Performance at the University of Manitoba Desautels Faculty of Music, with continued education in Orchestra Studies at the University of Ottawa while playing as an associate member of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. With a strong focus on Behavioral Psychology throughout University, a background in early Childcare Education and fifteen  years of teaching experience, Carolina is able to offer an exceptional learning environment catered to the pace and unique learning style of each individual.

Theatre – Angela Chalmers with Manitoba Theatre for Young People

Theatre means expressing yourself through movement and voice work, making it tremendous opportunity for sporty kids and artsy kids alike.

Fitness – Patsy Duncan

Patsy is an amazing instructor in fitness.  Each class of the week has a benefit to your well being.  Whether you are a beginner or fitness enthusiast you are welcome to join her classes.

GAAC Supporters

GAAC supporters are key to the success of the centre including the following organizations who we would like to acknowledge for their recent generous and much appreciated contributions.

MB Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection – Community Arts Councils Operating Support

Community Places Program – Manitoba Housing and Community Development

Manitoba Children and Youth Opportunities and Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, the School and Community Arts Program

Interlake Community Foundation

Teulon Collegiate Institute Youth in Philanthropy Group with Interlake Community Foundation

RM of Rockwood

Town of Teulon

Interlake Amateur Radio Club

Teulon and Area Lions Club

The many community members who dedicate their time as volunteer board members, helpers at the centre’s fundraising events and general centre supporters whose efforts keep the spirit of the centre and our community at its best! Important to mention in this respect is  Mark Green (MWG Ventures) who has recently made some impeccable improvements to both the interior and exterior of the centre. The high quality workmanship, integrity and community-mindedness of this crew is evident in the ever-growing beauty of our centre.

Much gratitude to all!

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