About Us

Board of Directors

Bill Major (Chair of the Board of Directors)

Bill Major is a local wood artisan, making live edge charcuterie boards and tables. He and his wife, Doris, have been active for several years in many Georgina community groups and activities. He is working to help the Art Centre and Gallery broaden its community outreach and base of support.

Anita David (Vice-Chair)

Anita David is an HR professional with 30 years experience in the federal public service. She is also an artist at The Newmarket School of Art. Her volunteer experience includes chairing school councils, board member for The Legal Clinic York Region, volunteer at The Women’s Center, assistant at the local Rogers station, volunteer at Southlake a Regional Health Centre, and vice-chair, on the GACAG board of directors.

Meaghan McKinzey (Treasurer)

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Joan Tadier (secretary)

Joan Tadier has been involved with the Georgina and Arts Centre and Gallery since 2004, when her father, Albert Chiarandini’s artworks, (now totaling 200 pcs), were donated to the gallery by his patron Bruce Smith. In 2006 Joan was asked to be a member of the board of directors as an advisor, but soon became actively involved in various fundraising events, as a member of the collections committee, and for the last few years as secretary. Her passions are art, music and travel.

Jeanne Faria (Fundraising)

Jeanne H. Faria has worked as an advocate, activist, program creator and facilitator and consultant trainer in the women’s not-for-profit sector. She has a background in theatrical arts, script and creative writing, and film and television. She has been awarded the Theatre Ontario Award for outstanding achievement in theatre as well as the two-time winner of the Silver Reel Award for Young Filmmakers of Canada. She spends time creating art, writing and getting involved in community projects that seek to bring arts and culture to the community as well as support for the emerging creative theatrical arts community in Georgina. She lives in the rural, north end of the region in a historic lake side community with a menagerie of two and four legged creatures she adores. She is currently a host on the successful community television show Georgina Life on Rogers TV. She has returned to her first true love: Writing, creating and storytelling.

Publications & Shows:
The Berry Bog in The Stand, published by Polar Expression Publishing
Foxes Run, Published in Canadian Stories Literary Magazine
Solo Art Exhibit Georgina Arts Centre and Gallery: Intuitive Texture 2019

Piri Pandy (Fundraising)

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Leslie Sedore (Fundraising)

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Ed Winacott (Fundraising)

Ed Winacott is a long-time resident of Pefferlaw. He has always been interested in music both in the performance and creation and feels that music should be a part of the mandate for the GAC.

Ed hosts the once-a-month open stage in the Main Gallery and has initiated songwriting workshops to also be a part of the Gallery offerings. When not involved with the GAC, he can be found skiing in the winter or in milder times training in his kayak on the Pefferlaw or other rivers.

Councillor Dave Neeson

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Grant Peckford (Executive Director)

Grant brings to the GAC more than 30 years in non-profit management including 10 years at the senior executive level. His career in the arts began as the Manager of Education at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre, an organization that has been on the cutting edge of all that is current and creative, bringing together the best in both Canadian culture and the rich mosaic of cultures from within our country and around the world. 

This provided Grant the opportunity to begin to build a strong foundation not only in the arts but in the world of not-for-profit. Grant is experienced in developing and implementing innovative community-based services and programs in consultation with key stakeholders, as well as comfortable working closely with a volunteer Board of Directors and in providing strategic alliances and advice to Executive committees. He has a demonstrated ability to initiate and foster robust partnerships and strategic alliances with government, allied agencies, and stakeholders.

Grant is a graduate of the Teacher of Adults Program at Centennial College and is a Province of Ontario Certifed Trainer and Facilitator. In addition, in 2017 he completed the Certified Life Skills Coaching program from George Brown College. Grant has dedicated himself and his career to the community and continues to be a strong advocate.

In 2018 Grant joined the Rogers TV Georgina Life team and can be seen each Monday and Wednesday bringing What’s Happening in Georgina to local viewers.


Ewa Chwojko (Curator)

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Wendy Cuttriss (Administrative Coordinator)

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Marie Morton (Reception)

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