“Socially engaged art is vital to helping us understand ourselves and one another in a world that desperately needs more empathy and authentic connection.”
— Evie Ruddy —
CHAIR OF THE BOARD
Evie is a communications strategist, freelance journalist, and digital media artist. Their short documentaries and essays have been broadcast nationally on CBC Radio. Their print work has appeared in The National Post, The Toronto Star, and numerous other publications. Evie has worked with the National Film Board as an essay writer and co-creative director for an interactive web project, Portrait of a Family. During an artist residency with the Cathedral Village Arts Festival, Evie produced a 90-minute audio walking tour of the Cathedral Village. They are currently working on a series of audio walking tours for Regina’s Warehouse District, and an audio walking tour of queer history and contemporary issues in downtown Regina.
Brian is a furniture artist based in Regina. His work has been shown in museum exhibitions nationally and internationally, is included in major public and private collections, and has earned him numerous provincial and national grants and awards. He served as Artist in Residence at Purchase College, New York, in 2009, again as Artist in Residence at the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2012, and visiting artist at Australian National University in Canberra in 2016.
Brian teaches woodworking at the Balkwill Civic Art Centre, where he is a Resident Artist. He’s also active in local non-profit arts organizations, and is a past president of The Furniture Society, an international association to advance the art of studio furniture making.
Margaret is a Regina-based writer and visual artist. Her writing on contemporary visual art has been published nationally. From 2004-2007, she hosted a weekly one hour interview on the arts for Community Radio, with Carle Steel. She is a founding member of the Regina Collage Collective, which has exhibited together since 2008. She has served as Visual Art Coordinator for the Cathedral Village Arts Festival since 2009 and was Festival Chair in 2012. As a core member of Regina Artist Trading Card Collective, established in 2005, she has developed and delivered workshops, coordinated planning, and co-curated No Story Too Small to Trade, an exhibition of local and international ATCs for the Dunlop Art Gallery, which toured Saskatchewan with OSAC in 2013. Her current research investigates the domestic sphere, finding humour in everyday life and the personal in history.
Bill has over 30 years’ experience in building design and the management of a wide array of projects. He spent nearly a decade at the Corporate Head Office of IPSCO Inc. in Regina as the project administrator and cost controller for their capital projects across North America. He is currently the principal of his own design firm. Over the span of his career, Bill has actively studied and researched urban design and development. Recently, he was accredited by the Congress for the New Urbanism on the nomination of University of Miami School of Architecture. He is a self-confessed zoning nerd, and studies the impact of zoning bylaws on health outcomes and poverty.
Mirtha was born in the capital city of Santiago, Chile, where a military coup overthrew the elected national government in 1973. Mirtha came to Saskatchewan as a political refugee with her husband and young son in November 1975. The cold weather didn’t freeze her creative spark and she continued her organizing work in the Chilean, women’s, and arts communities. She is a singer, musician, writer, political activist, and animal-lover. She and her companera began their relationship in 1989, lobbied for LGBTQ+ rights (including the right to marry) before 2005, and married in 2010.
Kate is a development professional and active volunteer with experience working in nonprofit organizations, event management, and philanthropy. A lifelong learner, she is an alumnus of the University of Regina having earned a Bachelor of Arts Honours (Psychology) in 2006. Kate recently completed her Master of Administration in Leadership, Business Administration at the University of Regina while simultaneously completing her Certified Fundraising Executive credential through CFRE international. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Kate lives in Regina with her family.
Janine is the Curator of Public Programs at the MacKenzie Art Gallery. She is also an interdisciplinary artist working as an educator, filmmaker, performer, and storyteller. Janine has her Master of Fine Arts Interdisciplinary in Media Production wherein she created a series of short videos called More Questions Than Ancestors featuring her family history. Janine primary personal practice centres in writing and directing such as Lifegivers: Honoring Our Elders and Children, Diom, Braided Histories and From Up North. She is in postproduction with After the Thaw, a short documentary produced by the National Film Board. Janine co-directed and co-produced RIIS from Amnesia: Recovering the Lost Legacies, a long form documentary that explores the legacy of the Regina Indian Industrial School and its cemetery along with producing related videos called About a Boy, I Remember (the music video) and Dancing the Space Inbetween. This led to the municipal and provincial designation of the cemetery. Janine collaborated as a producer, director, writer on the feature film, The Land of Rock and Gold.
Common Weal Membership is made up of the Board of Directors, which has a minimum of four and maximum of ten members. The Executive consists of a Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary. The board is committed to a governance model as outlined in the following statement:
The Board will govern with an emphasis on outward vision rather than an internal preoccupation, commitment to obtaining community input, encouragement and diversity in viewpoints, strategic leadership more than administrative detail, clear distinction of Board and Executive Director role, collective rather than individual decisions, future rather than past or present, and proactivity rather than reactivity.
Each member of the board also sits on a minimum of one of six committees (Communications and Marketing, Finance, Fund Development, Nominations, Personnel, Policy and Planning). Committees support the work of the staff and are governed by each committee’s Terms of Reference.
Interested in joining our board? Please fill out our Expression of Interest form.